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 created everything from nothing. All praises are due to Allah who is beyond description and understanding. All praises are due to Allah who created Adam (asws) from water and clay, and honored the Bani Adam. All praises are due to Allah who sent the Most Honored One in Divine Presence, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws), as the Mercy to the Universes.
And may all peace and blessings be upon the Sultan of the Messengers, the Imam of the Prophets, the Intercessor of the Day of Judgment, the Guide of the Saints, 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.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon. O Believers. Welcome to you on this Holy Day of Jummah. Welcome to you on this Holy Day of Jummah which is also the Tenth of Muharram, the Holy Day of Ashura. Today is a tremendous day in the history of this world. Today is the Day that Allah (swt) accepted the Tawba of our Father Adam (as), it is the day that he saved Nuh (as) and his companions in their ship, it is the day that he saved Ibrahim (as) from the fire of Nimrud, it is the day that Allah (swt) rescued Musa (as) from Firaun, it is the day that Ayyub (as) was cured, it is the day that Yakup (as) was reunited with his son Yusuf (as), it is the day that Yunus (as) was released from the belly of the fish, it is the day that Dawud (as) was forgiven, it is the day that Suleyman (as) was given the kingdom, and it is the day that Isa (as) was raised to the Paradises.
And that is why for all of history, the Prophets and the Saints, they are honoring this day. And one of the ways that we honor this day, as we have been taught by our Sheykh, is through fasting. Holy Prophet (asws) is saying, On the day of Ashura, I hope that Almighty Allah will make this day a means of erasing past sins. So this should be a day of reflection for believers, to look at what has happened in the history, and connect ourselves to that.
And yes, in this Day of Ashura, one of the most significant events in the history of Islam happened. The beloved grandson of the Holy Prophet (asws), Sayyidina Huseyin (as), was martyred in Kerbala. O Believers! We should not be heedless about this just to say, yes, we are very sad that Hz. Huseyin was killed. No. And this year of 1437 is very unusual, because the 10th of Muharram is falling on Jummah, and 10th Muharram also was falling on a Jummah the day that Hz. Huseyin was martyred. So we should not let this day pass by us without connecting ourselves to it, without connecting ourselves to that event, without taking lesson from that event.
What lesson are we going to take? So many people today, they are taking that event that happened at Kerbala and using it wrongly. The Shias are using it wrongly for over a thousand years, beating themselves, whipping themselves, cutting themselves, but running away from the Sunnah and the lifestyle of Hz. Huseyin. So many Wahhabi-type people who are calling themselves Sunni are saying, ‘well, we don’t care what happened to Hz. Huseyin, it’s not important, don’t think about it, remembering it is biddat.’ So with all these wrong thinkings, what is the correct way to take lesson from what happened to Hz. Huseyin and the Ahlul Bayt in Karbala?
We must take lesson from the Evliyaullah, from the Grandchildren of the Holy Prophet (asws), from those ones who are connected to Hz. Huseyin with an unbroken chain. We must take the lesson from those ones who are really holding the title of Huseyini. And our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani, whose noble bloodline goes back to Holy Prophet (asws) and Sayyidina Huseyin, he is such a person. When Seyh Efendi is describing these events to us, he is not doing it from a book. He is not doing it from notes. He is seeing, and he is describing. And he is telling us what happened at Kerbala, saying: That night before the Battle, hazrat Husain spoke to the people around him. It was dark, there was no moon. He said to them,“You all came here with me. I know. So many of you want to leave. So many of you were thinking that Yazeed is just bluffing. But he is not. By tomorrow noontime we may not be here. So many of you is around me because you are waiting for me to be Khalifah, and for you to have the dunya. The door is open to you. I will not complain about you on the judgment day, that you left me alone. I know after all this, after this many days, you are feeling shy to leave. But you really don’t want to be here.”
He said to them, “there is no moon tonight. I am going inside my tent. By Fajr prayer, you can leave, everyone of you, in that darkness. I will never complain about you.” They screamed, “Ya Husain, our lives is sacrifice for you.” He entered to his room. When Fajr entered, he came out, he found only his family around him. The rest all left. And the next day, in that Battle of Kerbala, one by one the family of the Holy Prophet (asws) was martyred. What is the lesson that we must take?
So many people, they claimed that they were loving Hz. Huseyin too. So many people, they were claiming that they were loving Hz. Hasan and Hz. Ali. So many people were claiming that they were loving the Ahlul Bayt. But when the times became difficult, when the time for words finished and the time for action came, so many people they betrayed. We cannot say that we are better than those people, no. We have that betrayal inside of us. And we must work very hard to get rid of that so that when the time comes, we are going to remain loyal to our Sheykh.
Just like what happened in the time of the Ottoman Empire, that there was one Sheykh who had thousands of murids. And some people started making fitna and going to the Sultan saying, ‘ya Sultan, this Sheykh has so many people around him and he is going to make a rebellion against you.’ So that Ottoman Sultan called that Sheykh into his presence and said, this is what they are saying about you. The Sheykh smiled and said, ‘O my Sultan, I only have one and a half murids.’ And the Sultan was shocked, saying, ‘you have thousands of people around you following you, how are you saying you have only one and a half murid?’ And the Sheykh said, ‘O my Sultan, tomorrow call the people and see what happens.’ So the next day the Sultan called all the people. And the Meydan, it was full of people who said that they were murids of the Sheykh, who had given beyat to him, who had promised their lives to him. And the Sultan made an announcement saying, ‘this Sheykh has committed crimes against the state and his punishment is death.’ And the people started crying out saying, you cannot do this, our lives are sacrifice for our Sheykh. The Sultan then spoke, saying, ‘if ten murids are willing to die in the place of their Sheykh, then I will lift the death penalty from him.’ The Meydan became very quiet. Only one man called out and said, ‘I will die for my Sheykh.’ So they took him to a tent to the side where they had some sheep, and they cut the sheep. And the blood started to come out of the tent, and the people became terrified. And the Sultan asked, is there anyone else?
And one woman, she said, ‘I will die for my Sheykh. And they took her in the tent and killed one more sheep.’ And when the people saw the blood, all those people who had made so many promises to the Sheykh, they disappeared and ran away. So the Sheykh said to the Sultan,’O my Padishah, I told you I only have one and a half murid.’ And the Sultan asked, ‘Ya Sheykh, is the man your full murid and the woman your half murid?’ The Sheykh said, ‘it is the opposite. The man volunteered to die not knowing what would happen to him. The woman walked to the tent without any doubt she was walking to her death.’
O Believers! O Murids! O Murids of Sahib el-Sayf. This is real. This is not a fairytale. Karbala is not a fairytale. These are real tests that the believers before us went through. The ones who passed the test, they are honored in this life and the next life. O Believers- this dunya will betray you. The people of dunya will betray you. Your wealth, your children, your family, it is all a confusion. The only thing that is real, the only thing that is permanent, the only thing that will last forever, it is the Love of the Friend of Allah, the Love of the Holy Prophet (asws), the Love of Allah. Live for that. Die for that. As Sahib el-Sayf is saying, ‘We have so many incidents waiting for us. This is not a fairy tale. I know that none of you have understood the seriousness of this. I know. Maybe you will. Before that, maybe you will and I hope, I hope that you will understand. There is nothing worth in this dunya and everything in it to sacrifice for. Believe me. Sacrifice yourself for Allah and for His Prophet, for His religion, there is nothing else. That time, you live forever. That time you are going to live forever, you are going to gain that forever.’
Ayyuhal Mu’minoon. Take the lesson of Ashura. Don’t let this day to pass like another day. In this day, make the intention to be a loyal one to our Sheykh. Make the intention not to change for anything. Make the intention to be like Hz. Huseyin. We are ending insha’Allah with the words of Hz. Sultan Bahu who is saying:
A real Murid is one who is ready to die for his Master in every moment. He will never betray his promise, he will never turn his back, even if a sword cuts him into thousands of pieces. The love of Huseyin and Ali was true, O Bahu. They sacrificed their lives, but never gave up their Promise.
O Believers. In this day of Ashura, insha’Allah, may we be given the faith of Hz. Huseyin. Amin.
Jummah Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
10 Muharram, 1437H
October 23, 2015