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 created everything from nothing. All praises are due to Allah Who created Adam (as), and honored the Children of Adam. All praises are due to Allah Who sent the Most Honored One in Divine Presence, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws), as the Intercessor for mankind.
And may all peace and blessings be upon the Final Messenger, the Seal of the Prophethood, the Imam of the Two Sanctuaries, 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, 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. Welcome to you on this day of Jummah that is falling on the First Day of the Holy Month of Rajab, the door of the Three Holy Months. Welcome to you as we have just passed through the Night of Raghaib, one of the holiest nights in the sight of Allah swt. We are beginning with the dua of the Holy Prophet (asws) which he would say when Rajab would begin: Allahumma Barik Lana fi Rajab wa Shaban, wa Ballighna Ramazan– O Allah, bless us in Rajab and Shaban, and let us reach to Ramazan. Amin.
O Believers! The month of Rajab is the month of Allah. Rasulallah (asws) is saying in his Hadith Sherif: Rajab is one of the sacred months and its days are inscribed on the sixth gate of Paradise. So, if a man has fasted during one day of this month, and if he has kept his fast completely clean through Taqwa to Allah (swt), the Heavenly gate will speak, and the day itself will speak, and the two of them will say: “Ya Rabbi, forgive him!” But if he has failed to make his fast complete through obedient devotion to Allah (swt), they will make no such dua for him to be forgiven. They will say, or he will be told by some other voice: “Your own nafs has betrayed you!”
And this year, the Month of Rajab entered on a Thursday night, meaning that the beginning of Rajab came with the Holy Night of Ragaib. So many believers today, they do not know what Ragaib is, and they don’t want to know what Ragaib is. Those who do not believe in Tarikats and Sheykhs are saying, this is something made up, this is a shirk. And even those who are believing in Tarikats and Sheykhs, they are not taking the interest to understand what the Ragaib Night is. But whether they take an interest or not, Allah (swt) and His Angels and His Friends, they are taking an interest and celebrating this night. The Holy Prophet (asws) is telling us in his Hadith Sherif: It is most important, however, that none of you should neglect the first Friday in Rajab, for it is the night that the angels call the Night of the Granting of Wishes [Laylatur-Raghaib]. This is because, by the time the first third of the night has passed, there will not be a single angel still around in the Heavens, nor in any region of the earth except one place. They will all be gathered together in the Ka’ba and the area immediately surrounding it. Allah (swt) will show that He is noticing that they have assembled there, and He will say: “My angels, ask Me for whatever you wish!” Their response to this will be: “Ya Rabbi, the request we wish to make is that You grant forgiveness to those who faithfully keep the fast in Rajab.” And Allah (swt) will tell them: “That I have already done!”
And Elhamdulillah, our Sheykh and our Grandsheykh are explaining to us and teaching us the secret behind Ragaib Night. Sultan el-Evliya Sheykh Mevlana Muhammed Nazim Adil el-Hakkani (ks) is saying about Ragaib: It is the night of the Holy Soul of the Seal of all Creation (asws), when the mother of the Seal of Prophets took his Holy Trust. That is so much, the biggest grant from Heavens!
It reached his mother and all Heavens were decorated with a dressing of honor. Every year it repeats, and every year comes another dressing from Heavens for heavenly people. The souls of those from the Children of Adam on Earth who reach that holy night are also dressed. Therefore, all heavenly people and all beloved ones, through the Beloved One (asws), have each been granted something different, each is different. Not all the same like soldiers dressed in uniforms. No, it is not a uniform; that heavenly dress is for every year, for celebration of the Seal of Prophet’s (asws) Holy Spirit.
O Believers! This is the reality of the night that we have passed through, of this first Jummah of Rajab Shahrullah. And yes, Rajab, it is the month of Allah, while Shaban is the month of the Rasulallah (asws). And yet we are looking, and we are seeing that Allah (swt) has given us two holy nights in His Month that are dedicated to Rasulallah (asws). Allah (swt) has placed the Ragaib Night and the Miraj Night inside of Rajab. What is the importance of this? Believers must sit to think and to understand. Allah (swt) is showing us a sign in this, showing that for believers, everything is coming from the Holy Prophet (asws) granted from Allah swt. Because that Laylatul Ragaib, it was the completion of the Mercy of Allah (swt) being sent down to the Earth. Because Holy Prophet (asws), he is a Mercy of Allah, and he is a Nur from Allah, and he is the First in Creation. Ghawth al-Azam Sheykh Abdul Qadir Gilani (ks) is saying: ‘Know that since Allāh first created the soul of Muhammad (asws) from the light of His beauty, as He said: I created Muhammad (asws) from the light of My Face, and as the Prophet (asws) said: The first thing Allah created is my soul, and the first thing Allah created is the Pen, and the first thing Allāh created is the Intellect, the akl – what is meant by all this is one and the same thing, and that is the Haqīqa Muhammadīyya.
However, it was named a light because it is completely purified from darkness, as Allāh said, “There has come to you from Allah a Light and a manifest Book.”
And this Light was preserved in the Heavens, and was preserved through pure generations in the world until it reached to his mother, Hz Amine Hatun. Hz. Abdullah ibn Abbas (ra) is narrating, saying: I said Ya Rasulallah, may my mother and father be sacrificed for you. Where were you at the time Adam (as) was in Paradise? He said that the Holy Prophet (asws) smiled so much that his teeth became clear then he said: I was inside Adam (as) and then inside of my father Nuh (as) then I was taken on a ship then my Light (Nur) was put inside Ibraham (as). My lineage has always come through people who had Nikkah and I was always transferred to pure people. My name is mentioned in the Torah and the Injil. Every Prophet of Allah mentioned my blessings. With my Light the morning was lightened and the people were shaded by me. Allah granted me one of his names and He is Mahmood of the Arsh and I am Muhammad (asws). Allah promised me the Pond of Kawsar and he made me the first Intercessor and I will be the first person whose Intercession will be accepted. Allah gave me birth in the best time of mankind, the people of my Ummah are those who praise Allah, they ask to do good deeds and stop from sins.
So when we are celebrating the Laylatul Raghaib, we are celebrating the fulfillment of Allah (swt)’s promise that He sent Rasulallah (asws) as the Mercy to the Universes and the Intercessor. And Laylatul Raghaib is giving the message, showing us, that everything in creation is pointing to the importance and the centrality of the Holy Prophet (asws).
Everything is coming from him, everything is beginning from him, and everything is for him, and everything is in him that Allah swt has created and given him. As long as the Muslims were believing this and keeping this respect for the Holy Prophet (asws), they were being honored and protected by Allah (swt). But today, the Muslims have lost this. Today, the Muslims have forgotten about Rasulallah (asws), because they are running after inventing their own religion. And in truth, they don’t want to know about Holy Prophet (asws), because they know that he would be opposed to the fake religion that they are inventing. Those who are doing the worst cruelties in the name of Islam, they are stopping people from remembering the Prophet (asws). They are stopping people from celebrating his birth. They are stopping people from celebrating the Holy nights and the holy days of Islam. They are stopping people from celebrating the holy people in Islam. Because they know that Rasulallah (asws) is against their Khariji way. Those who want to secularize Islam, on the other end or the extreme, they are making people not think about Holy Prophet (asws), because they know that he was the Protector of Truth. and they are jealous because they say, ‘we must be the Prophet, because there is only Allah, and nothing can stand between us and Allah.’ Then there are those who are trying to make Islam into an academic religion, they are twisting the Seerah of the Holy Prophet (asws), because they know that his Sunnat is not the way of books and classrooms.
Those who are keeping the Holy Prophet (asws) central in their lives are those ones who are his inheritors. Those ones who are saying with sincerity, ‘may my mother and father be sacrificed for you ya Rasulallah,’ they are the ones who have sacrificed their ego to live the Sunnat of the Rasulallah(asws). And throughout the 1400 years of Islam, the group that is keeping the Holy Prophet (asws) and honoring him, and honoring everything that is connected to him, it is the Evliyaullah and the ones who submit to the Evliyaullah. Because they are keeping the most important part of the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (asws): being in Sohbet. Being in association, being in Jamaat, and building something with that Jamaat. O Believers, never forget. The mission of the Holy Prophet (asws) was not to write books. It was not to make worldly wealth. It was not to make the best dunya life.
The mission of the Holy Prophet (asws), and the mission of the Sahaba-e-Kiram, it was to bring the Light of Lailaha ilallah Muhammadar Rasulullah to every house in this world. and the proof of that light of Lailaha ilallah Muhammadar Rasulullah is the mercy that we are going to show to each other, the mercy that we are going to show to the creation of Allah, and praising Allah’s mercy, and praising that mercy that is for the universes, the Holy Prophet (asws). And the Evliyaullah and their followers, for 1400 years, they have continued this mission, because with that mercy comes justice. And the Holy Ottomans, that Holy Empire, they were keeping the Holy Prophet (asws) above everything else. They were keeping the mercy of the Prophet, and they were keeping the justice of Islam. They were honoring the nights connected to him. They were honoring his name. They were honoring the dust from his tomb. And because of that honoring, Allah (swt) honored them, and chose them as the Crownbearers of the Khilafat and the Sultanate. O Believers! Our Sheykh is an Ottoman. And our job is to wake up the Ottoman way. And when we do that, we get the energy and the blessings and the protection and the Mercy of Allah swt. Our faith will grow and we will understand then that time the reality of the Mercy of Allah and of our faith.
So yes, Raghaib Night, it is very important because it is reminding us that the mission of Holy Prophet (asws), that mission that began from pre-eternity, it began in Dunya when the light of Holy Prophet (asws) reached to his mother. And it makes the believers to wake up. It makes that love of Holy Prophet (asws) to wake up in their hearts. And through that love, anything is possible. Our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani is saying to us: The love of Allah and love of His Prophet is giving energy to you. It’s giving to you that you wake up, you say, okay now I got this to do, I got one more step to make today, I have to go one more step ahead. Doesn’t matter, I’m going to conquer this world. This is what your aim supposed to be. I’m going to conquer the world. I may not reach. It’s okay. I did my step. The people who’s going to come and is going to conquer one day they going to write you in that book saying this one was aiming there too, put him in that book too.
We are asking to be counted amongst those who are honoring Raghaib, and to be counted from those who are continuing the mission of our Sheykh, to bring the light of Islam to every house and to bring down dajjal and to welcome Mahdi (as), for the sake of the Holy Prophet (asws). Al-Fatiha. Amin.
Jummah Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
1 Rajab 1437
April 8 2016.