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 the Most Merciful. All praises are due to Allah, Who Taught the Quran. All praises are due to Allah, Who created man. All praises are due to Allah, Who taught him speech. All praises are due to Allah Who sent the Walking Quran, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws), as His Chosen Prophet and Final Messenger.
May all peace and blessings be upon Sayyidina wa Mawlana Muhammad (asws), the Secret of the Book, the Eternal Soul, the Light of the Most Merciful, the Friend of the Lord of Power, the King of the Two Worlds, Sal’Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam (Mevlid Hz. Suleyman Celebi). And may all peace and blessings be upon his noble family and blessed companions. Rasulallah (asws) is saying: The kindest to my Ummah from amongst my Ummah is Abu Bakr, and the most firm amongst them in the commands of Allah is Umar, and the most modest amongst them is Osman, and the best judge amongst them is Ali, and the Masters of the Youth of Paradise are Hasan and Huseyin. May Allah (swt) bless them and those who follow them until the Last Day.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! Eid Mubarak. Ramazan Bayraminiz Mubarek Olsun. All praises are due to our Lord, Allah (swt), who let us pass through the Month of Rajab and its nights of Ragaib and Miraj, and let us to live through the days and nights of Shaban, and allowed us to stand in the night of Beraat, and let us reach to Ramazan. Endless thanking to our Lord Allah (swt) who let us to fast in the days of Ramazan, and pray Teravih together, and stand the nights in prayer. In this Day of Eid we are asking our Lord to forgive us and accept our weak service.
The Holy Prophet (asws) is informing us about the Eid Day saying, ‘When the believers have emerged and presented themselves at the Eidgah, Allah (swt) will say to His angels, “O My angels, what is the reward of the worker once he has done his job?” The angels will reply, “Our Lord and our Master, You will pay him his wages in full!” So Allah will say, “I now call upon you to bear witness, O My angels, that I have given My acceptance and My forgiveness as the reward for their fasting and night prayer during the month of Ramazan.” Allah (swt) then says, “O My servants put your requests to Me now, because I swear by My Might and My Majesty, you will not ask Me this day, in this gathering of yours for anything connected with your Ahiret, without My granting it to you; nor for anything connected with your life in this lower world, without My attending to your need. By My Might and My Majesty, I will not put you to shame, nor will I expose to disgrace those of you who keep My Laws. Now you may depart, knowing that you have been forgiven. You have won My approval, and I am well pleased with you.
Insha’Allah, in this day of Eid, we are hoping and praying for that to come true for us, for the acceptance of our Lord. Yes, today is a day of joy. Today is a festival day. But believers, sincere true believers, they are always worrying on the Day of Eid about whether their deeds are accepted in front of Allah (swt) or not. Foolish ones they will assume that their deeds are always accepted. One time some people came to the Masjid and saw Hz. Umar al-Faruq (ra) sitting in the corner crying so much that his beard became soaked with tears. And they asked him, ‘Ya Hz. Umar, what is the reason for this.’ He said: How can a person who does not know if his fasts have been accepted celebrate Eid? 21st century Muslims, majority, will confidently say that their fasts and prayers are accepted and will confidently celebrate the Eid. Only the Friends of Allah and the sincere ones will cry on that day just like Hz. Umar, begging for the Mercy of Allah.
O Believers! Our religion does not teach us to be individuals. Our religion teaches us that we are part of a community of mankind. We are members of the Ummat-i-Muhammed. And that Ummat-i-Muhammed (asws), it is not just those who say the Shahadat. It is not just all those who are Muslims. It is all those who live on the face of the Earth after Prophethood was declared. It is all Jews, Christians, and Muslims, believers and unbelievers. What is the state of this Ummat on this day of Eid? And if we look to the world, if we look to the east, to the west, to the north, to the south, to the Muslim countries and to the non-Muslim countries, we see only one thing: Fitnah, confusion.
Mankind has lost its compass, its direction. Jews are no longer following their religion. Christians are no longer following their religion. And now Muslims are no longer following their religion but want to make their religion to fit into their lifestyle. We have reached to the times that Holy Prophet (asws) and his inheritors warned us about. One of the great Friends of Allah, Hz. Fuzayl said: How will you be if you reach a time when you will see people who do not distinguish truth from falsehood, believer from unbeliever, trustworthy from treacherous, nor ignorant from knowledgeable, and they neither recognize what is right nor go against what is wrong?
O Believers! We have reached to the time of fitnah, of confusion. We have reached to the time of dajjal. We have reached to a time that falsehood is being dressed up as Truth, and people are calling Truth as falsehood. We have reached to a time that people are showing hell as paradise, the actions of hell that brings you to hell as Paradise, and the actions of Paradise and the people of paradise as belonging to hell. We have reached a time when black is white and white is black. Yes, this is the time of dajjal. Wherever we look, we see that this dark time has cast its shadow over the world. Allah (swt) is saying, ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Hakk is distinct from falsehood.’ But in these times, scholars, sheykhs, imams, priests, and rabbis all have failed because what is batil they say is Hakk, and what is Hakk they say it is batil.
We are living in the west. We are living in America. Yesterday was the day that America is celebrating its anniversary, and celebrating the land of tolerance, of freedom, of justice. But what has happened to America today? Just in the last three days, we are seeing that Muslims are being shot, being stabbed, being beaten up in the streets. For what? Just for being Muslim. The hatred that has been lying sleeping under the surface in this country, the hatred that is in everyone’s ego, it is no longer hiding. Before, five to ten years ago, we saw that hatred but they were on the end, the fringes of society. That hatred was hidden behind slick language and too-intelligent words. But now, that hatred of Islam, it is no longer hiding. The square-head, foolish, ignorant and arrogant ones that have been hiding for so long have become very brave to come out in the streets and say, we hate Islam, we hate Muslims. And these are the ones who claim that their religion is a religion of love, that if you are hit on the left side offer your right cheek. These are the ones who claim that their religion is the religion of intelligence and rationality because they have suffered persecution for thousands of years because of their religion.
No one is following their religion or their history anymore. That is the side of batil. And at the same time, the side of Hakk is separating from that. There are so many in this country who are coming out to say, ‘we know Islam. We know the Muslims. We know that they are on the side of Truth. They are our friends, they are our neighbors. And we are standing with them.’ So here, in the land where we live, we are seeing the separation of Hakk and batil. And we are seeing the separation of Hakk and Batil. But the Muslim world is no different. The People of Hakk are being attacked on every side in Muslim countries as well. On one side, we see the secular, tyrant kind of governments that hate Islam and are trying to crush those that want to practice Islam. And they are doing the worst oppression, killing women, killing children, killing old people. Why? Because they say La ilaha il-Allah, Muhammad Rasulallah. Because they want to live like Muslims. And on the other side are those dogs of sheytan who claim to be following the way of Allah and His Prophet (asws), but are in fact the worst amongst the creation. Those Kharijis, from the same lineage as those who murdered Hz. Osman and Hz. Ali. They are the same as Ibn Taymiya and his students, who are teaching to kill anyone who is not following their way. They are the same as Abdul Wahab Najdi and his followers who slaughtered the inhabitants of Makkah, of Madinah, of Taif, of Karbala. If you want proof, look at what they are doing. Yesterday they set off an explosion steps from Jannatul Baqi in Madinatul Munawware. They are a poison that is now making the whole world sick. But where did this poison fruit come from? It has been raised and fed for hundreds of years, by the enemies of Islam, inside Islam and outside Islam. In reality, this Wahhabi cancer has been cultivated by the enemies of Khilafat and Sultanate. The western powers who hate the Khilafat and Islam gave strength to the Wahhabis so that they would fight to the Khilafat and make it weak. And so many Muslims have shown sympathy to Wahhabism and let it to nest inside their own homes, and now it has reared its head and is attacking everyone. But Muslims are foolish, ignorant, arrogant, and sleeping. Medina was not just attacked yesterday. Medina has been attacked for over 100 years since the Khilafat was veiled. The tombs of the Sahabis and the Ahlul Bayt have been bombed. The places of holiness have been destroyed. Every trace of history has been destroyed and thrown to garbage. Makkah has been destroyed that you cannot recognize it anymore. The symbols of the power of dajjal are surrounding the Kaaba making the Kaaba to become very small, very unimportant. These are the new idols. They will be brought back.
They have resurrected the old pagan idols and they have put modern ones in its place. Makkah and Medina have been bombed for over a hundred years since the Khilafat by the same people. Why should we be crying now? We have been supporting that regime; scholars and imams have been supporting that same regime, with that same ideology, since the fall of the Khilafat.
Yes, Wahhabism, Kharijism, these evil ‘ism’ movements, they have always existed in Islam. But they were always contained, and they were always destroyed, as long as the Khilafat was standing. Whenever the Kharijis would raise their heads in the history of Islam, the Khalifa was waiting, and through his heybet and power, he would crush them and crush their movement. But today, when the Khilafat is hidden, this wild animal is running loose with none who are able to control it. And so in this evil time of Fitnah and confusion, we see that the Hakk is being surrounded by every side. And those who are supposed to stand for Hakk and make it clear, they are instead bringing more distraction, more confusion, more cloudiness to every matter. The scholars of this Ummat, masha’Allah, instead of standing for the Truth, they have sold out themselves and sold out their knowledge. And harsh words are reaching to them from the Sahaba-e-Kiram. Hz. Hudayfah ibn al-Yaman, the Sahabi to whom Rasulallah (asws) gave the list of all the munafiqs, that was present during his time. and Hz Hudayfah (ra) said, ‘How will you be in the Ahir Zaman when you open up your religion like the woman who opens herself?’ These words are very severe, but their severity comes from the Truth that they tell.
The scholars of today have sold themselves and sold their honor. Because rather than standing up for Truth, they are making compromises standing up for every fashionable trend and every fashionable ideology and fashionable philosophy trying to make Islam fit to it. Today it is gay rights, so they are saying “yes, being gay it is very good in Islam. Transgender, men becoming women, women becoming men? Yes, Islam is accepting, and they can get married. Feminism? Yes, we accept feminism. We are even seeing that women can be prophets.” They are making declarations saying that kafirs are counted as Muslims, saying that every sect from Ismaili to Khariji is acceptable and on Sirat al-Mustaqim. Are these the ones that Rasulallah (asws) called his inheritors?
They are taking the knowledge that is a sacred trust and using it for evil. These are the scholars of Ahir Zaman that we were warned about when Holy Prophet (asws) said, ‘There will appear in the end of times people who seek the dunya with religion. In front of the people they wear clothes made of wool to give the impression of their humility, their speeches sweeter than sugar but their hearts are the hearts of wolves. They are taking obscure, irrelevant theological issues that have been ignored for hundreds of years and bringing it out in the middle to confuse the public. They do not even look like Muslims they are wearing the clothes of unbelievers, taking the manners of the unbelievers, and speaking with the speech of the unbelievers. And through their slick language, they are misguiding the entire Ummat. Because they say, ‘there is no speech of Islam, there is no mannerism of Islam and there are no clothes of Islam.’
Then there are those who are claiming to be upholding the legacy of our Ottoman grandfathers, the Guardians of the Sunnah of Rasulallah (asws), who are in fact traitors to the Holy Ottomans. While with one face they claim they are the descendents of the Ottomans, they are from the other side condemning the Ottomans for their high Edep with the Holy Prophet (asws). They are not the descendants of the Ottomans. They are the descendants of the traitors of the Ottomans.They are saying, it is forbidden to make ziyaret of the Sakkal-i-Serif. They are saying, if the Prophet (asws) saw this, he would condemn it. BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Dreadful is the word that comes out from their mouths, they speak nothing but a lie. (18:5). Sadaqallahul Adzim.
The Ottoman Sultans, for 800 years, made the Love of Rasulallah (asws) the crown which decorated their heads. And that love was institutionalized in the Empire, and one of the most beautiful displays of that love is the Respect shown to the Sakkal-i-Serif and other Sacred Relics of Rasulallah (asws). Through that respect, our Ottoman grandfathers were honored in the earth and the heavens. May Allah dishonor those who betray their memory. So this is the condition of the Ummat-i-Muhammed on this Day of Eid el-Fitr.
O Believers! We have just passed through Ramazan. And the Ramazan, it is teaching us how to stand for Hakk. It is teaching us that we cannot compromise, we cannot say, ‘well I am fasting but I am going to drink a little bit of water.’ A man who is fasting cannot fast half-way; he must fast completely. A man who is fasting must be sincere. Just like that, a man who is standing for Hakk must stand for Hakk completely. He must be sincere. He cannot give an inch to batil. Is it going to be easy? Definitely not. Because Holy Prophet (asws) has said in his Hadith Sherif: There will come a time when holding on to your faith will be like holding on to hot coals. Do we see the scholars and the leaders of our faith holding onto their religion like they are holding onto hot coals? No. They hold onto their faith like it is cool water, running it through their fingers and dropping it to the ground.And this standing for Hakk in these end times, it is not just for Muslims. Because the separation between Hakk and Batil at the end of times, it is not separating Muslims from nonMuslims, it is separating believers from non-believers.
Believers, be they Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, the ones who believe and stand for Truth, they are going to be on the side of Mehdi (as). And the unbelievers are going to be gathered together on the side of dajjal. There is no middle ground. Today is a day of joy, but we are speaking words that are going to wake us up. Because to make Eid just for ourselves, that is selfish. To sit in vacation spots and resorts and make tv commercials, it is selfish. To sit in concert halls and attend award shows, it is selfish. To rub shoulders with tyrants and dictators to drink tea with them, it is selfish. The Way of the Holy Prophet (asws), it is the way of worrying and sacrificing for others.
We want to be from the People of the Truth. We want to be from the People of Mehdi. We are hoping and trying to be from those ones who our Lord is going to be happy with us. So what is the message of this Eid day, of this Eid of 1437, for those who want safety? The time has come to choose a side. Either be on the side of Hakk, or be on the side of batil. Because the time of separation has come. The Month of Ramazan, it is the Month of the Furkan. It is the Month of Distinguishing. And this Ramazan is going to show whose name is written in the side of the Hakkanis, the side of the Huseynis, the side of the Believers, and whose name is written as a slave to sheytan and dejjal. There is no more time to play both sides. There is no more time to be in gaflet. The time of separation is here. And the ones who believe must choose a side.
O Believers! Today is Eid. May we pass through this Eid day like believers. We are ending with the advice of our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (ks) who is saying: The holy day, the Eid is a day to celebrate inshaAllah ar-Rahman. When you are celebrating, don’t forget the Ummat. Don’t forget that Allah (swt) is not too happy with us. Don’t forget that the Holy Prophet (as) is also not too much happy with us. Don’t forget that the Awliya Allah are not too happy with us. Who is happy with us? Sheytan. So run to make it better on this day. Don’t make Sheytan happy. Make each other happy and reach to your family members. You have problems with them, it doesn’t matter. Today is the day to pick up the phone to say, “Selam aleykum mother, Selam aleykum father. I am just calling you to celebrate with you the Eid.” Whatever they say, it’s okay. You do your part. When you do your part you will be rewarded for that. They will be rewarded for that. Allah (swt) will put mercy into their hearts inshaAllah ar-Rahman.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
1st Shawwal 1437
July 5, 2016.