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, who has created the Heavens and the Earth and all that is between them. All praises are due to Allah who has created the Sun, the moon, the stars and set them in their orbits. All praises are due to Allah who created mankind in Ahsani Taqweem. and may all peace and blessings be upon the Master of the first and the last, the Imam of the Messengers, the Seal of the Prophethood, the Sultan of the two realms, the intercessor of the Day of Judgment, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws), 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.
Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! Welcome to you on this Holy Day of Jummah. Welcome to you on the 14th day of the month of Jumadiul-Akhir. Welcome to you as we are just two weeks away from entering the three Holy Months, which Holy Prophet (asws) is describing in his Hadith Sherif saying: ‘Rajab is the Month of Allah, Shaban is my Month, and Ramazan is the Month of my Ummah.’ As believers, we should take care to prepare ourselves for these holy days that are just knocking at the door. Allah (swt) is saying to us in the Holy Quran,”BismillahirRahmanirRahim. O you who believe! When the call for prayer is made on Jummah rush to the Zikir of Allah, and leave business aside. That is better for you, if only you knew.” So when we are here, when we come to the Jummah, we should leave our business outside. We should leave our dunya outside. And we should sit in the Zikir of Allah, trying to learn something, trying to become better.
Listen to the words of the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth from the Holy Quran, in Surah Aadiyat. Allah (swt) is saying, “BismillahirRahmanirRahim. By the Steeds that run, with panting breath, striking sparks of fire and pushing toward the charge at dawn. And raising dust clouds, and penetrating all together into the middle of the enemy. Verily, man is, to his Lord, ungrateful. And indeed, to that, he is a witness. And he is violent in his love of wealth. Doesn’t he know that when the contents of the grave are poured forth, and when the secrets of the chests are made known, that on that Day their Lord will be perfectly informed about them.”
O Believers! Allah (swt) is using the most beautiful language, the most elevated and sophisticated language and descriptions, to tell us what? “BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Verily indeed, in truth, man is, to his Lord, ungrateful.” Allah (swt) is calling us ungrateful. And what does it mean for a man to be ungrateful to his Lord? Allah (swt) is telling us in another ayat, saying: “BismillahirRahmanirRahim. If you are grateful, I will surely increase you (in favour); but if you deny, if you make kufr, indeed, My punishment is severe.”
So in reality, being ungrateful to Allah (swt), it is denying the favors of Allah (swt). And to deny the favors of Allah (swt) is in reality to make kufr. One of the biggest goals of sheytan is to make mankind to be ungrateful. Sheytan is saying to Allah (swt), ‘I will come to them from before them and from behind them and on their right and on their left, and You will find most of them ungrateful.’ So we are asking our Lord to protect us from sheytan, to protect us from being ungrateful. To learn what it means to be thankful, to learn what it means to make shukur, we must learn from the one who had the best manners, we must learn from the one the Holy Quran is praising saying, “BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Wa innaka la’ala Khuluqin Azeem- Verily you are of a Tremendous Character.”
We must look at Rasulallah (asws). Holy Prophet (asws) was staying up in his house the whole night praying, until his feet became swollen. Just like Imam al-Busiri (qs) is describing in Qasida Burdah, saying: ‘I have made zulm against the Sunnah of the one who passed the nights in prayer, until his feet cried out from the pain of being swollen.’ And one night, Holy Prophet (asws) was praying like that when his wife, Hz. Ayesha, she was feeling so much pain seeing the Holy Prophet (asws) in that condition. And she said to him, ‘Ya Rasulallah, why are you torturing yourself when Allah (swt) has made you ma’sum, you don’t have any mistakes or sins?’ And Holy Prophet replied to her, saying, ‘Shouldn’t I be a thankful servant? Shouldn’t I be ‘Abdan Shakura?’
We should ask ourselves if we are showing thankfulness to our Lord? Thankfulness, it is not just a lip service. Thankfulness, gratitude is not just to say shukr Alhamdulillah by the lips. Thankfulness is expressed through action. And that action is coming from belief and from sincerity. That action and that belief and that sincerity of gratitude, must be in the believer in every condition: when the things that he’s looking for is provided or when things look as if they are not being provided, when things are in a good way and when things are not in a good way. Thankfulness is express through action. Just like Holy Prophet (asws), he was standing in prayer, he was making action, so much that his body was going into pain. Thankfulness is shown through hizmet and work. Just as Allah (swt) is mentioning in the Holy Quran, saying, ‘Work, O family of Dawud, in thankfulness. And few of My servants are thankfulness.’ So through this ayat, Allah (swt) is showing that real thankfulness comes through hizmet, through working. Because in reality, thanking Allah (swt) is not for Allah- it is for us.
As Imam Shafi (ra) is saying, ‘We must make shukur for being given the chance to make shukur.’ And when a man understands the nature of this true thankfulness, he will be the winner. Just like Imam al-Ghazali (qs) is giving the example saying that the Sultan is giving a horse to a man. One kind of man, he will just be happy with the horse, he will be happy with the worldly value of the horse. This first man has no interest in the Sultan- he is only interested in the horse. The second kind of man, he is happy because it is the king that gave him the horse, and he is happy that the king has given him a reward. The third kind of man is a servant who is happy with the horse because now he can go out and work, and make hizmet, and make service to the Sultan.’
These three types of people are showing the kinds of thankfulness. The first person who is only interested in the horse, this is not shukur, because the man is only looking at the blessing, and he has forgotten where the blessing is coming from. The second kind of shukr is like those people who are happy that Allah (swt) is showing care to them, and worship him for hope of his reward and fear of his punishment. The third kind of man, that is the highest shukr. Because the man is only looking at how to use the blessings that are coming from his Lord in service, in hizmet, and to use the blessings to serve his Master.
We must run to show our thankfulness through action, just like the sunnah of our Holy Prophet (asws). And he is saying in his Hadith Sherif, ‘The one who has not thanked the people, he has not thanked Allah.’ So to make shukur to Allah (swt), we must be showing gratitude and thankfulness to the ones that Allah is sending to us in this life. We must be thankful to the Friends of Allah, the Friends of the Prophet, who are bestowing the blessings upon us from Allah (swt). As murids, we must be showing thankfulness to our Sheykh. And that true thankfulness, it is going to come through hizmet, it is going to come through service.
As our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf is saying, ‘And Allah subhana wa ta’ala is saying to us, `If you are a believer, if you believe and you will be a thankful servant, why Allah has to punish you?’ That’s the Ayat. Allah is questioning us, saying to us, ‘If you are a believer, if you believe in Allah, and you will be a thankful servant to Allah, why you think that Allah has to punish you?’ Are you comfortable with that? When you hear that Ayat are you comfortable to say, ‘Alhamdulillah, I have no problem with You Ya Rabbi. Shukr Ya Rabbi.’ Are you sincerely saying that? If you are not saying it then you must be on the other side. Rush quickly to turn to this side. Move fast. Leave everything to turn to this side. Otherwise, when the rope is cut you are going to stand on the wrong side. When you are staying on the wrong side then you are going to stay with the wrong ones. You are not going to be with Ahl-e Haqq. You can call yourself now `Hakkani’ but you are not going to be Hakkani then. You are not defending the truth in reality in your own self.
So, days are passing, weeks are passing, years are passing. No matter what happens, the world and everything in it is running to their end. And Allah subhana wa ta’ala created man in Ahsani Taqweem, the most perfect one, the most perfect creature and He is saying to us that He has created everything for the service of man. And He has created man for His service. Check yourself. Look at it. Look at yourself what you are busy with. You will understand then if you are in the service of Allah or you are in the service of Sheytan. If you are not in the service of Allah then you are in the service of Sheytan.
O Believers. Let us run to the service of Allah through service to our Prophet, through service to our Sheykh. Amin.
Jummah Khutbah by Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz, Khalifah of Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs) * OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
14 Jamadilakhir 1436H
April 3, 2015