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 Afdalu Salat wa Atammu Tasleem Ala Sayyidil Ambiya’ wa Imam al-Mursaleen.
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 created the sun, the moon, the stars, and set them into their own orbits. All praises are due to Allah who gives Honor to whom He wills and dishonors Whom He wills. All praises are due to Allah who sent the Most Honored Messenger, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS), as the Mercy to the Universes.
And may all peace and blessings be upon the Sultan of the Messengers, the Imam of the Prophets, the Master of the First and the Last, the Intercessor of the Day of Judgment, the Grandfather of Hasan and Huseyin, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS), and upon his noble family and blessed companions, especially upon the 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.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! Today, alhamdulillah is the Day of Jummah. Today is the Day that is holier in the sight of Allah swt than the two Eids combine. Today is a day that we have to take seriously. As Imam el-Ghazali Hujjatul Islam, is saying, ‘Only that believer is blessed with the blessings and benefits of Friday, who looks forward to it anxiously and eagerly; and wretched is the heedless one who is not interested in it and who does not even know in the morning which day has dawned.’ O Believers! We should take care in this Jummah Day.
And in this day we should connect ourselves to the generations that came before us. And when we do that, we will realize how dark a state this Ummah is in right now. Because until 100 years ago, when the Imam was going up the Mimbar and was reading the Khutba, he was reading it with the permission and blessing of the Shadow of Allah on the Earth, the Khalifa. The Imam was reading the Khutba in the name of the Sultan, because the Sultan is representing Holy Prophet (asws), and the Mimbar is the Makam of the Holy Prophet. And with that connection, that Khutba was connecting the entire Jamaat back all the way to the time of the Holy Prophet (asws), and the blessing it was falling down.
Make some tafakkur, O Believers, and we must put ourself to think what it would be like to sit in the Masjid just 100 years ago and hear the Imam saying, ‘We are giving this Khutba in the name of the Khalifa, the Sultan, the Shadow of Allah on Earth, Sultan Abdul Hamid Han son of Sultan AbdulMecid, of the House of Osman, may he have a long life and may the blessings of Allah and His Prophet be upon him.’ Yes, that was the Khutba. That was the Jummah. And may Allah (swt) be witness that we are crying and we calling out to Him and asking for those days to come again where the entire Ummah can read the Khutba in the name of the Khalifa.
O Believers! We have to know our history. We have to know the Seerah of Rasulallah (asws). One Sahabi is saying, ‘Our father would teach the life of Rasoolullah (asws) and he would tell us these are the traditions of your father, so study them. And Hazrat Ali ibn Huseyin ibn Ali (ra) is saying, ‘We were taught the seerah, we were taught the history, like we were taught Quran.’ And our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf is saying to us, ‘Look at your history. Muslims must know their history first for them to be able to understand the hadiths and the ayats. If you don’t know the history of Islam then you cannot understand the hadith of the Holy Prophet (asws). and if you don’t understand the hadiths of the Holy Prophet (asws), you cannot understand the Quran.
But the Imams and the Sheykhs, the Scholars and the Ustadz, they stopped teaching the history of Islam. Why is that? Why is it that they stopped teaching the history of Islam?Why is it that they want the Muslims to stay asleep? Why is it that they want the Muslims to be busy with moonsighting debates? with going to vacation Hajj and umrah? with giant glittery Mawlid conferences? with useless things that are a distracting the Ummat? Because once a Muslim knows his history, then the passion for the Holy Prophet (asws), it will wake up in his heart. A passion for the Sahaba-e-Kiram will wake up in his heart. And the passion for those heroes of Islam, will wake up in his heart. And his heart will know what is true and what is not. His heart will know what is Haqq and what is Batil, and his heart will know, what is true Khilafat and what is a false Khilafat. His heart will know what is real Islam and what is the Islam that is being sold by those who are in reality the enemies to Islam and to the Holy Prophet (asws). They will know what the ideologies of the Mercy of Islam and what is the sheytanic ideologies that is using the name of Islam to spread terror and violence in this world.
That passion is a light. And that light will spread to the whole world. Just like the Ottomans. In the Conquest March that they are singing to commemorate the Conquest of Istanbul, the Mehter would sing to the young Ottomans, saying: “This book is the book of Fatih, the book of Selim, the book of Suleyman. This Mihrab is the Mihrab of Sinanuddin, this minaret is the minaret of Sinan. Haydi, get up, and wake up your sleeping legend.” Subhanallah. Putting that passion saying; those ones who came before, they did their job. They made their history. Their name is written in the golden alphabets. Now go out and do the work, and write your own name in these history books. And Elhamdulillah, that we have a Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf, who is awaking that passion in people. And he has given to us as an inheritance the work of the Holy Prophet (asws) who is saying, ‘I will not rest until the light of Islam enters into every home. And there will be those who come after me who will not rest until this work is completed.’
And Sahib el-Sayf, Sheykh Abd Kerim el-Kibrisi, he is veiled and he is continuing that work beyond the Mountain of Qaf. And that work is his inheritance to us. And he is saying to us, ‘Haydi, get up, and wake up your sleeping legend.’ And if we want to wake up that sleeping legend, we must know the history. And in this Month of Shawwal, so much history happened in the life of Rasulallah (asws). In this month, two huge battles happened. The Battle of Uhud and the Battle of Hunayn. The Battle of Uhud happened on the 3rd of Shawwal, three years after the Hijra. It happened about one year after the Battle of Badr. And the Battle of Hunayn, it happened on the 10th of Shawwal in the 8th year after Hijra.
The Battle of Hunayn happened just a short time after the Conquest of Makkah. And both of these battles have a huge lesson for us, for the ones who want to continue the work of the Holy Prophet (asws).
In the Battle of Uhud, the Kuffar wanted revenge for what their defeat at Badr. And so they marched with 3,000 men to Uhud to seek their revenge. And the Muslim army was 700 men. The Muslim army, in Badr, they had been 313, and they had defeated thousands. Now they were 700. They were better prepared. They were better equipped. From the worldly eyes, they were going to beat the Kuffar again. But that is not what happened. In that battle, the Muslims were almost defeated. And in that battle, the Beloved of Allah was wounded. His blessed mouth was cut open and two of his blessed teeth were martyred on that day. An enemy came so close that he was able to strike his sword to the shoulder of Holy Prophet (asws). But why did this happen? It’s because of disobedience.
Holy Prophet (asws) stationed one group of 50 archers on a hill. And he said to them, ‘Use your arrows against the enemy cavalry. Keep the cavalry off our backs. As long as you hold your position, our rear is safe. On no account must you leave this position. If you see us winning, do not join us; if you see us losing, do not come to help us. If you see us snatched into pieces by birds, do not leave this position of yours till I send for you. And if you see that we have defeated the enemy and marched on them do not desert your position till I send for you.’ Can anything be clearer than that? But at a point in that battle, it looked like the believers they had won. And those believers who were fighting in the valley below, they started to collect the spoils of war.
And 40 out of 50 of those archers, they saw that and they disobeyed the Holy Prophet (asws). They ran down to collect the treasure. And at that time the kuffar saw that the hill was opened, the hill was abandoned, and they made an attack. And because of that the Muslims, they almost lost. The beloved uncle of Holy Prophet (asws), Hz. Hamza (ra) was martyred. The Holy Prophet (asws) was wounded. And a rumor spread that Holy Prophet (asws) had been killed, and so many people started to abandon the battlefield. And in the end only 10 Sahabi formed a circle around the Prophet (asws) and protected him as they moved to a hill to seek refuge.
And Allah is mentioning this incident in the Holy Quran saying: ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Allah did indeed fulfill His promise to you when with the permission of Allah you were about to destroy the enemy, until you moved and fell to fighting about the order of the Holy Prophet, and disobeyed it after Allah brought you in sight of that which you desire.’ There is a lesson in Uhud for us. Do not look down on those 40 archers. They are Sahaba-e-Kiram. What they did is a lesson for us, because definitely if we were there, we were going to do the worse than them. But the lesson there is that Holy Prophet (asws) gave an order. But when the battle changed and it looked like the Muslims had won, the archers started fighting and debating about the clear order of Holy Prophet (asws). As Allah (swt) is saying, they started fighting about the Holy Prophet’s order. And because of that fighting, because of that debating, a huge damage came. And that whole incident happened only because of dunya. Only because of what they could get from this world. They saw that people were collecting the war treasure, and they wanted some. And because of that, they left the order of the Prophet.
O Believers. We must look in our hearts. Have we ever debated about the order of the Prophet? Have we ever debated about the order of our Sheykh? Have we ever disobeyed our Sheykh? Have we ever left the order of our Sheykh for dunya? If we did that, then understand that we have the potential to do that same damage. That Battle is a lesson for us. We have to become clean from that by having the attitude of “We hear and we obey.” And this it is an ayat of the Holy Quran: Sameena wa’atana. Just like Seyh Efendi is saying about his own submission to his Sheykh, ‘If Sheykh Mevlana told me to stand in one spot, I would not move from that spot without his permission.’
And in the Battle of Hunayn the Muslims were in their strongest position. They had just conquered Mecca. The Army of Islam was 12,000 men. And they heard that one group of tribes, they had gathered on the outskirts of Mecca and wanted to destroy Mecca. And the Muslim army marched toward that area, with Holy Prophet (asws) with them. And those unbelievers they set a very clever trap, and they started to attack the Muslims. And in that confusion, so many began to abandon the Holy Prophet (asws). They started to run from the battle. And Holy Prophet shouted to them saying:’Where are you going, people? Come back to me. I am God’s Messenger. I am Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah.’ But the people continued to flee. And the Holy Prophet (asws) ordered his Uncle, Hz. Abbas who had a booming voice, to call out. And Hz. Abbas said: ‘O you, Ansar, you had welcomed your Prophet and supported him. O you, Muhajirin, who pledged to sacrifice your lives. Come back to God’s Messenger.’ And with that shouting the people woke up and cried out Labbayk and they came to defend Holy Prophet (asws). And the battle turned in favor of the Muslims.
What is the lesson of Hunayn? Allah (swt) is telling us in Holy Quran saying: ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Allah gave you victory on many fields and on the day of Hunayn, when you were happy with yourselves because of your big number but it didn’t benefit you at all. And the earth, which is very wide, became very tight for you; then you turned back in flight; Then Allah sent His peace of reassurance down upon His messenger and upon the believers, and sent down armies you could not see, and punished those who disbelieved. Such is the reward of disbelievers.’ Sadaqallahul Azim.
What is the lesson? Number doesn’t matter. Quantity doesn’t matter. The worldly advantage doesn’t matter. What matters is the faith. What matters is the passion. What matters is the quality. The Holy Prophet (asws) and his army were only 313 in Badr and they defeated a huge army. Because faith in their hearts was like unshakable mountains. But in Uhud, in Hunayn, where they were better in numbers, better in weapons, better according to the standard of dunya, they were almost defeated.
What is the lesson for us? Are we telling people to go out and to wage war? Are we telling people to go out and to fight? No. The lesson here if for us to fix our hearts. We must fix our intention. We must wake up our passion. Because a true believer, a true Murid, his numbers do not matter. With that one person, the world can change. Because that passion in his heart, it can give light to the whole world.
O Believers! We have a work to do. We have a sleeping legend to wake up. We have history books to write. That is the work of our Sheykh, that is the inheritance he has left to us. We have no choice. We must carry it. Listen to Sahib el-Sayf, who is speaking to you and me. He is saying: ‘The sleeping legend. Wake up your sleeping legend or they will wake you up and send you to the other side. Be careful. Everyone should wake up. This is not a circus. This is reality. Anyone who is with me should prepare themselves for that.’ This much is enough for you and for me. Amin
Jummah Khutbah by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
15 Shawwal 1436H
July 31, 2015