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 Creator of the Heavens and the Earth and all that is between them. All praises are due to Allah Who has Knowledge and Power over all things. All praises are due to Allah Who created our Father Adam (asws), and honored the Children of Adam. All praises are due to Allah Who sent Sayyidina Muhammad (asws) as the Mercy to the Universes.
And may all peace and blessings be upon the Chosen Messenger, the Noble Prophet, the Final Messenger, the Beloved of Allah, the Master of the First and the Last, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws), and upon his noble family and blessed companions, especially upon the Khulafa-e-Rashideen, Hz. Abu Bakr el-Siddiq, Hz. Umar el-Faruq, Hz. Osman el-Ghani, Hz. Ali el-Murtaza, and all those who follow them until the Last Day.
O Believers! Welcome to you on this Holy Day of Jummah in the Holy Month of Zul Hijj, as we are approaching to the beginning of the Islamic New Year of 1438. Welcome to you as we are nearing to the Day of Ashura, one of the holiest days of the entire year.
O Believers! We must be aware, and we must beware ourselves from hypocrisy. Beware from becoming counted from the munafiqs, from the hypocrites. Because Allah (swt) is saying in the Holy Quran, ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Surely the hypocrites are in the lowest stage of the fire and you shall not find a helper for them.’ (4:145). And He is also saying, (swt), ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Give the hypocrites the tidings that there is for them a painful torment.’ Sadaqallahul azim. (4:138).
What is a hypocrite? Holy Prophet (asws) is saying in his Hadith Sherif, ‘Whoever has the following four characteristics will be a hypocrite and whoever has one of the following four characteristics will have one characteristic of hypocrisy unless and until he gives it up. Whenever he is entrusted, he betrays. Whenever he speaks, he speaks a lie. Whenever he makes a promise, he proves treacherous. Whenever he fights, he behaves in a very foolish, evil and insulting manner.’
And our Sheykh, SahibulSaif Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (ks) is explaining these words more to us, to make us to understand what it means to fall into hypocrisy. He is saying, ‘You are not sincere. If you are not sincere then what are you? A hypocrite. A Munafiq.’ Check yourself. All these words that I am saying, it applies to me and it applies to those people who hears them. Check yourself. Find a place for you and say, ‘Am I a hypocrite or not?’ It doesn’t matter. Be sincere with yourself. Leave everything else. Be sincere with yourself to say, ‘Which category am I in, right now?’ Then you will find out by yourself and then you will be entering into that shocked station, understanding, ‘That’s what I am doing.’
So the hypocrite is the one who is not sincere with what he believes in. The hypocrite is the one who is not sincere with what he believes in. Hujatul Islam Imam al-Ghazali, (ks), he is explaining that the root word for hypocrisy in Arabic, it is describing the action of how a rat looks when it is about to escape from one hole, but then goes out of another hole at the last minute. To be a hypocrite, it is to be slick. To be a hypocrite, it is to be sneaky. To be a hypocrite, it is to have two faces. And Holy Prophet (asws) said, ‘Indeed the worst of the people are the two-faced ones, those who go to one group of people with one face and a another group with another.’ And he is also saying, ‘Whoever had two faces in dunya will have two tongues of fire in Jahannam.’ May Allah protect us from that.
This is not philosophy or dogma. This is real. The hypocrites are in the lowest part of the fire. And the root of hypocrisy, it is to act one way, and have something different in the heart. That is hypocrisy. And today, in this 21st century, the disease of hypocrisy has spread everywhere. Hypocrisy has become common. In these days, if you are not a hypocrite, they say, ‘you cannot live in this world.’ Hz. Abdullah ibn al-Amr ibn al-‘As said, ‘Nifāq, hypocrisy, used to be something unusual amongst all the iman. Soon, iman will be something strange amongst all the nifāq.’ Meaning that once upon a time, the people had so much Iman, had so much faith, that it was very strange to see hypocrisy. But a time is going to come when there will be so much hypocrisy that it will be strange to find faith.
Isn’t that where we are today? Look at the world. It is a world filled with hypocrisy. Forget about just two faces, people have hundreds of faces. One face when they are in the Masjid. One face when they are in the house. One face when they are at work. One face when they are in the market. One face when they are before the government. Every place they go, they take off one face and put on another face. Until nobody knows who they are anymore, and they have no more identity. This is what happened today.
The People of Hakk, the Hakkanis, the people of hakk are always going to stand up for the Truth, no matter who says, no matter what says, no matter which government says. They will always stand up for the Truth. And their face, it is always shining with the Noor of Allah. So, wherever they are, that face doesn’t change. Because they are not scared of any consequences. They speak the Truth to the ones in power even if it will make them to lose their lives. They speak the Truth to their families even if it will cut off their relations. They speak the Truth to the unbelievers even if they will find them strange. That is the characteristic of the believers. He not only speaks the Truth, but he lives the Truth.
We are going to enter to the 10th of Muharram soon, the Day of Ashura. Isn’t that what was happening in Ashura, 1400 years ago? The Family of the Holy Prophet (asws), his grandson, Hz. Huseyin ibn Ali (ra), they stood up for Truth and were making hijrah away from oppression, from zulm. And because they stood up for that Truth, they sacrificed themselves. And, 1400 years ago, hundreds of thousands said that they would stand up for Hz. Huseyin and for Truth. They swore their allegiance, their lives, their families, their property, to him. But that face they slipped off, once they realized that they really have to sacrifice what they love. And from hundreds of thousands who swore to defend Hz. Huseyin, only a handful were left on the night of Karbala. So, Karbala is happening every day, hypocrisy is happening every day, the defenders of Truth who are willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of Truth, they also happen every day.
But a new fashion has started now, not just amongst the Shia, but amongst the Sunnis now too, because, mashaAllah, the Muslims of today think we know better than the Sahabis, the Tabi’een, the Tabi Tabi’een, 1400 years of Alims, Ulamas, and Awliyaullah. The Sunnis now, they are gathering, they are going to gather and sob and weep for Hz. Huseyin. And they are going to say, ‘Labbayk ya Huseyin, our lives for you Ya Huseyin!’ The ones who call themselves scholars are claiming to cry for Hz. Huseyin and his family. Yet these same scholars, they are the ones who are drowning in the oceans of hypocrisy in this Ahir Zaman. We find these same scholars who are beating their chests, crying for Hz. Huseyin, they are sitting with the Yazidis of today. Eating with the Yazidis of today, being paid by the Yazidis of today.
We are not saying this, the hypocrisy of Ahir Zaman scholars. The Holy Ones are saying this, and they warned us, they warned us about the scholars of Ahir Zaman hundreds of years ago. Hz. Malik ibn Dinar (ra) was addressing directly to the Ahir Zaman saying, ‘In truth, you are in greatly troubled times. Only one with true insight knows the times you live in. Verily you are in a time of people boasting and being proud. Their tongues are swollen in their mouths, and they seek worldly gain through the deeds of the hereafter. So be warned against them for yourselves, before they catch you in their nets. O scholar, you are a scholar, yet you devour wealth with your knowledge. O scholar, you are a scholar, yet you boast with your knowledge. O scholar, you are a scholar, yet you seek to amass wealth with your knowledge. O scholar, you are a scholar, yet you do oppression against others with your knowledge. If you had truly sought this knowledge for Allah, it would have been seen on you and in your deeds.’
That is the reality of today. The scholars, they are supposed to be those ones who protect the Ummah by defending the boundaries of what is halal and what is haram, because what is halal it is clear and what is haram it is clear. But the scholars of today, they change the boundaries of halal and haram every day, until it has become very unclear for the ummat what is halal and what is haram. We have reached to the time that they sell their halal and haram in the market in order to make the most game. And they sold out our religion so they can sit at the table of the tyrants and eat from the fruits of their oppression. Scholars are having conferences where the sponsors are known tyrants who have killed the righteous Sheykhs and Imams and Alims and Ulamas.
Scholars are sitting at the table with government officials and saying, ‘yes, we agree that Islam is violent, yes, we agree that Islam is backward, we want to make it modern and new. Tell us what kind of Islam you want us to invent, we will make it for you, O Mr. President, O Mr. Prime Minister.’ They are trying to say, ‘forget about all the Shariat, forget about all the Laws that came from Allah (swt); because isn’t the point of religion to love everybody? Isn’t love higher than Law?’ And they are trying to say, ‘we need to put the Laws of Allah aside so that we can love everybody. You are gay? We love you. You don’t believe in the Hadith? We love you. You don’t believe in everything that the Holy Prophet (asws) said? We love you. You are insulting to our Prophet, and to our religion, and to the Sahabis and to the Awliya? We love you.’ This is what has happened to the scholars of the Ahir Zaman, and they have infected the entire Ummat with this thinking. And for those who are clear with the boundaries of halal and haram, who have love in their heart, but they are clear and sincere with what is halal and haram, the whole world turns against them and hates them. Because, they say, ‘you are judging. Only Allah can judge. You cannot.’ This is what has happened to the scholars of the ahir Zaman. They have traded Hakk for batil. And Allah (swt) in the Holy Quran has condemned their business, saying, ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim. These are the ones who have traded Guidance for error: But their business is profitless, and they have lost true direction. Sadaqallahul azim (2:16).
We have to stand for Truth. The Holy Prophet (asws) has said, ‘you have to stand up for Truth, and if you see something wrong, you have to correct it. If you cannot correct it with your hands, you have to correct it with your tongue. And if you cannot correct it with your tongue, you have to correct it inside your heart. These are the words of Habibullah. But in these days, to have what is right and wrong and to correct what is clearly wrong in your heart, that is seen as something wrong and backward, and that is seen as something evil. We have to stand up for Truth, at least in our hearts.
We have to be like Hz. Huseyin in this Ahir Zaman. We are going to be tested. The Believers are going to be tested. And the test of the ahir Zaman, it is not something that even the Sahabis they take lightly, because the test of the ahir Zaman comes with the fitnah of Dajjal. There will be confusion. Confusion means you don’t know what is right and what is wrong, it is unclear. Stay with the people who are clear. Don’t be with those who are unclear. We have to be like Hz. Huseyin in this ahir Zaman. We have to leave from the areas of oppression, from the thinking of oppression, from the attitude of oppression. From the lifestyle of unbelief and oppression. We have to try to go areas of the people of hakk. We have to go to the thinking, and the attitude and the lifestyle of the people of Hakk. That is the Order of Rasulullah (asws). Our Sheykh is explaining that Order to us, saying, ‘We have separated, we have moved away from the crowded areas, for what reason? The order of the Holy Prophet (asws), `When those days are coming, don’t stay in the cities, don’t stay in the crowded areas. Move up to the mountains. If you are not finding good friends, stay alone. Don’t worry what you are going to eat. Get one sheep and live with that sheep. Don’t interfere into anything. Don’t run to read too much, to know too much because there’s going to be confusion and fitnah everywhere.
And you are going to get wrong information and you are going to mix yourself with those wrong information and you are not going to be able to come out from that mess.’ These are the warnings coming to us from our Holy Prophet (asws) fourteen hundred years ago. He is warning us from fourteen hundred years back for today. If we are taking it seriously we will be the winner. But if we are not taking it seriously then you have no way that you are going to see, because Allah (swt) blessed us and granted to us to know one of His most beloved one in the Divine Presence in this century. How you are going to look at his face? How you are going to say that, `I am following you.’? How we are going to say that when everything he is saying to us, we are doing otherwise? We must run to fix ourselves.
O Murids! O Believers! We should take this advice. Because it is the advice of the Holy Prophet (asws), and it has reached to us through his inheritor. And the worst thing that we can do to ourselves, is to follow that advice and come to the areas of safety and be living amongst the people of Hakk, but still have hypocrisy in our hearts, still have trouble to live the way that we belive. For us to be sitting in the association, for us to be sitting in the Dergah, for us to be sitting in the Zikir, but to have doubts and disloyalty in our hearts, and to be busy with our egos, having sohbets with those doubts and disloyalty, instead of having sohbet with the people of hakk about what is in your heart, that is very dangerous. If we do that, then when the critical time comes, we are going to find that don’t have enough faith in our hearts, then we are going to find that we will not be allowed on the side of Hakk. And that is the time that we are going to be consumed by the Fire of Regret. May we be protected from that.
We should listen to the Words of Sultan el-Evliya Sheykh Mawlana Muhammad Nazim Adil el-Hakkani (ks) who is saying, ‘O attenders who are asking to be Defenders of Haqq! Those who are attending are asking to be Defenders of the Seal of Prophets (asws) and his Shariat.’ Those who are attending one night, two nights, one week, one month and then leaving, that is the sign of being munafiq, hypocrite. Who is getting to be tired from listening and leaving and escaping are going to be workers of sheytan. Beware! Those who are attending this humble association, that means advice from heavens coming through the Seal of Prophets, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws). You must keep your full respect for hearing that most honored, most glorified one in Divine Presence. He is only one. The Lord of Heavens, la sharika lah, has no partner. Also His real deputy from pre-Eternal up to Eternal is only one. No partner.
O Believers! We should stay away from hypocrisy. We should keep our Promise, keep our Beyat, we should live our faith. We are in the Ahir Zaman. The darker the days become, we should remember that this is a sign that the time of Light is coming soon. We must keep our faith strong, so that we may reach to those awaited days. Let this be our dua and our prayer as we wrap up this year and enter into the new year. May Allah forgive us. May Allah accept our tauba. May Allah accept our worship. May Allah accept our weak service, only for the sake of the Holy Prophet (asws), his family, his companions, our GrandSheykh and our Sheykh, SahibulSaif, Sheykh Abdul Kerim al-Rabbani. May zulm fall. May the oppression fall. May Haqq win. May we be counted as amongst the people of Haqq. May the ummat wake up. Amin.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
21 Zul Hijja 1437
September 23, 2016.