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.
Praise be to Allah, to Whom belong all things in the heavens and on earth: to Him be Praise in the Hereafter: and He is Full of Wisdom, acquainted with all things. Sadaqallahulazim(34:1). 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 Creation, the Master of the First and the Last, the Imam of the Two Sanctuaries, the Seal of the Prophethood, 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-Faruq, 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 Holy Month of Muharram. And in one week we will enter into the Month of Safar. Listen to the advice of our Sheykh for the month of Safar, he is saying: Almost one week later the month of Safar is coming. Safar is always coming down with its heaviness and with the punishments. The Nation of Muhammad (asws) must be careful. The whole month this year may hit left and right. Seven hundred thousand curses are coming down during that month. In the old days people were doing very special things just to save themselves from that cursing that is coming down. If you are not doing anything, don’t run around in the streets wild if it’s for nothing. Sit in your home, pray and make some more extra zikir. If it’s not necessary, don’t run in the streets.
Today is the Day of Jummah. Understand the holiness of this day. This day is being honored in the heavens and in the earth. And when the Imam climbs the stairs of the Mimbar, he is in reality sitting in the Makam of the Holy Prophet (asws). Because this Jummah, this Day of Gathering, it is to gather the Ummah to connect themselves to the Holy Prophet (asws). And until the last century, this connection was alive and preserved through a chain reaching back to the Holy Prophet (asws). Because every single Imam in every single Masjid, from Mecca to Medina, from Istanbul to Indonesia, from Africa to India, when they were beginning the Khutbah they were giving the Khutbah in the name of the Khalifa, in the name of the Representative of the Holy Prophet (asws), in the name of the Shadow of Allah on Earth. And as long as the Khilafat was open and the flag of Islam was open, that Khutbah was uniting the Muslims in obedience, submission, and muhabbat to the Representative of Rasulallah (asws).
But one hundred years ago, Muslims lost that. Why? Because we asked for the Khilafat to be removed. Because the Muslims said, we don’t want to be under the shade of the Shadow of Allah anymore. We don’t want to be under the protection of the Representative of the Rasulallah anymore. We want to follow the Western lifestyle. We want to follow democracy. We want to follow nationalism. And why did this happen? Because the enemies of Islam, they played the biggest trick on the Muslims. They fooled the Muslims into thinking that Islam was backward and ignorant, and that the western lifestyle was modern and intelligent. They told the Muslims that their history was a history of bloodshed and barbarism. They told the Muslims that their heroes were villains. They told the Muslims that their civilization was dead. They told the Muslims that their Sultans were tyrants. They told the Muslims that their language was simple. And they said, our history is the right history. Our heroes are the real heroes. Our civilization is a modern civilization. Our dress is a civilized dress. Our language is a sophisticated language. Be like us, and you will be happy. Be like us, and you will be rich. Be like us, and this dunya will open up to you. And like fish that get caught by the hook, so many in the Muslim world fell for that trick, and they took the bait. And we have been suffering from the consequences since then.
So how do we come out from that? How do we come out from that sickness that we have been infected with?
So many of us, whether we grew up in this country or Muslim countries, we are still affected with that sickness. From a young age, we become infected with that sickness. They teach us that a hero is a man with shining armor who is wearing a red cross on his shirt, isn’t it? So they are making our heroes to be the Crusaders, those ones who slaughtered Muslims until their blood reached the knees of the horses in Jerusalem. When they teach us about great civilization, we learn about the Romans, we learn about the Byzantines, we learn about the French, we learn about the British. We learn about those that plotted behind the scenes to take down the Khalifa and think that they have the answer to civilization. Even today, our language has been taken away from us, so that we forgot the language of our ancestors and so we lost our connection to them. Yes, this is the state of the Muslims. But what is the solution? Who has the solution?
Look East to West, North to South, nobody is talking about this today. Instead, they are having conferences. Conference on moon sighting. Conference on is Mawlid haram or halam? Conference on how to make istinja, yes. Focusing on every problem except for the real problems. And in these days the only ones who are waking people up to the problem, the only ones that are shaking the Muslims awake, the only ones who have the cure to this disease, it is our Grandsheykh and our Sheykh. And our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani is saying: 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, we must turn back. We 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.
O Believers! If we want to get a cure from the sickness that we have been infected with for over a hundred years, then that cure is in knowing our history. That cure is in living our history. That cure is in being connected to our history. Because the history of Islam, it is a glorious, majestic history. And once you know your identity, once you know your identity as a Muslim, once you know your identity as an Ummeti of the Rasulallah (asws), you don’t need anything else.
So many today are taking this the wrong way as well. The Wahhabis are saying, our history is only the first Four Khalifas, and Ibn Taymiyya, and Abdul Wahhab. This is wrong. They cannot know history because they have cut themselves off from the living tradition of Islam. Because Islam has been alive for 1400 years, and it stays alive, and it grows, and it becomes more beautiful through the Evliyaullah. So that tradition did not end with the Khulafa-e-Rashideen. It continued, and it was flourishing all the way until the times of the Ottoman Empire. The one who does not know and respect the Ottomans, that person does not have any connection to our history. The one whose heart does not tremble with respect and with awe when he hears about the Devlet-i-Aliyye, that person definitely is not connected to our tradition. Because the Ottomans, they carried and they honored Islam for their entire reign. And through them, Islam was made great.
So once we know this history, we don’t have a need for anything else. And we must teach this to our children. Because insha’AllahurRahman, as our Sheykh is saying, they are the generation of Mahdi (as). We are not teaching a dead history. Because the Ottomans will rise again. Wallahi they will rise again.
What heroes are greater than the heroes of Islam? Who is a greater hero than Hz. Abu Bakr, Hz. Umar, Hz. Osman, Hz. Ali, and the Sahaba-e-Kiram? Who is a greater hero than Osman Ghazi? Who is a greater hero than Sultan Mehmet Fatih? Who is a greater hero than Ulubatli Hasan? Who is a greater hero than Sultan Suleyman the magnificent? Who is a greater hero than Yavuz Sultan Selim Han? Who is a greater hero than Sultan Abdul Hamid Han? Who is a greater hero than Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani, the Lion of Allah? And this is what we are learning in the Association of Sahib el-Sayf. We are learning about the history of our grandfathers so that we can be like them. We are learning our tradition not so that we can admire it in the museum, but so that we can build it again.
Just like the Ottomans, once upon a time, they were sitting in their tents and looking so simple, but they were remembering their history, and their hearts were burning to carry that tradition for the sake of Allah. And Allah (swt) honored them to build the Empire of Islam. Don’t make any mistake. That is the work of Sahib el-Sayf. Because he is saying: So this is Islam and you should be proud of it. There is nothing to be proud of yourselves. There is nothing to hold (about yourselves) to say, “I am proud and I am superior.” But you should be proud of Islam and if anyone is coming in front of you then you should be able to say, “Yes I am a Muslim, yes I am holding onto this, and yes this and yes that.” Don’t be shaking like chickens. If you are going to shake like chickens then you have no place with me. You must go to other Sheykhs. You must go to other Imams who are shaking. I have no fear from anything. We have no fear except Allah’s fear. We are holding Islam high and we are going to hold it high. If you are in it then you must hold it high.
O Believers! O Murids! O Children of the Ottomans. Never forget the words of the Conquest March of the Mehter, which is saying: This history is Fetih’s history. This history is Selim’s history. This history is Suleyman’s history. This Mihrab is Sinanuddin’s. This Minaret is Sinan’s. Haydi, get up, let’s go, and wake up your sleeping legend.
O Believers. There is a legend that is sleeping. We make intention to go and wake it up, and to write a new chapter in the glorious history of Islam. Never lose sight of that goal. We are ending with Seyh Efendi’s words, as he is saying: Wake up your sleeping legend or they will wake you up and send you to the other side. Be careful. Everyone should wake up. This is not a circus. This is reality. Anyone who is with me should prepare themselves for that.
This much is enough for you and for me.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
24 Muharram 1437
November 6, 2015.