Auzu billahi min ash‐sheytanir rajim
Medet Ya Seyyidi Sultanul Awliya, Medet.
Amin. Amin. Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah. Wa Shukur Allah. Wa Astaghfirullah. We are thanking – sit comfortably (Sheykh speaking to the Jamaat). Don’t sit too tight. Move out a little bit. Sit comfortably. Put your feet. Listen. Sit comfortable, listen comfortable. When you’re sitting tight, then everything will be tight.
We are the people of Ahir Zaman, the End of the Time. And we are the ones that who came, not in the beginning but in the end. From Adam (aleyhis selam) time up till Holy Prophet (aleyhis salatu wassalam). One hundred twenty four thousand prophets came. Only for one purpose: To guide people from this World to Allah (subhanahu wata’ala). For people not to get stuck and to get fooled by this World. Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) have created the man. He loved them and He created. And saying, “La sharika lah: I have no partner. And what I give order to you, you must keep. What the order I put on you, it is good for you. It is for your benefit, not for Me.” He’s saying, “If you all sit together for twenty‐four hours. Leave everything and twenty‐four hours a day, if you sit and you praise Me, it’s not enough. I have created so many creatures that they’re sitting and they’re praising Me.” Non‐stop. That is their job, only. And no one knows the beginning, when Allah created those. It is not possible for a man to know that knowledge.
Two knowledge. One is the knowledge that is staying in Divine Presence, and Allah has that knowledge only. He’s not sharing that with anyone. The second knowledge, that He shared with His prophets and with the Evliya Allah. The third one, He’s sending to normal ordinary people. And He’s sending us the prophets and His friends to show us the way. Because we get stuck in this World. We get fooled by this World. We get fooled by our ego. We get fooled by Sheytan. So He’s constantly reminding us from the time of Adam (aleyhis selam) until Holy Prophet (aleyhis salatu wassalam) through the prophets.
Holy Prophet (aleyhis salatu wassalam), he’s the seals of prophets. No more prophets coming. Fourteen hundred year ago, over fourteen hundred years ago, he came to this world and he passed. And until Judgment Day, no more prophet coming. And Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) saying to whole mankind, “What I sent it to you through that Prophet, what I sent it to you through that book, it is enough for all of you to hold on tightly, to that book, to that Prophet, to find the way. Otherwise, you are following the roads that is leading you to Sheytan, to Jahannam.
Those people who’s not believing in Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) they run to have activities in this World, they run to do so many things. And they turn this World into a Hell. Everyone now ‐ before it was twelve hours a day. Now, twenty hours a day running to work. Twenty, seven days, three hundred sixty five days a year, still not enough. If you are working twenty four hours a day and three hundred sixty five days a year, still not going to be enough. It is impossible for a man to do that. It is impossible. But Allah(subhanahu wata’ala) is giving us an order saying to us, “Hold on tightly to what I have sent to you, I will make your life easy. Your knowledge is only limited to that.” But He says, “I have My knowledge that I am sending it to you.”
Don’t think that you get up and you go to work and you are earning and you are making something. Allah is giving you the power to be able to do that. If He pulls it away, finish. You cannot do nothing now. Don’t worry so much what is around you and who you’re taking care. It is our obligation to run after those people that they are under our authority to try to make it better for them. But we must not forget our duty to Allah (subhanahu wata’ala). When you are forgetting that duty, that time the Sheytan and this Dunya non‐stop is forcing you to go to different directions. So when the man is going to different direction, he’s becoming disobedient to his Lord. Man, when he becomes disobedient to Allah (subhanahu wata’ala), everything around him becomes disobedient to him. When the man becomes obedient to Allah, everything around Allah makes that one to be obedient to him. This is the knowledge that is coming to us through prophets. And anyone who follows that, they win Dunya and Ahiret. Anyone who left, that Dunya life that they had even if they collected, they were not able to spend it properly.
Millions of people today and the majority of people today on the face of earth, they don’t have the poverty that it was happening a hundred years ago. A hundred years ago, people they didn’t have a piece of bread to eat. They didn’t have proper clothes to wear. They were staying on the Siratul Mustaqim, on the Right Road.
Today’s people living like kings. Yes, the one in welfare is living like a king. Because the kings, when we go back seven hundred, eight hundred years ago, a thousand years ago, two thousand years ago, the kings, they didn’t have this luxury. Touch here, have the light. Touch here, have air‐conditioning. Touch there have heat. Now, no longer touching too. Everything works automatically for you. Allah is giving this knowledge to a man saying to you, “Look, look you are working with this, I’m making this life easy for you.” Earning is easy. The food is enough in this world that is coming out not to feed only these people on earth, maybe three times more. But still people are hungry. Still people are thirsty. Still people, they are in debts twenty‐four hours a day. Only one reason: Because we broke our relationship with our Lord. We destroyed that relationship. As of individual, as of jamaat, the group of people, as of nations.
Our leaders, the nation leaders, are running only top speed also for the World. They are not running to make it better for this mankind. To prepare something for them for better, for the service of Allah (subhanahu wata’ala). So when we are seeing that our own children, or our friends, and our loved ones, they become disobedient to us, it is not too happiness to us. We get very sad. And it is the nature of man, must be sad. Do you think that Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) is not sad because you are disobedient to Him? Because we are disobedient to Him. We must think on it. We must force our self to think on it.
So Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) has created everything on this earth, on this world. He has created and He’s continuously creating everything in Paradise. And He’s saying to us, “I have created everything on earth for your service.” For man’s service. Everything on this earth is serving us. Because Allah gave an order to them. So they are serving us. From the animals, to all material, they are serving the man. And He’s saying to us, “Only one thing I want from you. I have created you for My service. Everything else around you is going to be under your service, you are going to be under My service. And My service ‐ for you to be under My service – I made it very easy for you. You are just going to remember Me. Nothing else. Remembering Me, I will be remembering you. When you are forgetting about Me, I will be forgetting you. For you forgetting Me, it is not the same as for Me forgetting you. Once I will forget you ‐ Oh, our Lord, in these Holy Days we are asking, don’t forget us. Amin. And don’t make us to forget You. Amin.
First we must make the move to say, “Ya Rabbi, we are Your servants. We are weak ones. We are doing so many wrong things. Accept this weakness, that You are the One who gave this weakness to us also. Accept from us.” That’s the only thing He wants from us. Nothing else.
We go out of our way, to say, “I love you. I love you my baby. I love you my child. I love you my husband. I love you my wife. I love you my mother. I love you my father. I love you my grandmother.” I love. Love, love, love. When it comes to Allah, we are not remembering. He’s the one Who gives us everything. When it comes to the Holy Prophet, we are not remembering. He says, “I have created you for that one’s sake. So you must keep that one above everything. When you keep, in your hearts, first My love and the love of your Prophet, everything around you, I will make it to love you. All those that who’s going to love Me, they are going to love you. And they are going to obey you.”
Allah swt is giving us a very easy formula to follow. But we are going out of our way and making trouble to our own self. And that trouble is hurting us. He doesn’t want to hurt us. And He’s saying to us, “You are doing so many mistakes. It’s OK. I am Ghaffar. Ask Me. Just ask Me, I will forgive you. It is easy for Me to forgive you. All you have to do, you have to ask Me.” Don’t be like Sheytan. Sheytan became disobedient to Allah (subhanahu wata’ala), and he turned around and he became arrogant and stubborn. Until today, he’s not asking forgiveness. If he asks right now for forgiveness, Allah swt will forgive him. At this time, he’s not asking, being more arrogant, more stubborn. And that is bringing him to the fire. When the man is following that same characteristics, that road is leading him to the fire too. But we cannot bare this fire. It’s not possible. If you want, put your hand there (on the wood stove). I am guaranteeing you, leave everybody else. If you keep your hand there, you worrying so much, only fifty minutes. As soon as the fifty minutes finish, fifty thousand dollars cash to your hand. And I’m giving you that promise right here from this Hutbe place, to see, which man is capable to do that. But we are thinking, that now we are able to run here and there, that are we going to be able to run that time?
Whatever we are preparing to our self, that’s what we are going to find. As in this Dunya. Whatever we prepare for our self, that’s what we are going to find. That’s what we are finding. We need food a little bit later. We have to prepare. We have to find, we have to cook, we have to put, and we have to eat. That’s what we prepare. If you prepare only cereal. Mashallah. Now, easy lifestyle saying, “Cereal.” Put some milk, some who knows what kind of nonsense in there. Eat. fill yourself up. Breh, the animals like it more better. They like to eat grain and corn. They will be very happy when you give to them.
So, we don’t even know how to treat our self anymore. Those who have everything, they cannot know how to eat, they cannot know how to sleep. They have the houses, that not fitting only two persons. It will fit five thousand people inside. Two persons fighting in that house. Non‐stop, saying, “Don’t come to this room. I don’t want to see you.” They are running in that house, in the opposite direction. What’s between them? Sheytan only. Nothing else.
Remove Sheytan, put Allah, and look how the love is going to come. Non‐stop. And that love is never going to end. It is always, going to increase. Never going to decrease. The love of Dunya is decreasing. And we have no choice, but we have to leave this World. We have to ‐ we are running top speed. Something is pushing behind us. Every single day that is coming, and it is passing. As soon as we came out from the mother’s stomach out, something is pushing us, saying, “Walk this way. That way. Because the end of this road is the cemetery.” Hmm, you go through different stages, but the cemetery is waiting. We must prepare something to that place. And you must believe. Because if you are not believing, you are not living [a] nice comfortable life in this Dunya. Not a nice comfortable life in the Hereafter. Nothing can save us that time.
So, Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) loved us and He has created us. And He made so many special dates in this world for us. And saying to us, “You are weak servants, you are running after this Dunya. You are getting fooled by this Dunya. Just show proper respect to these days, I will forgive you again. Look how easy He’s making it for us. Eh, because today fall – today Eid – it fall on Monday, off, millions of Muslims they are not going to Eid prayer too. They say, “I have to work.” Mashallah. Breh, what you did working three hundred and sixty four days? Huh? Don’t work one day! Keep that proper respect for that day, look what happens to you that time. Just one day. Easily Allah opens another door.
They are running. Because the boss – big boss – big boss of Dunya, Sheytan is saying, “Tsk, come to my service. Must be. Leave that day too. It didn’t fall on Sunday. Don’t you see? Hmm, it fell on Monday. Come here. Ha‐ha.”
Haa. Allah is testing us through that way too. It would be very easy falling on those days and everyone packing the masjids. But because we are living in the Last Days, and Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) is testing us. Testing us through that way saying, “Let’s see what My servants they [are] going to do. Are they going to make one more step forward?” He’s saying to His angels. And if one makes one more step forward, He gets so happy saying, “That, My servant just made one more step forward.” He gets so happy with that one. He gets happy saying to His angels, saying, “You see, when I tell you when I was going to created this man, and you told me, ‘Ya Rabbi, are You going to send, place somebody on this earth that they are going to put bloodshed? And they are not going to obey You. We are obeying and loving and respecting You non‐stop. That is our duty.’ And Allah said to them, “You only know the knowledge that I teach you. You don’t know beyond that. I’m going to have people among them that no matter how this Dunya is going to hold them tightly, they are going to find time for Me at least – at least – one day a year they are going to find.” And Allah is very happy with them. You should be happy.
Those who’s leaving all that for this day, at least, because saying, “This is a Holy Celebration.” “You must come,” says the King. Giving an order saying, “All the subjects under My authority are not working today. Every one must be coming to the palace, to my palace. And I am giving them free meals. They have to celebrate. And I’m going to give them presents.”
What will happen if one of the person in that Kingdom saying, “No I’m not going to the invitation to that King.”?
Hmm, King saying to his deputy, saying, “Collect them properly, their names. The ones that didn’t come, come to me after the Celebration.”
They come after the Celebration saying, “Oh our King, this, this, this people didn’t came to Your invitation.”
“Now go and bring them by force.”
When they came by force, “You became disobedient to Me? Put them in punishment.”
This is what we [are] doing. This is what Allah is saying to us: “Come for Celebrations.” And we say, “No! I am busy.” Busy with what? “Sheytan is holding me.” We must leave that. That is our enemy. That is the biggest enemy that we have. We must know who’s the enemy. The animals they are not our enemy. That is our enemy. We have to watch out. Because that one is kicked away from Divine Presence. He’s very jealous. Jealous from a mankind.
So Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) created these days for us. If we hold it tightly He’s saying, “I have created you the most perfect creatures. And in this Dunya you have two Celebrations. Those people who’s fasting the Ramazan and end of the Ramazan: “You have two rewards. One after Ramazan, this time, Eid celebrations you are making. Second one when you are entering to the Paradises. Those people who keep those orders, I have more special gifts to them in that Paradises.
We are celebrating more because we are, Alhamdulillah, on top of this mountain. Only three years ago, there was not a single Muslim living in this general area. We worked very hard. Every one of you did something. We worked. Alhamdulillah we are receiving the blessings and the rahmat of that work. Anyone who did just a drop of thing, moving one thing from here to there, they are in that work. They are getting the reward. They are getting the blessing. Another big blessing is ‐ not to forget ‐ so many doesn’t know: One time the Holy Prophet (aleyhis salatu wassalam) came back from a big war. He was pretty old now, physically pretty tired. And he came to the masjid. All his clothes in dust. He came from war. He make two‐rakaat prayer. And he sit thinking. His beloved daughter Hazreti Fatima enter[ed] saying, “Oh my father, all your life you never rest. When will you be resting?” He looked at her saying, “My daughter, you see the sun?”
She said, “Yes.”
He says, “As this sun is entering to every house in this world, until the Islam, the nur of Islam, the light of Islam is not entering to every house in this world, there will be no rest for us.”
And she says, “How that will be, oh my father?”
He says, “It’s very soon that I’m going out from this world, but I will leave my representatives in this world, my deputies in this world, that they will carry that job. When their time is up they will go resting, angels taking them, they are going out from this world. Resting place. They will leave other deputies in this world until the light of Islam is going to enter to every house in this world. Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alemin. Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) had blessed us, every one of us. None of us here, none of you here, those who came from Muslim countries came here to spread Islam. No. You came for Dunya. But some way some how, Allah (subhanahu wata’ala)’s mercy and love reached to us. And directed us to this way. And every one of us, whatever we are doing, just a drop of water we are doing here and there, we will be the deputies of that Prophet (aleyhis salatu wassalam). We will be a reason, for the light of Islam to entering to other houses. At least the word is entering to other houses.
We have to be careful, as Muslims. We have no fear, from the governments, from the police, from others. We have fear from Allah (subhanahu wata’ala). But we have to be careful with our activities, with our doings, and with our actions in these communities. That they are all believing in different faiths. When they look at us, they must say, “Yes, these are good people. Yes, these people, although that we don’t know what they are doing, what they are wearing, how ‐ but they are good people.”
This is what you have to do. You have to go out of your way to speak with them properly, not to say, “You are wrong.” This is not our job. Our job is to show them that Islam is right. Properly. In the way that Holy Prophet (aleyhis salatu wassalam) had taught us. Not to go to fight and argue. But to show them with our actions, show them with our lifestyle, show them with our care. Show everything. To show to them, “Yes, you are hearing only in the media: terror, merror. But this is not the Islam. This is coming from different sources. Islam is concentrating on a family lifestyle. And the family lifestyle is the one thing that the mankind lost today. That’s why mankind is not having comfort in their houses.”
We must concentrate. We must look at our children properly. We must not be a dictator to them. We must, not only by word to say we love them, we have to show love to them. We have to go out of our way to, not to give them everything they want. They have to know how to respect their parents. But the parents, they have to know how to give them a proper education. If we don’t know that, we have to reach to higher stations. Those who know what to do, to reach to them. And this way, we will be raising better generations, better children, and in the Judgment Day we will not be responsible. Until eighteen years of age, the parents, they are responsible to teach their children the proper ways. Ha, that is European ways. We say eighteen. Man becomes responsible in Islam when he’s sixteen years of age. But in these days, because they are sitting twenty‐four hours in front of the television and they are learning so many wrong things, they are still responsible. When they know, watching this only for their ego, they have to know that running to the way of Allah. If you run, to go making Allah happy, Allah is going to make you happy. If you don’t make Allah happy, no one can make you happy in this world. No one can be a guarantor for you in this world. If one day you are happy, the next day you are going to be in trouble.
Our duty is to hold on tightly to Islam, to the Holy Prophet’s teachings Inshallah ul Rahman. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. La ilaha Illallahu, Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar, Walillahil Hamd.
1427 Eid Fitr Khutba given by Sheykh Abdul Kerim al‐Hakkani al‐Kibrisi
Shawal 1, 1427 (October 23, 2006),
Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Dergahi, Siddiki Center, New York.