‘Whoever imitates a people is one of them’

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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.

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 has Might and Power over all things. 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 the Messengers, the Imam of the Prophets, the Master of the First and the Last, the Grandfather of Hasan and Huseyin, the Mercy to the Universes, 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, Hz. Ali el-Murtaza, and all those who follow them until the Last Day.

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Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! Alhamdulillah, we are in the month of the Mevlid-i-Nebi, and we have passed through the night of the blessed Birth of Rasulallah (asws). Glad tidings to those who passed through the Night with Edep and respect. Hz Junayd al-Baghdadi (ks) is saying, ‘Anyone who visits a place where Mawlid of the Allah’s Messenger (asws) is celebrated and honors him, is a true believer.’ So insha’AllahurRahman, we are hoping that Allah (swt) counts us amongst the true believers who are honoring the Holy Prophet (asws) and the ones he loves.

O Believers! Allah (swt) is saying in the Holy Quran, in Surah al-Maidah: BismillahirRahmanirRahim, ‘This day have those who reject faith have given up all hope of defeating your religion: so fear them not but fear Me. This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. (5:3). Sadaqallahul Adzim. And in another Ayat Allah (swt) is saying: And whoever opposes the Messenger after guidance has become clear to him and follows other than the way of the believers, We will give him what he has taken and drive him into Hell, and evil it is as a destination. (4:115).’ And Hazrat Abdullah ibn Umar is narrating a Hadith Sherif of the Holy Prophet (asws), saying, ‘Whoever imitates a people is one of them.’ And he is also saying (asws), about us, about his nation, especially the nation in the ahir zaman, ‘You will walk the same path as was walked by those before you inch by inch and step by step so much so that if they had entered into the hole of a lizard, you will enter too.’ The Sahaba said, ‘Ya Rasulullah, do you mean the Jews and Christians?’ He said, ‘who else?’

If we look at this world, when we look at the Muslims of this world, when we look at the Ummat-i-Muhammed (asws) in this ahir zaman, we see that we have reached to the End of Times that Holy Prophet (asws) warned us about 1400 years ago. We have reached to the times where Muslims are running to give up their faith, to give up their identity as Muslims, to copy the unbelievers and to act like, and to believe them. Today is Christmas, the day that they are saying the son of Allah was born, hasha Astagfirullah. And today is not even the day that Isa (as) was born, but they are mixing it up with the holiday of a mushrik, of the pagan, for dunya reasons, and they are celebrating it. And today so many Muslims, we are not even talking about Muslims in America, Muslim in Muslim countries, they are celebrating this day. They are putting trees in their houses, and putting trees in their houses, this is clearly forbidden in the bible. It is clearly forbidden in the bible for trees to be put into their house, to put gold and silver and to let it to stand there for nothing, imitating the unbelievers.Muslims are also singing carols, and they are giving each other presents. They are killing themselves to try to be like the unbelievers in this day, trying to show how much they are like them. They are fitting to that Hadith of Holy Prophet (asws), walking behind the unbelievers step by step trying to copy them.

So they are adopting a non-Muslim identity, and leaving their Muslim identity behind. They are claiming, this is the time of the year for love, togetherness, peace. And it is good to celebrate love, togetherness and peace, even with unbelievers, because these are the values in Islam too. We say we  have no problem with that,  but why are you choosing Christmas? There are 365 days in the year, why do you have to choose the day that they are celebrating, saying that the son of Allah was born. Hasha astaghfirullah, that is the reason they are celebrating, which is not even a real date that Isa (as) was born in. These Muslims, most of them who are celebrating Christmas, they did not celebrate the Mawlid of the Prophet (asws). They did not sit on the 12th of Rabiul Awwal to send even one Salawat to the Holy Prophet (asws).

As our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (KS) is saying: You are not celebrating the birthday of that one for whose reason you have been created? Why not? But they are celebrating the birthday of Jesus. Christmas. Muslims. Those ones are celebrating who are against the Holy Prophet’s (asws) birthday celebration, Mawlid. Run to them, you look at them (and you see that) they are running in the Christmas time to give presents to each other. What’s that? That’s not even Jesus’ birthday. It’s just a holiday. Not a holy day, it’s not even a holy day, holy-holy day. It’s just a financial day. In order not to fall into financial crisis they have to sell, sell, sell, sell. So the Muslims of 21st century, they have lost, and they have fallen into the trap that Holy Prophet (asws) warned us about. And even though they are running to try to be like the unbelievers, the unbelievers are not even accepting them. Allah (swt) is saying in the Holy Quran,” And never will the Jews or the Christians accept you until you follow their religion.

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O Believers! Our state was not always like this. The state of the Muslims was not always like this. And we must remember the time that Islam was standing strong, and that Muslims were standing strong, and we must understand why it was that way and how we can bring that into our own lives. So many Muslims, they make the mistake of thinking that Islam existed only in the time of the Holy Prophet (asws) and the Rightly Guided Khalifas, and after that, everything that came was a corruption. This is a sheytanic Wahhabi understanding of Islamic history.If we want to get up again, then we need to see how those ones who came before us were carrying Islam. And how  with their living with the ahle Kitab, and how they were cooperating and working in harmony to bring a civilization that is going to give benefit to the Muslims, to the Jews, to the Christians, to the believers and unbelievers, without losing their identity. The ones who were carrying Islam strongly for almost a millennium, they were the Holy Ottomans, our grandfathers. They were not running to copy the unbelievers. Even though they had borders with non-Muslim countries, even though they were competing with non-Muslims, even though there were so many non-Muslims inside the Empire that were living and they were working, and they were given authority and power, you never see that the Ottomans tried to copy the unbelievers. In fact, the opposite is true. The Christians and the Jews inside the Ottoman Empire, they were copying the Muslims. If you look at the old pictures from the Ottoman Empire and you see the pictures of the Greeks, of Armenians, these are Orthodox Christians, of Jews, and they look like just like Muslims. The men and the women.

During the time of Mevlid, they used to come out carrying lanterns to honor the Holy Prophet (asws). During the days of Ramazan, they would not eat in public. Why is this? Because they saw that honor came with Islam and the Islamic lifestyle. And the Ottomans, they carried every tradition of the Holy Prophet (asws), and they kept the highest honor to the Holy Prophet (asws). One of the biggest diseases that has entered into the Ummat today is that they have stopped respecting and honoring the Holy Prophet. They have left behind Muhammad Rasulallah. They say, ‘let’s all unite under La ilaha ilallah.’ But each is following their own Siratul Mustaqim, pulling the anger of Allah and making a deviation from the path that Allah has favored. And when a person stops honoring the Rasulallah (asws), then they will enter into every evil and deviation. Because the whole of Islam is centered around the Holy Prophet (asws). From his character, to his actions, to his history, to his words, to his dress, the true believers is running to take every Sunnat and put it into his life. And the distinguishing character and culture of Islam, it is the fruit of the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet(asws). And the Ottomans, they were so careful and holding that Sunnah so high, that they built the most beautiful Islamic culture. From the architecture that they built, to the laws that they passed, everything that the Ottomans established was done only for the purpose of furthering the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (asws). And because of that, Allah (swt) honored them and gave them the Heybet and the ability to rule over the world.

O Believers! Our honor is only with Islam and walking in the footsteps of Holy Prophet (asws). As Hz. Umar al-Faruq (ra) is saying: ‘Verily, we were a disgraceful people and Allah honored us with Islam, so if we seek honor from other than Islam, then Allah will humiliate us.’ And we can see this is what is happening today. Muslims, reformers and reformers especially led by Muslim feminist, they are running to destroy Islam from the inside and working with the enemies. And the number one thing that they want to destroy, is to destroy the honor and the love that they have for the Prophet (asws). They say, ‘we must take away the Muhammadur Rasulullah. Only then,’ they say, ‘Islam is going to move forward and not be backwards.’ May Allah bring more disgrace to them.We can see this humiliation happening today. The believers are looking for honor from other than Islam. They are looking to be honored by those ones who hate Islam and hate Rasulallah. And because of that, Allah (swt) has put the Muslims in this situation.

O Believers! We are Ottomans. Let us be Ottomans. Let us be Ottoman and carry the spirit of the Ottomans. We are asking our Lord, Allah (swt), to bring back the Ottomans and count us amongst them, so that the flag of Islam can rise again. When Sultan Mehmet Fatih Khan, the conqueror of Istanbul, that for hundreds of years, the Muslims from the time of the Khulafa al-Rashidyn they were trying to conquer Istanbul. Not because Istanbul has so much to offer but because they want the praise of that Prophet who said, ‘whoever conquers Istanbul, that general he is the best of the generals, and his army they are the best of the armies.’ In every generations, they would run there to get the praise of the Prophet (asws) and those who did not get their praise, wish to be buried there so that from the seeds in the ground, outside of the wall of Istanbul, more help spiritually will reach to the ones in the next generation that are going to come. And one such person was a great Sahabi, Ayub Sultan Hazretleri. But when Sultan Mehmet Fatih Khan he conquered Istanbul, he wrote a poem, and in that poem he’s clearly saying, ‘Ya Rasulullah, everything is for you. If there is no you in anything, that thing is not worth to be existing. Everything exist for you. And he swears, he says, ‘I will burn the whole of Istanbul, Constantinople, because it is nothing to me. You are everything.’

Sultan Abdul Hamid Han, that Sultan that the whole world, from inside and outside, was running to bring him down, we should listen to his love and respect for the Holy Prophet (asws), and because of that Edep with Rasulallah, his name is still high, and he is Jennet Makan. Sultan Abdul Hamid Han, the last ruling Khalifah of Islam he said, “O my Master, O Messenger of Allah, take my hand: I have none besides you, nor will I pause to rely on anyone but you. Because you are the light of guidance in everything that exists and you are the secret of generosity and the best reliance. And you are in truth the Helper of all creation, and you are the guide of creation to Allah, The Owner of Help. Verily, if I am faced with harm and fearful injustice I call on you and say, ‘O Master of masters, O my support!'” This is our example. We must keep that spirit alive and make intention to be from the Ottomans. And the way to this is to follow our Sheykh, who is the True Osmanli of this time. Insha’Allah, that time, we will be with them when the time comes. Amin.


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Jumma Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
14 Rabi al-Awwal 1437
December 25, 2015.

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