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 alayhimayyuhal 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 all the Worlds. 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 Sayyidina Muhammad (AS) as the Guide to the Truth.
And may all peace and blessings be upon the Sultan of Creation, the Imam of the Messengers, the Seal of the Prophethood, the Intercessor of the Day of Judgment, the Mercy to the Universes, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS), 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.
Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! Welcome to you on this Blessed Day of Jummah in the Blessed Month of Rabiul Ahir. Welcome to you as we are less than 3 months away from the 3 Holy Months of Rajab, Shaban, and Ramazan. We are asking our Lord to give us the ability to spend our time in a way that is pleasing to Him, and to live our lives for His Sake.
Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! Allah (SWT) is saying in the Holy Quran, in Surah Baqara: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Of the people there are some who say, ‘We believe in Allah and the Last Day,’ but they do not really believe. They think to deceive Allah and those who believe, but they don’t deceive anyone except their own selves, and they don’t even realize it. In their hearts is a disease, and Allah has increased their disease. And for them is a painful doom because they used to lie. And when it is said to them, ‘do not cause corruption in the earth,’ they say, ‘why, we only want to make peace!’ Without doubt, it is they who are the corrupters, but they don’t realize it.
When it is said to them, ‘believe as the others believe,’ they say, ‘should we believe as the fools believe.’ No, definitely, they are the fools, but they do not know. When they meet those who believe they say, ‘we believe,’ but when they are alone with their sheytans they say, ‘we are really with you, we were only making fun.’ But Allah mocks them and prolongs them in their wrongdoing while they wander blindly. These are the ones who have purchased error at the price of guidance, so their transaction brought them no profit, nor were they guided. (2:8-16).
O Believers! In these Ayats, Allah (SWT) is describing one of the most dangerous groups of people; those who pretend to believe in Allah and His Messenger, but are in fact working against Islam. The great scholar Ibn Jarir, in his tafsir of the above ayats, says: The hypocrites commit mischief on earth by disobeying their Lord on it and continuing in the prohibited acts.
They also abandon what Allah made obligatory and doubt His religion, even though He does not accept a deed from anyone except with faith in His religion and certainty of its truth. The hypocrites also lie to the believers by pretending not to have the doubt and hesitation their hearts harbor. They give as much aid as they can, against Allah’s loyal friends, and support those who deny Allah, His Books and His Messengers. This is how the hypocrites commit mischief on earth, while thinking that they are doing righteous work on earth.
May Allah (SWT) protect us from being from this category of people. Holy Prophet (AS), through his Hadith Sherif, he warned us of hypocrisy, he told us the signs of hypocrisy, and he also told us how to protect ourselves from hypocrisy. And one of the categories of people that he (AS) told us would be the most dangerous in the Ahir Zaman to the believers, those who pretend to be living for the sake of Hakk but are in fact living for batil, it is the evil scholars. Hz. Ali (KW) is telling us that Holy Prophet (AS) said: There will come a time upon the people when nothing will remain of Islam except its name and nothing will remain of the Quran except its words. Their masjids will be splendidly furnished but empty of guidance. Their scholars will be the worst people under the Heaven; fitna will come out from them and will return to them.
Why will the scholars be the worst people at the end of time? The great Imam and Reviver of the Religion, our Grandsheykh Hz. Ahmad Faruq al-Sirhindi al-Rabbani (KS) is giving the most complete answer, saying in his Maktubat: The most important issue which I want to inform you of is that today there is almost no one of the men of the scholars who strive only to spread the Deen and to strengthen Islam.
When the desire is to gain the world, a scholar will compete to show his superiority over another scholar. Every catastrophe which befell the Muslim nation was caused by these so-called men of the Deen. The happiness of the people is in the hands of the Ulama. The enemies of the Deen disguised as Men of the Deen (Ulama and Mashaaikh) lead people towards the punishment of Jahannum. A true Wise Person is the best of people. An Aalim who makes the Deen a way for gaining fulfillment of his worldly motives and desires, and who destroys the Imaan of others, is the worst person on earth. The happiness and the ruin of people, their guidance and their deviation are in the hands of the Men of the religion. One of the Friends of Allah saw sheytan sitting doing nothing. He asked sheytan for the reason. Sheytan responded: “Today the evil scholars and the evil sheykhs do our job. They do not leave for us any work of misguiding people.” If the Aalim is corrupt, the people will also be corrupt. They will head towards certain disaster.
We are living in the time now where people disguised as scholars of the religion are actively working to dismantle the religion of Islam as it has been practiced for 1400 years. This fitnah started, as we know, when a movement came out of the area that the Holy Prophet (AS) refused to bless, the Najd. A movement appeared which was focused on removing the love of the Holy Prophet (AS) and the Evliyaullah from the hearts of the believers, focusing only on Allah. One of the heads of that movement, Muhammad Abduh, who was a scholar at al-Azhar, wrote a letter to his teacher, Jamaluddin Afgani. And in that letter he said, “oh my teacher, we are following your guidance step by step. We shall cut off the head of the religion using the sword of the religion.” Meaning, we will fool people about Islam while wearing the clothes of Islam.
And for over a hundred years, this happened. This teaching spread out of Najd into India, into Africa, into Indonesia. And people became disconnected with the traditional understanding of Islam, the Ahlu Sunnah wal Jamaat understanding of Islam, the Way of the Prophet (AS) and his Sahaba. That part of the agenda of the enemies of Islam has been completed. But now what has happened is that the Najdi teaching has transformed into something violent and completely repulsive, so that almost nobody wants to follow it. So now, those who want to destroy Islam have put on a new mask. And just like the Muslims got fooled by the Najdi fitnah, we are now being fooled by this new fitnah. What is this new fitnah? The enemies of Islam have put on the clothes of “traditional scholars.” They have put on the turbans and jubbahs of those who say we should love the Holy Prophet, who say we should celebrate Mawlid, who say that we should follow Ahlu Sunnah wal Jamaah. But while wearing those clothes, they are leading the Muslims to hellfire. How is that?
Because they are trying to paint Islam as a weak and as a meek religion. They are trying to make Islam a religion that concerns only how to pray, how you fast, and how you worship, how you give Salawats. And the parts of Islam that concern governing, that concern justice, that concern tyranny and action against tyranny, that concern social justice, that concern being a man, that concern being a Khalifatullah, that concern standing for Truth and opposing falsehood, they are trying to erase those parts of Islam. They are trying to make Islam to become a religion like Christianity. They are trying to emasculate the religion of the Holy Prophet (AS) and the Rightly Guided Muslims who held this religion high for 1400 years. This is a religion of lions, and they are trying to turn it into a religion of mice. These scholars are the ones mentioned by Holy Prophet (AS) in his Hadith Sherif when he said: 70,000 scholars wearing turbans, from my community, will follow dajjal. (Musnad Imam Ahmad).
One of the Christian teachings they are trying to introduce into Islam is: “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and render unto God the things that are God’s.” Saying that these are the words of Isa (AS) but they completely misunderstand the words of Isa (AS) in these words too. But they are meaning, Allah has nothing to do with the political ruling on earth. Allah has nothing to do with government. Your kings and your presidents have rights on you that are separate and distinct from the rights that Allah has on you. So, your religion and your ruling system they are separated.
The Holy Prophet (AS) taught the complete opposite. Holy Prophet (AS) said that The Sultan is the Shadow of Allah on earth. Meaning that the Sultan, the rightly guided Sultan, he is Allah’s representative on the Earth. Obedience to him is obedience to Allah. There is no separation. And that is why, until 1924, the Muslims had a Khalifa, they had a Sultan. And that is why the Muslims have been in chaos since the Sultan has been removed; because the Ummat cannot function without a Sultan. Because when there is no shadow of mercy, the jackals and the wolves pounce on our nations tearing it to pieces. But the Sheykhs and scholars who claim to be peacemakers when they are in fact corrupters, they are trying to erase this understanding from Islam. And they are saying, those who want a Khilafat, just by praying for Khilafat, just having the intention of a Khilafat, they are extremists. They are terrorists. Don’t you see ISIS did that, Daesh did that? They are trying to bring a Khilafat. Therefore, anybody who tries to bring a Khilafat is a terrorist. In making such statements, they are going against 1400 years of Islamic history, and they are cursing in the face of every Sultan and Khalifa who ruled the Ummat with righteousness.
And these so-called scholars are arguing, saying, ‘Holy Prophet (AS) never even wanted a Khilafat.’ Hasha astaghfirullah. ‘There is nothing in the Quran or the Hadith that says we need a Khilafat.’ Astaghfirullah. ‘Don’t you see, that the Negus, the Najashi, the emperor of Abyssinia converted to Islam while Holy Prophet (AS) was alive? Holy Prophet didn’t tell him that he had to put his kingdom under the rule of Islam. Therefore, Holy Prophet was accepting a separate authority from his own that was not ruling according to Islam; therefore, Holy Prophet (AS) did not require a Khilafat.’ They are saying, don’t you see, Holy Prophet (AS) did not clearly designate his successor, and he did not even outline what type of government should be established after he passed from this world. Therefore, any system of governance that was established after he passed from this world was invented and is not from his Sunnah.
These are the arguments they are setting forth. Anyone who has even the slightest faith will see that these are the words of sheytan. Because they reject not only the teachings of the Holy Prophet (AS), but also the way of his Righteous Companions. After Holy Prophet (AS) passed from this world, the first thing that the Sahaba-e-Kiram did was to designate their Khalifa; why? Because it is the most important thing. Because without a Khalifa, you cannot have Islam. As our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (KS) is teaching us, ‘if there is no Khalifa for 3 days, there is no Islam.’ Why? Because there is no Jummah without a Sultan. There is no zakat without a Sultan. There is no Ummat without a Sultan. Without the Sultan, the Ummat becomes like orphans, without anyone to protect them.
And that is what these fake scholars want. They don’t want an authority in Islam. They don’t want a ruling system in Islam. They want chaos. And why is that? Because they benefit from the chaos. When there is chaos, they can give whatever fatwa they want. When there is chaos, they can profit from the religion. When there is chaos, they can invent a new religion that benefits them, taking their orders from the enemies of Islam.
O Muslims! We have to wake up. This is happening under our noses, we are bearing witness to this. We are sleeping. They are changing our religion! They are changing the pure religion of Islam. They are trying to turn Islam into a religion that will accept tyranny, that will accept injustice, that will accept perversion, that will accept batil. We must stand up for the Truth, at least in our own hearts. We must say to our Lord, ya Rabbi, I want to follow the religion of Holy Prophet (AS) and his inheritors, not this fake religion that is being invented by the hypocrites.
We do not have the power to change anything from a worldly perspective. We don’t have the authority to change anything from the worldly perspective.We don’t have the permission to change anything from the worldly perspective. We do not fight for political power. We are not looking to fight or to affect change through violence. Because we are following the advice of the Holy Prophet (AS). We are only trying to fix ourselves, to fight the bigger jihad against our own egos, establish the Truth within ourselves, not to have one ounce of tolerance to tyranny or injustice in our heart, and we are sitting here on the top of the mountain praying for our Sultan, praying for Mahdi (AS) to come. And through that effort, through that following of the advice of the Holy Prophet (AS), we are hoping to reach to safety.
We are following the advice of our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf, who has taught us: You cannot change anything anymore. It is not for us to change. It needs big power to come down to change the wrong direction of this world. So Holy Prophet (AS) is saying to us, “When you reach to the end of times, when you reach to those times when you see wrong but you are not going to be able to change it with your hands. You are going to see wrong but you are not going to be able to change it with your tongue then you have turn to your heart saying, `Oh my Lord, I am not accepting this wrong thing. I am far away from that wrong thing and from that person.'” And Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, “That is the weakest of faith.” But you must do that for you to find safety. And he is saying, “When you see the whole crowds running into wrong direction, then pull yourselves away to the mountainsides. Live alone, pray alone and wait for the Savior. Wait for Mahdi (AS) and Isa (AS) to fix this world. You cannot do anything.” If all man come together they cannot change this wrong direction that it is going towards now. Isa (AS) is coming down with Mahdi (AS) to change it.
InshaAllah ar-Rahman we are asking our Lord to count us among those good ones to be helping those and to be helping the work of those. And we are believing that we have entered to that era. Soon these activities are going to take place in this world. We must prepare ourselves for that. Preparing ourselves is sitting and remembering Allah by Zikir for power to come to your heart. Don’t think that you need gun power or you need this or that. No. You need this power (Sheykh Efendi pointing to the heart). When the power in the heart is strong then you will be winning. Otherwise, tyranny is going to be taken away from this world, every tyrant is going to be taken away from this world and if we have any tyranny in our hearts then we will go with them. So we must sit, we must concentrate, we must look, we must clean ourselves, we must work for the sake of Allah and we must try to build our Akhirat. If we run to build our Akhirat then Allah (SWT) will make this world easier. If we run after this world then Allah (SWT) will make this world hard for us and we cannot build our Akhirat then.
May we live our lives according to this advice. Amin.
Jummah Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
8 Rabiul Ahir 1438
January 6, 2017