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 the Universes. All praises are due to Allah, Who has created mankind from water and clay. All praises are due to Allah Who created our Father Adam with His Divine Hands. All praises are due to Allah Who honored the Children of Adam. All praises are due to Allah Who sent the Most Noble of Mankind, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS), as the Giver of Glad Tidings and the Warner. And may all peace and blessings be upon the Sultan of Creation, the Master of Mankind, the Imam of the Prophets, the Leader of the Messengers, the Most Honored One in Divine Presence, 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 Month of Jamadial Awwal. Welcome to the Believers who are spending their time in the Way of Allah, and preparing themselves for the 3 Holy Months that contain the best days and the best nights of the whole year. May we be spending our time in a way that is pleasing to our Lord, Insya’Allah.
O Believers! Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Quran, in Surah al-Anfal: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts start to tremble, and when His verses are recited to them, it increases them in faith; and upon they trust in their Lord. (8:2). SadaqallahulAdzim. And Holy Prophet (AS) used to pray to Allah (SWT) saying: Ya Allah! To You I have submitted, and in You do I believe, and in You I put my trust, to You do I turn, and for Your sake I advocated. Ya Allah, I seek refuge with You through Your Power; there is none worthy of worship except You Alone; that You protect me against going astray. You are the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. The One Who never dies, whereas human beings and jinn will all die. (Bukhari, Muslim). And Hz. Hasan al-Basri (KS) is saying, ‘Indeed the trust of the servant upon his Lord, is that he knows his Lord is his Protector, The Only One upon whose reliance he can solely depend upon.’
One of the greatest characteristics of the believer is that he has Tawakkul- that he places his trust in his Lord, Allah (SWT). The believer is that one who knows that his affairs, his life, his death, is in the Power of Allah. And so he relies on his Lord. That Tawakkul, it is a gift that Allah (SWT) bestowed upon our Father Adam (AS) and his Children who are running to be obedient servants. Our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (KS) is telling us that when Adam (AS) was sent down to this world, he became very fearful, because he was surrounded by a totally unknown reality. And he is telling us that: Allah (SWT) sent Jibrail (AS) to him saying, `Ya Adam, your Lord is sending Salam to you. As long as you have your connection with Him, there is nothing for you to fear, to you and to all your children that are going to come. As long as they keep their connection with their Lord, no fear must come around. You must be very powerful. And for Adam (AS) after that day, Dunya was not fearful. He didn’t have any fear from Dunya knowing, ‘My Lord didn’t leave me. So He is with me. He is enough for me.’
Ibrahim (AS), when they were throwing him into the fire, everyone came to his help, all angels. He was saying to them, ‘Who are you?’ They said, `We are the angels.’ He said, ‘Isn’t Allah seeing me now?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘He is enough for me. Hasbinallah wa ni’mal wakeel. He is enough for me. If He is wishing to burn me in that fire, I have no complaint because He is watching, He is seeing.’ And that fire turned into Paradise for him. His faith, his faith to Allah (SWT) made that fire turn into Paradise. So if an individual has that kind of faith, he has no fear and his life becomes paradise, in this Dunya, right now. The connection is there. Allah (SWT) didn’t just give it to one and nobody else. He says, ‘It’s there. You are all My servants. I have created you all. If you are all holding on tightly, I have nothing to lose, I will give you this Dunya and I will give you Akhirat. I will raise you from this Dunya to Akhirat.’ So that protection from Allah (SWT), that is a promise to the servants of Allah who are holding on tightly to their Lord and His Orders. And when a man is living that right lifestyle, he will trust in his Lord.
To the 21st century Children of Adam. To the 21st century Muslims. Where are we placing our trust? Are we placing our Trust in our Lord, Allah (SWT)? Definitely not. Because if our trust was in our Lord, then we would not be in the mess we are in today. Instead, we have placed our trust in the wrong places. We have placed our trust in those who are not trustworthy. Muslims have placed their trust in their governments. Muslims have placed their trust in the United Nations. Muslims have placed their trust in courts of law, in judges, in the concept of the “rule of law.” Muslims have placed their trust in everything except Allah. And they are relying on those who, in the end, will let them down. Why have the Muslims of this time left their trust in Allah? Because they are not keeping their part of the promise that Allah (SWT) made with Hz. Adam. They are not holding tight to their Lord and to His Orders. And because we have forgotten our promise to our Lord, we are no longer from the category of those who are guaranteed His Protection and His Help.
O Believers! What has happened to the Ummati-Muhammed? Our Sheykh is explaining, saying: Our problem is that we broke our relationship, we broke our friendship, we broke the hotlines between ourselves and our Lord. We pulled it and we ripped it off. That’s what we did. We’re running towards western lifestyle and we’re running away from Islam. We’re running away from the teachings of the Holy Prophet (AS). The more we run away from the Holy Prophet’s (AS) teachings, Holy Prophet’s sunnat, and the Sahaba’s sunnat, the more trouble we’re getting into. The more we’re running away the more deep trouble we’re entering into. We’re running to wrong directions. We must turn back. We must find that U-turn and go back to the road that we believe, that we’re asking our Lord at least forty times a day, `Put us in Sirat-ul Mustaqim.’ Reciting Fatiha, if you pray five times a day with the sunnats then at least forty times a day you’re asking, `Put me in Sirat-ul Mustaqim.‘ And Allah isn’t putting? But the tongue is asking, the body is there but the heart and everything is in some other place. So we must put some more sincerity in ourselves. We must know and we must be aware that Allah is watching us. Allah was not only watching the people during the time of the Holy Prophet (AS). He’s still watching today and knowing what’s happening. Everything’s happening under His authority. These are the wise words of our Sheykh.
So how do we fix that relationship with our Lord, Allah (SWT)? We should not be proud. We have to look at those who came before us, those who had that connection to Allah (SWT), those who were honored with the Help of Allah. And the first ones that we look at are our role models, the Sahaba-e-Kiram. Today, so many Muslims are not admiring the Sahabis. They are saying, oh look, they were very extreme. They were not cultured people. They were unsophisticated people. Not just the Shiites who are cursing to the Sahabis, but people who are Sunni as well. They are saying, ‘look the Sahabis, they weren’t standing up for human rights and for feminist rights. They were backward people. Astaghfirullah. The ones who are talking like that, they are fulfilling the words of Holy Prophet (AS) who said to his Companions 1400 years ago, ‘ If the Muslims of Ahir Zaman were to see you, they would call you crazy. And if you were to see them, you would call them kafirs.’ May Allah protect us from that. But this is what’s happening today.
Elhamdulillah we are in the way of our Sheykh, we are in this Naksibendi Way, which holds the Sahaba-eKiram up as the highest. And the Sahaba-eKiram, what did they do that made Allah love them? They gave their lives to Holy Prophet (AS). They dedicated their lives and their deaths to the Beloved of Allah. They were extreme. And for that reason, Allah helped them in every situation. It is not only them, but those who followed them, and those who followed them. And this continued for over 1000 years, until recently. And because of their passion for Allah and His Prophet (AS), Allah (SWT) honored them eternally in the Holy Quran. He is saying (SWT), in the Last Ayat of Surah al-Fath: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Muhammad (AS) is the Messenger of Allah; and those with him are severe against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves. You see them bowing and prostrating [in prayer], seeking bounty from Allah and [His] pleasure. Their mark is on their faces from the trace of prostration. That is their description in the Torah. And their description in the Injil is as a plant which produces its offshoots and strengthens them so they grow firm and stand upon their stalks, delighting the sowers – so that Allah may enrage by them the disbelievers. Allah has promised those who believe and do righteous deeds among them forgiveness and a great reward. (48:29). Sadaqallahuladzim.
And there are those who came after the generation of the Sahaba that continued that lifestyle, who continued to be honored by Allah and His Prophet. And that last generation, the ones whom we must emulate and strive to be like, are the Noble Ottomans. And Allah honored the Ottomans because their highest principle was dedication to the Holy Prophet (AS) and to his Inheritors. Because of that respect to Allah (SWT), to the Prophet, and to the Evliya, Allah (SWT) gave them honor in this world and in the Ahiret.
Our Way, the Way of our Sheykh, is to bring the Ottomans back. We are bringing that Ottoman Way back by living the Ottoman lifestyle as taught to us by our Sheykh. And insha’Allah we are putting that lifestyle to ourselves, and we are teaching that lifestyle to our children. Our intention is to fix that relationship with our Lord. We are weak ones, we are not good for anything. But our intention is to bring the honor back to the Ummat. Our intention is to wake up that Ottoman spirit in our heart, that spirit that is showing in the poem of Sultan Mehmet Fatih who said: To obey and struggle for Allah, is my aim and my desire; It is only passion for Islam that makes me alive. Through the Help of Allah and the Men Unseen It is my hope to find victory. My trust rests in the Saints and the Prophets Through the love of Allah, my goal is to be successful. Ya Muhammad (AS)! Through the Help of the Holy Prophet, I hope that I might bring glory to Islam.
May we walk on that Path in these End of Times. Insya’Allah. Amin.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
11 Jamadial Awwal 1438
February 10, 2017