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, in Whose Hand is the Dominion, and He has Power over all things. He Who created life and death that He may test you which of you is best in conduct; and He is the Mighty, the Forgiving. (67:1-2). All praises are due to Allah Who sent Sayyidina Muhammad ibn Abdullah (asws) as the Mercy to the Universes. And may all peace and blessings be upon the Master of Humans and Jinn, The Prophet of the Two Sanctuaries, The Imam of the Two Qiblas, Our Helper in the Two Abodes, The Owner of Qaba Qawsayn, The Beloved of the Lord of the Two Easts and the Two Wests, The grandfather of al-Hasan and al-Husayn, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS), 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 upon those who follow them until the Last Day.
Allahumma Barik Lana fi Rajab wa Shaban, wa Ballighna Ramazan.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! Welcome to you in this Holy Day of Jummah, the first Jummah of the Holy Month of Shaban, the Month of the Beloved of Allah, Sayyidina Rasulallah (asws). Welcome to you as we have passed through the Month of Allah, Shahru Rajab, and we are hoping for the Month of the Ummat, Shahru Ramadan. Welcome to those who are preparing for the Night of Beraat which is quickly approaching, which the Holy Prophet (asws) is describing in his Hadith Sherif that is narrated from Hz. Ali (kw), saying: When it is the night of the middle of Shaban, spend its night in prayer and observe fast on that day, for Allah descends at sunset on that night to the lowest heaven and says: Is there no one who will ask Me for provision, that I may provide for him? Is there no one who is afflicted by trouble, that I may relieve him?, and so on, until dawn comes.
O Believers! That night which is coming, that Laylatul Beraat, it is a Night of Accounting. As our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (ks) is saying, ‘In Shaban we have the night of Beraat. In that night the nation’s destiny is re-written again. The way that we have moved from last Beraat to this Beraat, everything will come for calculation to see if we ran toward our Lord or we ran toward this Dunya. If you were running for this Dunya then more difficulty of this Dunya is waiting for you. If you were running to Allah (swt) then more easy things are going to be waiting for you. We still have some days inshaAllah ar-Rahman. Intelligent believers, they should sit, they should ask. You know and I know what kind of trouble everyone is in. And you know and I know that no one is lifting, no one is taking the trouble away from you except Allah (swt). Turn back to Allah (swt) sincerely the way that the Holy Prophet (asws) has left it to us, not the way your ego wants it, not the way that the unbelievers are preparing some kind of lifestyle for the Muslims. Turn back to your own realities, turn back to your own traditions. Keep your Islamic traditions. Turn back to the Sunnat of the Rasulullah (asws). There is no other safety except that.’ And the friend of Allah speaks the truth.
O Believers! In these days, we should sit, we should make tafakkur, we have to reflect. If we reflect, that time we may go further than if we worship non-stop. Because with tafakkur, we realize that we have passed through. Realizing what we have passed through, we think about what we are doing, and we plan for what is coming ahead for the sake of Allah. And for those from amongst us who are making tafakkur in these days, they must know the days that we are passing through. And we have just passed through the Urs of our Grandsheykh, Sheykh Mevlana Muhammad Nazim Adil el-Hakkani, Sultanul Evliya. And in a few days, we are going to reach to the Urs of our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani. There are some that are saying there is no such thing as Urs. Leave them to the side. Because the word Urs, it is being used in the Hadith of the Holy Prophet (asws), and it is the word that the Angels are using to describe the Friends of Allah when they pass away.
The Holy Prophet (asws) is telling us in his Hadith that is in Jami’ Tirmidhi, that the Angels come to the Friends of Allah in the grave and say, ‘Sleep with restfulness and comfort just like an Uroos (bride).’
What must a murid be doing in the days of Urs? So many today are making the Urs into a festival. They are dancing, they are singing, they are making a show. Yes, the Urs is like a wedding. But it is not our wedding. It is the wedding of that one who has passed to the Beloved. How should those who have not yet passed remember the Urs of their beloved one? Don’t think so much. Look to see what the companions of the Prophet (asws) did. Look at those stars that decorate the Sky of Guidance, the Sahaba-e-Kiram. And let us look and understand how they were acting, how they were treating the passing of the Holy Prophet (asws) from this worldly life. If we look at that, we will see so many lessons for us. And for the Murids of Sahib el-Sayf, we will see so many parallels between what the Holy Prophet (asws)’s Sahabi went through after his passing, and what we are going through. And that time, through tafakkur, we will take lesson, and we will become better. Insya’Allah.
Understand that when Holy Prophet (asws) was coming close to passing from this world, the worldly reason for this was sickness. And that sickness was coming from when he had been poisoned by a Jewish woman in Madinah. Holy Prophet (asws) is saying in his Hadith Sherif, ‘I can still feel the effect of what I ate in Khaybar, therefore, the time for my death has come.’ And Allah (swt), he offered the Holy Prophet (asws) a choice between staying in this dunya or returning to his Lord.
One day, Holy Prophet (asws) was praying for the inhabitants of Jannat al-Baqi. This is another hadiths that should be a slap to the face of those ones who say that we are grave worshipper. They are accusing their Prophet of the same. He was praying for the inhabitants of Jannat al-Baqi and he said to the Sahabi who was with him, Hz. Abu Muwayhiba, ‘Ya Abu Muwayhibah! I was given a choice; to have control over this world and live in it eternally, followed by Paradise; or, to meet my Lord and be granted Paradise after that.” Abu Muwayhiba said: ‘I would sacrifice my father and mother for your sake! Choose the control over this world and to live in it eternally, followed by Paradise’. He (asws) replied, ‘No Abu Muwayhibah! I swear by Allah that I have chosen to meet my Lord (now) and be granted Paradise after it.’ And after this, he (asws) prayed for the forgiveness of the people of the Baqi graveyard and left. The next day, his death-sickness began.
And yes, Holy Prophet (asws), he was the Beloved of Allah. But he suffered a lot during this sickness. Hz. Anas ibn Malik, who was the Khadim of Rasulallah (asws), is narrating a Hadith, saying: When the Prophet (asws) became gravely ill, he began to lose consciousness, so his daughter Fatimah az-Zahra, exclaimed: ‘What extreme pain my father is suffering!’ The Prophet (asws) heard this and said, ‘Your father will never suffer again after today.’
Hz. Anas is telling us about the last day of Holy Prophet (asws)’s worldly life, saying, ‘Abu Bakr (ra), was leading the prayers during the death sickness of the Prophet (asws). On a Monday began the sickness, while the people where praying, the Prophet (asws) pulled back his curtain and stood looking at us. His face was intensely illuminating – and then he smiled. There was nothing more beautiful than his face when he looked at us on that day. We almost left prayer out of the joy of seeing him. Abu Bakr (ra) began to retreat to the row behind him thinking that the Prophet (asws) would come out of his house and pray, but the Prophet (asws), he signal for us to continue praying, then he closed his curtain again. He (asws) passed later that day.
Those who were here, in this same Masjid, on our Sheykh’s last day in this place before he left for Cyprus, they know this feeling. And this Hadith will make them remember that day, and his beautiful smile and beautiful face on that day.
Before Holy Prophet (asws) passed from this world, Hz. Aisha is telling us that before he passed, he was pointing his finger upward and saying, ‘Let me join the Highest Companions.’ And Rasulallah (asws) left from this worldly life. When the news of his passing came, the believers they were devastated. Hz. Aisha is saying: When the Prophet (asws) died, Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him was not there. ‘Umar (ra) stood up and addressed the people saying: ‘I swear by Allah that the Prophet (asws) has not died and that Allah will send him back to cut off the hands and legs of those who claim that he has died.’ Then, Abu Bakr (ra) arrived to where the Prophet (asws) was lying, uncovered his face, kissed him and said: ‘I would sacrifice my father and mother for your sake. You are just as fragrant after your passing as you were during your life. I swear by the one in whose hand my soul is, Allah will never let you die twice.’ Then he went out to face the people and said, ‘Ya Umar, calm down!’ When Hz Umar heard Abu Bakr talking, he kept silent and sat down, so Abu Bakr praised and thanked Allah and then said: ‘For whoever was worshipping Muhammad, then Muhammad is dead, but whoever was worshipping Allah, then he is alive and he will never die.’ Then he recited the ayat, “BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Muhammad is not but a messenger. [Other] messengers have passed on before him. So if he were to die or be killed, would you turn back on your heels [to unbelief]? And he who turns back on his heels will never harm Allah at all; but Allah will reward the grateful.” Sadaqallahul Adzim (3: 144).
And the Sahaba-e-Kiram, when they remembered their Habib’s passing from this world, they were not remembering it happily. They had so much Ashk that their souls were jumping out from their bodies. Hz. Bilal (ra), after the Holy Prophet’s passing, he could not stay in Madinah out of sadness. So he moved to Damascus. One night, he had a dream that Rasulallah (asws) came to his dream and said, ‘Ya Bilal, you do not visit us anymore?’ And Hz. Bilal ran back to Madinah. He ran. And when he entered Masjid el-Nebevi, Hz. Hasan and Hz. Huseyin were there, and they said, ‘Ya Bilal, please call the Ezan.’ And he knew his heart could not take it, but because they were the beloved grandsons of Rasulallah and they were insisting, he called. And during the time of Rasulallah (asw), when he was not veiled from this world, Hz Bilal he used to point to the Prophet when he say Ashadu anna Muhammadar Rasulallah. And when he reached this part of the Ezan, and his Beloved was not there, his soul could not handle that pain, and he lost his consciousness. And all the people of Madinah, when they heard that Hz. Bilal was calling the Ezan, they all came out of their houses, they were rushing out, and they were thinking that Prophet had come back. That is the remembrance of the Beloveds of Allah who passed from this worldly life.
And we are remembering our Sheykh. And when we remember him, we know that he is in the higher stations. We know that he has been taken behind the Mountain of Qaf and is waiting with the Holy Ones for their return to this world, to fix this world, to remove the tyrants from this world, to remove tyranny from this world, to remove kufr from this world, to remove those ones who are tyrants in their heart of this world, to bring back justice to this ummat. May Allah bless him and forgive us.
Jumma Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
6 Shaban 1437
May 13, 2016.