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 allaha ma allathina-ttaqaw wal-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 First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden, the One Who has Might and Power over all things. All praises are due to Allah Who sent His Chosen Prophet, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws), as a bearer of glad tidings and as a warner.
And may all peace and blessings be upon the Imam of the Prophets, the Master of the Messengers, the Most Noble in all of Creation, the Lamp of Guidance, the Intercessor of the Day of Judgment, 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! Welcome to you on the Day of Jummah in the Month of Jumadial Awwal. Welcome to you as we are less than 40 days away from the entrance of the Holy Month of Rajab and the beginning of the three Holy Months.
O Believers! Holy Prophet (asws) said in his Hadith Sherif, ‘Religion is sincerity.’ So the Sahaba asked, ‘To Whom, Ya Rasulullah?’ And he said (asws), ‘To Allah, to His Book, to His Prophet, to the Leader of the Muslims, and to the general people.’ And in another Hadith e-Sharif he is saying (asws), ‘Whoever removes himself from the Jama’at by a hand span then he has taken Islam off from his neck until he returns. Whoever dies and does not have a leader of the Jama’at over him then his death is a death of jahiliyya.’
He is also warning us saying, ‘Whoever separates from the Jama’at and leaves obedience (to the leader of the Muslims) and dies then he dies the death of one of jahiliyya, and whoever sets out against my Ummah with his sword, and strikes the good of them and the evil of them, not keeping away from a believer due to his Iman, and does not fulfill the promise with the one who took it, then he is not from my Ummah.’ And whoever is killed while under a flag of ignorance, getting angry for the sake of tribalism, (which in today’s understanding, it is nationalism) or fighting for the sake of tribalism or calling to tribalism then his death is that of jahiliyya. And the Prophet speaks the truth.
O Believers! We have just passed through the commemoration of a day when all of these warnings of the Holy Prophet (asws), they came true. We passed through a day when the Ummat lost its sincerity with its Lord, with His Book, with His Prophet, with the Rightly Guided Leader, and with the people. We have passed through a day when everyone separated from the Jamaat and left the obedience to the leader of the Muslims, and when the gates of the second Jahiliyya were flung open. What are we talking about? Majority of the Muslims they don’t know. Majority of the Muslims they don’t want to know, and the majority of the Muslims they don’t care. Because majority of the Muslims leaders, majority of the Muslims Sheykhs, and the majority of the Muslims Imams and scholars they are not leading people and they wanted people to be more in a sleeping station.
What are we talking about? We are talking about the date that the last Khalifa of Islam, the last in an unbroken line of Representatives of Allah and His Prophet stretching all the way from Hz. Abu Bakr, we are passing through the day when the office of the Khilafat was veiled. We passed through the day when the last Ottoman Khalifa, Sultan Abdul-Mejid II, was taken out of his palace in the dead of the night, placed upon a train with his family, and exiled from the realms of Islam.
What was the aim of those who worked day and night to take the Khilafat away from this world? One of the most important British ministers, after the Khilafat was taken away said, ‘Turkey is finished, from now on Turkey will not be able to straighten its spine because we have destroyed Turkey’s moral strength and political strength – Islam and the Khilafah.’ And with the help of the traitors, from the hypocritical scholars to the political traitors, the enemies of Islam, they reached an aim that they had been seeking for hundreds of years. And what came instead? What came after the Khilafat was removed from this world? We must know. We must be aware. Because, as Holy Prophet (asws) is saying, you cannot fool a believer because he looks with the Noor of Allah. So we have to look and understand and see, when the Khilafat is not there, what is there?
The man of understanding sees right away that once the Khilafat was veiled from this world, the time of Dajjal started. Holy Prophet (asws) is saying in his Hadith Sherif: I warn you of Dajjal, and there was no prophet but he warned his followers of him; but I will tell you something about him which no prophet has told his followers: Ad-Dajjal is one-eyed whereas Allah is not. So all the Prophets, they warned their nations about Dajjal. All the Prophets, for thousands of years, all 124 000 Prophets they have all spoken about Dajjal. We cannot speak about Dajjal without speaking about Mahdi (as) tor thousand of years to all their followers. But nobody is warning about Dajjal today. Nobody is making the people aware about Dajjal today. Nobody is making the ummat to understand that we are living in the time of Dajjal. Everybody is acting like we are in the best time for Islam. Nobody, from the scholars, to so-called Sheykhs, to normal people, nobody is warning about Dajjal and giving people the ammunition to protect themselves from Dajjal. One exception is our Grandsheykh, Sultan el-Evliya, and our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf and all those who follow them correctly.
Our Sheykh is warning us about Dajjal all the time, making us to be sure that we are aware of the tricks and traps of Dajjal that are around us. And he is teaching us in his Sohbet, saying: People don’t have fear from Allah. 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, 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. And the friend of Allah speaks the truth.
O Believers! These are the dark days that we are living in. We need to protect ourselves and run to places of protection. And protection is not in scholarly learning. Protection is not in organizing conferences. Protection is not in mega-Mawlids. Protection is where the Holy Prophet (asws) told us to find protection. And he said, ‘Truly, my Ahlul Bayt are like the Ship of Nuh, whoever goes to them is saved.’ So we need to be in association with a Friend of Allah. That is the protection at the end of times. Because only the Friends of Allah have the True Vision for the End of Times, and they are receiving knowledge and following the Holy Prophet in front of them. As Seyh Efendi is saying: The guide is that one who sees. That’s what Sheykh means. Sheykh is the one who sees ahead. It’s not an ordinary person’s seeing, no. If Sheykh has the ordinary vision too then it’s no good. That is a jubbah sheykh, zikir sheykh but it’s not a Murshid. Murshid is that one who knows when the road comes to fork, which way to turn. He sees the light going ahead and the Holy Prophet (asws) is holding that torch.
O Believers! These are the worst times that this world has ever seen. And the days are going to become more dark before the good days come. But if we stay with our Guide, if we stay with our Sheykh, if we stay with our Murshid, if we walk behind him and follow that light from the Holy Prophet (asws), we may be in safety. And remember that good days are coming to those who are obedient. Seyh Efendi is giving us the good news, saying: Those who are running after this world they don’t have too much time. Those who are running for Mawla they have great days waiting for them. It’s not only what is coming with Mehdi (as) but what he is bringing after too. Anyone who has tyranny in their hearts someway somehow (to any one of us, to any one of them or to someone at all) should prepare themselves for that punishment. Turn yourself saying, “Ya Rabbi! I am asking help and support from You against this tyranny that is inside of me. Clean me from that.” Then you will be counted in the book as `The people of Mehdi (as)’ and you will be among those that the Holy Prophet (asws) praised and he is giving salams saying to his Sahaba, “I cannot wait to meet my brothers in the Judgment Day.”
They said, “Ya Rasulullah, aren’t we your brothers?”
He said, “No, you are my companions. My brothers are those who are going to come in the Ahir Zaman. Everywhere everything is going to be for their ego but they are going to leave that way and they are going to run, they are going to hold on tightly to my traditions. Those are my brothers.”
And he said to them, “I am giving them salams in front of you.” Holy Prophet (asws) is sending salam to us, whoever is coming until the end of times. Salam aleykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu Ya Rasulullah. We are sending salams back to him, endless salams. Endless salams to our Grandsheykh and endless salams to our Sheykh. May we always hold on to his rope, may we never be separated dunya and ahirat, may all sincere people be holding on to that rope. Make no mistake, that rope in these days is one of the very very very very few ropes that is holding everyone together to keep them in safety Dunya and Ahirat. May Allah forgive us. Amin.
Jummah Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
24 Jamada al-Awwal 1437
March 4 2016.