La hawla wala quwwata illa billahil aliyyil azim. SelamAleykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatu. Jummah Mubarak. Alhamdulillah. We have entered into a Jummah. And, who knows how many more Jummah that we are going to enter into. Jummah, it is a very special time. In this Dergah, it is a very special time. All work stops on a Friday. All work really stops Thursday night. You prepare yourself, you take a shower and you clean yourself, you look forward to the next day because the Eid is a day of celebration, day of rest.
So on Friday morning, you have a nice breakfast, you stay up a little bit, you get ready for the Jummah. And after the Jummah, we sit, we talk a little bit, you listen a little bit, we have some tea, and then you continue. But the day is different. It is different. It feels different. You must make it different. It cannot be the same. Don’t make your Saturdays and Sundays to be different. What? because they are weekends that they are different? For fourteen hundred years, this has been the Holy day of the Muslims. Until Judgement Day, this will be the Holy day of the Muslim, but not just by word. We don’t want to fall into that category that Hujjatul Islam Imam al-Ghazali is saying what? If you don’t look forward to the Friday, if you are not preparing for it, if you don’t know which day it is in the morning time, if you say, ‘oh, what day is it?’ then you are the most wretched person.
What does wretched mean? What does wretched mean? You American type people, you know English better than me, what does it mean? (Sheyk asks murids at the Dergah) A murid answers, ‘Nasty.’
Sheykh says, ‘nasty, dirty.’
Another murid says, ‘condemned.’
Sheykh: Cursed. The word, people don’t use it. Very cursed. Very bad misfortune. We don’t want to say luck. There’s no such thing as a luck. So, if we are not respecting what Allah is respecting and holding high in value, then you are pulling the curse to yourself. Alhamdulillah, our Sheykh has taught us how to behave in this day, but don’t let it to become a ritual, don’t let it to become a habit. Don’t fall into a robotic action on this day also. Make it different. InsyaAllah ar-Rahman.
Alhamdulillah, we just had the khutbah, let me see how many of you remember what the khutbah is saying. What do you remember from the khutbah? What is it saying to you? I don’t want a summary, I just want what the khutbah, the most important thing to you. What is it saying to you? (Sheykh asks murids at the Dergah). Murid ‘X’ answers, ‘there were battles fought for Islam in the month of Shawwal.’ (Sheykh asks another murid), ‘Okay, what is the importance to you?’
So, we are learning how important history is in our lives. History is not a subject that you study in school, once you leave school then it doesn’t make any difference to you. No. history is something that you are living in. It’s inside of you. It is in your life. The man who doesn’t know his yesterday will not know his today, will not know and he will never know what tomorrow is going to bring. One third of the Book of Allah is filled with the history, nothing but the history of the earlier nations. If history is not important, why Allah swt is mentioning the history of the earlier nations to us? For what reason? Just to tell a nice story? Astarghfirullah.
We know how to say, ‘history repeats itself.’ Somebody else were saying, ‘those who don’t learn from history then they are condemned to repeat it.’ Look at your own history. If you don’t learn what happened to you in the past, then you are just going to repeat the same thing over and over and over again. Then you’ll be stuck. Life is moving forward. Life is not supposed to be making you to be stuck in one stage because life, pre-eternity to post-eternity, it’s filled with constant changes. If you don’t change, you are stuck. That time it’s worse than hell, because you are not living to your potential. Why is it worse than Hell? Because the Hellfire, it cleanse you up.
Yes, you make progress in the Hellfire too. If it cleanse you up, then it’s preparing you for other stations. But if you are not knowing your history and you not making it important in your life what history is, if you are not looking at your own history and understand,’what was I before? before I became a Muslim or before I give beyat to Sheykh Effendi, before I became a believer,’ if you are not sitting down to think about it often, then you are going to be stuck in a robotic existence, you cannot compare, you cannot know. This is what is in our way tafakkur that is important. And what is tafakkur? To sit down and to meditate. First, meditate your day, meditate your days, meditate your months, your weeks, your life. Understand. Once you start meditating on that and understanding your day, understanding the history of your day, understanding what you are doing in the history of those actions, we are always getting angry, understand what is the history of that, why are you always getting angry? What kind of situation? How do you get out of that?
Some people they don’t want to change. They just want to escape from the consequences of their actions, but they really don’t want to change. Like some people, they don’t want to change: They do something wrong, we say, ‘don’t do that, if you do that this is going to be the results. It’s not so good.’
They say, ‘Okay. I’m going too.’
‘Really? You are?’
Later we turned our head and they do it. And when they do it, we say, ‘you see, you do it. Now, this is the result.’
‘How do I get out of it?’
‘How do I get out of this result?’
Very nice way of putting it. You cannot get out of it. It will stick to you. Unless you do couple of things to stop those wrong actions. When you do something wrong, and you run to do something right, then that’s the time you can move forward. But those ones who say, ‘how do I get out of this?’ meaning, ‘how do I escape from this today because tomorrow I’m going to do it again.’ They are not saying, ‘tomorrow I’m going to do it again,’ that when they do it again, this is the result, ‘how do I get out this?’ Over and over and over again. So they are stuck. No change is going to happen to them. And it’s a very bad situation now.
So the history that we have to know in ourselves from our communities, the history that we have to know of our faith, it is very important for the believers. Be busy with that, and understand. We spoke about something in the khutbah today, to make us to come out from this stuck positions, thinking that Islam has always been like this, the Muslims has always been like this since the beginning. No. Muslims’ situation has always been like this? No, it hasn’t. Islam, Muslims, one thousand four hundred years and that majority of that time, maybe for one thousand three hundred years, it was always rising and victorious and triumphant. It has never fallen into a disgraceful situation like this. It falls into a disgrace because we are rejecting the sign of Allah. We are rejecting the Khalifah of Allah. We are rejecting Allah to be ruling over us, saying, ‘we want to rule over ourselves,’ that’s when the protection is lifted and we become into this very dishonorable position. But this dishonorable position doesn’t just belong to us. They start to spread to the whole world.
The whole world falls into a dishonor. Whole world, mankind turns to become beast, wild beast and worse than them. And Muslims, they start losing their Prophet, they start losing the lifestyle of the Prophet. The religion becomes clothes that they just put on and they take off whenever that they want. It is not something that comes from their heart, from something inside.
If we don’t know our history, that time, we are in a very very dangerous situation. Imagine you wake up in the morning and you don’t know your history. Imagine that. You don’t know your history, you don’t know your name, you don’t know why you are here, you don’t know why you are wearing this clothes, you don’t know who belongs to you, you belong to whom, what belongs to you, nothing. You don’t know your history. Do you think you are going to be an intelligent and a strong and an alert and a good person? Now imagine you wake up and you don’t remember your history and you have some evil kind people who are around you when you wake up, your name is Hasan, you are twenty-five years old, you go to school here, your parents are this, this, this…but you don’t remember any of this and this evil kind of person says, ‘no, your name is Amin. And you are a soldier. And you have killed so many people, and your whole family is dead because they killed you. Now you have to take revenge.’ What you think is going to happen to that person who didn’t know his history?
He’s going to become, what they call, like a monster. Like a, you know that book Frankenstein? You are going to become like that doctor Frankenstein, his monster. Because now you don’t know your history, someone is whispering to you and you are going to be that person that that one is putting inside of you.
So if you are awake and you know your history, you are not going to be in a dangerous position. Somebody whispering something to you, you’ll be able to know what is Haqq and what is Batil. Now imagine, one, two, two billion Muslims, they don’t know their history. Not from thirty years ago, or fifty years ago. They don’t know their history of one thousand three hundred years. They don’t know their history that is one hundred years ago, five hundred years ago. One thousand four hundred years, they have no connections to that history. What kind of monster we have become? So that one is going to say, ‘no, Islam is like this.’ We are going to say, ‘yes, it’s like this.’ Now the person says, ‘Muslim man is like this.’ You say, ‘Yes, Muslim man is like this.’ Some is going to say, ‘no, the scholars must be like this.’ You say, ‘yes, scholars must be like this.’ Because there is no connection to the history and now, if anything, they say, ‘whatever little history or connection that you have to your history, break it. It’s no good for you.’ Especially this secular, modern kind, reformist kind, saying, ‘break everything. Start from scratch. Start from new. Start from year zero. Make everything new, because this is a new day!’
We’ve seen year zero in so many countries. They tried that. When they put a new ideology and they say, ‘forget your whole history, destroy your whole culture of thousands of years and now we start with the year zero, start everything new.’ It didn’t work. It failed and it destroyed generations.
May Allah protect us from that kind of ghaflat. This is another trick and a trap of Dajjal. We have to wake up. Connect to those who have lineages, connect to those who have history and they will be able to pull you back to what is your right. WaminAllahu Taufiq. Al-Fatiha. Amin.
Sohbet After Jummah by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
15 Shawwal 1436H
July 31, 2015