We are knowing about so many people, their lives, their experiences, but we are not knowing too much about those ones that Allah loves, that the Prophet loves. Something very wrong there. Hz Umar is mentioned in the khutba, one of the most beloved one to the Prophet (asws), to Allah swt. He is the one that the Prophet (asws) said, the Khutba did not mention, ‘if there was going to be another Prophet after me, it will be Umar.’ And to hear something like that, it must touched the believer. Because this is not just a story, a history lesson, this is also something because you can also read that from a book but it is not going to affect you the same way, because it is a book, because we don’t know who is writing that book, what is his relationship to Hz Umar that he is telling the story of Hz Umar. What is his relationship to his creator and to his Prophet?
So many times, people are writing books in this day to make money. So there is no spirit there, it’s not going to touch you. But if you hear something that is coming from someone who loves Hz Umar, then Hz Umar loves that one, and when you hear, it’s going to affect you too. So, it is important to know. But it is important to know from the right sources, from the right people, because there’s a lot of confusion these days.
The Muslims at that time, they were going through a very very difficult situation. There was no real support. In fact the Holy Prophet asws, he made the prayer, there are two Umars, one is Hazreti Umar ibn Khattab, that’s his full name. The other one is who? Abu Jahil, his name is also Umar. And the Holy Prophet (asws) is praying, saying, ‘Ya Rabbi, make one of this to be my supporter.’
So you have to understand now the maqam of Hz Umar also. He’s the greatest supporter, or he was going to be the greatest opposition to the Prophet (asws). And Allah accepted Hz Umar ibn al-Khattab. Abu Jahil becomes Abu Jahil, more ignorant. But Hz Umar, as the khutba is saying, after he believed, he went straight to Abu Jahil. And, the khutba is not saying, but he hit him, he punched him and it split his ear. And Hz Umar then went back to the Prophet (asws) because at that time, it was hidden, Islam was hidden. They cannot go out to worship Allah. They were going to get killed and tortured and punished. Hz Abu Bakr went to the Ka’ba to pray, and they beat him up so badly and he came back. Hz Abu Bakr he is not from the lower level of society. He’s one of the leaders. If they can do to the leaders, imagine what they can do to the rest of the Muslims.
So they had no support. But when Hz Umar he accepted Islam and after he punched Abu Jahil face, he came back and he said, ‘Ya Rasulullah, are we not in the Haqq?’
He said, ‘Yes.’
‘Is not Allah with us?’
He said, ‘Yes.’
‘Then why are we hiding? Why are we afraid?’
He went out and he started worshipping. From that support, then all the early Muslims they had so much strength, they had so much support. From one man. Just like our Sheykh, from one man, thousands, millions, find supports and rest from that, from that fairness of Hz Umar, who is known as al-Farouk, Farouki Azam, the greatest. Farouk means Furqan. Furqan means to divide. Because he split, divide what is Haqq is clear and what is batil is clear. He’s not mixing it up. He’s got his name, he got the title. Allah give him the title of Farouk. So to be just, you have to know what is right and you have to know what is wrong. And from that the Ottoman took, because Hz Umar is representing adalat, justice. And although the name is after Hz Osman’s name, but it is resting on the foundation of running the empire through Hz Umar, and the engine, the gas for that empire, the spirituality, is from Hz Abu Bakr Siddiq, the Naksibendi way, through the support of Hz Ali. So it is complete now, the Osmanli tradition. You understand?
So the early muslims had a very big support coming to them. And they were very happy, because for so many years Allah swt tested them and they were still hiding and they were punished and they were oppressed, although they were standing in the way of Haqq. We check ourselves. We think we are Muslims, but we cannot bear a little bit of difficulty, we cannot bear a little bit of criticism, we cannot bear a little bit of challenge and test, and we get very depressed, demoralized, angry with each other and with Allah. But the Muslims, the early ones and there are still groups of that continuing, they are always holding on to that way and they are always thankful to Allah, understanding what is the wisdom behind it.
So yes, because our Sheykh, SahibulSaif, of course Hz Umar, he has a maqam and that maqam, it is always occupied after he is gone, by a saint, by friend of Allah, and that maqam was occupied by our Sheykh, representing Justice. That maqam of Hz Umar, it didn’t just come out like that too, because every Sahabi was holding on to the maqam of a Prophet. They are not Prophet but they have that station, and the station of adalat, of justice, of law, is a station of Hz Musa (as). So, our Sheykh is always advising us, look and find your role model amongst a hundred and twenty four sahabis. Find one that you like, not that you like or you don’t like, everyone you must love, but there is someone there, one that is pulling you, that you find a lot of familiarity with. Now sit and study them. Find out more about them. Be familiar with them. That time when you are doing that, you are going to get their blessings too, insya’Allah. Then their life will become alive in your life. insyaAllah. Amin. We are remembering, I was just remembering him yesterday, very strongly. He came, Alhamdulillah. Al-Fatiha. SelamAleykum warahmatullahi wabarakatu.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
25 Zul Hijj, 1436H
October 9, 2015