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 is the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. All praises are due to Allah, the Master of the Day of Judgment. All praises are due to Allah who has given us the Guidance to be in the Ummat of the Last and Final Messenger, Sayyidina wa Mawlana Muhammad (asws).
And may all peace and blessings be upon the Beloved of Allah, the Chosen Prophet, the Imam of the Messengers, 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, the First Jummah of the Month of Jamadial Awwal. Welcome to you as we are less than 60 days from the doors of the three Holy Months. Insha’Allah, we are going to prepare ourselves now to be ready to greet the Holy Month of Rajab, because before we turn left and right, it is going to be in front of us.
O Believers! The first Hadith that the Great Imam, Imam al-Nawawi (ra) put in his book of Hadith is this Hadith from the Holy Prophet (asws), narrated by Hz. Umar el-Faruq. Hz. Umar is narrating that Holy Prophet (asws) said: Actions are according to intentions, and everyone will get what was intended. Whoever makes hijrah with an intention for Allah and His Messenger, the hijrah will be for the sake of Allah and his Messenger. And whoever makes hijrah for worldly gain or to marry a woman, then his hijrah will be for the sake of whatever he made hijrah for. And in another Hadith he is saying (asws): Certainly, Allah does not look at your outside form or wealth. But He only looks at your hearts and deeds.
In these Hadith Sherif, Holy Prophet (asws) is telling us about one of the most important things in our religion, that is the foundation of our life as Muslims; having a good intention. In these days, people have lost having intention. They don’t have a good intention, they don’t have a bad intention. They are just living like animals, acting and reacting according to their ego and their desires. But the intention, it is the basis for everything. As our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani is teaching us, saying: Intention is the most important thing in Islam. Intention. You build everything on your intention. Intention is the foundation of your work. If you want to build this building the foundation is supposed to be strong. The stronger the foundation is, the stronger the building is going to be. The stronger your intention is, the stronger your deed is going to be. So in Islam it’s not only the deeds that are counted. But the deeds will be counted and rewarded according to your intentions. What is your intention? You came here. Why did you come here? What is your intention? Did you come here to see somebody that you can talk with to make business? You come here for the sake of Allah and for the sake of your religion to learn something. That is good intention. You may find it working for you. But if you came here for different reasons, you may find it not working for you. So the intention is important for Muslims.
So we have to check ourselves and we have to ask ourselves, what is our intention, and are we living according to that intention. So what is a good intention, and how do we live by that intention? Allah (swt) has preserved the beautiful intention of His Khalil, of His Friend, Hz. Ibrahim (as) in the Divine Words of the Holy Quran. Hz. Ibrahim (as) made intention to his Lord, saying: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death, are (all) for Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.Sadaqallahul Adzim (6:162).
And Hz. Ibrahim (as) lived by that intention his entire life. He never strayed from that intention. He kept that intention when he destroyed the idols in the temple of the unbelievers. He kept that intention when he stood up for Hakk against Nimrud. He kept that intention when he kept his trust in his Lord from the fire of Nimrud. He kept that intention when he left his son and his wife in the desert of Arabia. He kept that intention when he was ready to sacrifice Ismail (as). He kept that intention when he built the House of Allah. No matter what, Hz. Ibrahim (as) he did not sway away from making everything, his prayer, his service of sacrifice, his life, and his death, for Allah (swt).
O Believers! We should know that when we make a good intention, sheytan is going to come to try to fool us. And we should know that if we get fooled by sheytan, that intention is going to become corrupted, and the fruits that come from it is going to be rotten. Hz. Hasan al-Basri (qs) is giving a story, saying: Once upon a time, there was an area where people were worshipping a tree instead of Allah. One believer decided to chop down that tree. On the way, sheytan came to him in the disguise of a man. Sheytan said, ‘where are you going in such a hurry?’
And that believer said, ‘I am going to chop down this tree that is being worshipped instead of my Lord.’
So sheytan said, ‘well you are not worshipping it, so why is it bothering you so much if other people are bowing down to it?’
And the man, who was a believer, he said, ‘No, I must chop down this tree.’
So sheytan said to that man, ‘How about I give you something better than that. Don’t cut down that tree, and every morning, you’ll get two gold pieces under your pillow.’
So that man stopped for a second and said, ‘how am I going to get it?’
And sheytan said, ‘Don’t worry, you’ll get it. I’ll give it to you.’
So that man listened to sheytan. He didn’t cut the tree.
And the next morning, he woke up and found the gold under his pillow. The next day, again, he found gold. On the third day, he woke up and there was no gold. He got very upset, and he took his axe and went again to cut down that tree that people had turned into an idol. So sheytan came again in the form of a man and said,’What are you going to do?’
And that man said, ‘I’m going to cut down the tree that people are worshipping instead of Allah!’
So sheytan looked at him and said,’You are lying! There is no way you can cut that tree down.’
So the man went and tried to cut the tree, but the earth started to swallow him until he was almost completely inside. And then sheytan came to the man and said, ‘Do you know who I am? I am sheytan. When I came to you the first time, you were angry for the sake of Allah, and so I had no power over you. I fooled you with two gold pieces, and because of that, you left what you intended to do for Allah. Now you are trying to chop this tree for two dinars, and now I have become your master.’
O Believers! This is not a fairy tale, it is real. It is coming to us from Hz. Hasan el-Basri. This story should make us to shake a little bit, to wake ourselves up. Because sheytan can come to us just like that. And we can get fooled just like that. Maybe our intention, maybe for so long, we are working and we are struggling to be in the way of our Sheykh, to be servants of Mehdi (as). But maybe for a little bit of dunya, we are going to get fooled and fall on the side of dajjal. May Allah (swt) protect us from that. But we are remembering that our Sheykh used to say to us all the time, asking, ‘Would you change your shahadat for this room full of gold?’ And Seyh Efendi is explaining the value of our faith, of our shahadat, saying, ‘The Shahadat that you are carrying is more valuable than, not this room full of gold, but the whole world full of gold.’
If the whole world is full of gold then still that Shahadat is more valuable than that. You are in need of putting that Shahadat in safety, and to protect it. And Allah is saying to us, ‘First, you must give Shahadat.’ Then you are rich. You are no longer poor. No Muslim is ever poor. He is rich with Shahadat. Allahu Akbar! You need to protect that.
And we are just passing through days that we are honoring those ones who carried their Shahadat more valuable than gold. We are passing through the Urs of our Sultan, Khalifah Abdul Hamid Han Jannat Makan, and also through the Hijri commemoration of the Battle of Canakkale. Those Ottomans, those true believers, those servants of the Holy Prophet (asws), they kept their intention and they kept their promise. At this end of the end times, we are asking their support, and we are asking our Lord to let us be like them, and to let us be from those ones who keep the True Intention to our Lord, to our Prophet, to our Sheykh. Amin.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
3 Jamada al-Awwal 1437
February 12, 2016.