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.
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 Who has created our Father Adam (asws) from water and clay, and has then honored the Children of Adam. All praises are due to Allah Who has created mankind to know Him and to worship Him. All praises are due to Allah who sent the Chosen Prophet, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws), as the Guide to the Straight Path.
And may all peace and blessings be upon the Seal of the Prophets, the Imam of the Messengers, the Helper of the Ummat, the Master of the Arabs and the Ajam, 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.
O Believers! Welcome to you in this Holy Day of Jummah, on the Last Jummah of the Islamic Year of 1437. Welcome to you as we are about to step through the door of the New Year of 1438.
New Year. According to what? According to man-made calculations? According to the birthday of a king or a president? No. Our new year, the new year of Islam, it is beginning with the Month of Muharrem, the Sacred Month. And our calendar, it is a calendar that is founded upon the Commands of Allah, as sent to us through the Holy Prophet (asws). Because Allah (swt) is saying in the Holy Quran: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve [lunar] months in the record of Allah [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred. That is the correct religion, so do not wrong yourselves during them. (9:36). Sadaqallahul Adzim
And Holy Prophet (asws) is saying in his Hadith Sherif: Time has completed its cycle and has come to the state of the day when Allah created the heavens and the earth. The year consists of twelve months of which four are sacred; three of them consecutive – Zul Qaida, Zul Hijjah and Muharram and Rajab.
So in Islam, our calendar, the days, the months, that we are passing through, they have not been changed. They have not been played with. They are the same days as when Allah (swt) created the Heavens and the Earth. And in Islam, due to the wisdom of those who came before us, Elhamdulillah, we have our own calendar. And this calendar, this Hijri calendar, it was decided upon by the Companions after the passing of the Holy Prophet (asws). All those who are shouting “bidah, bidah, bidah,” they should keep silent. Because Hz. Umar al-Faruq (ra), the Guardian of the Sunnah, he is the one who instituted the Hijri calendar.
When Hz. Umar (ra) was the Khalifa, the territory of Islam became huge. And there was so much communication happening, so many messages going back and forth, so many funds that had to be accounted for, that he said we need a standard calendar. And so some of the people came and said, we should make a calendar like the Persians. Some said, we should make a calendar like the Bani Israil. Hz. Umar (ra) and the other high-level Sahabis, they agreed to make the calendar be based upon the Hijrah of the Holy Prophet (asws). The most significant event in the history of the Ummah, one of the most significant events in the history of the world. The day that the Holy Prophet (asws) entered into Madinah, the day that his mission became opened, the day that Allah (swt) ended the period of oppression in Mecca and opened the period of the spread of Islam. And Hz. Umar said, ‘we are going to have a lunar calendar, and we are not going to allow any playing with the days.’
Elhamdulillah, we are continuing with that calendar. All the way through the Glorious Ottoman Empire, less than 100 years ago, they were continuing that calendar.People were not calculating their days according to Roman kings and pagan idols. They were not saying January, February. They were saying the names of the Month as they had been said by Allah swt. As they had been said by the Holy Prophet (asws), as they are in the Sight of Allah. Muharram, Safar, Rabiul Awwal, Rabiul Thani, Jamadial Awwal, Jamadial Thani, Rajab, Shaban, Ramazan, Shawwal, Zul Qaida, and Zul Hijj. Even the names of our months, they have heybet and they have honor.
But the Muslims of the Ahir Zaman, they left this heybet and this honor. The Muslims of the Ahir Zaman do not have any heybet or any honor left. And one of the things that they left behind was the calendar. They left behind their identity according to time. They left behind the days and the nights that are honored by Allah. We live in the West. We live in America. And right now they are about to start their “holiday season” here in America. The time when everybody spends more money than they have, the time when all the egos and the desires they go wild, and they have to go to the therapists to help them deal with the debt that they are in later. And yes, in America, they have days and nights they are concerned with as well. They are going to have Halloween, the day that they are going to honor the sheytans. MashaAllah, Muslims following that tradition. They then have Thanksgiving, the day that they tell a national lie about sharing with the Indians, when the reality is that they committed genocide against them and that is continuing up till today. Then they have Christmas, a day that has turned into an excuse to drown inside the dunya, to drown inside the nafs. The day that is not even the day that Isa (as) was born. Then a few days later is New Year’s day, the day to get drunk and forget everything. Then Valentine’s Day, when the nation runs to and celebrates zina. And so on and on and on.
That is what the calendar of the west has to offer. That is what the Gregorian calendar has to offer. When so-called “normal” Muslims hear these words that we are saying they are going to say, ‘brother, you are very extreme. You need to relax. If you talk like this, nobody is going to accept us.’ And that is the disease that has entered into the Muslims living in America. They want to be accepted. Let’s put it in real, simple words- the Muslims in America, they are selling out.
They are selling out because so badly they want to be called “Americans” They are saying, ‘we are just like you. Yes, I can call myself a Muslim, but that doesn’t really mean anything! That ‘Muslim’ doesn’t mean anything. ‘American’ is what it means. I have the same calendar as you. I dress like you. I keep my religion to myself, private and ashamed like you. I eat like you. I put my women in dirty magazines like you. I hate the Muslims overseas, like you. Please, accept me to be one of you.’
And by doing this, we lose our identity. And we forget what Allah swt has told us in the Eternal Words of the Quran when He said: ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim. And never will the Jews or the Christians be pleased with you until you follow their religion. Say, “Indeed, the guidance of Allah is the only guidance.” If you were to follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge, you would have against Allah no protector nor helper.’ SadaqAllahul Azim (2:120).
What a sad state of affairs for the Muslims. Keeping the calendar, yes, it looks like a small thing. But in reality, it is a big thing. Because the Muslims, we don’t just have a separate identity. We have a Divine Identity. The Muslims have always had a separate, Divine identity. In every place that Islam went, even if the Muslims were few in number, they kept their own Divine identity. And by keeping that identity, they kept their honor and their heybet. You keep your own calendar. You keep your own food. You keep your own dress. You keep your way of praying. You keep your way of conducting your family affairs. And when the Muslims acted like that, people admired them and wanted to be like them.
And when the world was under the control of the Muslims, especially under the Ottomans, this was the same rights that they gave to every religion and every ethnicity that they conquered. ‘You have your own identity, we will not impose it on you. You have your own calendar, we will not impose it on you. You have your own way of dressing, we will not force it on you, you have your own way of sitting and eating and interacting with each other and we will not force it on you. You have your identity, the way that Allah has created you, keep it. It is beautiful that way.’ But the world runs now on capitalism. One world order, one currency and one way of spending money. One identity, one way of eating and one way of dressing. All identities are lost, becoming just tools to be used in this system.
But Muslims now are trying their best to be like unbelievers, but they are never going to be the same. That is the next step that the Muslims are about to enter. They are going to say, ‘yes, we want to be just like the Jews and the Christians, so let us leave our faith. Then we will really be like them.’ Some Muslims are going to say that I’m saying that we hate Jews and we hate Christians, that we are saying to not be Americans. That is the most ignorant interpretation of what we are saying. We are saying that we are Muslims. We are saying that we have our own identity. We are saying that we are going to keep that identity. We are saying that the constitution of the country itself guarantees our own pursuit of happiness and guarantees our rights to keep our identity. At the same time, we live in this country. We don’t want to live in any other country. And this country, it allows everyone to keep their religion and to keep their own identity. Even the Americans forgot the principles that this country was founded upon: Freedom of religion. Freedom of speech. Freedom of association. So yes, we are Muslims. We are proud to be Muslims. And we are happy to live in a country where we can be Muslims. We are proud to live in a country where the law still protects the rights of everyone.
O Believers. Our New Year is coming. The intelligent man must ask himself, ‘did I become better or worse?’ It is such a simple question. But it is the most difficult question to answer, because to answer that question, a man must be sincere.Because to answer that question, the sincere man will realize, ‘just as I cannot look at my own face without a mirror, I must find a mirror to help me look at my faith.’ And those mirrors, they are the Friends of Allah. Don’t trust your own mirror. If we want to know how we did this year, we must go to a Friend of Allah and put our heart in front of his heart. Because the hearts of the Friends of Allah, their hearts are mirrors that have been polished and they are clean. When we sit with them, we will see the reality of our state. And by sitting with them, they will teach us the Way of cleaning our heart.
Elhamdulillah that we have our Sheykh, SahibulSaif Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani, who is the Representative of Sultan el-Evliya Sheykh Mevlana Muhammad Nazim Adil el-Hakkani. And SahibulSaif, he is showing us that Way of the Sheykhs. He is showing us the Naksibendi Way. He is showing us the Hakkani Way. He is showing us the Osmanli Way. And if we follow him with sincerity, Insya’Allah ar-Rahman, no doubt, we will be in that caravan.
This is his advice to us for the New Year, listen carefully, ‘Insya’Allah ar-Rahman we are entering, in some more days we are entering the holy month of Muharram. The New Year of the Muslims, not the New Year of the pagans that people were worshiping. The New Year of the Muslims. Muharram is coming. We are entering in it. Prepare yourselves for that. As everyone is running to copy saying, “What is your New Year’s Resolution? What are you going to do? What is the intention you made that you are going to change this year?” “Yes, I am going to become more donkey.” That’s what they do. They are running at midnight in the streets. Eh, if you are running at midnight in the streets then you are becoming the nominee to become another donkey for that whole year. No honor. The honor is not in the streets, to drink and to lay down in the corners of the streets and not even knowing where your house is. That’s not an honor. New Year is coming, yes. Make to your own self saying, “Ya Rabbi, I am making intention to become a better servant to You this year. I am a weak servant. So please help me.” Say `Help me’ sincerely and look how fast help is going to reach to you. It’s not far. It’s very near.’
May that Help reach to us as well, through the hands of our Sheykh. Amin.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
28 Zul Hijja 1437
September 30, 2016.