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 Messenger, 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 Most Noble in Creation, the Master of the First and 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 Day of Jummah, the Third Jummah of the Month of Jumadiul Akhir. Welcome to you as we are getting nearer and nearer to the Holy Month of Rajab, the Month of Allah. Welcome to those who are preparing and are making themselves ready to greet that Holy Month.And we are beginning the Khutba in the tradition of our Ottoman Grandfathers, reading from their Khutba, saying:
Ya Allah! Have Mercy on the Khalifas who have been on the Right Path and the Imams who have been Well-Guided, who have ruled with righteousness and have struggled for Justice. Ya Allah! Aid and help Your servant, Your Khalifa, the Great Sultan, the Exalted Khagan, the Shadow of Allah on earth, the Mawla of the Kings of Arab and Ajam, the Servant of the Two Holy Masjids. For he is a Sultan, son of a Sultan, the Ghazi Sultan Abdul Hamid Han, son of the Ghazi, Sultan Abdulmajid Khan, son of the Ghazi Sultan Mahmud Khan, May Allah cause his Khilafat to endure. And may Allah spread justice in his reign and cause righteousness and generosity to extend on the two worlds to the end of times and the end of ages! Ameen! O You who answers those who call upon You! O You who is the Best of Helpers, ya Allah! Help him with a help of holiness, and make him victorious with a near Victory.
O Believers! Never forget that the Khutba was read in this manner for 1400 years of Islam, and it is only in the last one hundred years that we have been humiliated to not be allowed to read the Khutba in the name of our Sultan. We are crying out to our Lord and asking for the Sultan to return, and to be counted as those that are hoping to hear the Khutba in the name of the Sultan. Amin.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! Allah (swt) has said in the Holy Quran: BismillahirRahmanirRahim The Day when neither wealth nor children will benefit anyone, but only the one who comes to Allah with a Qalbin Saleem, a pure heart. (26:88-89).
And He is saying in another Ayat: BismillahirRahmanirRahim Do you see the one who has taken his desires as his ilah? Allah has, knowing him as such, left him astray, and sealed his hearing and his heart, and put a cover on his sight. Who, then, will guide him besides Allah? Will you then not be reminded? (45: 23).Sadaqallahul Adzim.
And Holy Prophet (asws) is saying in his Hadith Sherif: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. When the servant performs a sin a black spot appears on his heart, and if he seeks forgiveness this black spot is removed, and if he returns to sin the black spot grows until his heart becomes black, and this is the seal about which Allah said, ‘On their hearts is the covering of sins which they used to earn.’
O Believers! Allah (swt) and His Holy Prophet (asws) are giving us a heavy warning in these Ayats and in this Hadith about one part of our body. And that part of our body is our heart. As Holy Prophet (asws) is saying about the heart, if that clump of flesh in the body is good, then the whole body is good. But if it becomes bad, then the whole body becomes bad. So what is happening to us, and what is happening to our hearts?
Hujjatul Islam Imam al-Ghazali (ra) is giving the signs of a dead heart and a sick heart. He is describing a sick heart saying: It prefers the pleasures of its ego to pleasing Allah. Its desires are its Imam. Its lust is its guide. Its ignorance is its leader. Its disgusting desires give it energy. It is only concerned with dunya. It is drunk with its own desires and its love of wordly pleasures. It is reminded about Allah and the Ahiret but it doesn’t care when it listens. And he is saying about the sick heart: It is listening to two voices: one calling it to Allah and His Prophet (asws) and the Ahiret; and the other calling it to the temporary pleasures of the dunya. It responds to whichever one of the two happens to have most influence over it at the time.
And Hz. Ibn Ata’illah al-Iskandari is saying: A sign of the death of the heart is lack of sadness about good actions you have missed, and a lack of regret about your mistakes.
O Believers! We have to look at ourselves sincerely and ask; what is the state of my heart? Do I have an alive heart, or is my heart dead? Because having a dead heart, it is more serious than any sickness that we can have in this dunya. That sickness of the heart, that killing of the heart, it will ruin our dunya and our Ahiret. Hz. Zul-Nun Misri (ks) is saying: The body’s weakness comes from illnesses, while the heart’s weakness comes from sins. And just as the body does not taste the flavor of food when it is ill, the heart does not taste the delights of worship while it is sinful.
So in reality, if we have killed our hearts with our sinning, with our disobedience, with our ignorance and our arrogance, then we are going to be cut off from the pleasure of Allah and of His Prophet. We are going to find ourselves moving away more from zikr, from amals, from ibadat, from sohbet, and we are going to be left alone by ourselves. So what is the way to cure the heart? The only way for the heart to be cured is to be in the Company of the Doctor of the Heart, to be in the Sohbet of those who understand all the diseases of the heart, and they know how to clean that heart up. We have to be in the Company of the Friends of Allah.
Hz. Sultan Bahu is saying, ‘A perfect Master scrubs his murids like a laundry man rubs and beats dirt out of clothes. But unlike the laundry man who needs soap, the Master purifies with his gaze, removing all traces of dirt from the murid’s heart.’ And the true Master, the true Guide, if he is cleaning us, that cleaning is going to hurt us. Because just as a piece of metal that has been rusted over needs to be scraped and bruised in order to become cleansed, the same way our hearts which have gotten so dirty need to be cleaned. And the problem today with the Muslims is that they do not want someone who is going to tell them what their problem is. They do not want to consult with someone who is going to say to them, ‘you have a dead heart. You are proud. You are arrogant. You are stubborn.’ They don’t want to hear this. Instead, they want to go and sit with people who will tell them, ‘you are a saint. You are the best one. You are already a Friend of Allah.’ And because Muslims do not want to clean themselves, and do not want to sit with the ones who can clean them, they have reached to disaster. That is why in the whole world, in this world full of people whose hearts are dead, there is so much cruelty and tyranny. Because if the heart is dead with sin, then definitely it is not going to care about other people. It is not going to care about the suffering of other people. It is not going to care about how to help other people.
But during the times before, people whose hearts were alive, they cared. The Khalifas, from the time of Hz. Umar to the time of the Ottomans, they used to go out at night time in disguise to sit with the people and understand what they were going through. They used to lift sacks of flour on their own backs so that they could help other people. Because when the heart is alive, it is going to be looking at how to help the servants of Allah (swt). It is going to be able to see that other people are in pain, and it is going to help those people. And that help did not just extend to the Muslims. When Sultan Abdul Majid heard about the suffering of the Irish during the potato famine, his heart was so moved that he sent five ships full of food as well as monetary aid to the Irish, more than Queen Victoria herself sent. And that is the spirit of Islam that shows itself when the heart is alive. That spirit can only come alive if somebody is sitting in the company of the Evliya. And that bringing back to life, it is not going to be easy. Just like when the physical heart dies they have to use a machine to electric shock it back to life, the same way the Evliya have to work very hard to bring our hearts back to life.
Just like Mevlana Rumi is telling the story, saying, ‘Once, an Evliya was riding his horse and he saw a snake crawling into a sleeping man’s mouth! He began to whip that man. The man was so terrified, he had no idea why he was being whipped. And that Evliya kept whipping him and made him run to an apple tree where there were old rotten apples on the ground. And that Evliya was whipping the man saying, Eat these apples! And the man started eating and he was crying saying, ‘Why are you doing this to me, what did I ever do to you?’ And that man started cursing to that Evliya asking Allah for revenge against the man who was whipping him for no reason. And the Evliya kept whipping him, and forced the man to eat so many rotten apples until he couldn’t eat anymore. And then he kept whipping that man and made him run for hours, until finally the man threw up. And when he threw up he saw that poisonous snake come out of his body. When he saw the snake he began kissing that Evliya’s feet, saying, ‘Are you Jibril? Who are you? May the moment you saw me be blessed. I was dead and I didn’t know it. You gave me new life. Everything I did to you was wrong and I didn’t know.’ And that Evliya said: If I had explained what I was doing, you would have panicked and died of fear. As the Holy Prophet (asws) said, ‘If I described the enemy that lives inside men, even the bravest one would be paralyzed.’
And the Evliya then said: I saw your condition and drove my horse hard into the middle of it, saying always, under my breath, ‘Ya Rabbi, make it easy on him’ I didn’t have permission to tell you, and I wasn’t permitted to stop beating you!”
O Believers! That is the reality of the work that our Guide is doing on us. He is helping us to become alive. He is saving us from being dead. We are asking Allah (swt) to bless our Sheykh, and to make us to be those ones who understand his work, and make us to be grateful to him, and make us to serve his way. Amin.
Jumma Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
16 Jamada al-Ahir 1437
March 25 2016.