Auzu billahi min ash-sheytanir rajim
Medet ya Seyyidi Sultanul Awliya, Medet.
Alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah, alhamdulillahi Rabbil alameen.
Astaghfirullah, astaghfirullah, astaghfirullah al-azim wa atubu ilaih.
Tauba Ya Rabbi, astaghfirullah.
We are asking forgiveness from You Ya Rabbi, our Lord Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Forgive our shortcomings Ya Rabbi. We are the weakest from the weakest ones Ya Rabbi. Accept all things we are doing wrongly in Your Presence Ya Rabbi. Give us the understanding to do better for Your sake, to live for You and to die for You Ya Rabbi.
Holy Prophet (asws) is saying to us, “When you are seeing the crescent of Ramazan, start fasting. When you see Shawwal entering, stop fasting. If the skies are closed and cloudy then make it up to thirty days and then stop fasting.” Alhamdulillah, we are following that sunnat. The skies are closed. We made it up to thirty days, we are breaking the fast and we are celebrating the Eid.
Muslims, whose names are Muslims in these days and not the actions, are fighting everywhere in the world, left, right, front and back, among brothers and communities non-stop. Sheytan is running to make them fight. They are not finding anything else now and they are fighting on this saying, “It’s (Eid) not today but tomorrow, it’s not tomorrow but yesterday, it’s not today but tomorrow, tomorrow, the next day, three days, four days later.” Allah is making it easy for us through the teachings of the Holy Prophet (asws). If we are following his teachings then we will find that everything is easy.
21st century Muslims are not following the Holy Prophet (asws). For that everything is becoming hard and harder and harder and harder. It’s because you are making it harder. They are making it harder for themselves and then they say, “I cannot do this, I cannot do that, I cannot turn here, I cannot turn there.” What can you do? What are your reasons for being in this world? You cannot fast, you cannot pray, you cannot celebrate the Eid, what are you here for? For what reason are you in this world? What is the reason of your creation? Man has to know that first. And we lost all this. We have to turn back. We have to turn back to our traditions. There is no other way. Safety is coming only with that because Allah subhana wa ta’ala selected some days, He sent us messages through His prophets, He sent us messages through His books saying, “Take these days holy. Show proper respect to these days. Don’t put me in second class. I will put you in second class.”
The Ummat today is putting Allah second class, saying, “It doesn’t fit to me today to go to celebrate Eid. So the organizations, so many of them, they know that Eid is today but they say, “Tomorrow. It fits tomorrow because tomorrow is the Jewish holiday. So nobody is going to work.” Allah subhana wa ta’ala is testing this Nation, this Ummat every year with something. Last Ramazan was fitting to the holidays of everyone, the Christians, Jews and everyone. The masjids were packed. This time now the masjids are empty again. Yes, it is a test coming to us from our Lord Allah subhana wa ta’ala. Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has reasons.
So Alhamdulillah. A couple of words for this because we have so many better things to speak but the Nation is fighting back and forth, Jamats are fighting inside, murids are fighting inside, saying, “Is this the order from Sheykh? Is this the order from the Prophet (asws)? Is this the order from Allah?” If you know that much then you won’t ask anyway. Just follow sincerely and you will find out then. Yes.
So, Alhamdulillah wa shukr Allah. Those people who kept the whole month of Ramazan, they kept their Tarawih prayers, they gave their Sadaqas, they gave their Zakats, yes, they should celebrate Eid. They should give everything to celebrate. They have two Eids to celebrate. One in this dunya and one in the Hereafter. Those who are keeping the orders of Allah subhana wa ta’ala. And the orders that are coming from Allah subhana wa ta’ala are coming with conditions attached, that is, the orders of the Holy Prophet (asws). If we are keeping the orders of the Holy Prophet (asws) then we are keeping the orders of our Lord Allah subhana wa ta’ala.
Eid is the day to celebrate, Eid is the day to forgive, Eid is the day to put the differences aside, to turn back to the original road, Eid is the day that the person is separating himself, saving himself from that fire, from the threat and treatment of the fire. And Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is granting us, saying to us, “Run to that.” And those who are finding, yes, those who are finding space to put it and they are running for that, they are keeping their Lord priority. Allah keeps them priority. No one is claiming in this time, in this century that the things that we are doing are worthy to address, to give to the Divine Presence. We know that we are very weak and we are doing very weak service. At least man must try. He must try and he must be sincere with himself. He must know that he is a weak creature and he must know that his Lord is the most strong and the only One.
So the Eid is for an individual, for a believer to understand what is faith and what is Kufr and to celebrate on it. Eid is for believers to separate themselves from unbelievers and to start celebrating. Yes, in this dunya if we are finding, if we are understanding and if we are following then inshaAllah ar-Rahman in Akhirat Allah will save us and will put us in protected area. That message is given to the whole mankind. No one can say, “Why are you separating?” There is no separation coming from our side. There is no separation coming from Allah’s side. Separation is coming from those who are not believing and who are running for their ego. And Allah subhana wa ta’ala is saying to us, “We have created you from one male and one female. We have created you for Our service. We have created you to know yourselves and to know Us. To know Us and to worship. We have created you for this reason.” And all these orders of Islam, do’s and don’t’s, is to teach us, to prepare us to become better servants to our Lord. If we are following, if we are taking, if we are applying it to our life then we will be able to see every day that is passing, “Yes, we are becoming better. Every month and every year that is passing, yes we are becoming better.”
Check yourself. If every day that is passing, every month and every year that is passing, if you are becoming better then be happy and run more to do it better. If you are not becoming better then say to yourself, “There is something wrong with me. I did something wrong somewhere. I must change it. I must turn around quickly. I don’t have the luxury to play around with my life.” The angel of death is at work. He is working. He doesn’t care for Eid or Juma or yesterday or today or tomorrow. He is working and one day he is going to reach to us. And that one day may be today. Maybe that one day is five minutes later. Don’t make too long term plans. Too long term plans are not for us. It’s not for believers. It is for those people who are making long term plans thinking that they are going to live in this dunya for a very long time.
Holy Prophet (asws) is saying to us again, “Prepare yourselves. Run for this dunya as much as you are going to live in it. Prepare yourselves for akhirat as much as you are going to live there.” You know and I know, everyone knows in this world what is the approximate time that they are going to live in this world. We should not fall into that illusion and delusion states. When we are reaching to become older we should become wiser and we should be running to do things for the sake of Allah faster before somebody tells us. We should be in awakening station watching whatever is necessary and run to do it for the sake of Allah. We have lost enough time from our lives. Yes, we did. We have lost enough time when the reason of our creation is to know Allah and to worship Allah.
Every individual is responsible from the time that he reaches to maturity age. And the maturity, just from the calculation, is coming to girls at 13-years-old and to boys at 16-years-old. Calculate. We must calculate for ourselves, “Did we do everything according to that age? After that age, did we do according to what was our responsibility?” If you did then be happy. Don’t run around making show to say, “I am better than anybody.” Then you may be knocked down again. Be happy from the inside and run to do it more. If you didn’t then you missed a lot of time. Try to catch it. There is no time to spend anymore with nonsense. Not in this world and not in the hereafter. This world also now entered into the era that so many things are going to change. So many things are about to change.
Believers must wake up, those who believe. The believers are those who believe in Allah and His Prophet (asws), those who keep their daily prayers, one month Ramazan and they are believing in the Judgment Day. They are believing in the Judgment Day that after death they are going to be raised and they are going to be questioned. They are going to be questioned for the things that they did right in their life. They are going to be punished for the things that they did wrong. They might not be questioned for that. What you are earning Halal, what you have earned from your working properly in the way that Allah has ordered to you and the Prophet (asws) also has ordered, we are going to be questioned for that, how we earned and where we spent it. If we didn’t earn from the right way then we are going to be punished for that.
So, the life is given to us and Allah subhana wa ta’ala is saying to us, “I am a Forgiving One. Ask and I will forgive.” The whole month of Ramazan passed. If you treated the month properly, there were so many prayers that you should have made and asked from your Lord, and I believe that those who did will be forgiven. If you didn’t then you should be very sad. Yes, you should be very sad. You should run faster now. You don’t have the luxury to slow down anymore. You should run faster. Every opportunity that is coming in front of your way, you must grab it, you must say, “Astaghfirullah Ya Rabbi. At this time I dropped this. I am trying to do this Ya Rabbi.” This is how we should live in these days. And inshaAllah ar-Rahman, Shawwal has entered and the Holy Prophet (asws) is saying to us, “If you are keeping six days during the month of Shawwal then you will be counted as if you have fasted the whole year. You will be rewarded in the Judgment Day as if you have fasted the whole year.”
InshaAllah ar-Rahman, we are making intention according to the traditions of our Sheykh and the Holy Prophet (asws). We don’t know the Holy Prophet (asws) that much. We know what our Sheykh is doing and our Sheykh usually keeps this [Eid] day breaking the fast and tomorrow he starts fasting again for six days non-stop. My advice to myself is this: so many times people say, “Well, it’s voluntary. So I will fast one day and I won’t fast the next day. The next day I will fast and for one week I won’t fast.” I am watching that so many times people are not making up those six days. If we do, if we make up these six days then it is a big reward for us inshaAllah ar-Rahman, that the things that we have missed during the Ramazan time, it will be covered up and we will be rewarded for that, inshaAllah ar-Rahman. We will be rewarded just because we are trying to follow the sunnat of Rasulullah (asws).
The sunnat is very important in our lives. When we are dropping the sunnat, the traditions of the Holy Prophet (asws) and when we say, “I am keeping only the Farz”, then it will be very easy. Next you will drop the Farzs. That’s what we are seeing worldwide today. Muslims dropped everything. Their names are Muslim but their actions are not. The names in the passports are saying Muslim names but the lifestyle of so many are not. As I always say, there are exceptions. If you are one of the exceptions then never mind the words that I am saying. If you are not one of the exceptions and you are finding that you are living a western lifestyle then change it. Run to change it because Islam is a lifestyle.
Holy Prophet (asws) came to teach us how to live in this world. People were living at that time too. Before Islam they were living in so many ways. They left the ways of the prophets and they deviated into so many different roads. The Prophet (asws) came and put them back to the main road and the Holy Prophet (asws) has been sent to put us into that road. And inshaAllah what he left to us is enough for us to hold on tightly and to bring us to safety. Holy Prophet (sws) is saying, “In Ahir Zaman, my traditions, my sunnats are going to be lost. If you are keeping one of my sunnats then in the Judgment Day you will be getting the rewards of a hundred martyrs.” One sunnat. So now I think any sunnat that comes in our way we must try to grab it. Each sunnat that we are following we will be getting the rewards of a hundred martyrs. And I believe that’s the only way we will be finding safety then because today our prayers and everything that we are doing is very weak and it may not have been accepted in the Divine Presence.
The holy day, the Eid is a day to celebrate inshaAllah ar-Rahman. When you are celebrating, don’t forget the Ummat. Don’t forget that Allah subhana wa ta’ala is not too happy with us. Don’t forget that the Holy Prophet (asws) is also not too much happy with us. Don’t forget that the Awliya Allah are not too happy with us. Who is happy with us? Sheytan. So run to make it better on this day. Don’t make Sheytan happy. Make each other happy and reach to your family members. You have problems with them, it doesn’t matter. Today is the day to pick up the phone to say, “Selam aleykum mother, Selam aleykum father. I am just calling you to celebrate with you the Eid.” Whatever they say, it’s okay. You do your part. When you do your part you will be rewarded for that. They will be rewarded for that. Allah subhana wa ta’ala will put mercy into their hearts inshaAllah ar-Rahman. It is for you and for me. This is the advice coming to us from the Holy Prophet (sws). If we keep it, it is good for us. If we drop it then it is not giving too much benefit to us. Wa min Allahu tawfiq Bihurmatil Habib Bihurmatil Fatiha.
Eid Khutba given by SahibulSaif Sheykh Abdul Kerim al-Kibrisi al-Rabbani Hz
Friday 1 Shawwal, 1428 October 12, 2007
Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergahi, Siddiki Center, New York.