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, the Lord of the Universes. All Might and all Power and all Glory belong to Allah, the First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden. All praises are due to Allah, the One Who has Knowledge of all things. All praises are due to Allah Who has sent Sayyidina Muhammad (asws) as the Mercy to the Universes.
And may all peace and blessings be upon the Sultan of Creation, the Crownbearer of Intercession, the Master of the Arab and the Ajam, the Imam of the Two Sacred Houses, 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 in this Holy Day of Jummah in the Holy Month of Ramazan. Welcome to you in the third Jummah of Shahru Ramazan. The Muezzin who was saying Merhaba has now started calling out Farewell to our Honored Guest. This Guest, this Ramazan, this Sultan of the Months, is now preparing to depart from us. We should give more value to the days that while Ramazan remains with us. We must give more honor and respect to the Guest of Ramazan, because honoring Ramazan gives us honor.
And now that we are entering to the Last Ten Nights of Ramazan, we should be busy in looking for that Holy Night that has been granted as a special bounty for the Ummat-i-Muhammed. We should look for that Night of Power, Laylatul Qadr. This Qadr Night is a gift to the Ummat-i-Muhammed from Allah (swt). Holy Prophet (asws) was once telling his Sahabi about Four righteous people (Hz. Ayyub, Hz. Zakariyya, Hz. Hizqil, and Hz. Yusha’ ibn Nun) from the Bani Israil who worshipped Allah (swt) for 80 years without disobeying him for the blink of an eye. The Sahabis were very amazed by this, and so Jibril (as) came and he said, ‘Ya Muhammad, it looks like you and your Sahabis are very amazed that these people were serving Allah (swt) for 80 years without ever disobeying Him. Now Allah (swt) has sent you something better than that.’
And the revelation of Surahtul Qadr came, saying: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Verily, We sent it down in the Night of Power. And what has made you know what is the Night of Power? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. In it the angels and the Spirit come down by their Lord’s permission on every errand. Peace it is, until the rising of the dawn. (97:1-5).Sadaqallahul Adzim.
And Jibril (as) said: This is even more excellent than that which you and your Sahabis found so amazing. And Rasulallah (asws) and his companions were very happy at this news.
O Believers! This Night is hidden, and Evliyaullah are saying heavily it is falling in the last ten nights. We should run to be counted from those who are going to catch the blessings of this night that is a grant to the Ummat-i-Muhammed as an honor above all other nations.
O Believers! Our Nation is an honored Nation. And we just passed through the Commemoration of one of the days that Allah (swt) honored His Prophet (asws) and the Believers. We passed through the Commemoration of the Battle of Badr. The day that 313 Sahabis stood for Hakk against 1000 soldiers of Batil. The Day that Hakk clashed with batil, and Hakk prevailed. O Believers! We must know our history. And we must know the Seerah of the Holy Prophet (asws). And we must know the character of the Holy Prophet (asws).
Hz. Ali ibn Huseyin (ra) is saying, We used to study the Seerah of the Holy Prophet (asws) like we used to study the Quran. Why is that? Because the Holy Prophet (asws) is the Walking Quran. His life is the living example of how we live the Way that Allah (swt) wants us to live.
And if we do not know the Seerah, then we can become fooled. If we don’t know the Seerah, if we don’t know who Rasulallah (asws) was, if we don’t know his character, than anyone can come and make us believe anything about the Holy Prophet and about Islam. And that is what has happened today. Those people who want to bring Islam down, those people who want to make Islam weak, those people who want to bring an end to the glory of Islam, they made Muslims forget their history. They erased our language. They made us learn their language. Then they taught us in their language about our own religion, the way they wanted to teach us. They taught us in their language about our Rasulullah (asws), but according to their ideology, according to their agenda. And so we have learned our religion according to the lesson-plan of those who are against to Islam. And for that reason, the Muslims of the 21st century we are in humiliation and disaster.
So the enemies of Islam are teaching us our religion, and they are teaching us about our Prophet. But have the Muslims become so foolish to believe that our enemies are going to teach us who our Holy Prophet (asws) really was? Or that they are going to give us a twisted picture of who he was. Or that they are going to teach us the Seerah of the Holy Prophet in a distorted way so that they can control the Muslims. We should not be fooled. Holy Prophet (asws) has said: The one who fools and the one who gets fooled is not from us.
And so the enemies of Islam are using the scholars, today’s scholars of Ahir Zaman, East and West to pervert and to change the Seerah of Rasulallah and to weaken and break the backbone of the Muslims. One of the biggest poisons that they are using is to paint the Holy Prophet (asws) as a meek and weak man. Hasha Astagfirullah, they paint him as someone who did not stand up for himself. They paint him as someone who fell into the traps of women. They paint him as someone who tolerated batil and did not stand up for Hakk. Even if they have to talk about the battles of Rasulallah (asws), they say, well he was only defending himself, and even when he went to war, he didn’t fight, he just stayed in the back. Astagfirullahal adzim wa atubu ilai.
O Believers! That is not the character of Sayyidina wa Mawlana Muhammad al-Mustafa (asws). Your Prophet was the strongest of men. Our Messenger was the bravest of men. Our Master was the noblest of men. Hz. Anas bin Malik (ra), who was the Khadim of Rasulallah, who spent every moment with him, is telling us: The Prophet (asws) was the best of the people, and he was the most generous of the people, and the bravest of the people. One night the people of Medinah heard a loud noise and they became overwhelmed with fear. The men went out to see what the noise was, only to find the Prophet (asws) riding his unsaddled horse, and coming from the direction of the noise with his sword girded around his neck. He said to them, “Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid. I found (my horse) very swift,’ And Shah-e-Mardan Hz. Ali el-Murtaza (kw) is saying: When the war become hot and we met and faced the enemy, we shielded ourselves behind the Messenger of Allah (asws) and there was no one who was closer to the enemy than he was.
O Believers! That is our Holy Prophet (asws). Our Prophet is the Brave Prophet. Our Prophet is the Courageous Prophet. Our Prophet is the Perfect Man. And because he is the Perfect Man, inside of himself he has all the best characteristics and all of the best manners. The Truthfulness of Hz. Abu Bakr is from the reflection of Rasulallah. The Justice of Hz. Umar is from the reflection of Rasulallah. The generosity of Hz. Osman is from the reflection of Rasulallah. The wisdom of Hz. Ali is from the reflection of the Rasulallah. As Imam al-Busiri (ra) is saying: Verily the excellence of the Messenger of Allah has no limits that anyone can express with two lips and a tongue. If his miracles were to match his greatness, then just his name would bring decaying bones back to life… the most we know about him is that he is a man- but at the same time, he is the Best from all of Allah’s Creation. So yes, our Nabi was brave. He was strong. He was Rauf. He was Rahim. He was perfect in every aspect of character, because he is the one with the Perfect Character. And if someone denies any part of his perfection, then they are in reality denying all of him.
O Believers! O Muslims of the 21st Century! We must know Rasulallah (asws). But don’t learn about your Prophet from those with an agenda. Do not learn about your Prophet from those who are on the payroll of the enemies of Islam. Do not learn about him from those ones who will only teach you half of his life and twist the other half. Because for those ones there is a warning from Allah (swt), because He (swt) is saying: So do you believe in part of the Book and disbelieve in part? Then what is the reward for those who do that among you except disgrace in worldly life; and on the Day of Resurrection they will be sent back to the severest of punishment. And Allah is not unaware of what you do. (2:85). Sadaqallahul Adzim.
And we see that is what is happening today. When people see stories about the Holy Prophet (asws) that concern his generosity, or his mercy, or his kindness, they rush to learn about that aspect of his life. That is good. But when they hear stories about his bravery, about his manliness, about his toughness, about his discipline, about his fierceness or his standing for Hakk, they hide those stories and ignore them. And because this is the trap the Ummat has fallen into, we are in the worst condition. On one side now, there are those people who are falling for anything. Because they don’t believe in Rasulallah (asws) as a Prophet standing for Hakk, they are falling for batil. And to every sin and every shameful action, they are saying, “it is okay. Because the Prophet was all about love. He would have loved everybody, so we have to love everybody.” And through that wrong thinking, they defend batil and they reject Hakk. They defend falsehood and they reject the truth. Yes, the Holy Prophet (asws) loves everyone and his mercy is for everyone, but he is never merciful and he is never in love with wrong things, with bad things, with things that are false and things that anger Allah swt. They don’t have a passion to see the Sunnah of Rasulallah come back. They don’t have a passion to see this world to become fixed. They become lazy and tolerant of batil. And tolerance of batil it brings the Anger of Allah.
So how did this sickness come into the Ummah? Because we left those who can teach us about Rasulallah (asws) completely. We left those who are his inheritors. We left those who are his Grandchildren. We have left those who live his lifestyle in an unbroken Golden Chain. And the only way for the Muslims to regain that honor is to run back to the Grandchildren of the Holy Prophet (asws), to run back to the Evliyaullah, and to live according to the lifestyle of the Holy Prophet (asws). They are the guardians of that lifestyle, and they are the Defenders of Truth. And if we live their lifestyle, then we will understand what Allah and His Prophet want from us in this Ahir Zaman. We will have passion for Islam. We will be waiting and preparing for the appearance of Sahib el-Zaman. We will, insha’Allah, be counted amongst the strong believers that are beloved by Allah and His Prophet.
O Believers! O Murids! Take the words of the Beloved Friend of Allah, the Inheritor of Rasulallah (asws), Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdulkerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani, and apply it to your life. He says: Those who are running after this world don’t have too much time. Those who are running for Mawla, for the Hereafter, 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) they 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.”
The 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.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
19 Ramazan 1437
June 24, 2016.