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 Most Beneficent, Most Merciful. All praises are due to Him Who has created mankind to know Him and to worship Him. All praise is due to Allah who has guided us to this; and we would never have been guided if Allah had not guided us. Certainly the messengers of our Lord had come with the truth. (7:43). Sadaqallahul adzim.
And may all peace and blessings be upon the best of the Prophets, the Imam of the Awliya’, the Witness of the Messengers, the Intercessor of the sinners, the Master of all the Sons of Adam, 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-Faruk, 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! We are saying Shukr ya Rabbi, Alhamdulillah, that we have been given the huge blessing of reaching to the Month of Ramazan, and reaching to the First Jummah of the Month of Ramazan. Jummah Mubarek to the Believers in this Holy Day.
O Believers! Ramazan is the Sultan of the Months, and this Sultan has now come to us as a guest. We must treat the Month with the respect that it is owed. Listen to the Khutbah of the Holy Prophet (asws) that he would give at the beginning of Ramazan. He is saying (asws): O people! A month has approached you overflowing with blessing, mercy and forgiveness; it is a month which Allah regards as the best of all months. Its days, in the sight of Almighty Allah, are the best of days, its nights are the best of nights, its hours are the best of hours. It is a month in which you are invited to be the guests of Allah and you are considered worthy of enjoying Allah’s generosity. Your breathing in it is regarded as praising Allah and your sleep as adoration, and your voluntary acts of worship are accepted, and your duas are answered.
Therefore, ask your Lord, with sincere intentions and pure hearts to let you to fast during it and to recite His Book, for only a wretched person is deprived of Allah’s forgiveness during this holy month. And let your hunger and thirst during it remind you of the hunger and thirst of the Day of Judgment. Give charity to the poor and helpless ones among you; surround your elderly with respect, and be kind to your youngsters. Visit your relations and guard your tongues and do not look at what Allah has made forbidden to look at, and do not listen to anything your ears are forbidden from hearing. Be kind to the orphans of others, so that your own orphans will equally receive kindness. Repent your sins to Allah and raise your hands to Him in dua during the times of your prayers, for they are the best times during which Almighty Allah looks with mercy to His servants and answers their duas when they beg Him.
O people! Your souls are pawned by your deeds; therefore, release them by seeking Allah’s forgiveness. Your backs are over-burdened by the weight of your sins; therefore, lighten their burden by lengthening your prostration, your sajdah. Know that Allah has sworn by His Dignity not to torture those who say their prayers and prostrate to Him, and not to terrify them by the sight of the fire when people are raised for judgment. O people! Whoever among you breaks the fast of a believer during this month will receive a reward equal to one who set a slave free, and he will receive forgiveness for all his past sins. And the Prophet of Allah speaks the truth.
Elhamdulillah, that we have reached to this Month. O Believers! This month, it is not a month for resting. This is a month of action. It is a month during which we have to change, and we have to become better. Because during the Month of Ramazan, Allah (swt) sends His Divine Support to those who are seeking.
Allah (swt) has always sent His Help to the Believers during the Month of Ramazan. But today, nobody speaks about what has happened in our history. Muslims do not speak, non-Muslims do not speak; why? Because the enemies of Islam do not want the Muslims to know their history. Muslims are studying their own jahilliyah history. Muslims are studying their own nationalism, their own history of their own countries. but the history of their religion, is something that they put aside. So long as the Muslims do not know who they are, they will continue to sleep. And as long as the Muslims are asleep, batil and the people of batil can continue their dejjalic mission. They don’t mind if Muslims read the Quran, and read Hadith, and pray Tarawih namaz for 3 hours in the Masjid, just as long as they don’t become interested in their history. Because the history of Islam, it is the key to unlocking the passion in the hearts of the believers. As our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (ks) is saying, ‘Look at your history. Muslims must know their history first for them to be able to understand the hadiths and the ayats. If you don’t know the history of Islam then you cannot understand the hadith of the Holy Prophet (asws).’ And the friend of Allah speaks the truth.
What happened to the generations of believers who passed before us in this Holy Month? The month of Ramazan is the time when, more than 1400 years ago, 313 believers, 313 men of Allah, stood against an army of 1,000, and they were given victory by Allah (swt). 313 believers who had nothing in their hands, who had no weapons, who had no horses, against 1000 who were fully equipped to wipe them out ten times over.But this army of 313 believers, they gain their victory.The day that the Holy Quran calls Yawm al-Furqan, the Day of Separation, happened on the 17th of Ramazan, 2 years after the Hijrah, the immigration of the Prophet (asws) to Medina.We are talking about the Battle of Badr. That was a day in which Allah (swt) supported those who believed with sincerity, and sent them His Help from the Heavens, because their hearts were full of passion for His Sake to keep the name of Allah and His Prophet high.
And it was not only Badr where Allah (swt) showed His Might and Power during Ramazan. 6 years later, the Holy Prophet (asws) and 10,000 believers they entered Makkah al-Mukarramah, and they freed the city from kufr and tyranny without shedding a single drop of blood. O Believers, understand the significance of that moment. This is the same city where the Holy Prophet (asws) first declared the message of La ilaha il-Allah, Muhammad Rasulallah. It is the same city where the unbelievers they used to stone the Holy Prophet (asws), where they would beat him and his companions, they would torture them, they would kill them and they banned them from society and starved them, where they committed every act of cruelty on them. And on the 18th of Ramazan, 8 years after the Hijrah, the Holy Prophet (asws) and his companions returned to that same City victorious, reciting the Tekbir that the believers to this day recite in the Bayram day, saying, ‘There is no ilah but Allah, who has fulfilled His Promise, and made His Servant victorious, and made his soldiers Mighty, and defeated the enemies. There is no ilah but Allah. He alone we worship, with sincerity and devotion, even though the unbelievers hate it.’ And on that day, Holy Prophet (asws) called Hz. Bilal al-Habashi (ra), and ordered him to go on top of the Kaaba and call the Azan. The same man who had been a slave in Makkah, who they used to torture in the hot sand and drag through the streets with a rope, just because of his faith, he climbed on top of the House of Allah and called the Adhan al-Muhammadi for all to hear. This was during Ramazan. This is the Help of Allah that comes during Ramazan.
It did not end during the time of the Holy Prophet (asws). More than 500 years after the Hijrah of the Holy Prophet (asws), the Land of Quds, Jerusalem, it was ravaged and it was destroyed by the unbelievers. The Crusaders had entered and conquered the City, and they were committing tyranny and oppression and murder inside. For over a hundred years, they occupied the land of Masjid al-Aqsa and slaughtered those who believed in Allah and His Prophet. But after one hundred years, during the Month of Ramazan, Allah (swt) sent His victory to the Muslims in the Battle of Hattin. Salahuddin Ayyubi (Rahmatullah Alayh) led an army of believers that conquered the Crusader army outside of Quds, and paved the way for the believers to take back and liberate the Holy City. After one hundred years of cruelty and oppression, Allah (swt) sent His Support in Ramazan.
A century after this victory, one of the worst enemies that the Ummat-i-Muhammed would ever see came to the front. The Mongols came out of eastern Asia and began to conquer the whole Muslim world. It is said that in Baghdad alone, the Mongol army slaughtered almost two million Muslims. They would pour wine inside the masjids, prevent the Muslims from praying, and stop the azan from being called. They went from country to country, conquering and destroying, and it seemed as though they could not be stopped. But on the 25th of Ramazan in the year 685 A.H., the Help of Allah came. And for the first time in their history, the Mongols were defeated. In the Battle of Ain Jalut, near Quds, the Muslim army defeated the Mongols and sent them back. And with the Mercy of Allah, this was the beginning of the end of the Mongol assault on the World of Islam. And through that battle, the grandsons of the Mongols, the grandson of Genghis Khan turned to Islam and became servants of the Ummat-i-Muhammed.
This is the history of what has happened to those who sought the Help of Allah (swt) during this Holy Month. This is the Month that Allah (swt) sends His Support. And we are looking now, in this Ramazan, in this Ramazan of 1437, that the entire Ummat is under cruelty. And in this Ramazan, we are looking for the Help of Allah. But the help of Allah, it comes with a condition. The help of Allah in Badr, in Makkah, in Hittin, in Ain Jalut, it came with a condition. And our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf, is explaining that to us, saying: Look back, take lesson from history. Muslims are screaming in the streets today saying, `Why Allah is not helping us… Yeah. Ask this question to yourselves. The answer is with you, not with the enemies…. And they say, `We are such good ones. And their soldiers came and they are destroying our mothers and our sisters’. Ah, you weren’t that good maybe. Sit and think. Allah (swt) doesn’t send anything to a man who didn’t deserve. Sit and think. Watch what happened, how the history is moving. Watch step by step and you will understand. And don’t look at the other nations. Your own nations, look at how they are, and the hope for tomorrow for them is not that great. It’s terrible. All that happened to us, to the Muslims, why is that?
Since we left Allah. Over a hundred years ago we have risen against the ruler that Allah sent to us, the Khalifah, we have risen against him. All nations, Muslim nations rose against him saying, `We don’t want this kind of ruling. We don’t want these kinds of laws. What are these laws? Remove it. We put our own laws’. Heh, now you are okay. In all Muslim nations, things that never happened in their dreams, now it’s happening there worse than the western countries. Watch. I don’t have to tell you. You know how it is. You know better than me. So, what’s in it for us? We are part of it. We have to sit and pray, `Yes Ya Rabbi, we are in it. We are part of it. We are asking for forgiveness.’ Ask forgiveness from Allah (swt). Say, `Yes, if You give me the power, I will stand up and I will change all these wrong things. And I am starting to change the wrong things with myself. And I am promising to You that I am going to live according to Your laws, not according to my ego’. Then you will be alright. Even if you change nothing, even if the whole world turns upside down, you will be okay.
O Believers! If we want the help of Allah to come, then we must change ourselves. And we must beg our Lord, Allah (swt), to send the Khilafat and the Sultanate. We must beg for the Ottomans, those Holy Servants of the Rasulallah (asws), who lived and died for the sake of Islam, we must ask for them to come back. Other Muslims in this 21st century may have forgotten about the Ottoman Sultans; we did not forget. We will not forget. We know that there is a sleeping legend that needs to be woken up. In this Month of Ramazan, we are asking our Lord, Allah (swt), to send His Help. We are asking to be from those ones that are going to be part of the Work of the Ahir Zaman. We are asking to be under the Flag of our Sheykh. We are asking to reach to the time of Mehdi (as).
O Believers! Never forget the Ayat of Allah (swt) when He says: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Or do you think that you shall enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They faced suffering and adversity, and they were so shaken in spirit that even the Messenger and those of faith who were with him cried: “When (will come) the help of Allah?” Ah! Verily, the help of Allah is (always) near!” Sadaqallahul Adzim.
O Believers! Never forget. For those who follow the Way of the Holy Prophet (asws) and His Friends, the help of Allah is always near. Amin.
Jummah Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
5 Ramazan 1437
June 10, 2016