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 is the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth and all that is between them. All praises are due to Allah who has created the sun, the moon, and the stars, and set them into their orbits. All praises are due to Allah who has created mankind in Ahsani Taqwim. All praises are due to Allah who sent his Most Beloved as the Mercy to the Universes. May all peace and blessings be upon the one who was a Prophet when Adam was between water and clay.
May all peace and blessings be upon the one for whose sake the Universes were created. May all peace and blessings be upon the one whose name is written next to the name of Allah on the Arsh. May all peace and blessings be upon Sayyidina Muhammad (asws), and upon his noble family and blessed companions, especially upon the Khulafa-e-Rashideen, Hz. Abu Bakr el-Siddiq, Hz. Umar el-Faruk, Hz. Osman el-Ghani, and Hz. Ali el-Murtaza, and all those who follow them until the Last Day.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon. O Believers! Welcome to you. Jummah Mubarek. Welcome to you on the Last Jummah of the Month of Jumadiul Ahir. Welcome to you as we are at the threshold of the holiest days and holiest nights that are about to enter on us. Welcome to you as we are preparing, on this Sunday night, insha’Allah, to welcome Rajab Shahrullah.
O Believers! What is this Holy Month that is about to enter upon us? Ghawth al-Azam Sheykh Abdul Qadir Gilani is narrating a Hadith to us, saying that someone asked, ‘Ya Rasulallah, why do you call Rajab as the month of Allah? And Holy Prophet (asws) replied saying, ‘I call it Allah’s month because it is specifically associated with forgiveness. Because in it the shedding of blood is brought to a stop, because in it Allah (swt) relents toward His Prophets, because in it He rescues His saints from the hands of their enemies, and because anyone who fasts during this month becomes entitled to receive three things from Allah (swt). The first and second of these are forgiveness for all the sins he had previously committed, and impregnable virtue for the remainder of his life. As for the third, he will be safe from thirst on the Day of Judgment.’
A weak old man then stood up and said, ‘Ya Rasulallah, I am very weak and cannot fast the whole month.’ Holy Prophet (asws) said, ‘Fast during the first day of the month and during the day that comes in the middle of it, and also during the very last day of the month, for then you will be given the same reward as someone who has fasted through the whole of the month, since one good deed is equal in value to ten of the same kind.’
It is most important, however, that none of you should neglect the first Friday in Rajab, because it is the night that the angels call the Night of wishes. The Night of the Granting of Wishes [Lailat ar-Ragha’ib]. This is because, by the time the first third of the night has passed, there will not be a single angel still around in the heavens, or in any region of the earth except one. They will all be gathered together in the Ka’ba and the area immediately surrounding it. Allah (swt) will condescend to notice that they have assembled there, and He will say: “My angels, ask Me for whatever you wish!”
Their response to this will be: “Ya Rabbi, the request we wish to make is that You grant forgiveness to those who faithfully keep the fast in Rajab.”
After which Allah (swt) will tell them,”for that I have already done!”
We are now entering into these most holy days and nights. The Night that Holy Prophet (asws) is describing in the Hadith Sherif, the Night of Raghaib, that Night is going to be happening in one week. In this 21st Century, so many Muslims have completely lost the way and they have completely lost the tradition. They say, ‘we have never heard of this Raghaib! We have never heard of a night of wishes. So it must be false. It must be biddat. It must be kufr. It must be shirk.’ They think that because they do not know about something, then it must not exist. This is such a high form of arrogance and ignorance. As Holy Prophet (asws) is saying, someone who has even a mustard seed of arrogance in his heart will not enter to Paradise.
What is this Night of Raghaib? What are we remembering and commemorating in this Night? We are commemorating the night when the light of Holy Prophet (asws) was passed from his father, Hz. Abdullah ibn Abdul Muttalib, to his mother, Hz. Amina bint Wahb. Why is this important? Because the whole of the universes, the whole of creation, all of history, its purpose and its aim was for this Light to be brought forth. Hz. Jabir bin Abdullah once asked Holy Prophet (asws), ‘Ya Rasulullah, may my father and mother be sacrificed for you, tell me of the first thing that Allah created before all things.’ And Holy Prophet (asws) replied, ‘O Jabir, the first thing Allāh created was the light of your Prophet from His light, and that light remained in the middle of His Power for as long as He wished, and there was not, at that time, a Tablet or a Pen or a Paradise or a Fire or an angel or a heaven or an earth. And when Allah swt wished to create creation, He divided that Light into four parts and from the first, He made the Pen, from the second the Tablet, from the third the Throne, then He divided the fourth into four parts.
And there is one narration saying that when Allah (swt) created Sayyidina Adam (as), Allah (swt) inspired him to say, “Ya Rabbi, why did you give me the nickname, Abu Muhammad (the father of Muhammad)?”
Allah replied, “Ya, Adam, raise your head.” He raised his head and saw the light of Sayyidina Muhammad (asws) in the canopy of the Throne.
Adam then asked, “Oh, Lord, what is this light?”
Allah replied, “This is the light of a Prophet from your lineage. His name in the heavens is Ahmad, and on Earth it is Muhammad (asws). If it were not for him, I would not have created you, nor the heaven, nor the Earth.”And so this Light of the Holy Prophet (asws) was being protected and guarded throughout time by Allah (swt), and was being passed through the best of people.
As Mawlana AbdurRahman Jami (qs) is saying, ‘His light was seen on the forehead of Adam, therefore the angels prostrated their heads. In the dangers of the flood, Nuh (as) received his help in his tiny ship. His perfume of goodness reached Ibrahim, and from Nimrud’s wood bloomed his rose. Yusuf was just a servant worth seventeen dirhams in the palace of grace. His face illuminated Musa’s fire, his lips taught Isa how to resurrect the dead. And that light came to Hz. Abdullah ibn Abdul Muttalib, the father of the Holy Prophet (asws), and he became engaged to the Holy Prophet (asws)’s mother, Hz. Amine. While Hz. Abdullah was walking to his wedding, a Jewish woman saw the light of Holy Prophet (asws) beaming from him, and she said to him, I will give you a hundred camels if you come with me now. And Hz. Abdullah replied to her in a poem, saying, ‘Regarding haram, a death is better, and I don’t see any halal in sight, and about what you are asking for, an honourable one must protect his honor and religion.’ And then Hz. Abdullah went with his father to meet the father of Hz. Amine. And they became married, and in that Holy Marriage, the Holy Prophet (asws) was conceived, and his light was passed to Hz. Amine. The next day when Hz. Abdullah was going back home, he saw the Jewish woman again, but she ignored him. He asked her, ‘Why don’t you offer me what you offered before?’ She replied, ‘The light that you were carrying yesterday has left you; therefore I have no need of you today. I was hoping to have that light in me, but Allah (swt) willed it to be put elsewhere.’
And it is narrated that when Holy Prophet (asws) was conceived in his mother’s womb, on a Friday night during the month of Rajab, Allah (swt) ordered Ridwan, the Keeper of Paradises, to open the Highest Paradise. A caller announced in the Heavens and Earth that the concealed light which would form the guiding Prophet (asws) would settle on that very night in his mother’s womb where his conception would be completed. It was also revealed that he would come out as a bearer of glad tidings and as a warner.
O Believers! This is what we are celebrating in that Ragaib night. We are celebrating the Night in which the Light of the Most Beloved to Allah (swt), a Light that had been preserved and protected from all the generations from Adam (as) until Hz. Abdullah, was manifested and brought into this dunya. We are celebrating the coming of the Master of the Universes into this dunya. If others don’t want to celebrate, leave them; just as the Prophets, and the Angels, and the Awliya celebrate this night, insha’Allah ar-Rahman, we will celebrate this night. And we are only knowing this night, we are only celebrating and commemorating these holy days and holy nights, because we have been taught by our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani. As he is teaching us about Rajab and Ragaib, saying, ‘So, we have just entered one of the holiest month. Month of Allah Jalla wa ‘Alaa, Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, Shahrullah. Allah (swt) is saying, ‘this month is for Me. Show more better respect to this month. You will see My favors is reaching to you more.’
Month of Rajab and the first Jummah night, Ragaib night. Ragaib night. Ragaib is Allah Jalla wa’la giving endless blessings to His servants. Endless mercy, endless forgiveness is coming in the night like this. If you have misused the whole year, maybe, this world is taking people hostage, and there is some nights in Islam that is very holy. That’s accepted, through the sign the Prophet and the EvliyaAllah is showing. Of course, the squarehead wahabbis, they are not accepting any holy nights because they think that they are very holy themselves. They are bounding to Hell fire but they are saying, ‘we are holy ones.’ Never mind. But this night is very holy. Holy Prophet (asws) is saying. EvliyaAllah is keeping it holy. We must keep it holy. We must keep, showing differences. We should not keep it like other nights, because it’s a Friday night, it’s Holy. Because it’s Ragaib, there’s another holiness coming. Double holiness coming. Angels giving name to this night. Ragaib. And in a night like this, the mercy and the Rahmat doors of Allah (swt) is open endlessly.
O Believers! this is for me and for you, and for those who wants to listen. We must make intention to be ready, to be awake, and to sincerely keep these Holy Days and Holy Nights we are entering into with the proper respect. WaminaAllahu Taufiq. Amin.
Jummah Khutbah by Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz, Khalifah of Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs) * OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
27 Jamadilakhir 1436H
April 17, 2015