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. 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. O Allah! Lord of the seven heavens and Lord of the Great Throne, our Lord and the Lord of all that is, and the One Who sent the Tawraat, the Injeel, the Zabur and the Majestic Kuran. O Allah! You are The First so there is nothing that came before You, and You are The Last so there is nothing that comes after You, and You are The Manifest with nothing above You, and You are The Hidden with nothing below You. All praise belongs to You. None is to be worshipped but You. “Glorified are You; surely, I have been one of the Zalimin.” (21:87) Whatever Allah wished, happened. Whatever He does not wish, does not happen. There is no strength except with Allah. (Salat ul-Kubra of Ghawth al-Azam).
Ya Allah! Bless Sayyidina Muhammad (AS), who is the light of lights, the secret of secrets, and the master of all the righteous people, the beauty of all the chosen Prophetic Messengers ; who is more noble than all those whom the night covers with darkness and for whom the day brings brightness; as many times as the drops of rain that fall from the beginning of the world to its end, and as many times as the number of plants and trees which grow from the beginning of the world to its end; a perpetual blessing, as permanent as the Kingdom of Allah, The One and Only, The Subduer. (Delail Khayrat).
And may all peace and blessings be 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! Elhamdulilahi Rabbil Alamin that we have entered into the Holy Month of Rajab, Shahrullah, and today is the First Jummah of Rajab. The Honored Guests, the Three Holy Months, have reached to us. This is a time that the believers heart must be full of happiness and excitement. Because these are the special days that Allah Jalla wa’Ala has chosen wherein He has put His Happiness and His Pleasure.
The Holy Prophet (AS) is saying in a Hadith Sherif recorded by Imam al-Suyuti, Shaban is my month, Rajab is the month of Allah Almighty, and Ramadan is the month of my Community. Shaban is the repentance, while Ramadan is the purifier.
Ghawth al-Azam is relating a Hadith that someone asked, “Ya Rasulullah (AS), what do you mean exactly, when you say that Rajab is Allah’s month?” So he explained (AS): “I call it Allah’s month because it is specifically associated with forgiveness, because in it the shedding of blood is brought to a halt, because in it Allah (swt) relents toward His Prophets, because in it He rescues His Evliya from the hands of their enemies, and because anyone who fasts during this month becomes entitled to receive three things from Allah (SWT). The first and second of these are forgiveness for all the sins he has previously committed, and firm virtue for the remainder of his life. As for the third, he will be safe from thirst on the Day of Judgment.”
At this point a feeble old man stood up and said: “Ya Rasulullah (AS), I am physically incapable of fasting through the whole of the month,” so Allah’s Messenger (AS) went on to say: “Fast during the first day of the month and during the day that comes in the middle of it, and also during the very last day of the month, for then you will be given the same reward as someone who has fasted through the whole of the month, since one good deed is equal in value to ten of the same kind.”
Holy Prophet (AS) then described Raghaib night, saying: It is most important, however, that none of you should neglect the First Friday in Rajab, for it is the night that the angels call the Night of [the Granting of] Wishes [Lailat ar-Ragha’ib]. This is because, by the time the first third of the night has elapsed, there will not be a single angel still at large in the heavens, nor in any region of the earth except one place. They will all be gathered together in the Ka’ba and the area immediately surrounding it. Allah (SWT) will make to notice that they have assembled there, and He will say: “My angels, ask Me for whatever you wish!” Their response to this will be: “Our Lord, the request we wish to make is that You grant forgiveness to those who faithfully keep the fast in Rajab,” whereupon Allah (SWT) will tell them: “That I have already done!”
And Hz. Ali (KW) used to read a special dua in the Night of Ragaib, saying: Ya Allah, bless Muhammad and his family, those lanterns of wisdom, masters of blessing, and mines of virtue! Let them be my protection against all evil. Do not take me by surprise or unaware. Do not cause the outcome of my life’s work to be nothing but disappointment and regret. May it please You to view me with favor, for Your forgiveness is granted to the wrongdoers and I am one of the wrongdoers. O Allah, forgive me that which cannot do You any harm, and grant me that which cannot bring You any benefit. You are the One whose Mercy is all-embracing, the One whose Wisdom is incomparable, so grant me the blessings of comfort and composure, security and good health, thankfulness, well-being, and Taqwa. Instill patience and honesty in me and in your Evliya. Let ease be Your gift to me, and do not let it come with difficulty attached. Extend these same blessings to my wife and children, to my brothers in You, and to all those Muslim men and Muslim women, those believing men and believing women, who have helped me to become the man I am today. O Followers of Hz. Ali, Ey Yaran Shah-i-Mardan, say Amin!
O Believers! These days and nights are here for us to run to gain the Pleasure of Allah. Hz. Abdul Qadir Gilani (KS) is saying: Rajab is the month for abandoning sins, Shaban is the month for action and fulfillment of one’s promise, and Ramadan is for truth and purification. Rajab is the month for repentance, Shaban is the month for hard work, and Ramadan is the month to gain nearness. Rajab is for sanctity (hurmat), Sha’baan is for service (khidmat), and Ramadan is for blessings (ni’mat).
We should make intention today, in this Holy Day, to leave all the wrong actions in this month; to turn in repentance in this month; to run toward hurmat in this month. Insya’Allah. Amin. O Believers! This advice of Ghawth al-Azam for Rajab is very important, and for the believer who is thinking, it will make him to gain a deep understanding. In Rajab, the believer must be running to abandon his wrong actions and to turn to repentance to Allah. Look at the dua of Hz. Ali. In the dua, he is begging for the forgiveness of Allah (SWT). They are not saying to run to collect blessings like jewels. They are not saying to run after Makams in this month. They are saying to beg for forgiveness. Because when a man sits in tafakkur and begins to understand himself, he will understand what a weak and dirty creature he is. And the weak creature asks forgiveness from his Lord. And his Lord loves that action of asking forgiveness. Holy Prophet (AS) taught us a dua saying, Oh Allah! You are Forgiving and love forgiveness so forgive me. Allah loves to forgive. And that action is lovely to Allah (SWT) because the man who comes and asks for forgiveness is showing that he understands the dirtiness inside of himself. And he understands that the only way to become clean again is to put himself down and ask pardon from his Lord.
The arrogant man does not ask for forgiveness, because he cannot believe that he has done anything wrong. The proud man will think that he is perfect, and has no need to ask of forgiveness. Such a person will be deprived of the Mercy of Allah, because that Mercy only comes through living like a servant; Mercy does not come to the arrogant. Even Holy Prophet (AS), the Master of the Two Worlds, the Beloved of Allah, the Sahib al-Maqam al-Mahmud, is saying, “Wallahi, I seek forgiveness from Allah and I repent to him more than seventy times a day. (Bukhari).” But we have reached to a time that the people have become like Hz. Abdullah Ibn Masud (RA) described when he said, “The believer sees his sins as if he were sitting beneath a mountain which he feared was about to fall upon him, whereas the wicked sees his sins like a man who finds a fly settle upon his nose, so he just brushes it away.” This is just like Hz. Hasan al-Basri is saying, about hypocrisy, “No one fears it but a believer, and no one feels safe from it but a hypocrite.”
Arrogance makes a man blind to his own reality. He may think he is a saint when he is in fact a munafiq. The believers are constantly in fear of their ego and their sheytan, so they are always running to ask for forgiveness and the pleasure of their Lord. They are always checking themselves. We should live like believers. We should always be at the door of forgiveness. And asking forgiveness, it is not only asking forgiveness from Allah SWT. The disobedience we have done to Allah, the rights we have taken from Allah, that is between us and Allah SWT. But we must also run to ask for forgiveness from those servants of Allah that we have wronged. Because the consequence of taking the rights of others will be huge on the Judgment Day. Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, Whoever has wronged his brother, in the way of property or honor, let him go to him and repair it, before it is taken [from him on Judgment Day] when he has no dirhams or dinars, such that if he has any good deeds, some of the good deeds will be taken and given to [the wronged one]. Otherwise [if he has no good deeds], some of the other’s evil deeds will be taken and cast upon him. (Bukhari). And our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (KS) is saying to us, that Allah is saying don’t come to my presence with two things: shirk, and other people’s rights.
The breath of life has been given to us now. We should run to fix things with the brothers and to those ones that we have wronged. We should not leave it to the Judgment Day, because on the Judgment Day it will be disaster. And when we run to fix things with each other, that will make the bonds of love and brotherhood go deeper inside the Jamaat. And that time, we are becoming stronger in the work of Allah. At that time fitne, will not enter, it will not stay. At that time, weakness is going to leave. Hz. Hasan al-Basri (KS) is making a special dua for this matter, saying, “Ya Allah, I seek Your forgiveness for every sin of mine, I ask You to forgive me all the injustices against Your servants that You have counted against me; for Your servants have against me many claims of violated rights and injustices to which I am held captive. Ya Allah, even if these evil deeds of mine are many in number, they are nothing in the sight of Your forgiveness. O Allah, any male or female servant of Yours who has against me a claim of injustice, any male or female servant of Yours that I’ve taken their rights, that I force from from him something of his land or wealth or honor or body—whether he is there or not, whether he or his representatives demanded from me compensation for it but neither was I able to return it to him nor did I seek to be pardoned for it—I ask that You, with Your mercy, generosity and abundant treasures, satisfy them on my behalf; and do not give them over me power to take away and decrease my good deeds. For indeed, You possess what can satisfy them on my behalf and I do not. And do not make a way for their bad deeds to overcome my good deeds on the Day of Judgment. Amin.” And this is in the Dua of Wali Abbas that we have been taught by our Sheykh and our Grandsheykh to read constantly in the Month of Rajab.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! These are Holy Days. Keep them holy. Don’t run after your ego and your sheytan. Stay away from fitne, and don’t be the one to make fitne. Holy Prophet (AS) is saying: Fitne is asleep. May the curse of Allah be upon the one who wakes it up. (Jami’ Saghir).
O Believers! In this month, run to be servants. The job of the servant is to serve. In this month, let us clean us up from the pride and arrogance that is preventing us from coming to the presence of our Lord as servants. Let us look at how we can serve in the Way of our Sheykh, and let us run to that service. Our Sheykh is teaching us, saying: Ask yourself, question yourself, calculate yourself, put the accounting right in front of you to see, are you living for Allah or you are living for your ego. If you are living for Allah then you must be busy with Allah and His Prophet (AS). If you are not living for Allah then everything else is going to come. You are going to be busy with everything else except Allah’s order and His Prophet’s order. And Allah (SWT) is saying to us, `If you are a believer, if you believe and you will be a thankful servant, why Allah has to punish you?’ That’s the Ayat.
Are you comfortable with that? When you hear that Ayat are you comfortable to say, `Alhamdulillah, I have no problem with You Ya Rabbi. Shukr Ya Rabbi.’ Are you sincerely saying that? If you are not saying it then you must be on the other side. Rush quickly to turn to this side. Move fast. Leave everything to turn to this side. Otherwise, when the rope is cut you are going to stand on the wrong side. And when you are staying on the wrong side then you are going to stay with the wrong ones. You are not going to be with Ahl-e Haqq. You can call yourself now ‘Hakkani’ but you are not going to be Hakkani then. You are not defending the truth in reality in your own self.
So, days are passing, weeks are passing, years are passing. No matter what happens, the world and everything in it is running to their end. And Allah (SWT) created man in Ahsani Taqweem, the most perfect one, the most perfect creature and He is saying to us that He has created everything for the service of man. And He has created man for His service. Check yourself. Look at it. Look at yourself what you are busy with. You will understand then if you are in the service of Allah or you are in the service of Sheytan. If you are not in the service of Allah then you are in the service of Sheytan.
BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Auzu billahi min ash sheytanir rajim. BismillahirRahmanirRahim. You must say, you must live according to this. You must ask shelter to run away from Sheytan to Rahman. You must ask help from Allah and Allah (SWT) is saying to us, ‘You are asking help? Definitely My help is reaching to you.’ But asking help through the tongue and your heart is busy with something else, that is not asking help. That is hypocrisy, and you will be counted from the hypocrites and the hypocrites are in the worst situation. Hypocrites are lower than the unbelievers on the Judgment Day.
So get rid of the hypocrisy from yourself, from your heart. If you are saying, ‘I don’t have anything’, check yourself again. Check one more time and look, that Ayat that we have just read, it gives satisfaction as soon as you hear it? As soon as you hear that Allah (SWT) is saying, `If you are a believer, you are a servant. And the servant is a thankful one. The servant who is believing in Me and he is being thankful to Me, why would that one have to be worrying? He shouldn’t be worrying in Dunya and Akhirat.’ Whatever happens in Dunya he shouldn’t be worrying. The worry must pass away because you know that you are not in control. Allah is. ‘If Allah likes me here now, I am here. Tomorrow He moves me from here to there, I will be there.’ Submission. You are submitting yourself to Allah and His Prophet (AS), and your rightly guided righteous ones. If you are not doing that then you have submitted yourself to your ego. You may say, `I have submitted to a Sheykh’ and you are doing other than what the Sheykh is saying to you, you submit yourself to your ego. And you will stay with your ego.
We are asking our Lord, Allah (SWT) to protect us from our ego. We are asking Him to make us from those who have submission to our Sheykh. We are asking Him to let us to show the respect in these Holy Months, and to gain His Pleasure in these days and nights. Amin.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
3 Rejab 1438
March 31, 2017