Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillahi rabbil alamin wasalatu wa salamu ala Rasulina Muhammadin wa ala alihi wa Sahbihi ajmain nahmadulllahu ta’ala wa nastaghfiruhu wa nashadu an-lailaha ilallahu wahdahu la sharika lah wa nashadu anna sayyidina muhammadin abduhu wa habibuhu wa Rasuluhu Salallahu Alayhi wa ala alihi wa azwajihi wa ashabihi wa atbaihi.
Khulafail rashidin mahdin min ba’di wuzerail immeti alal tahkik. khususan minhum alal amidi khulafai rasulillahi ala tahqeeq. umara il mu’mineen. Hazreti Abu Bakr wa Umar wa Uthman wa Ali. Wa ala baqiyati wa Sahabai wa tabieen, Ridwanallahu ta’ala alayhim ajmain. Ya ayyuhal mu’minun al hadirun, ittaqullaha ta’ala wa ati’uh. inna allaha ma allathina-ttaqaw wal-lathina hum muhsinun. Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen. Wa Salatu wa Salamu ala Ashraf al-Ambiya’i wa Imam al-Mursaleen, Sayyidina wa Mawlana Muhammadin wa ala alihi wa sahbihi ajmain.
All praises are due to Allah, Lord of the Universes. All praises are due to Allah, He who is the First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden, the One who has Might and Power over all things. And may all peace and blessings be upon the Sultan of Creation, the Imam of the Messengers, the Seal of the Prophethood, the Master of the First and the Last, the Grandfather of Hasan and Huseyin, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS), and upon his noble family and blessed companions, especially upon the four Khulafa-e-Rashideen, Hz. Abu Bakr el-Siddiq, Hz. Umar el-Faruq, Hz. Osman el-Ghani, and Hz. Ali el-Murtaza, and all those who follow them until the Last Day.
O Believers! Welcome to you on this Holy Day of Jummah. Welcome to you on the First Jummah of this Month, on this Seventh Day of Jumadiul Akhir. Welcome to you as we are just three more Jummahs away from the door of the Shahrullah, the Month of Rajab. Welcome to you on a Day that is made Holy in the heavens and the earth. And in this day, we should run to send more Salawats upon the Habibullah (asws), who is saying in his Hadith Sherif: When Thursday arrives, Almighty (swt) sends the Angels who possess tablets of silver and pens of gold. They record the names of those ones who send Salawats to me on the nights of Thursday and Friday.
Allahumma Salli Ala Muhammadin wa ala aali Muhammadin wa Sallim.
Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! Know your history. Know the history of Islam. Know the history of those who came before you. Allah (swt) is saying in the Holy Quran, in Surah al-A’raf: ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim. So narrate the history to them so that maybe they will think.’
O Believers! In this 21st Century, the biggest mission of the enemies of Islam, inside and outside of Islam, is to make the Muslims to completely forget their history. Because when we forget our history, then we cannot tell the difference between Haqq and Batil. And the enemies of Islam have cut the Muslims off from their past, from their history, and are telling them that Batil is Haqq and that Haqq is Batil. And so 21st Century Muslims have fallen into that trap, and they are thinking that the Batil, falsehood that they are sinking in, it is Haqq. The black has become white, and the white has become black. So we have entered into the time that Holy Prophet (asws) warned us about when he said: Shall I not tell you about the Dajjal something that no Prophet ever told his nation? The Dajjal is one-eyed and will bring with him what will resemble Hell and Paradise, and what he will call Paradise will be actually Hell; so I warn you (against him) as Nuh (as) warned his nation against him.’
O Believers! We have to be careful in this Ahir Zaman, in this age of Dajjal. Because unless we connect to our history, we will become tricked and trapped by this evil system. And one of the biggest tricks and traps that they are putting is to invent a new kind Islam and make Muslims to believe they are following the way of the Holy Prophet (asws) and his Sahaba-e-Kiram. But Holy Prophet (asws) warned us of this 1400 years ago, when he said to his Sahaba-e-Kiram,’If the Muslims of the Ahir Zaman were to see you, they would call you crazy. And if you were to see them, you would call them unbelievers.’
O Believers! How can we protect our faith in this Ahir Zaman? How can we make sure that we are following the way of the Holy Prophet (asws) and his Sahaba-e-Kiram? It is by taking the handhold of those who are the inheritors of the Holy Prophet (asws). As the Holy Prophet (asws), he is ther firmest handhold. He is the Urwatul Wuthqa, and by sitting in the company of those ones who are connected to the real history of Islam. It is holding on to the Urwatul Wuthqa, the Firmest Handhold, that Allah (swt) is mentioning in the Holy Quran saying: “Whoever disbelieves in sheytan and believes in Allah he indeed has laid hold on the Firmest Handhold, which shall not break off, and Allah is Hearing and Knowing.”
And one of our Grandsheykhs, the grandson of the Holy Prophet (asws), Hz. Imam Jafar el-Sadiq is saying, ‘We are the Firmest Handhold, referring to the Sheykhs.’
O Believers. Have we placed our hand into the Firmest Handhold? Have we connected with one of the inheritors of the Holy Prophet (asws)? Are we learning the real history of Islam from the ones who are connected to that history? We must be careful, because unless we are connected to those ones, we may get lost in this dajjalic system that is here. As Allah (swt) is saying in the Holy Quran, “BismillahirRahmanirRahim. He whom Allah guides is the [rightly] guided, but he whom He leaves astray – never will you find for him a Waliyyan Murshida. A Waliyyan Murshida, a protecting guide.”
O Believers! Murids! Understand who your Wali, who your Murshid is, and understand the history, understand the chain, through which you are connected to the Holy Prophet (asws). Beyat, the taking hold of the Firmest Handhold, it is not just to say some words. That is not a beyat. It is not just to wear the turban and the haydariya, it is not putting the tasbih in your hand, it is not just completing the awrad– no. Because if we are connected to this way, if we are connected to this Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Way, then we must understand that this way is based on hizmet and hard work. As Hz. Saadi Shirazi is saying, ‘Your religion is not your tesbih or on your sejjadeh: Your religion is found only in hizmet.’
And if we are in this Way, if we are in this Tarikat, then we must understand that we are connected to those ones who did the most service, who did the most hizmet, who gave up their blood and their breath for the Way of Holy Prophet (asws). We are connected to Hz. Abu Bakr el-Siddiq (ra), who saved Islam after the passing of the Holy Prophet (asws) When the majority of the Arabian tribes, they abandoned Islam. Just as the majority of the Arab tribe abandon the last Khalifah in the ahir zaman, they did in the first jahiliyyah. We are connected to Hz. Abu Bakr, the one that the Lion of Allah, Hz Ali is describing saying, ‘Abu Bakr is the bravest of men.’
If we are in this Way, we are connected to Mujaddid Alf Thani, Imam Ahmed Faruqi el-Sirhindi el-Rabbani (Qs). Our 25th Grandsheykh, who stood up to tyranny and batil, no matter what. Imam Rabbani, who even when he was imprisoned by the authorities, he was disappearing from that prison and he was leading Jummah Namaz all over India.
If we are in this Way, we are connected to Hz. Abdullah Faiz el-Dagestani (Qs), who was working non-stop for this Ummah. Our Grandsheykh Abdullah Dagestani who was in Canakkale. And he was praying Duha prayer when a huge mortar shell hit to the area he was praying. And when the dust cleared, they found Grandsheykh Abdullah still on his prayer rug. Untouched.
If we are in this Way, we are in the Way of Sultan el-Evliya Sheykh Mawlana Muhammad Nazim Adil el-Hakkani, who gave up his whole life for the sake of this Ummat. Who went to every minaret of Cyprus to call the Azan el-Muhammedi when it was outlawed, and was given a life sentence in prison. Sultan el-Evliya, whose every breath was spent preparing the world for Mehdi (as) and warning the Children of Adam against dajjal.
And understand that if we are in this Way, if we are in the Way of the Osmanli Dergahi, then we are the most fortunate ones who are connected to Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani. O Murids! Do not forget your Sheykh. Do not forget the heybet and the majesty of our Sheykh. We just are in the 1000 day Urs of our Sheykh. And we are the luckiest ones to be connected to him. Who is our Sheykh? He is that one who at the age of 16 became a Gazi fighting to defend Islam in his homeland, who was watching bullets and rockets fly right by his head, but continued for the sake of Islam. We are connected to that one who at only 18 years of age came to America as the Khalifa of Sultan el-Evliya, and he went to every corner, from the poorest and most dangerous, to the richest and most powerful areas, to call people to the Way of Holy Prophet (asws). We are connected to that one who stood up to the dictators, to the presidents, to prime ministers, to the ahle zalim, who spoke Haqq no matter what. We are connected to that Sultan el-Evliya is saying about him: ‘He has a power on him. He has the power of a dragon on him. He stood out against the world of kufr, only one man. He stood out against the unbelievers of Turkey, made them upside down! And USA also, another center of kufr. He also taught them their lesson & limits! He came here like a lion. And he returned to his mission here. He is an astonishing man. His tajalli/manifestation appears to be like this now, that he has passed. That he is dead. But he will come. When the Sahibul Waqt appears, he will come.
O Murids! That is the connection that we have made when we have given beyat. We are connected to these real men, these Rijalallah, who have given their lives in the service of this religion. We are connected to those ones who are not only connected to the History of Islam, they are writing the History of Islam.
So what are we going to do with this honor? Are we going to take it seriously, or are we going to be in ghaflet and let waste the blessing that has been given to us. We are not worthy to even take the name of these Friends of Allah. We are not worthy to even mention their names, definitely. As the Murid of Mevlana Rumi is saying, ‘I have washed my mouth with rose water and musk a thousand times, but still my tongue is unworthy to utter your name.’
But their example is in front of us. Are we going to live like they lived? Are we going to use our blood, our breath, our energy, our wealth, our strength, to do hizmet in the Way of Allah and His Prophet? Or are we only going to claim to be connected to them, but not live like them, not breathe like them, not be like them? Each busy with our own little lives. Busy with our own orbits. The choice is up to us. The breath of life is given to us now. But in the Ahiret, we will have to answer for how we lived. And as murids, we have to answer, we are responsible for more. And if we want our Sheykh to be pleased with us, if we want a good report to be given, then we know what we have to do- we have to run non-stop to make hizmet. That is the foundation of this way.
As our Sheykh is saying, “Allah (swt) is saying to us: I have created you in Ahsani Taqweem for My service.” And the priority in your book must be Allah’s service. If you are not doing Allah’s service then what are you good for in this world? Why are you living in this world? Find another world. This world belongs to Allah. He creates everything. He creates you and He creates your sustenance. He creates everything you are in need of. For what are you waiting to make Sejdah? To whom are you going to make Sejdah? Sheytan?Yes, must be. But Allah (swt) is promising us, saying to us, “If you are not keeping My orders correctly then I will take revenge from you.”
So we must be careful. It’s not a man who is giving us that warning. It’s the Lord of the Heavens and the earth. You believe it or not, it doesn’t matter. It’s not changing that reality. Abu Zarr (ra) is saying, “We were sitting, a group of Sahaba and the Prophet (asws) came and said to us, `Which action do you think Allah loves the most?’ Some of us said, ‘prayers.’ He said, `No.’ We said, `To make Jihad in the way of Allah.’ He said, `No. What Allah loves most is to love the one that Allah loves and leave the one that Allah leaves.’
Ya Rabbi! Count us as those who love the ones that you love, count us as those that love Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani. And let us to be from those ones that are making service in your way. Make us to be counted as those ones who are going to wake up the Sleeping Legend. Amin.
Jummah Khutbah by Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz, Khalifah of SahibulSaif Sheykh Abd Kerim Effendi Hz. OSMANLI DERGAHI, NEW YORK
MARCH 27, 2015
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