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. 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, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful, the Master of the Day of Judgment. All praises are due to Allah who created our Father Adam (AS) from dust and water, and who honored the Children of Adam. 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 Seal of the Prophethood, the Imam of the Messengers, the Master of the First and the Last, the Mercy to the Universes, the Most Perfect in Creation, 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.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! Welcome to you, welcome to me in this Holy Day of Jummah. And today is the fourth Jummah of the month of Safar. The month of Safar is unusual this year, as there will be five Jummahs in this month. We should be careful. Our Sheykh is warning us saying: ‘In Safar 700,000 curses and punishments are removed from Lawh-e Mahfuz and coming down to the first level (of the sky). During this month the heaviness is coming down and whatever incident is going to happen to people during that whole year, from this Safar to the following year’s month of Safar, whatever curses and punishments are going to reach to people, it’s coming down. We must be careful. We must not be standing in the open to receive that punishment. We must run a little more, make our schedule a little bit more tight during this month to make a little more extra zikir and extra prayers. There are some special prayers that you may do during this month. But even if it’s not that, to do some extra voluntary worship, not to go out from the house without reciting Ayat-ul Kursi, asking Allah (swt) to protect us from those curses that are coming down. InshaAllah when the intention is correct Allah (swt) will protect His servants. We must correct our intentions and we must run to do good things and good deeds for the sake of Allah (swt).’ And the words of the friends of Allah they are true.
O Believers! In this month, we must run toward protection. But what is the biggest protection for the Believers? What is the protection that all of the Sahaba-e-Kiram they ran toward? What is that huge protection that the Muslims of the 21st century have rejected and they have pulled away from? Allah (swt) is saying in the Holy Quran, in Surah Fath, “Certainly Allah was pleased with the believers when they gave Beyat to you, Ya Muhammad, under the tree, and He knew what was in their hearts, so He sent down peace upon them and rewarded them with a close victory (48:18).” And also in the same Surah, Allah (swt) is saying, “Indeed, those who give Beyat to you, Ya Muhammad – they are actually giving Beyat to Allah . The hand of Allah is over their hands. So he who breaks his promise only breaks it to the damage of himself. And he who fulfills that which he has promised Allah – He will give him a great reward (48:10).” Sadaqallahul Azim.
The biggest protection for a believer is to give Beyat. The biggest protection for a believer is to give his hand in allegiance to that one who is representing the Holy Prophet (asws), because that Firm Handhold, that hand is going to reach him to the Holy Prophet (asws), and it is going to reach him to Allah (swt). These days, people have rejected Beyat. They have no problem giving beyat to a flag. They have no problem giving beyat to a company. They have no problem giving beyat to an ideology. But they have a problem giving Beyat to Rasulallah (asws) and to his inheritors. And because there is no protection, the curse and the disasters are raining on the heads of the Ummat-i-Muhammed, in the 21st century nonstop. Especially when the whole ummat they have broken their beyat with the Khalifah. And there are some who are hiding under the word of “beyat” and using it as an excuse. They do not pray, they do not fast, they do not act like Muslims, they cheat and they lie, and they say, ‘well I have beyat, so I don’t have to do anything. I have beyat, so my Sheykh is going to do everything for me.’ Is that the kind of Beyat that Allah (swt) is describing in Surah Fath? Is that the kind of Beyat that SahibulSaif has been teaching us?
We should listen a little bit to the words of those who gave the real Beyat to the Holy Prophet (asws). When the first group of people from Madinah came to give Beyat to the Holy Prophet (asws), the Uncle of Holy Prophet (asws), Hz. Abbas, asked the Ansar how much they were willing to support Rasulallah. So one of the people of Medina, the Ansar, Hz. Asad ibn Zurarah stood up and said, ‘Ya Rasulallah. Every message has its own way, whether it is easy or difficult. Today you have called the people to something that is strange in our society, which people will reject. You have called on us to abandon the pagan religion of our grandfathers, and to follow your Way. Even though this is difficult, we have accepted you. You have called us to cut relations with our neighbors and relatives who do not believe, whether they are near or far, and even though this is difficult, we have accepted you. And even though we, the people of Yathrib, are a community that enjoys prestige and safety, and even though nobody even thinks to attack us, you have called on us to accept you as our Leader, and even though you are not from our City, and even though your own people have rejected you, and even though this is difficult, we have accepted you. All of these conditions would be unacceptable to normal people, but we are seeking the pleasure of Allah, and we have high hopes in Allah. We have accepted what you have called us for, and we express this on our tongues, and in our hearts, and in our actions, because we believe in what you are bringing us. And we know you are Truthful, and we promise that we will keep our promise, and we are giving Beyat to you, to our Lord and your Lord. The Hand of Allah is over our hands. Our blood is sacrifice to you. We will protect you more than we protect our own lives and the lives of our children and our wives. If we keep this promise then we keep it for the sake of Allah. And if we break it, then we will be the most dishonored people. We are telling you the Truth on this, Ya Rasulallah, and Ya Allah, help us to keep this promise.’
This is a Beyat. And as long as the Muslims held that kind of a Beyat, they had honor. As long as the Muslims were giving that Beyat to an Inheritor of the Holy Prophet (asws), there was peace, there was honor, and there was justice in this world. Today, there is no peace. There is no honor. There is no justice. There is only cruelty, and violence, and tyranny. From young to old, from males to females, from individuals to nations, we have reached the times that Holy Prophet (asws) said, ‘Time will pass rapidly, good deeds will decrease, miserliness, stinginess, selfishness, will be thrown (in the hearts of the people) afflictions will appear and there will be much ‘Al-Harj.” They said, “O Allah’s Messenger! What is “Al-Harj?” He said, “Killing! Killing!”
O Believers! We have reached that time. We have reached the darkest time that has ever cast its shadow on the Children of Adam. And in this time, we must run for safety. Just like when the clouds were gathering over the people of Nuh (as), there was only one safety, and that was his ship. And in the same way, Holy Prophet (asws) said in his Hadith Sherif, ‘Behold! My Ehlil Bayt are like the Ship of Nuh. Whoever entered it was saved, and whoever turned away from it was destroyed.’
We must run to the Ships of Nuh (as) in these end times. Run to the Ehlil Beyt. Run to the Inheritors of the Holy Prophet (asws). Run to the inheritors of the Holy Ottoman Empire. Run to the Friends of Allah. If you have not found one, then find one and give your hand to him. If you have found one, then make your Beyat more stronger, make your obedience more strong, make your submission more strong. Because in the times that are coming, only those whose faith is unshakable will be saved; the ones who are weak they may sink into the Fitnah that is coming.
Just as Seyh Efendi is saying in his sohbet: They don’t have strong faith to Allah. Whatever side is there, Dajjal or Mahdi, it doesn’t matter, they move to whoever promises something. One day they are on the side of Mahdi’s workers and one day they are on the side of Dajjal’s workers. Don’t be from those ones. If you are from those ones then wake up and turn around because the Holy Prophet (asws) is saying, ‘When the last days will be approaching, that’s exactly what’s going to happen. People are going to move from one side to another, one side to another.’ Make sure you stand on the side of Haqq when the Takbir is taken. You will not be with Dajjal and the ones that are around him. Dajjal is going to come in so many different forms. To Christians different, to Muslims different, to Jews completely different. Be careful, we are in those days. The Prophet (asws) was talking to the Sahaba-Kiram about the confusion of Dajjal so much that the Sahaba-e Kiram were saying, ‘We thought that Dajjal was behind the date trees. As soon as the Prophet (asws) is leaving, he’s going to come out.’ It passed fourteen hundred years. It is now the time. All the deputies of Dajjal have appeared. You need eyes to see. So many are running after those ones. Watch yourself, watch your step.
You are responsible from your life. Either you enter to Paradise or you build yourself to hell. Whichever side you fall into, that shows your faith and with that faith you cannot pass the Sirat. These words are for you, for me and the whole mankind.
O Believers! In this month of Safar, when the curses are raining down non-stop, run to the protection. Run to the safety. Run to the Friends of Allah. Run to your Sheykh. We must renew our beyat, we must renew our intentions, we must make our obedience stronger. We must wake up and not to be fooled by the confusion that is happening everywhere in this world. Allah is watching. The confusion that is happening in this world, no government can safe. No Russia can safe. No America can safe, no china can safe because this is the time of confusion. The whole world is preparing not for the appearances of Mahdi (as), the world is already prepared to welcome the appearances of Dajjal, and majority, they are running for that. We must pull ourselves out from that confusion and hold on. These are the days where black is white and white is black. It is not according to how you see. It is according to how the friends of Allah, that they are seeing and they are saying. If your beyat is shaky, if there is one drop of doubt entering, possibility we are going to be moved to the side of dajjal. May Allah protect us. Amin.
Jummah Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
22 Safar 1437
December 4, 2015.