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 Who is the First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden, the One Who has Might and Power over all things. All praises are due to Allah Who sent His Habib, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws), as the Mercy to the Universes. And may all peace and blessings be upon the Prophet of Allah, the Messenger of Allah, the Beloved of Allah, the Friend of Allah, the Chosen of Allah, Sayyidina wa Mawlana 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, Hz. Ali el-Murtaza, and all those who follow them until the Last Day.
Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers. Welcome to you in this Holy Day of Jummah, in the Sacred Month of Muharram. Welcome to you in Days that are blessed by our Lord, Allah (swt), and respected by our Beloved Prophet, Sayyidina Muhammad (asws). May we keep the honor of Holy Days and Nights so that we too may be blessed.
O Believers! Allah (swt) is saying in Surah Kahf, He is saying (swt): BismillahirRahmanirRahim. And keep yourself patient by being with those who remember their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His Face. And do not let your eyes pass beyond them, desiring the glitter of the worldly life, and do not obey one whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance and who follows his desire and whose case has been abandoned. (18:28). Sadaqallahul Adzim. And in his Hadith Sherif, which is recorded in the Sunan of Abu Dawud, Rasulallah (asws) is saying: The person follows the way of his dear friend.
O Believers! These Ayats and this Hadith are showing to us that the religion of Islam teaches that we must be in companionship. We must be in companionship with those who are remaining in the Remembrance of Allah (swt). We must be in companionship with those who have a relationship with Allah (swt). We must be in companionship with those who know the Way to Allah (swt). Because being in companionship with those who are good makes us good as well. In the same way, being in companionship with those who are bad will make us bad.
Holy Prophet (asws) is giving the example saying: The example of a good companion in comparison with a bad one is like that of one who sells musk and that one who is a blacksmith. From the first, you would either buy musk or enjoy its good smell, while from the blacksmith you would either get burned or smell a bad smell. And for 1400 years, the Muslims were trying to be in companionship with those who are good. In the time of the Sahaba-e-Kiram, they were staying in the companionship of the Holy Prophet (asws). And the word Sahabi, it is coming from the word Suhba, or Sohbet, which means companionship. The Sahabis earned their title from being in the Sohbet of the Holy Prophet (asws). And the next generation, the Tabieen, they stayed in the Sohbet of the Sahabis. And the Tabi’Tabieens, they stayed in the Sohbet of the Tabieen. And it was going like that for 1400 years, generation after generation. That good companionship was passing through the ages, linking everyone back to the Holy Prophet (asws).
And that is the reality of the Tarikats. The Tarikats are the chains that are linking people all the Way back to the Holy Prophet (asws). And throughout the history of Islam, the people were connected with the Tarikats. It didn’t matter if it was in Turkey, India, Sudan, Indonesia, Morocco, anywhere. Anywhere where Islam went, there were the Tarikats. And the Tarikats were there to give a man good companions under the leadership of a Friend of Allah, so that they could walk in the footsteps of the Sahaba-e-Kiram, who were in the Sohbet of the Holy Prophet (asws).
That is why the first thing that was dismantled by the enemies of Islam was the Tarikats, Tasawwuf, Sufism. And the Tarikats were banned by two different kinds of enemies. From one side there were those who rejected Tarikats and Sheykhs from a so-called religious basis– the descendants of the Kharijis, the Wahhabis, who in fact were invented and raised by the enemies outside of Islam. But they tricked the Muslims by misquoting the Quran and the Sunnah, and they told people, ‘oh look, these Tarikats, they are a Biddat. The Sheykhs, they are a biddat. Sitting together, it is a biddat. Remembering Allah together, it is a biddat.’ And so they convinced the Muslims that the essence of Islam, companionship and being in Sohbet, that it was a biddat.
So from that one side, they taught the people that Tarikats were evil and against to Islam. And that disease has persisted especially today today. So much so that when people see Tarikats now, when they see Dergahs, when they see Sheykhs, they say, we have never even heard of this, this must be something new. So that poison took its root very deep, and it is still making people sick. On the other side this is what happened when the Ottoman Empire ended. That Mustafa Kemal, he banned the Tarikats and said, this is where the power of Islam is. This is where the backbone of the Muslims is. If we want to destroy Islam, if we want to establish a secular society, if we want the people to blindly follow the west and lose their own identity, then we have to destroy these Tarikats. And that is what they did. The Tarikats were outlawed. The Dergahs were outlawed. They hanged the Sheykhs in the street. And by doing that, they made the people to lose their sense of identity, and then they gave them a new, secular identity.
Meanwhile, the western ones, they were supporting the Tarikats, it looks as if from the outside that they were doing that. But in reality they were taking Tarikat and stripping it all of Islam except for the things that they know that they are against to Islam. When the Saints and when the Prophet’s descendant, the poet and when the Awliya Allah they speak in very high language describing states of being close to Allah, when they are speaking the secrets of being close to Allah, all these things were taken by those ones who were in reality they are the enemies of Islam, and they took that and they make it sound as if this is not from Islam, that this is taken from other traditions, that in order for you to become a Sufi, in order for you to be in Tarikat, you cannot have Shariat.
So if the enemies of Islam destroyed Tarikats first, we must understand that for us to regain our Islam, we must first run back to Tarikat. Because Tarikat teaches a man how to live. Tarikat teaches a man his place in the world. Tarikat teaches a man to only fear Allah. Tarikat teaches a man that he is living for Ahiret, not for dunya. Tarikat teaches a man to take Guide and to follow that Guide. Tarikat takes a man in any time and any place, and gives him the same spirit that the Sahabis had to the Holy Prophet (asws), because Tarikat is putting a man in Association. And through that Association, the whole world can change.
As our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (ka) is saying: Through this association believers, those who attend, those believers may find ways and live the way that Allah and the Holy Prophet (asws) brought to us. If there is no association then the Muslims don’t know how to live. If Muslims say they know how to live then look at it. East and West, North and South, not America but look at Muslims countries and you will know whether they know how to live. They don’t know how to live because the associations, the Tarikats are banned. The Sheykhs are banned and new ideas and new ideologies came with this Wahhabi understanding. It’s coming from the West, fitna coming from inside and saying, “It’s okay. Take the book and read. You will find the way.” No way. Impossible. If that was possible then Allah (swt) will not put a protocol to send 124,000 prophets to mankind. He is sending guides to them, saying to them, to us, to the past ones, to the present ones and to the ones who are coming in the future, saying to them, “If you are looking to find the way when you are fed up with this world, when you are understanding that this world is a dumpster, it is a very small benefit which you can get from this world, and when you understand with that high intelligence that I am giving to you as man, you must find the prophets, you must find the ways to show you where to go, which way to go and how to go, how to travel on that road.” Otherwise, it is impossible for man to make it in the world, to live a peaceful life. Not peaceful life the way that your ego wants but peaceful life the way that it came down from Allah and through the teachings of the Holy Prophet (asws).
O Believers! We have been blessed to be given a Guide and to be given a Tarikat. Through this Tarikat, through being in this Association, through being sincere, we may become nominees to be counted as the Servants of Allah. And being the Servant of Allah, being an Abdullah, that is the title that we must leave this world with. It is the only title that counts.So insha’AllahurRahman, in this Month of Muharram, let us make our intention firm to be in the Way of Tarikat, and to be in Association with our Guide, until our last breath. Amin.
Jumma Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
19 Muharram 1438
October 20, 2016.