Question: What are the manners for Jumma?
So much of it is already structured. We just have to go inside the structure. Like what, for instance? Jumma begins Thursday night. What do we have Thursday night? Zikr. Now to prepare for Jumma, in the old days, physically they prepare during the Asar time before Maghrib, before Jumma enters. Not like people, last minute, half an hour before azan is calling they are taking a shower. No. Physically you have to clean yourself first. So Thursday before the maghrib time, they’ve already cleaned themselves. Now what does it mean when you clean yourself? You enter into a different mode, different space. And there is a specific way, of course, that you clean yourself. You clip your nails, your hair, this and that, you’re clean now, you’re preparing for maghrib to enter. You’re already pulling yourself back from the busyness of this world. You are entering into a sacred time, a holy time. It is so holy that Allah is saying, it is holier than the two Eids combine, Jumma, Friday. So now you are looking forward. Thursday, by Thursday everything starts slowing down. Slowing down, slowing down, slowing down. Asar time, there’s nothing else except for you to prepare yourself for your Lord. You clean yourself, you wear your nicest clothes, you start making some zikr, you start making some tafakkur, preparing yourself to be in the mode, for what? For zikr.
So now, when the zikr comes, you are already in that station. You are already in that mode. You listen to the sohbet, now Thursday night you know it’s a very Holy night, ‘maybe I’m going to pray a little bit before Fajr time. Maybe I’m going to wake up to pray Tahajjud. Maybe I’m going to do some extra zikr.’ So that continues now. Then when jumma time enters, in the morning time we pray Fajr, you make things different. You go to the maqam, you come back, you are supposed to relax now. You are suppose now to spend time, free. Not to be thinking about the dunya too much. If there’s no real responsibility, not to be able to, if you have responsibility, you can’t help it, that’s something there. So now you start preparing yourself for the prayer. You sit. Before the Imam comes, there’s a specific hadiths Prophet (asws) is saying, the one who came, say for example, I’m paraphrasing, say for example you come two hours before the Imam, it is as if he has sacrificed a camel and he’s fed it to the poor. This is that much blessing. What does it mean now? You come early when there’s nobody there, just to wait in anticipation, to pray to your Lord and to be with Him. Now you sit and you make some zikr. You are just being there, quiet. That although Jumma it is a day of gathering, but you start by gathering yourself together. You are not in your workplace, at home, problems, issues, stress. You are gathering everything together. You say, ‘quiet now. I’m going to be quiet.’ Gathering yourself altogether and you are going to make zikr to remember your Lord now. You are going to think a little bit. You are going to read some Quran. Then when the time comes, everyone is going to gather together.
After our zikr, after our jumma, we have what? Sohbet and we have tea. We have some sweets. Just like Eid. It is just like Eid. And if somebody ask you, how you celebrate your Jumma up there? Say, exactly the same way we celebrate Eid. We come for prayer, we hear the khutba, we sit down and we have tea. Then we listen a little bit. We ask some question a little bit. and we are here not talking about the world at all, but we are here trying to make our spirit to be happy, trying to feed our spirit.
I’m not going to say the worship that you have to do, so much. That one your heart should be working. Whatever worship you can do, you do. You understand? Which means that now, you cannot start preparing for Jumma on the day of Jumma. You have to prepare it way earlier. You have to prepare it days ahead. Your whole week now has to be structured towards that Jumma. The same way that the secular world they structure the whole week according to that Saturday, or that Sunday, that weekend. The believer structure his whole week according to that special time when his Lord says, ‘Be in My Presence, altogether.’ Understand?
So many things you can do. You can read, you can make charity, you can visit the sick, you can go to the cemetery, however you make it. But important is you gather yourself together. You don’t leave yourself here, here, here. You just be present in front of your Lord. You don’t leave your heart somewhere else.
As with everything else, if you don’t practice, if you don’t do it, you will not succeed. Nobody ever waits for a miracle to happen for food to appear on their table. They know that they have to study, they have to work, they have to get money and they have to buy and they have to cook and it appears. Nobody thinks that it has to be miraculous. Why are we thinking that our nearness to Allah has to be a miracle? That there is no effort on our part? Who is teaching us this? No Prophet taught us this, no Holy person taught us this. The world is but a reflection of the Heaven. If we have to put in some effort to live in this world, we have to put in some effort to be able to make our way back to Paradise as well. That’s why I’m saying you don’t start, like on the day of Jumma, you don’t start on Thursday. You are going to start before that. You train yourself. Is that training not given to us? It’s given to us. Isn’t it? How many times? It’s given to us everyday. Correct or no?
Everyday at least five times a day it’s given to us. Don’t we worship five times a day? That five times a day, you discipline yourself, now this time is my time for my Lord. I’m just going to thank Him and be with Him. ‘Ahh, but I have to do this, I have to do this….’ You have to train yourself now. Push everything away, to be with your Lord. Everyday five times you are training yourself to be. Now if you are not training yourself this five times, you can pray fifty times a day, you’re always going to be busy. You are praying but your mind and heart is circling everywhere else. Now of course your Jumma is going to be finished then. But if you are learning what your ego is, and you are saying, ‘okay, I’m praying, now my ego is attacking me. Now I must try to stop. At least if I can’t stop, I’m going to say, ‘Ya Rabbi I’m asking for Your forgiveness, I’m a weak one.’ You acknowledge it. But you are training yourself five times a day. Now how is that going to be difficult for jumma?
We have to understand what is given to us on the day of Jumma. So this is all not doing things as a ritual but understanding that there is a meaning behind it. Not praying five times a day just as a ritual but understanding there is a meaning to it. As the Prophet says (asws), he says, ‘if you are very dirty and there’s a river in front of you, that if you jump into that river, you come out clean, won’t you want to do it?’ Yes, we would. That river is a salat, is a namaz, that everytime we enter into a prayer, the sins and the wrong things drop from us like the leaves from a tree. We shed. We become clean again. If you believe. If you believe what the Prophet believes. But people believe what their ego and sheytan believe. You understand? Then that time, you’ll see the difference. Like I said, that time, it’s not the amount of things that you do, but the sincerity of what you are doing. Yes that time, the Sheykh understands his sincerity now. But, if you’ve been here one year, two years, three years, ten years, he’s not just looking at the sincerity, now your actions has to reflect on that sincerity. If your action is not reflecting that sincerity then there is some interruption there and it is his duty for you to understand where the interruption is and to remove it. Do you understand? Now that’s why we may say, ‘this is wrong, this is wrong.’ And we may scream at even small things. Because it is always, when you reach to that high level, it is the small steps that you make that are wrong, that you come crashing down. It is not the big steps. And it is to make everyone not to be in ghaflat, in heedlessness. To be awake and to be alert and to be aware. This much is enough insya’Allah. WaminAllahu Taufiq. Alfatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
14 Zul Hijja 1437
September 16, 2016.