Auzu billahi min ash-sheytanir rajim. BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Alhamdulillah. Syukur Alhamdulillah. We are thanking our Lord Allah swt that we finished another Jummah. And may Allah extend our lives, if it is good, for us to meet another Jummah next week, meeting a new month, a new chance, another new opportunity for us to become better servants to our Lord, better servants to our Prophet, better servants to our Sheykh. Insya’Allah ar-Rahman.
Important to look forward to the week. Important to look forward to the week with the eyes of our Sheykh and the Holy ones. They are looking forward to the weeks and the years to come, not what they can do for this world, but what they can do for the sake of Allah. They are finding hope and they are finding the happiness from that. Just as we are looking forward to the week ahead if we have something to do in this world, a new project, new money coming in, something that is going to keep us busy. Use that and look forward to what is going to come for the sake of Allah. A new Jummah is going to come, a new day is going to come tomorrow.
Our Sheykh, Sheykh Abdul Kerim al-Kibrisi al-Rabbani, SahibulSaif, is reminding us so many times, as a believers we must look forward to the new prayer time that is going to come, to say, the believer is saying, ‘oh we just finished, (say, Zuhr). Now, next prayer time is Asr. I can’t wait, that time. I can’t wait to be able to worship, to pray again.’ Because the prayer, the five times daily prayer, as our Sheykh said, AwliyaAllah is saying: imagine if there is a river in front of you, and you are filled with dirt, and five times a day, the opportunity, the chance is given for you to jump into that river to clean yourself, that is our salah. This is our prayer. A chance, an opportunity for us again to face our Lord, our Creator, to give Shukr, to praise Him and to ask for forgiveness.
This chance of praying, worshiping Allah five times a day was not given to any earlier nations. Was never given to any earlier nations. Some nations, they pray once a day. Some once a week. Some, really the worship that they do is once a year, that they can call out to their Lord to say, ‘Ya Allah,’ once a year. Like it is for the Bani Israel, when they had the Masjidul Aqsa, the Masjid that Daud, Suleyman (as) they built, and in that Masjid, in the holiest part of that Masjid, where only those ones who are trained and who have the lineage to become like the Seyyids and the Imams of that nation, only once a year in their biggest day or their day of asking for forgiveness, he goes there and he whispers one time a year, saying, ‘Allah.’ Because it is so powerful, it is so sacred, it is so Holy. Only him, one person, once a year can say that. Everyone else it is forbidden because they are so filled with disobedience and dirtiness, it is forbidden for them to say the sacred name of God, to say, ‘Allah.’
Allah swt has favored the nation of the Prophet (asws). And we are not only saying that five times daily prayer, we say that as much as we can, to make the Zikr, to remember Allah swt. This is one of the favors that He has given to us. That He has not given to any earlier nations, that the five daily prayers were only given to the Prophets of the earlier nations. We are getting the sawabs, the rewards and the blessings of what Allah is giving to the Prophets. For that we are saying, ‘shukr Alhamdulillah.’ Isn’t that enough for us to at least to think, to shake us up a little bit, to make us to understand that this five daily prayers, it is not for us to be complaining about. It is not given to us to make us to be interrupting our daily lives. So many are saying, ‘we cannot even work properly because we have to interrupt, to worship.’ It is a huge blessings that even in the daytime, Allah swt is saying, ‘when you are busy running around doing the work of this dunya, never forget, never forget your Creator.’
Interruptions? What if the Angel of Death just come and knock you, telling you,‘come out!’ That time you are going to be interrupted forever. But the man who is looking at the five daily prayers and he is remembering death, remembering death, Sheykh Effendi is saying, Holy Prophet (asws) is saying: for the man who remembers death forty times a day, if he dies that day, he dies as a martyr, he dies as a syahid. Just to remember death. If we are praying, and if we are not remembering death, at least five times a day when we are praying, to say everything else now it doesn’t matter. What is the khutba saying? The enjoyment of this world it is nothing but a delusion. It is meant to fool you, that this world is the lowest of the low. The lowest of the low and we are going to enter into that reality, to stand there and to say, ‘everything else now has to stop. Everything else now does not matter. Now this matter, because if the angel of Death were to come right now, I have to leave everything: wife, husband, children, work, my responsibilities. Now, I have a bigger responsibilities. That responsibility, no one else can carry but myself.’
So five times daily prayer, if we are not remembering death at least five times, we cannot say that we are believers. And in this way, in the Naksibendi way, we go one step further. Everytime the day closes and the new day begins in the Maghrib prayer, we stand up and we pray the salat al–janaza al–gha’ibin. The funeral prayer, the janazah prayer in absentia, to those ones who are not present in front of us, but they have died, they have passed away the last twenty-four hours, and they had no one to pray for them. We are not that kind of belief system that say that if someone is going to die, he doesn’t know where to go, so you have to bring someone to say, ‘oh I’m going to send your soul here and here, otherwise you are going to be lost.’ What kind of a foolishness is that? ‘Oh, if there’s no priest or something to be there to send your spirit then you are going to be in big trouble!’
Allah swt, He has special Angels that is under the Angel of Death Azrail, that is able to take now those spirits, those souls that have passed from this world. Those who are passing as servants of Allah, those who are passing as slaves to the dunya, those Angels will come to them according to a different look. If they are living and remembering their Lord, remembering death and trying to be good ones, the Angel of Death will come to say, ‘I’m here to welcome you. I’m here to escort you.’ And the Angel of Death that time when he pulls the spirit from our body, Sheykh Effendi says, it is like pulling hair from a butter. Very smooth, very easy. But that one, it doesn’t matter if he’s a believer or an unbeliever, Muslim or non-Muslim, but he is not liking to meet his Lord, he is not liking death, he hates death, that is not the sign of a believer. The believer cannot hate death. The believer cannot wait to enter into that real life, to leave this world of illusion and delusion. But those ones who are completely tricked into this world, they say, ‘we don’t want to leave this world. This world is the only reality.’ That’s the time the Angel of death is going to come and the Angel of death is going to pull out the spirit in a very hard, forceful, very painful way. But that is not because of the Angel. That is because of us.
So the salat al–janaza al–gha’ibin, we are praying for those ones who have passed in the last twenty-four hours, that they had no one to pray for them, to make a dua for them. And it is a big Sunnat that the Holy Prophet (asws) performed, that we are still continuing.
We had a question yesterday: How are we going to prepare for Mahdi (as)? So many ways to prepare. One of the ways to prepare for Mahdi (as) is to know what is Mahdi (as) going to bring when he comes? He is going to bring the Shari’at of the Holy Prophet (asws). The Shari’atullah. And he is going to revive all the forgotten sunnats. He’s going to revive all the forgotten sunnats that the Islam right now, if we are to go out and to talk to people right now, they are going to look at us as if we are the strangest Muslims they have ever seen on the face of the earth. Take it from me, we have travel from the East Coast to the West Coast, back to the East Coast. And everywhere we go, people look at us and say, ‘are you a stranger here? Are you even a Muslm?’ Astarghfirullah. We go to Masjids, we go to houses, we go to halls, we go to maulid gatherings, we go to people’s gathering just for social gathering and everyone is looking at us and saying, ‘you guys don’t fit here. You are strangers.’ We say, very nice. We like it. Because the Holy Prophet (asws) says, ‘Islam began strange and it will end strange. And welcome to the strangers.’
You are living somewhere, you are following our Sheykh, you are following this way, you feel very strange and people make you feel strange? Don’t worry. Don’t feel sad. Why are you going to worry? Why are you going to feel sad? Be happy because you got that title that the Holy Prophet (asws) is giving you. He’s giving you welcome, to say, ‘welcome to the strangers.’ We don’t want to be comfortable in this world. If we are comfortable in this world, we are going to be in big trouble, especially in these days. What are we doing that is so strange? We are reviving, just a little bit, of the sunnat of the Rasulullah (asws). There’s a very big reward for that.
A forgotten sunnat is also to pray the salat al–janaza al–gha’ibin. That is a forgotten sunnat, that the Prophet (asws) is saying, ‘those who revive my Sunnat in the Ahir Zaman, one sunnat that he revived, you’ll get the reward of a hundred martyrs.’ This is one sunnat (Sheykh points to a miswak), carrying the miswak. To have a tasbih is a sunnat. To be wearing a hyderia, it is a sunnat. To be wearing a Turban, it is a sunnat. And in these days, this is the difficult sunnat to carry. Because it is very easy to say, ‘no, no, no. All this is external. It is not important, brother. What is important is the adab, and this, and this.’
I say, very good. We are following that too. We are following, our Sheykh is teaching that too. But what is more difficult now? To go out into this world, especially in this country, especially in this time, looking like a Muslim or looking like an unbeliever? Which is more difficult? Something that you are doing for the sake of Allah that is more difficult, Allah loves that actions more. Because now you are stepping on your ego. It is easy for us to wear suit and tie to go out, jeans and T-Shirt and to go out. Nobody is going to look at us twice. May Allah not test us. May Allah not test us to shave our beard, but so many they shave or they take out their hijab, they go out there, they feel very comfortable. You feel comfortable to be amongst the unbelievers? What kind of belief is that? But when we go out, we feel uncomfortable.
Something, maybe in the unbelievers, they are going to look at us strange. But it is very very strange when the Muslims are looking at us differently. But it is happening. So many times unbelievers look at us strange. After they talk to us little bit, they have no problem. They say, ‘Ah, this is just something, a detail.’ Then they start talking to us, speaking to us, regular. Normal. But the Muslims, even if we go to their Masjids and we say the shahadat, and we pray, we do everything, they still are going to make a fitnah and say, ‘these ones their aqidah is wrong. They are not real muslims. Don’t listen to them. Especially the young ones they are going to poison!’
Take it from me. I experience it myself first hand. Before we come to a Masjid, they have already emailed to the whole community, saying, ‘this group is coming. Be careful. They have wrong deviant teachings. Don’t go to their zikr. Don’t go to their sohbets.’ So we went. Because we were invited, we have to go. I went there, couple of people that are there and some people who turned up, they just turned up just to make a trouble. So, where now are we going to be?
Top of a mountain. To be comfortable. When it’s necessary, we are going to go down and go to other places but we are not there to make others to welcome us. That is not our point. If our point is to go out to make people to welcome us and to like us, we are not going to be like this. We know how to do that better than most do. We are here to make Allah to like us, to accept what we are doing. Because we remember where we came from. And we are thankful for what we have and we still have to burn away so many wrong things and ideas and actions that we have done. If remembering all these actions is making us to become more humble, to become less complaining, to give more shukr to Allah, may we remember them until we die.
May Allah forgive me and wake up this ummat before it gets too late. Yes, we are reviving the lost tradition. Because Mahdi (as) is going to come to revive the lost traditions of the Prophet (asws). Imagine if they look at us strange, now imagine what they are going to say when Mahdi (as) comes. How they are going to say? Majority of the Muslims, I won’t be surprise if they are going to run to try to kill him and burn him. May Allah keep us in Siratul Mustaqim. May Allah forgive me and bless you. Al-Fatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
29 Shawwal 1436H
August 14, 2015