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 Universe. All praises are due to Allah Who has created everything from nothing. All praises are due to Allah Who has created the sun, the moon, the stars, and set them into their own orbits. All praises are due to Allah Who created our father Adam (as), and Who honored the Children of Adam. All praises are due to Allah Who chose His Habib, Sayyidina Muhammad (as), as the Most Honored One in Divine Presence.
And may all peace and blessings be upon the Sultan of Creation, the Imam of the Messengers, the Seal of Prophethood, the Master of the First and the Last, 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.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! Welcome to you on this Holy Day of Jummah, on the First Jummah of the Month of Rabiul Akhir. O Believers! We have to respect this Day of Jummah. Holy Prophet (asws) is saying: Jummah is the “mother” of all days and the most virtuous in the sight of Allah (swt). In the sight of Allah (swt) it has more greatness than Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha. So we cannot be heedless in this day, coming to the Masjid at the last second, just barely catching the Khutba. We must honor the Jummah the way we have been taught by those who came before us.
In the time of the Ottoman Empire, and the way our Sheykh is teaching us and putting into the Dergah, the people would come early to the Masjid. And the Muezzin would call the Selaa, sending Salat and Selam upon the Holy Prophet (asws). And the people would come early and sit in the Masjid to listen to the recitation of Surah Kehf and Surah Fath. And before the Imam comes, someone recites the Waaz, giving reminder to people. If people spend their Jummah in this way, it is going to be more blessed, and give them more benefit. But if we come heedlessly and headlessly last minute, we aren’t going to be catching those huge blessings of Jummah.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! Our Lord, Allah (swt) is saying in the Holy Quran, in Surah Luqman: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. And certainly We gave wisdom to Luqman, saying: Be grateful to Allah. And whoever is grateful, he is only grateful for his own soul; and whoever is ungrateful, then surely Allah is Self-sufficient, Praised. Sadaqallahul Azim.(31:12)
And in another Ayet Allah (swt) is saying: BismillahirRahmanirRahim And if we cause man to taste some mercy from Us and afterward take it away it from him, behold! he is despairing, thankless. But if We give him a taste of favor after hardship has touched him, he will surely say, “Bad times have left me.” Indeed, he is gleeful and boastful. Sadaqallahul Azim.
And Hz. Aisha (ra) is narrating that once the Holy Prophet (asws) was staying up all night making Tehejjud prayers until his feet became swollen from how long he was standing before his Lord. And she said to him, ‘Ya Rasulallah, why do you do this to yourself when Allah (swt) has already forgiven your past and your future?’ And Holy Prophet (asws), he replied saying, ‘Shouldn’t I be Abdan Shakura? Shouldn’t I be a Thankful Servant?’
Believers must be thankful. We must be grateful servants to our Lord, Allah (swt), to follow the Sunnah of our Holy Prophet (asws), who is the Abdan Shakura, the Thankful Servant. And Allah (swt) is giving us the meaning of Shukr, of thankfulness, in the Holy Quran saying: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. So remember Me, I shall remember you, and give thanks to Me, and do not make kufr. Sadaqallahul Azim. So if we are not giving thanks to Allah (swt), if we are not being grateful ones to Him, then in reality, that is making a kufr, that is denying Allah (swt). To be thankful to Allah (swt) in every condition. Not just to show thankfulness to Allah (swt) when we like the situation we are in, and to be ungrateful to Him when we are unhappy. As our Sheykh is teaching us, Shukr is to be happy with your Lord, whether He is giving you a rose, or He is giving you a thorn. Because we must believe that whatever comes to us from Allah (swt),that is the best thing for us. So whether we are rich or we are poor, whether we are healthy or we are sick, in every single state and in every situation, we must be thankful servants to our Lord, Allah (swt). Just like Ibrahim (as), when he was being thrown into the fire of Nimrud, he did not turn away from his Lord or reject his Lord. He was thankful and trusting in Allah (swt) while he was mid-air flying toward the fire, knowing that his Lord was watching him and knew the best for him.
Our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani is teaching us the reality of thankfulness, saying: There are two doors. One is the door of mercy, the door of Rahmat, and the other one is the door of curse. Allah is not putting us there but mankind is insisting and running to that door of curses. A simple way to be able to stay at the door of mercy is to be always happy with what Allah has given, saying, “Alhamdulillah Ya Rabbi! What you have given to me is the best.” Being a thankful servant. If you are being a thankful servant then you never turn to the door of curse, the door of complaints. The only people standing at the door of mercy are those who are pleased with their Lord and at the door of curse are those ones who are complaining. If you are finding any complaints then finish it. When you are about to complain of something then look at the someone who is worse than you and be happy. No need to complain. The One who has given us everything liked it and that’s the way He gave it to us. If there is some good happening through us then know that it is a Rahmat and mercy from our Lord. If there are bad things happening to us then know that it is from our ego. We did something wrong somewhere. Allah (swt) does not punish His servants unless the servant runs and stands where the curse is waiting. He is saying to us where we are supposed to be, where we are supposed to spend our life and how we are supposed to live. He sent His Prophet (asws) to teach us. If we are following that Prophet (asws) then we are finding the life becoming very easy in every condition.
Nobody should think that the life is going to be any harder than what happened to the Holy Prophet (asws) and the Sahaba-e Kiram. They lived in the worst time and the worst ones were attacking them. They were at the door of mercy and thankfulness until the time came to them and they passed from this world. We today alhamdulillah are not going through that much hardship. Although everything is so bad around but still we are not going through hardship like that. Our life is easy. We must be thankful ones and we must stand at the door of thankfulness and not open the door of complaint.
O Believers! If we live by these words, then we will obey the command of Allah (swt) when He is saying: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Remember Me, and I will remember you, and give thanks to Me, and do not make kufr. And thankfulness begins with thanking the one through whom the blessing is coming to you. As Holy Prophet (asws) is saying, The one who has not thanked the people has not thanked Allah. So our thankfulness for our blessings, it has to be to our Sheykh. And that thankfulness must be shown through submission, it must be shown through obedience, it must be shown through muhabbet. If we are doing that, if we are living according to that, insha’Allah, we are going to be counted as the thankful servants.
Jumma Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
5 Rabi al-Ahir 1437
January 15, 2016.