Auzu billahi minash sheytanir rajim BismillahirRahmanirRahim Medet Ya Seyyidi Sultanul Awliya, Medet. As-salatu wa as-salamu rasulina wa alihi wa sahbihi wa sallim Thanks to our Lord for creating us from mankind.
Almdulillah wa shukr Allah. Astaghfirullah. Allah swt has granted us something that Muslims in these days are not really understanding what is this high station. Just one first thing is being from the mankind. He created us from the mankind. That should be enough for a man to sit down and think. When he is looking around (he should understand that) he could have been an animal, a mosquito, an ant. He has granted us, created us, He gave us the title and He is saying to us, “We have honored the children of Adam.” He is giving honor, the Creator is giving honor to the children of Adam, to those who are running to catch that title, what is given by the Lord of the Heavens, MashaAllah to those. Those who are not running and they are just running to fulfill their foolish desires, their desires are fooling them, they are running only for this materialistic world and they are not trying to be servants, it’s very sad for them. They should be very sad.
Muslims are looking at those who are running after materialistic world. In these days they are becoming worse than them, following them. Allah swt has created us in Ahsani Taqweem and we can only get that title and go out of this world with that title as a ‘human’. When we reach to understand that we have not been created for our ego but we have been created for the service of our Lord. That gives us value. Otherwise, as a man we don’t have too much value. Animals have more value because they work, they produce something and we are using what they are doing. But we, we are only taking and destroying the mankind. So if man is not being servant to his Lord, he can build the world in the east and the west, he can put buildings in every corner of the world, he can put this technology reaching from here to the moon and from the moon to other worlds, but he has not accomplished anything because he has not understood his reason of creation. If man is not understanding his reason of creation then he is not understanding for whose sake he has been created.
So we have gathered here trying to celebrate, trying to understand and to acknowledge the station that is given to our Prophet (asws) and that our existence is because of that Prophet (asws). Allah swt is saying, “If We had not created you, We would not have created anything. We have created you to be a mercy to the whole mankind.” But as I said earlier, we Muslims should be taking that in a much higher station because Allah swt has granted us to be from the nation of Muhammad (asws). Just being one from the nation of Muhammad (asws) and if you carry that properly you will see the reward in the Judgment Day.
All prophets, 124,000 prophets have been created and on the Day of Creation they asked to be from the nation of Muhammad (asws). Instead of being prophets they were ready to give up from that title saying, “Oh our Lord, make us to be one follower of that Muhammad (asws).” Including big prophets to whom big books were given, all were asking. Allah said to them, “No. What I have given to you, if you keep that then My happiness and pleasure with you is in that. What I am giving to the nation of Muhammad (asws), My happiness with them is in that.” So, we must give good tidings to that Prophet (sws), give Salawats as Allah (swt) is ordering to us in the Holy Qur’an, Allah is saying, “Allah and His angels are praising that Prophet. Oh believers, you do the same.” If a man is sitting and doing nothing, just praising that Prophet (asws), he will not be sorry in the Judgment Day. Just giving good titles to that Prophet (asws). For us, our being in existence is because of that Prophet (asws).
So first we must understand our Prophet (asws). We must understand how to love that Prophet (asws). Through that love then we will reach to our Lord. Without that Prophet (asws), it is impossible for a man to understand why he is in this world, what is his reason and what is it that he has to do. Impossible. If it’s possible then show me. Look at east and west, north and south, Christians, Jews, heedless Muslims, Buddhists, Yogis, Bogis all, whatever, count. Look at them. Those who are not holding tightly to the rope of that Prophet (asws), they are falling short. Must be falling short. For them to reach and complete their station they must be running after that Prophet (asws) and must be saying, “Ash-hadu an la ilaha illallah wa ash-hadu anna muhammadan abduhu wa rasuluhu.” If they are not saying that then Sheytan is fooling someway, somewhere, somehow again.
But Muslims today are being wrong examples because the Muslims are not living, they are not trying to hold the lifestyle that the Holy Prophet (asws) has shown, and his teachings. But they are running to invent and to run after some new lifestyles and saying, “We have to moderate Islam. Moderation. We must make moderation.” Allahu Akbar! Squareheads only may think like that. Fourteen hundred years ago Allah swt finished His book, sending it, completing it and saying, “Today We have completed your religion.” It’s finished. There is nothing that you can put in it and there is nothing that you can take out. Anything you take out, it will become like what the Christians and Jews did. They took out from their religion and replaced with something new in it and now under the name of religion there is no religion. Under the name of love of Jesus everyone only loves themselves, under the name of loving Moses everyone is loving themselves and everyone is running, putting more fuel to destroy this world.
The reason of this mankind in this world is not that. Life is very short. Allah swt is giving very short life to us, especially to this nation, the nation of Muhammad (asws). Sixty years of life on earth. With that sixty years of lifetime we have to earn the life that is waiting for us. Eternal life. And nobody’s guaranteeing sixty years of life too. Unexpectedly one wind is coming and knocking you down. So we have to be prepared for everything all the time. We have no luxury to miss things, to delay today’s things for tomorrow. No. That’s why Holy Prophet (asws) is saying, “If you leave today’s job for tomorrow, you have perished. You have lost.”
So the Muslims, instead of running to catch up the wrong lifestyle that is presented to mankind through the West, western ideas, under the name of democracies-hypocrisies and all these nonsense, must turn back, must run back to the Prophet (asws) to take what Prophet (asws) brought to us from that time because nothing is stale. Everything is fresh and alive. Whatever he brought to us fourteen hundred years ago just fits to our lifestyle today too. If anyone is saying, “Islam is backward and it’s bringing us backward” then he must look how Islam rose and when Islam was ruling how it ruled east, west, north and south. And check the history.
You don’t have to go too far. Just one page over, one century almost. Turn that page and look that one nation, one ruling system, sitting in Istanbul and controlling the whole east, west, north and south. They didn’t have technologies, they didn’t have all of today’s equipments that instantly you speak here and they see it in China, all these fast communications, they didn’t have that. But they were able and capable to rule 72 different nations, different tribes, different people, different religions under one banner and they were not eating each other. They were all happy with their life. From time to time some sheytans here and there were just trying to put some confusion but the one who was ruling for the sake of Allah was strong and he was taking that one out. Not going and destroying everyone around but saying, “That is the one who is wrong. Take that one out”, and making everything easygoing again.
This world has seen better days definitely than today. I was just remembering, sitting down, thinking and remembering some old days back (and I am saying old days but it’s only twenty years ago), and I was looking and seeing. Go to the archives if you want. You will find in the front pages of newspapers, if one person died accidentally somewhere, the whole front page of the newspaper was for that person, saving it, giving whole details and continuing the next day, the following day, for three-four days. Now every single day everywhere in the world bombs are blowing, thousands, hundreds of people are dying, destroyed, becoming pieces but there is no mention anywhere anymore, saying, “It’s common. Something normal is happening.” That is a big sign that mankind has lost and became very cruel. Not only the ones who are not putting it out for it to appear for people to take some lesson but also those ones who are completely heedless and not understanding what is happening in this world.
So we have lost. The mankind has lost just because they left the way of the Holy Prophet (sws). When they held the way that the Holy Prophet (sws) was showing, it brought 72 different tribes of nations under one banner, the banner of Islam. They were not fighting, they were not eating each other and they were not separating from each other. Today, under the name of Islam, Muslims nations have separated, they put borderlines and in those borderlines they have the world’s heaviest machineries that not even birds can fly from one side to another side. This is not civilization. Civilization was done by Islam that even a hundred years ago you could have taken off from Morocco going all the way down to Indonesia and you didn’t need anything else but just one passport, one ID with which you could go everywhere. That was civilization. Now mankind lost. They can say as much as they want, “We did this and we did that.” No. Nothing. Zero because all these equipments that we have, all this technology we have is just to make it easier for us. But it’s making it harder and mankind is turning and becoming a slave to the technology and the medicine and everything he built. So it lost.
And there is only one way out. There aren’t two ways out. There’s only one way out. The one way out is putting everything down and turning back to that Prophet (asws), saying, “Let me look what this Prophet was saying for this time. Let me just search.” You don’t have to be a Muslim. No. Just be a sincere man to say, “Let me just search about this Prophet to see what he said from that time up till now and if it happened.” That time you will see it right in front of you appearing, shining in the east and west, north and south. You are going to see that Prophet above humanity as Allah (swt) is saying, “We have created you in Ahsani Taqweem” and “We have created you as Rahmatan-lil Alameen.” Rahmat, the mercy. Anyone who is looking for mercy and safety must run to that Prophet (asws) and must hold on to that Prophet (asws). Otherwise, today you know that mankind is not even having mercy to their own children. How are they going to have mercy to others, other nations, other tribes? How are they going to have mercy to the ones that they are fighting? How are they going to have mercy to the ones that they are hating? Impossible.
Only way is to turn back, not by word, not by tongue, not just by outfit only too, no. The lifestyle, the Sunnat of the Prophet (asws) is not only the clothes. It’s his lifestyle, his manner, how he was dealing with situations. Today, we are looking in the east and west, and the majority of the people are thinking, “Only me. Me, me.” Islam is saying, “You. First you and later me.” The other ways are saying, “First me.” Mankind never has enough for his ego. He is always wanting more, more and more, never for somebody else but always looking at others too, “What does that one have? It must be for me too. I must find the way to get it.” They are pulling to that side and if it’s necessary they go out of their way to kill for that. For what? For these materials, this world. Mankind has lost, lost because they left the way that Allah (swt) has sent to us, and the way is Islam which is shining, and the way to Islam is the Holy Prophet (asws). You are leaving the ways of the Holy Prophet (sws) saying, “I know something”. You know nothing about Islam then.
If you don’t know the Prophet (asws), if you don’t know what he brought to mankind then you are not knowing anything from Islam. It doesn’t matter whoever that person is. You can read not one book, if you read all the books in the world, if those books are not making you understand, “This is the Prophet. Yes. These are the ways and I must hold on to his way”, then you didn’t learn anything.
So the words of the Prophet (asws) is the Shariat, the rules, the laws, it’s the doings and not. Holy Prophet (sws) is saying, which is another miracle, that, “Qiyamat will not happen until a man sits down and when you tell him, ‘The Prophet (sws) did this and that’, he will start arguing with you saying, ‘But the Quran is saying this.’ And when they leave what your Prophet (asws) is saying then they have lost the ways.” This is exactly what’s happening today. Say, “Prophet (asws) is saying this.” They are saying, “Brother, take the Quran. Quran.” Squarehead! You cannot take the Quran by yourself, whoever you are.
That Prophet (asws) came to bring Quran and the Quran came to that Prophet (asws). It didn’t come to you or to me. It didn’t come to him as a book, saying, “Take and read.” It’s order coming to him and he is saying. And that Quran reached to us. He is saying and his sayings are the Shariat, the laws. And his lifestyle, how he was living, is the Tariqat, showing way to people. And all the Sahaba were following the footsteps of that Holy Prophet (asws), the teachings of that Prophet (asws). They were coming, listening, going home and applying it to their lives, to their family members and they were seeing that their life was becoming better everyday.
Yes, we see it. We are seeing it. Small tribes of the Arab nation that never ruled themselves by themselves. They were always under the authority and ruling of other nations, either the Persians, the Romans, the Byzantines or the other ones, Egyptians. As soon as they came to Islam, in the shortest time they became the strongest nation on the face of earth. They brought that light (everywhere). Just taking his horse, one Sahabi was reaching to the other side of the world and bringing Islam. Not bringing books! But bringing the manners and the teachings what he has learned from the Holy Prophet (asws), bringing the Nur, the lights of the Prophet (asws) to those parts, to those nations and whole Far East, Eastern Asia and Middle East became Islam. Africa became Islam, North Africa became Islam, all the way into Europe it’s reaching. They didn’t bring tons of books, technologies, movies, CDs, computers. Nothing, nothing, nothing. Just sitting on the horse, one sword just to protect themselves from the attacks of animals and traveling. Not going and saying to people, “We are the scholars and we are bringing you this. Oh! Get together and stand up for me.” No. (But) saying, “This is what the Prophet (asws) was saying, this is what the Prophet (asws) was doing and this is how he was living.” And all those different nations, when they were taking that seriously, before they know it, the nation was changing, the people were changing.
So the message is to east and west, north and south. To America. You want to change for better? You must turn to Islam. No other way. They want to finish the problems? The terrorist problems? In Iraq, in Afghanistan or here and there? Very easy. Very simple. Not to me, they should not come to me but they should go to Sheykh Mevlana to ask, “How should we do that?” Right away in twenty-four hours they will find the recipe to finish it, if they are sincere. They tried everything. It’s not happening. If you are for the sake of mankind and you really are running to change something, you really know that you
are in that trouble, you cannot come out and you are trying everything, then why not try that too? Very simple. You don’t need to spend billions of dollars investing later to start collecting. No. Just go (and say), “Yes sir, what can we do?” He will tell you definitely. No other way but Islam. No other way but holding tightly to Holy Prophet (asws) on the way of Islam.
If mankind is looking for safety then it must run for this. If they are not running for that then Islam is not falling. It’s rising, rising. Every single day that they are attacking, Allah is making Islam to rise. Allah is making that Prophet (asws) to rise. They can attack in any way they like but that Prophet (asws) is going to higher station, inshaAllah ar-Rahman.
And we are just here to do that which Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is saying, “Oh believers, Allah and His angels are giving good titles to that Prophet (asws). You do the same.” This is why we are here and inshaAllah this is the holy month of the birth of the Holy Prophet (asws). Yes, we must celebrate. They say, “Brother, is celebrating Mawlid in Islam?” Ey, you are all celebrating your own birthdays and you are not celebrating the birthday of that one for whose reason you have been created? Why not? But they are celebrating the birthday of Jesus. Christmas. Muslims. Those ones are celebrating who are against the Holy Prophet’s (asws) birthday celebration, Mawlid. Run to them, you look at them (and you see that) they are running in the Christmas time to give presents to each other. What’s that? That’s not even Jesus’ birthday. It’s just a holiday. Not a holy day, it’s not even a holy day, holy-holy day. It’s just a financial day. In order not to fall into financial crisis they have to sell, sell, sell, sell.
Huh! I just remembered when I came back from Turkey after September 11th happened, I landed down to New York City, came to New York City and I am saying, “Ah, New York City is recovering mashaAllah from that heat.” But there were nice flags everywhere, on the corners, on the poles, on the light-poles saying, “Fight back to terrorism! Shop, shop, shop. Go to Macy’s. Fight back to terrorism! Go to restaurants. Eat. Go to buy this and go to buy that. Fight back to terrorism!” MashaAllah. Fighting back to terrorism, go to stores. Huh! That shows to us, oh big loss again. Mankind lost again. Mankind is not knowing what is it doing. But now is no longer time anymore too to look at what really the whole mankind is doing. We have to look at what we are doing now. How we are living. Are we falling into that trap of Sheytan and falling into that wrong wagon? And while we are saying we are Muslims are we continuing on that wrong wagon?
That’s what happened to so many Muslims. Muslims have fallen into the wrong side of that wagon and that is continuing, going, and they are going. They are still claiming, “We are Muslims. We are for the Prophet (sws).” No! You must change. You must run to change the lifestyle and (take) what order is given to you by Allah and His Prophet (sws) inshaAllah ar-Rahman. This much should be enough for us. Wa min Allahu taufiq Bihurmatil Habib Bihurmatil Fatiha.
Sohbet given by Sheykh Abdul Kerim al-Hakkani al-Kibrisi
Thursday 10 Rabi-ul Awwal, 1428 March 29, 2007
Osmanli Naks’i-bendi Hakkani Dergah,
Siddiki Center, New York.