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 all the Universes. All praises are due to Allah who is the First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden, the One who has Might and Power over all things. All praises are due to Allah who sent His Habib, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws), as the Mercy to the Worlds. And may all peace and blessings be upon the Lamp of Guidance, the Crown of Creation, the Master of the First and the Last, the Imam of the Messengers, the Grandfather of Hasan and Huseyin, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws), and upon his noble family and blessed companions, and all those who follow them until the Last Day.
Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers. Welcome to you in this Holy Day of Jummah, that is falling on the 18th Day of the Holy Month of Shaban, the Month of Holy Prophet (asws). Welcome to the Believers who have just passed through the nights of Ragaib, Miraj, and Berat, and who are now preparing themselves and are eagerly awaiting the respected guest of Ramazan Kerim that is about to enter upon us. Welcome to the believers that are keeping respect to the Holy Days and Nights, and are running to catch the pleasure of their Lord, Allah (swt), in these blessed times.
O Believers! We have just passed through the Holy Night of Berat, the Night of accounting. And in that night, all of what is going to be written for the whole year, it has been written and decreed. And so this year is going to open according to how we lived last year. And we are asking our Lord, Allah (swt), to let this year to open to be Khayr for us, for this year to open more ways for us to serve and be useful, for it to be easy, for us to be strong, in the work of our Sheykh. Amin.In these Holy Days and Nights that we are passing through, what are we concentrating on? What is it that we are hoping to gain out of these special days and nights? So many people in these days, they are running only to make a business with Allah (swt). They are killing themselves, making so much ibadet, reading so much Quran, making so much zikr, trying to pull down the rewards from the heavens, which is not a bad thing. But what is it worth, what is the value, what is the usefulness of these actions, if they are done without any spirit, without any heart? What is the usefulness of all that ibadet, of all that effort, if it is not to make us to become better?
Holy Prophet (asws) is saying in his Hadith Sherif, In a believer’s life, today must be better than yesterday, and tomorrow has to be better than today. So if our worshipping is not making us to become better, then there must be something wrong with our worship. Today’s 21st Century ignorant and arrogant Muslims, they are running to do more worship, running to memorize more Quran, running to swallow up more books, but it is not making us better. The signs are all there. There are so many scholars today, perhaps there are more so-called scholars than there ever was, ever in the history of Islam, but what is our condition? Is the condition of the believers better today than it was yesterday? Definitely the condition of the Ummat a century ago is better than its condition today. So what happened to us?
The Muslims of this time, we have sunk into the lowest levels of ghaflet, of heedlessness. We are worshipping, we are going to Mecca and Medina, people are going there every weekend for a vacation, we are reciting Quran paying top dollars to make others to teach our children to memorise the Quran, we are pulling our tesbihs, and having mega-maulids everywhere, thousands giving salawats, masha’Allah but we are in ghaflet. And Allah (swt) is giving us a huge warning in the Holy Quran about being in ghaflet, saying: “BismillahirRahmanirRahim. And certainly We have created for hell many of the jinn and the men; they have hearts with which they do not understand, and they have eyes with which they do not see, and they have ears with which they do not hear; they are as cattle, no, they misguided; these are the heedless ones.” What is it that we can do to save ourselves from being in this category that Allah (swt) is warning us about in the Holy Quran?
Our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani, may Allah raise his station, is teaching us, saying: You have been created, we have been created for His service only. “We have created the Jinns and the humans only to know Us and to worship Us.” That’s what Allah (swt) is saying. And worshipping is not going up and down like robots. Worshipping to Allah is being aware, is knowing and understanding that, ‘Allah is watching and what is the state that I am in now? How I am thinking and what I am thinking? What I am busy with? While Allah is watching me, He created me for His service, what I am busy with?’ Look at yourself and you will understand. If you don’t understand then wait until Azrail is coming. He is not too far. He is not too far away from anyone. He is very near. So what is our Sheykh teaching us?
He is teaching us to be in the opposite of ghaflet. And what is the opposite of ghaflet? To be in a state of tafakkur. What is tafakkur? It is to think. It is to reflect. It is to be aware. It is to be awake. It is to take account of ourselves. What is tafakkur? Holy Prophet (asws) is saying, ‘One hour of tafakkur is better than 70 years of nafilah ibadet (voluntary worship).’ And this practice of tafakkur, this practice of thinking and taking account of ourself, it was practiced very heavily by the Sahaba-e-Kiram. Don’t think that this is a ‘Sufi’ practice that hundreds of years later some Sufi masters they make up. Everything that is in Tarikat, it has a sunnat. And what is the sunnat of the Sahaba e-kiram? What did they do?
Hz. Umar (ra), he used to sit by himself at night, and he would whip his foot and say, Tell me, what have you done today! And Hz. Hasan (ra) is giving us advice, showing to us what it is to make real tafakkur. He is saying: A believer he polices his ego; he guards and he warns and he guides his ego. He criticizes and judges it for the sake of Allah. The Final Accounting may turn out to be easy on some people because they used to take accounting of themselves in this life; and the Final Judgment on the Day of Resurrection may turn out to be very difficult on a people who took this life as something easy, and thought they would not be called to account. Hz. Hasan is describing how the believer should make tafakkur, saying: An idea might suddenly come to the mind of a believer. He says to himself: ‘By Allah this is amazing, I need it!’ But then he takes account of himself and he makes tafakkur and says, ‘But no, never. Get lost! I am prohibited from executing you! It is haram for me to carry this through.’ And he is saying, A believer may do something in ghaflet but he would then turn to himself and say: ‘What do you mean by this? By Allah, I cannot find an excuse for this. I shall never repeat it, insha’Allah!’
This is tafakkur. It will change a person. It will make a person to become better. It will put the real spirit, the real heart, not only into a person’s ibadet, but into the person’s whole life. It turns the man’s whole life into an ibadet, into a service to his Lord, Allah (swt). Because the man who is making tafakkur, he is not just thinking and judging his prayers and his worship, which majority of Muslims, they never judge their worship. They never think about their worship. They worship and they says, ‘Allah is going to accept, insya’Allah.’ Which is why in the Naksibendi way, we say ‘astarghfirullah,’ one hundred times, right after we pray the farz prayer, for the mistakes that we are doing inside the prayer. The believer must judge his every action. He’s not just thinking and judging his prayers and his worship, but his every action. He must judge his every intention. He must judge everything that goes through his heart. And when a person is thinking like that, he is making sure that everything he does, everything he thinks, everything he feels is for the sake of Allah (swt). And that time, a man can truly become the servant of Allah (swt). This is a serious matter. This is real. If we are not making tafakkur, if we are not accounting for ourselves, then we are going to face a very difficult road in front of us.
Sheykh Effendi is saying: ‘If you calculate that you will live 60 years of life, put an ‘X’ on twenty years. Cancel twenty years. From the first age to twenty years, it’s gone. You didn’t really do anything and up to 16 years of age you were not responsible if you are a man. If it’s a woman until 13 years of age, she’s not responsible. So twenty years. Especially in these days they say, “You are young. Go enjoy yourself. Don’t be a foolish one going next to a Shaykh.” Muslims are saying this. What does it mean? “Go enjoy, go drink, go do adultery, go gamble, do this and that” meaning, “Dirty yourself. Heh, You are clean, go dirty yourself.” Later you may have the chance to clean or you may not have the chance to clean. So twenty years are gone. From twenty to forty years, the man is really running for this world. The majority of men are running for the treasures and the pleasure of this world only. Now if you make it, you have the years between forty and sixty. So you have another twenty years of life. So everything you are going to earn (for Akhirat) is really in that last twenty years. If you are a wise one you start collecting from twenty years of age. Then when you reach to forty you say, “Oh! I shouldn’t work so much for this world. Now I should work for Akhirat.” Because the world’s wealth is never going to come to an end. Holy Prophet (asws) is saying to us, “When you reach to forty years of age, if your good deeds are not more than your bad deeds, then prepare yourself for a long and difficult journey.”
O Believers, the time is passing by us, and we are passing with the time. As Hz. Hasan al-Basri (qs) is saying: ‘O son of Adam! You are but a bundle of days. As each day passes away, a part of you vanishes away!
So Allah (swt) has given us a huge blessing that He has let us reach to these three Holy Months, to put our heads back together for us to understand what is real and what is not, to understand what is Haqq and what is Batil, what is ahiret and what is dunya. If these three holy months are not given, man will be lost. We have just passed the middle of these Holy Months, the Night of Beraat. And we are going to fast approach the Month of Ramazan. In these days and nights, yes, we should run to make more ibadet. I’m not saying don’t run to make more ibadet. We should make more zikir. We should read the Quran more. We should increase our worship. But most importantly, we should run to sit down, to think, to make tafakkur, and to judge ourselves. You don’t have to sit down to make tafakkur. when you are doing your work, make tafakkur. When you are eating, make tafakkur. When you are sitting, make tafakkur. The tafakkur now, it is not limited to a time or a place. and more that you are awake and aware, and judging the actions and your intention while you are doing it, the more easy it is going to become. and the more that the support is going to come to you to be able to make the right decisions. We should ask ourselves sincerely, if we are becoming better or if we are becoming worse. Look at our last year, and then to look at this year, and to see if our today has become better than yesterday, and if our days are staying the same, or if our days are becoming worse.Our today is better than yesterday, it is not in collecting the dunya. Our today is better than yesterday and tomorrow better than today, it is not to say, this much I earn from this world, but it is to see how much more sincere better ones we are in running for the sake of Allah. If we make that reflection sincerely, if we make that tafakkur sincerely, we may move forward. If we concentrate on this then insha’Allah, in this Holy Month of Ramazan that is coming, we will harvest good harvest, with the help of our Sheykh.
We are closing with the words of our Sahib el-Sayf who is saying: The Holy Prophet (asws) is saying, `The believer’s today has to be better than yesterday. Tomorrow must be better than today.’ This is what the Holy Prophet (asws) is saying. Look at yourself. Your today, is it better than yesterday? Or are you complaining more today? You know what it is. Do you think that your tomorrow is going to be better than today? If you are a believer then it has to be better. Has to be. Your connection has to be better with your Lord. Your connection has to be better with the Prophet (asws). Your connection has to be better with the Awliya Allah. That’s where you find safety. That’s where you find peace. There is no other peace. You are looking for peace? There is no other peace. Circle around the world if you want. Go anywhere you hear that there is peace. It’s only temporary, fake, it’s passing.
Peace comes with Islam, with submission. Islam is submission, to submit yourself to your Lord, to the orders of your Lord. Insha’AllahurRahman, we are asking our Lord, Allah (swt), for us to be from those ones whose today is becoming better than yesterday, who are running for His pleasure, for the pleasure of Holy Prophet (asws), and for the pleasure of our Sheykh, and to forgive us and to make us to be strong. Amin.
Jumma Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
18 Shaban 1436H
June 5, 2015