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.
Praise be to Allah, Who created (out of nothing) the heavens and the earth, Who made the angels messengers with wings,- two, or three, or four (pairs): He adds to Creation as He pleases: for Allah has power over all things. Whatever Allah grants to people of mercy – none can withhold it; and whatever He withholds – none can release it thereafter. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. (35:1-2).
O Allah, bless our Master Muhammad, the Light of Lights, the Mystery of Mysteries, the Master of the Righteous, the Adornment of the Best Messengers, the Noblest of whomever the night darkens and the day brightens, as much as the drops of rain which descend from the first of this world to its end, and as much as the plants and trees which grow from the first of this world to its end, with a blessing which is forever, lasting as long as the Kingdom of Allah, the One, the Victorious. (Delail Khayrat).
May all peace and blessings be upon the Noble Family and Blessed Companions of Rasulallah (asws), especially upon the Four Rightly Guided Khalifas, 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.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon. Welcome to you on this day of Jummah. O Believers, Imam al-Ghazai (qs) is relating that Holy Prophet (asws) is saying, ‘Allah gave priority, among cities, to Mecca, and among the months, to Ramazan, and, among the days, to Jummah, and, among the nights, to Laylatul Qadr. O Believers! In this day of Jummah, in this best day, let us make intention to become the good servants of our Lord, Allah (swt), and to live in a way that is pleasing Him, and to die in a way that is pleasing to Him.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon. In the Khutba last week we mentioned the Hadith that Holy Prophet (asws) is saying, ‘He who loves his dunya hurts his Ahiret, and he who loves his Ahiret hurts his dunya. So you should give preference to the one that lasts over the one that is going to perish.’
And Allah (swt) is saying in the Holy Quran: ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim. O mankind, fear your Lord and fear a Day when no father will benefit his son, nor a son benefit his father at all. Indeed, the promise of Allah is truth, so let not the worldly life fool you and do not deceived about Allah by the Deceiver, sheytan. (31:33). SadaqallahulAzim.’ So what is the reality of not being deceived by this dunya? What is the reality of trading our dunya for our ahiret? What is the reality of loving our ahiret so much that our dunya is going to get hurt? Where do we learn about this? We learn about it from the Sahaba e-Kiram. We learn about it from the lives of those ones who give up everything and traded their dunya, their families, their wealth, their health, their existence, for the Holy Prophet (asws).
Our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani Hazretleri is saying in his Sohbet: Do you think the Sahabis had a too good life? They had a good life before Islam. They had the luxury life. They gave up from that life and they turned to the Prophet (asws). Whatever the Prophet (asws) said to them they did. They didn’t question him. And one day the Holy Prophet (asws) was taking them somewhere and they were passing by a dumpster, garbage area. He was saying to them, `Look, look at your Dunya. This is your world. This is the world. And these people are falling in love with this dumpster, this garbage.’ He was saying to them, `You see there are certain materials there. Some clothes that people used to wear and they used to make show with it. There are some wood there from which they had their nice furniture, some bones are there, their leftovers. This is Dunya.’ And anyone who believes that are reaching to higher stations. Anyone who believes that must be tested.
And when a Sahabi came to the Holy Prophet (asws) saying, `Ya Rasulullah, I have started loving you more than anything else.’ He (asws) said, `Then prepare yourself for a heavy test. If that is the sign then prepare yourself for a heavy test that is coming to you.’ Yes, it will be very easy with the love of the Prophet (asws), it is impossible with the love of ego. Today’s people claim that they love the Prophet (asws) and they love Allah, but they love themselves and nothing else.
So how were those Sahabis living that they gave up everything for the love of the Holy Prophet (asws)? Today’s people, they have lost the meaning of love. Today’s people think that love is what they are seeing in the movies and the television. They made a wird of the word “love” but there is no meaning behind their words. As one wise person is saying, The word of love has become common, but the reality of love is a hidden treasure. O Believers! Don’t learn what love is from the west. Don’t learn what love is from the unbelievers. Learn love and sacrifice from those who are wearing its crown, whose names are remembered from pre-Eternity to post-Eternity, the Sahaba-e-Kiram. And the Leader of the Caravan of the Lovers of Rasulallah (asws) is Sayyid-el-Evliya, the Founder of our Tarikat, Hz. Abu Bakr el-Siddiq (ra). We know the story that one time Hz. Umar wanted to surpass Hz. Abu Bakr in charity, so Hz. Umar brought half his wealth to the Holy Prophet (asws). And he saw that Hz. Abu Bakr came and gave everything he owned to Rasulallah (asws). And when Holy Prophet (asws) asked, Why haven’t you kept anything for your family? Hz. Abu Bakr replied, ‘I have left them with Allah and His Messenger.’
After this incident, Hz. Abu Bakr did not come to the Masjid for some time, and Holy Prophet (asws) became concerned about him. He asked some Sahabis to go and find out what had happened to his Companion, and they came back and said, ‘Ya Rasulallah, Abu Bakr has given everything he owned in the way of Allah and His Prophet. All that he has left is a piece of cloth that he is sharing with his wife. They trade it with each other when it is time for prayer, and that is all they have.’
So Holy Prophet (asws) heard this and sent Hz. Bilal to go to Hz. Fatima’s house and to find out if she had a piece of extra cloth that they could give to Hz. Abu Bakr so that he could come to the Masjid. All that Hz. Fatima had was a piece of goat skin, and when this was brought to Hz. Abu Bakr, it was too short, so he sewed some palm leaves to it, the leaves of a date tree. And he started to walk to the Presence of Rasulallah (asws). Before he reached the Masjid, Jibril (as) came in front of Holy Prophet (asws). And Hz Jibril was wearing the same kind of clothes that Hz. Abu Bakr was. When the Holy Prophet (asws) asked Jibril (as) what he was wearing, Jibril said: ‘Ya Rasulallah! Today all the angels in the heavens are dressed like this to honor Hz. Abu Bakr, the loyal one, the generous one, the faithful one. And today Allah (swt) is sending His blessings and greetings to Abu Bakr. And Allah has sent him a message saying: Tell him His Lord is pleased with Him if he is pleased with his Lord.’ When Hz. Abu Bakr entered into the Presence of Holy Prophet (asws), he received this Divine Message from the lips of Rasulallah (asws). And when Hz. Abu Bakr heard this message he got up and said, ‘Indeed I am pleased with my Lord! and in his joy he started turning three times.’
O Believers! That was his sacrifice, and those are the fruits of that sacrifice. Hz. Abu Bakr gave up everything for Holy Prophet (asws), and he gained the pleasure of His Lord, Allah (swt). As Seyh Efendi is saying, for the one who becomes a Servant to his Lord, Allah makes that person to become a Sultan.
There was one Sahabi named Hz. Suhyab al-Rumi. His family was from Arabia, but he grew up in Istanbul. When he became older, he returned to Mecca and he became extremely wealthy. But when he accepted the Message of Rasulallah (asws), he sacrificed everything to follow the Holy Prophet. And when Holy Prophet (asws) made the Hijrah, Hz. Suhayb was trying to follow him, but the unbelievers trapped him in his house. They knew how much wealth he had, and they were afraid that if he left Mecca, he would affect their economy. Finally, one night he was able to sneak away, but he was chased away by some unbelievers. When he saw that they would not let him reach Madinah he said to them, If I tell you where all my wealth is in Mecca, will you let me go? And those unbelievers agreed, and they let him go in exchange for everything he had. When Hz. Suhayb reached the borders of Madinah, Holy Prophet (asws) was waiting for him and he had a big smile on his face. The Sultan of the Messengers greeted Hz. Suhayb with happiness and said three times, ‘Your business has been successful, O Abu Yahya! Your business has been fruitful. Hz. Suhayb said, Ya Rasulallah, nobody came before me, it must be that Jibril gave you the news of what happened!’ And yes, an ayat had come down about Hz. Suhayb, saying, ‘ BismillahirRahmanirRahim. And there is a type of man who gives his life to earn the pleasure of Allah. And Allah is full of kindness to His servants. (2:207).’
This is true success. We can earn every dollar in this dunya, we can collect all the gold, we can earn the position, but none of that is worth even an atom’s weight in the scale compared to those who have the Pleasure of their Lord and their Holy Prophet in this life and next life. O Believers! Do not seek the riches of this world. Do not seek honor from this world. Do not seek comfort in this world. Look to the Pleasure of Allah, of His Prophet, of your Sheykh, and you will be honored in this life and the next life.
Listen to the advice of Hz. Abu Ubaydah ibn Al-Jarrah. He was one of the Asyrah Mubasyarah, of the Ten who were Promised Paradise when they were living, and he was given the title The Trustworthy one of the Ummah. He was leading one of the armies of the Muslims when a very bad plague hit the area where he was. Hz. Umar was the Khalifa at that time, and he was very afraid to lose Hz. Abu Ubaydah, so he sent him a message saying, ‘I need you right away. If you get this letter at night, leave before the dawn. If you get this letter in the morning, leave before sunset.’ When Hz. Abu Ubaydah got this message he said, I know Amir al-Mu’mineen wants me to return, but he is trying to make something that is not eternal to survive. And he sent a message back saying, ‘I know that you need me. But I am in an army of Muslims and I have no desire to save myself from what is afflicting them. I do not want to separate from them until Allah wills. So, when this letter reaches you, release me from your command and permit me to stay on.’ When Hz. Umar got this message his eyes filled with tears and he understood that Hz. Abu Ubaydah was about to pass. And very soon, the Angel of Death approached Hz. Abu Ubaydah. And before he passed, he gave this advice, that is not just for those people, but for us, for me and for you until Qiyamet. He said, ‘Let me give you some advice which will cause you to be on the path of goodness always. Establish Prayer. Fast the month of Ramazan. Give the zakat. Perform the Hajj and Umrah. Remain united and support one another. Be sincere to your leaders and do not hide anything from them. Don’t let the world destroy you for even if man were to live a thousand years he would still end up with this fate that you see me in. Wa Salaam Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.’
O Believers. This is real. Leave the fake dunya to a side, and run to Ahiret. That is the true Honor that we have been created for. We are ending with the words of our Sheykh who is saying, ‘The whole key of this life is not to be born and to live and to die. The whole key, the whole secret is to be born to this life clean and to go out of this life clean. To live with your honor and with your dignity of Islam. The honor comes with Islam. And if you want to increase your honor you have to be with those who have honor. You have to keep them high and then your honor goes up too.’ Ya Rabbi, in this Day of Jummah we are asking You to keep us with those ones You have honored in this life and the next, to keep us with our Sheykh. Amin.
Jummah Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
15 Safar 1437
November 27, 2015.