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 Worlds. All praises are due to Allah, the Lord of the Two Easts and the Two Wests. All praises are due to Allah who created the sun, the moon, and the stars, and set them into their orbits. All praises are due to Allah who is beyond description. All praises are due to Allah who sent His Habib, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws), as the Mercy to the Universes.
And may all peace and blessings be upon the Sultan of Creation, the Imam of the Messengers, the Seal of the Prophets, the Intercessor of the Day of Judgment, the Master of the First and the Last, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS), 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 the Day of Jummah. Welcome to you on the third Jummah of the month of Muharram. O Believers, Allah (swt) is mentioning the importance of Jummah in the Holy Quran, saying: BismillahirRahmanirRahim.”O you who believe! When the Ezan is called on Jummah, run with sincerity to the Zikrullah and leave off business: that is best for you if you only knew. And when the prayer is ended, then go out in the land and seek of Allah’s bounty, and remember Allah much, that you may be successful. (62:9-10).”
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! The success lies in rushing toward the Masjid for Jummah. On this day, we should give proper attention to coming to the Jummah so that we can be prepared to receive the advice that is coming for us this week. We need to come to Jummah not in a heedless state, but with the intention of taking what is necessary for us to be obedient servants for one more week. And the person who comes to Jummah with that intention, he is the successful one. Hz. Ali (kw) is narrating from the Holy Prophet (asws): “When Friday comes, the sheytans go to the markets with their flags, and involve people in their needs and prevent them from the Friday prayer. The angels come early in the morning, sit at the door of the Masjid, and record that so-and-so came at the first hour, and so-and-so came at the second hour until the Imam comes out for the Khutba. When a man sits in a place where he can listen and look at the imam, where he remains silent and does not interrupt, he will receive a double reward. If he stays away, sits in a place where he cannot listen to the Khutba, stays silent, and does not interrupt, he will receive the reward only once. If he sits in a place where he can listen to the Khutba and look at the Imam, and he does not remain silent, he will have the burden of it. If anyone says to his companion sitting besides him to be silent while the Imam is speaking, he is guilty of idle talk. Anyone who interrupts the Khutba will receive nothing on that Jummah. (Abu Dawud 1046).” Insha’Allah we will be counted amongst those that are getting the blessings of Jummah, and are receiving its benefit.
O Believers! Allah (swt) is saying to us in the Holy Quran: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. “O you who believe, why do you say what you do not do? It is severely hateful in Allah’s sight that you say what you do not do. (61:2-3).” And in another ayat He is saying (swt): BismillahirRahmanirRahim. “When the hypocrites come to you, [O Muhammad], they say, “We testify that you are the Messenger of Allah.” And Allah knows that you are His Messenger, and Allah testifies that the hypocrites are liars. (63:1).” And Holy Prophet (asws) is saying in his Hadith Sherif: There are four characteristics and whoever possesses them is a hypocrite. Whoever possesses some of them has a piece of hypocrisy until he leaves it: the one who when he speaks he lies, when he promises he breaks his promise, when he argues he passes his limits and when he makes an agreement he violates it. (Muslim and Bukhari)
O Believers! One of the greatest dangers that is before us in our journey back to our Lord is the danger of hypocrisy. What is hypocrisy? Hypocrisy is being defined by Allah (swt) in the Ayat that we mentioned earlier: to say something when you don’t do it. To pretend. To be fake. To have one thing in your heart but to show something else in your face. To be a hypocrite, it is to be two-faced. And Holy Prophet (asws) is saying: “Whoever had two-faces in the dunya will have two tongues of fire on the Day of Resurrection. (Abu Dawud 4212).”
As our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani is saying: Don’t say, ‘I am a believer’ and live a lifestyle like the unbelievers. Then you will be counted, you will be entering into the book as hypocrites. The unbelievers, the Kafirs are one step higher than the hypocrites. The hypocrites are in the lowest station of the hell-fire. But today’s Muslims, today’s 21st century Muslims, they do not even imagine that they are in hypocrisy. Everyone is believing that they are a saint. Everyone is thinking that they are the best believer. Everyone is thinking that they reached to the level of a prophet. Wahhabi-minded people are saying, O, we have so much knowledge, we are so strict with our religion, we read so much Quran, we must be the best people that walked the earth, we have nothing to fear. Shiite people are saying, oh, we are connected to the Ahlul Bayt, we have our Ayatollahs, we have nothing to fear. People who are claiming they are following Tasawwuf are saying, oh, we make zikr, we have a Sheykh, we have reached to Marifat, we have nothing to fear. But what are the True Believers saying? What is the saying of those who have reached to safety?
Hz. Abu Ayyub el-Ansari, the one who hosted Holy Prophet (asws) in his home is saying: Whenever I hear an ayat of the Quran talking about hypocrisy I am afraid that Allah (swt) is talking about me. And one of the Tabieen is saying: “I met 30 Sahabis of the Holy Prophet (asws) and all of them were afraid of falling into hypocrisy.”Someone once asked Hz. Hasan (ra) about hypocrisy and he said: “How can I feel safe from it when even Hz. Umar (ra) was afraid of falling into it?”And Hz. Hasan al-Basri (ra) is saying: “No one feels afraid from hypocrisy except for a believer, and nobody feels safe from it except for a hypocrite.”
O Believers! We must think about these words very carefully. The Sahaba-e-Kiram, the Sahabis who were guaranteed Paradise, they were afraid of falling into hypocrisy. So what about us? And what is the meaning of the words of Hz. Hasan el-Basri? He is saying that only the believer fears hypocrisy, and only the hypocrite feels safe from it. Meaning that it is a sign of being a believer to be afraid of hypocrisy. Because if you are afraid of something, you are going to guard yourself against it.
If a man is walking through a forest and knows that there is a dangerous animal around, he is going to walk very carefully, he is always going to be awake, he is always going to be looking around, and he won’t feel comfortable. But the man who is unafraid of the animal, he is going to walk in ghaflat and be eaten and destroyed. O Believers! We must be awake. We must be awake to the hypocrisy that is hiding inside of us. Someone once asked Hz. Abu Darda why he feared hypocrisy and he said, Nobody knows what can happen at the last minute of their life. This is why Imam el-Shafii (ra) is saying: “Only the sincere man truly knows what hypocrisy is.”
So we should run to know the hypocrisy inside of ourselves, and to get rid of it. Because if we don’t understand that it is there, if we don’t contain it, if we don’t protect ourselves from it, one day it is going to come out and it is going to destroy us. Never forget- the ones who said they loved Hz. Ali are the ones who turned their swords on him. The one who said she loved Hz. Hasan is the one who poisoned him. The ones who said they loved Hz. Huseyin are the ones who betrayed him and attacked him. And yes, in the life of our Sheykh we are seeing, so many people who were saying they loved him and sacrificed themselves to him, they have turned against him and his way. If we do not eliminate the hypocrisy that is hiding inside of ourselves, then disaster is waiting for us, may Allah protect us from that.
Listen to the words of Seyh Efendi who is saying: You must ask help from Allah, and Allah (swt) is saying to us, `You are asking help? Definitely My help is reaching to you.’ But asking help through the tongue and your heart is busy with something else, that is not asking help. That is hypocrisy. So you will be counted from the hypocrites and the hypocrites are in the worst situation. Hypocrites are lower than the unbelievers on the Judgment Day. So get rid of the hypocrisy from yourself, from your heart. If you are saying, `I don’t have anything’, check yourself again. Check one more time and look, that Ayat that we have just read, it gives satisfaction as soon as you hear? As soon as you hear that Allah (swt) is saying, `If you are a believer, you are a servant. And the servant is a thankful one. The servant who is believing in Me and he is being thankful to Me, why would that one have to be worrying? He shouldn’t be worrying in Dunya and Akhirat.’ Whatever happens in Dunya he shouldn’t be worrying. The worry must pass away because you know that you are not in control. Allah is. `If Allah likes me here now, I am here. Tomorrow He moves me from here to there, I will be there.’ Submission. You are submitting yourself to Allah and His Prophet (asws), and your rightly guided righteous ones. If you are not doing that then you have submitted yourself to your ego. You may say, `I have submitted to a Sheykh’ and you are doing other than what the Sheykh is saying to you, you submit yourself to your ego. And you will stay with your ego.
We are asking our Lord, Allah (swt), to protect us from hypocrisy, to help us to take the hypocrisy out of our hearts, and to turn us to become sincere ones to Him, to the Holy Prophet (asws), and to our Sheykh. Amin.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
17 Muharram 1437
October 30, 2015.