Hajj: Remembering our Father Ibrahim’s Sacrifice

BismillahirRahmanirRahim

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, Who has sent to His Servant, Muhammad (asws) the Book, and has not allowed therein any crookedness: ‘He has made it straight, to warn of severe punishment from Him and to give good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a good reward.’ Sadaqallahul azim. (Surah Kahf, 1-2). All praises are due to Allah who sent Sayyidina Muhammad (asws) as the Bearer of glad tidings and the Warner. And may all peace and blessings be upon the Blessing of Allah, the Gift of Allah, the Zikr of Allah, the Sword of Allah, the Firmest Handhold, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws). (Delail Khayrat).

And may peace and blessings be 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.

 

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Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers. Welcome to you on the First Jummah of the Holy Month of Zul Hijj. Welcome to you in the Blessed Days of Hajj. Tomorrow the people who have gathered in Mecca will start heading to Mina to begin the rites of the Hajj. We are asking our Lord, Allah swt, if it is good for us, to one day open the door for us to go to the Sacred Land of Hijaz physically, in order to make a Hajj that is pleasing and accepting to Him, according to the Sunnah of our Rasul and our Sheykh insha’Allah. Amin.

O Believers! These are the Days of Zul Hijj. And these days, it is for us to remember our Father Hz. Ibrahim (a.s.). We are from the Millet, from the Nation of Hz. Ibrahim. O Believers! Hz. Ibrahim (a.s.) was given the title of Khalilullah, the Close Friend of Allah. What was the life of Hz. Ibrahim that he became so close to his Lord to earn this title? Allah swt is giving us the answer in the Holy Quran, where He swt has recorded the words of His Khalil, Hz. Ibrahim (a.s.), saying, in Surah al-An’am; ‘Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are only for Allah, Lord of the worlds. You have no partner. And this I have been commanded, and I am the first among you of the Muslims. (6:162-163).

And if we look at the life of Hz. Ibrahim (a.s) we are going to see that, yes, he gave up his whole life, his whole existence, for the sake of his Lord. From the time he was a small child to the time that he passed from this world, Hz. Ibrahim (a.s.) was always standing for Hakk, for Truth, no matter the consequences. In his youth, he destroyed the idols in the temple to make the people to understand how evil shirk was. And when he became older, he stood up to the biggest tyrant that ever lived, to Nimrud. Nimrud threatened him with death and with torture, but Hz. Ibrahim was standing up for Hakk and defending the Truth.

Until finally Nimrud wanted to kill Hz. Ibrahim, and so he prepared the biggest fire that people had ever seen. And with the whisperings of sheytan that appeared in the human form they made a machine that they were going to use to throw Hz. Ibrahim into that fire.

Our Sheykh, SahibulSaif Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani is explaining what happened saying, ‘Ibrahim (as), when they were throwing him into the fire, everyone came to his help, all angels. He was saying to them, `Who are you?’ They said, `We are the angels.’ He said, `Isn’t Allah seeing me now?’ They said, `Yes.’ He said, `He is enough for me. Hasbinallah wa ni’mal wakeel. He is enough for me. If He is wishing to burn me in that fire, I have no complaint because He is watching, He is seeing.’

And that fire, it turned into a Paradise for him. His faith, his faith to Allah swt made that fire turn into Paradise. So if an individual has that kind of faith, he has no fear and his life becomes a paradise, in this Dunya, right now. The connection is there. Allah swt didn’t just give it to one and nobody else. He says, `It’s there. You are all My servants. I have created you. If you are all holding on tightly you have nothing to lose, I will give you this Dunya and I will give you Akhirat. I will raise you from this Dunya to Akhirat.’

So with that faith Hz. Ibrahim (a.s.), he became beloved to his Lord. And he did not just sacrifice his own life; he was prepared to sacrifice the lives of the ones that he loved more than anything. He was prepared to sacrifice his first-born son, Hz. Ismail (a.s.). In a few days we are going to honor that sacrifice, in the Day of Kurban.

But we should also remember the sacrifice that Hz. Ibrahim made right when Hz. Ismail was born. Those people who have wives, you who have children and families, we should listen to what happened and we should pay close attention. Because it is through that faith and that trust in Allah swt that Hz. Ibrahim (a.s) became Khalilullah, and if we are to be from his Millet, from his nation, we should learn that faith and trust as well.

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After Hz. Ismail was born, the order came to Hz. Ibrahim to leave Ismail and his mother, Hz. Hajar, in the middle of the burning desert. Hz. Ismail was so small that he was still nursing from his mother. Hz. Ibrahim walked with Hz. Hajar and Hz. Ismail (a.s.). They walked past all the places with cultivated land, past all the mountains, past all the trees, until they came to a wild area that had no fruits, no green, no water. And when they reached this place, Hz. Ibrahim left Hajar and Ismail (a.s.) there, with less than two days worth of food and water, and started to walk away.

He had been given an order not to speak to them. Imagine how much his heart was burning. Imagine the faith his wife has in him. Hz. Ibrahim had not had a son until he was very old, and now he had been ordered to leave his son and the mother in the middle of a wild desert.

And Hz. Hajar, when she saw her husband walking away and just leaving them there, she started following him and saying, “Where are you going, ya Ibrahim, leaving us here in this empty wild land?” He didn’t answer. He just kept walking. And she kept pleading with him asking, ‘Why are you leaving us here ya Ibrahim?’ until finally she understood that whatever he was doing was an Order from Allah swt.

And so she said, ‘Did Allah command you to do this?’ He was given permission to answer then and he said, ‘Yes.’ And that is when Hz. Hajar said, ‘We are not going to be lost, since Allah, who has ordered you, is with us.’

And Hz. Ibrahim kept walking until he could no longer see them. And then he raised his hands and made a dua that Allah swt has preserved in Surah Ibrahim, saying: ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim. O our Lord! I have made some of my children to stay in a valley without cultivation near your Sacred House, our Lord, so that they may establish Prayer; so fill the hearts of some among men with love towards them, and feed them with fruit so that they may give thanks. Our Lord! Verily You know that which we hide and that which we make open. Nothing in the earth or in the heaven is hidden from Allah.’ Sadaqallahul azim. (14: 37-38).

This is his dua. He is saying to his Lord, ‘I am sacrificing my children to you so that they will become to people who establish Prayer.’ This history, it should make our hearts to become alive and to look at our families and our children, and the reason for us to have them. Because the story of Hz. Ibrahim is teaching us what it means to be a servant, and the reality of sacrifice.

And after the incident happened that Ibrahim (a.s.) and Ismail (a.s.) made their sacrifice and kept their promise to Allah swt, they were given the order to rebuild the Ka’aba. Sultan el-Evliya Sheykh Mawlana Muhammad Nazim Adil el-Hakkani is explaining what happened, saying, ‘There is only one Throne, and it must be for Allah. In a country also there can be only one Sultan. So either you give your heart to Allah, or to Sheytan. And the heart is the House of Allah, Bait-ullah. The heart is the Ka’aba, and it is not empty. If it was empty, why He would call us to come there? If I am not here, would my invitation have any taste? Has any invitation, when the Sultan himself is not present, any value?’

Allah wanted to invite the people, His servants. They asked Ibrahim, ‘Where can we visit our Lord?’ And Allah ordered Ibrahim to go with his son Ismail into the desert and to build His House. They made a building of black stones, just four walls. This is 5,000 years ago, and still this building is there. It is known as the Ka’aba, Bait-ullah, the House of God. When they had finished, Allah told Ibrahim: ‘Go to this mountain and call My servants. Tell them who wants to visit Me, may come to My House, the Ka’aba. This is My House in Dunya, and I will accept their visit. They shall not have any difficulties and they shall be under My protection.’

Ibrahim was calling: ‘O servants of Allah and Ummah of Muhammad, come to the House of Allah.’ And all the people and the seeds of the uncreated generations, we were making the talbiya: ‘Labbaik Allahumma, labbaik, labbaika la sharika laka labbaik! Inna-l hamda, wa ni’amat, laka wa-l mulk, la sharika lak! O our Lord, Yours is the order, we know no God except You, we are coming to visit You.’

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O Believers! These are the days of the Hajj. These are the days of Ibrahim (a.s.). And that Hajj, the real Hajj, it is going to make us remember our Father Ibrahim and Ismail (a.s.). When a person makes Tawaf, they are going to look and say, ‘this is the house that they built.’ They are going to see the Maqam-i-Ibrahim, where his footsteps are still preserved in the stone, which was lifting him up when he was building.

When they pass between Safa and Marwa, they are going to remember when Hz. Ismail and Hz. Hajar, they were left in the desert. When they stone the sheytans, they are going to remember Hz. Ibrahim standing for the Truth. And if a person makes that kind of Hajj, then he is going to come out from it with the same spirit of Hz. Ibrahim, saying: ‘My prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds.’ They will walk in the footsteps of the one who sacrificed in the way of Allah, and they too will be ready to sacrifice.

How can someone make that Hajj, how can someone make that kind of Hajj if they are sitting in the clock tower pointing their feet down to the Ka’aba? How can someone make that Hajj if when they go to Mina, they are sitting in air conditioned, VIP tents, which are designed and advertised to keep the rich people away from the poor people? How can someone follow the tradition of Hz. Ibrahim and his family when they are eating from luxury buffets and wasting food in the same spot where Hz. Ismail and Hz. Hajar they were left with no food? How can they remember their Father Ibrahim when the House of Allah that he raised up is surrounded by sheytanic buildings resembling the teeth of dogs that have been built by naked Bedouins? How can someone make a real Hajj when that Hajj has become a platform to brag, to boast, to trade, and to serve the ego?

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For anyone who thinks that today is not Ahir Zaman, let him look at the Hajj. Then he should look at the Sacred City of Mecca. And he should see the Hadith of the Holy Prophet (asws) being fulfilled, step-by-step. RasulAllah (asws) said: ‘When the belly of Mecca will be cut open and through it will be dug out river-like passages and the buildings of the Holy City of Mecca will rise higher than its mountains, when you observe these signs, then understand that the time of trial is near at hand.’

And in another Hadith, RasulAllah (asws) is describing the Hajj of the Ahir Zaman saying: ‘near the time of Qiyamah, the rich ones from amongst my Ummah will perform Hajj for the sake of travel and holiday. The middle class will perform Hajj for commercial purposes, transporting goods from here to there and bringing commercial goods from there to here. The scholars will perform Hajj for the sake of show and fame. The poor will perform Hajj for the purpose of begging.’

Is there any person who cannot say that this is the Hajj that is happening today? O Believers! We are in the Ahir Zaman. And Ahir Zaman is not the time to try to become scholars. It is not the time to try new solutions. It is not the time to make conferences and universities and philosophizes about how to solve our problems. It is the time to follow the advice of the Holy Prophet (asws), to hang on tightly to the jubbah of a Friend of Allah, to move to the mountains, and to wait for Mahdi (a.s.). That is the reality of the time that we are living in.

And if we live according to that, insha’Allah, even if we cannot physically go to Mecca and Medina, Allah swt, insha’Allah, He will accept our intention and count us as having gone. As our Sheykh is telling us, ‘this month is the month of Hajj and the believers everywhere in the world are preparing to go to Hajj. Those who cannot go should make intention that, insha’Allah ar-Rahman, Allah swt will be putting their names with those who are going.’

We are asking our Lord, Allah swt, to accept our intention. We are asking to be counted from the Millet of Hz. Ibrahim (a.s.). We are asking always to be counted from the Ummat of RasulAllah (asws). We are asking to always be counted as the Murids of our Sheykh, SahibulSaif, and to be with him this life and the next. Amin.

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stock-vector-vector-vintage-borders-54193183 (2)Jumma khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
7 Zul Hijj 1437
September 9, 2016.
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