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 Allahua ma Allathina -Ttaqaw wa-Lathina Hum Muhsinun. Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen. Wa Salatu wa Salamu ala Ashrafil Ambiya’i wa Imam al-Mursaleen, Sayyidina wa Mawlana Muhammadin, wa ala alihi wa sahbihi ajmain.
Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen. Wa Salatu wa Salamu ala Ashrafil Ambiya’i wa Imam al-Mursaleen, Sayyidina wa Mawlana Muhammadin, wa ala alihi wa sahbihi ajmain.
All praises are due to Allah, Lord of the Universes. All praises are due to Allah who is the First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden, the One who has Might and Power over all things. All praises are due to Allah who has sent His Most Beloved, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws), as the Mercy to the Universes.
And may all peace and blessings be upon the Master of the Prophets, the Imam of the Messengers, the Helper of the Helpless, the Intercessor of the Day of Judgment, the Grandfather of Hasan and Huseyin, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws), and upon his noble family and blessed companions, especially upon the Four Khulafa-e-Rashideen, Hz. Abu Bakr el-Siddiq, Hz. Umar el-Faruk, Hz. Osman el-Ghani, and Hz. Ali el-Murtaza, and all those who follow them until the Last Day.
Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! Welcome to you on this Holy Day of Jummah. Welcome to you on the last Jummah of the month of Zul Qaida. Welcome to you as we are about to enter into the Holy Month of Zul Hijjah in just a few days.
O Believers! We are about to enter into some of the most holy days of the entire year. We must be aware of the days that we are entering into, so that we can show them the proper respect, and gain the benefit from them. Holy Prophet (asws) is saying about the first ten days of Zul Hijjah in his Hadith Sherif: There are no days more honorable in Allah’s sight and no acts more beloved in these days to Allah than those in these ten days. So say tahlil (La ilaha il-Allah), takbir (Allahu Akbar) and tahmid (Alhamdulillah) a lot in these ten days. And he is saying (asws) in another Hadith Sherif: There are no days more beloved to Allah for you to worship Him therein than the ten days of Zul Hijjah. Fasting any day during it is equivalent to fasting one year and to offer Tahajjud during one of its nights is like praying Tahajjud on Laylatul Qadr.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! What is holy about this month that we are just about to enter into? Allah (swt), Himself is saying in the Holy Quran: “BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Hajj to the Kaaba is a duty men owe to Allah,- those who can afford the journey; but if any deny faith, Allah stands not in need of any of His creatures. (3:97).”
And Holy Prophet (asws) is saying, Islam is built upon five (pillars): giving Shahadah that there is no ilah but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, establishing regular prayer, paying Zakat, Hajj and fasting Ramadan. And in another Hadith Sherif he is saying (asws): The one who fights for the sake of Allah and the pilgrim who goes for Hajj or Umrah are all guests of Allah. He called them and they responded; they ask of Him and He will give them.
So these are the days of Hajj. And these days are very holy. O Believers- What is the Hajj? Yes, there are actions that one must do to complete the Hajj. You have to put on the Ihram. You have to make the Tawaf. You have to run between Safa and Marwah. You have to pray at the Maqam-e-Ibrahim. You have to go to Mina. You have to go to Arafat. You have to go to Muzdalifa. You have to stone the pillars that are representing sheytan. And after you finish your Hajj, you must, yes, you must visit Madinah to stand in the presence of the Habibullah (asws). Yes, there are actions that you must do to complete the Hajj. But what is the reality of that Hajj? What is the real Hajj compared to the Hajj that is being performed today? What is that real Hajj compared to the Hajj where people are going for vacation, where people are going for shopping, where people are going for business, where people do not even bother to go to Madinah to send their selam to Holy Prophet (asws)?
Because this new Hajj, this 21st Century Hajj, we were warned about it by Rasulallah (asws). He said, ‘Near the time of the Day of Judgment the rich ones from amongst my Ummah will perform Hajj for the sake of travel and holiday; The middle class will perform Hajj for business, transporting goods from here to there while bringing commercial goods from there to here. The scholars will perform Hajj for the sake of show and fame; The poor will perform Hajj for the purpose of begging.
Anyone with even an atom’s weight of intelligence will see that this is what we are in today. The sheytans have transformed Makkah and Madinah into shopping centers. They have ripped down the mountains to make way for shopping malls. They have destroyed the homes of the Prophet’s wives and his companions to make way for hotels and toilets. They have demolished every blessed place that bears any trace of the Holy Prophet (asws) or our history. And they have built idols around the Kaaba, to distract the believers from the House of Allah. So yes, that is the Hajj of today, which is the Hajj that Holy Prophet (asws) warned us about 1400 years ago.
So what is the real Hajj? What is the real intention we must be making for Hajj? We learn this from the true inheritors of the Holy Prophet (asws), from his Ahlul Bayt, from his Evliyaullah. Hz. Zain ul-Abideen, the son of Hz. Huseyin- listen to the state of his heart when he used to perform the Hajj. One time he was going to the Hajj, and he had just put on his Ihram. And at the point where he was supposed to start reciting Labbayk Allahumma Labbayk (I am here at your service ya Allah, I am here), he lost all the color from his face and he started to shiver very badly. And in the end he could not even bring himself to say Labbayk. His companions asked him, ‘ya Imam, what happened,’ he said, ‘I am too afraid to cry out to my Lord, Labbayk, I am here for you, and that the Voice of my Lord will come back saying La Labbayk, I am not for you. O Believers! That is the Taqwa, that is the fear of Allah that the true Hajjis had.’
One time, a man came to Hz. Junayd al-Baghdadi saying that he intended to go on a Hajj. From the man’s face, Hz. Junayd could tell that this man was from the Ahlul Bayt. Hz. Junayd said, “Your grandfather Hazrat Ali (kw) used to draw two swords. One against the unbelievers, and the other against his nafs. Which sword will you draw?” When the Sayyid heard this, he went into a state that he completely lost himself. He then said, ‘Ya Sheykh, my Hajj is to be with you- help me to be on the Path of Allah.’ Hazrat Junaid Baghdadi said, ‘Your heart, is the special Sacred House of Allah, so do not allow anything that is not Sacred to enter it.’
And on another occasion, a man came to visit Hz. Junayd after this man had finished the Hajj. And Hz. Junayd could see that this man had not changed at all after Hajj. So he asked him, ‘Where are you coming from?’
The man said, ‘Ya Sheykh, I have come back from Hajj.’
Hz. Junayd asked, ‘Did you actually perform Hajj?’
And the man said, ‘Yes, ya Sheykh, I made Hajj!’
So Hz. Junayd asked, ‘When you left your house for Hajj, did you make a promise that you would give up all your sins?’
And the man looked down and said, ‘No ya Sheykh, I didn’t even think to do that.’
Hz. Junayd said, ‘So in reality you did not even step foot out of your house for Hajj. While you were on the road to the Kaaba, did you ever make a goal of coming nearer to Allah (swt)?’
Again, the man said, ‘I never thought of that.’
Hz. Junayd said, ‘Then you never even travelled to the Kaaba and you never visited it. When you put on your Ihram and took off your normal clothes, did you make intention to take off your evil actions and intentions as well?’
Again the man said No.
Hz. Junayd said, ‘Then you never even put on your Ihram! When you went and stood in Arafat, and were begging to Allah (swt), did you feel like you were standing in His Presence and you could see Him?’
The man said No.
Hz. Junayd was becoming very jelal and he said, ‘Well, when you went to Muzdalifah, did you at least make intention that you would give up the evil desires of your body?’
And the man said, very ashamed, ‘No my Sheykh, I did not.’
And so Hz. Junayd then said, ‘So you didn’t go to Muzdalifah at all. Tell me this, did you catch a glimpse of Allah (swt)’s Beauty when you made Tawaf of the Kaaba?’
The man was starting to melt and he said, ‘I didn’t see anything like that.’
Hz. Junayd said, ‘So you never made any Tawaf. When you ran behind Safa and Marwa, did you think about the wisdom, about the significance, about the goal of what you were running for?’
The man said, ‘Ya Sheykh, I did not!’
Hz. Junayd said,’So you didn’t run between Safa and Marwa. When you made Kurban of an animal, did you make an intention to sacrifice your nafs and your desires for the sake of Allah?’
The man said, ‘I did not my Sheykh.’
Hz. Junayd said, ‘You never made any Kurban then. When you went to throw stone at the Jamarat, at the sheytans, did you make an intention to get rid of your evil companions and desires?’
The man said, ‘Ya Sheykh, I didn’t do that either.’
So finally Hz. Junayd said, ‘So you did not throw any stones. O my son: Go back and make Hajj again, and do it the way that I have taught you, so that you can make Hajj according to the way of Prophet Ibrahim (as), who Allah (swt) is mentioning in the Quran saying: Ibrahim, the one who carried out most faithfully the Commands of his Lord – (53:37).'”
O Believers! The words of the Awliya, they are enough for us. If we want to make Hajj, if we want to make real Hajj, then it must begin with cleaning up ourselves. It must begin with cleaning up the Kaaba that is inside of us, with cleaning up our hearts, and turning it into a Sacred House. It must begin by destroying the idols that are still inside our heart, and purifying our heart, and turning it into a Kaaba. It must begin with us following a Guide who has been on that real Hajj, and can take us to our Goal. And we are listening and obeying the words of our Guide, of our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim al-Kibrisi al-Rabbani, who is saying: This month is the month of Hajj and the believers everywhere in the world are preparing to go to Hajj. Those who cannot go should make intention that inshaAllah ar-Rahman, Allah (swt) will be putting their names with those who are going. But today also people are going to Hajj, doing all these things but so many are failing. So many are going to Hajj with their dirty characteristics and they don’t want to change their dirty characteristics. Simple, very simple.
We may not be able to make the Hajj physically, we may not have the means to do so. But insha’AllahurRahman, if we are obeying and following the words of our Sheykh, if we are fighting our ego, if we are purifying ourselves, we will be counted amongst the Hajjis. May Allah (swt) accept our intention. Amin.
Jummah Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
27 Zul-Qadah, 1436H
September 11, 2015