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 Best Protector! O Best Helper!, Forgive us, our Lord! The ultimate end is to You. There is no power nor strength except by Allah, the High, the Immense. Glory be to You! We cannot number Your praises as You praise Yourself. Your Face is Majestic and Your Honor is Exalted. Allah does whatever He wishes by His Power and judges what He wills by His Might.
We are at Your service O Allah, My Lord, and ready to obey! May the blessings of Allah, the Kind, the Most Merciful, and the near angels, the Prophets, the true, the martyrs, the righteous and whatever glorifies You, O Lord of the worlds, be upon our master Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah, the Seal of the Prophets, and the Master of the Messengers, the Imam of the People of Taqwa and the Messenger of the Lord of the worlds, the Witness, bringer of good tidings. (Delail).
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! Welcome to you on this Holy Day of Jummah, the Third Jummah of the Holy Month of Rajab Shahrullah. O Believers! Today is the 17th of Rajab- more than half of this Month of Allah has passed. And time is passing so quickly. This is a sign of the Ahir Zaman. Holy Prophet (AS): The Hour will not begin until time passes quickly, so a year will be like a month, and a month will be like a week, and a week will be like a day, and a day will be like an hour, and an hour will be like the burning of a braid of palm leaves. (Ahmad).
We are in such days. May we run with more determination and more love and passion to show respect to these days, and to plant the seeds of obedience, submission, and love, that we take care of in Shaban, and reap the fruit in Ramazan, insha’Allah ar-Rahman.
O Believers! The days and nights are passing us by. And as they pass, a part of our life in this world is taken away. And when the number of the days that Allah (SWT) has written for us finish, we are going to pass from this world. We are going to die. That is the reality in front of every man; it is the inescapable truth for the Children of Adam. Allah (SWT) is saying in Surah Baqara: BismillahirRahmanirRahim How can you disbelieve in Allah when you were lifeless and He brought you to life; then He will cause you to die, then He will bring you [back] to life, and then to Him you will be returned. (2:28). SadaqallahulAdzim.
Death is one of the signs of the Power of Allah (SWT). It is one of the signs of the Power of Allah (SWT) over his creatures. He is saying in Surah al-Mulk: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Blessed be He in Whose hands is Dominion; and He has Power over all things. He who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deeds – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving. (67:1-2). SadaqallahulAdzim
Death is a reminder to man that he is a creature, and that Allah is the Creator. Death is there to see if we are going to live this life as a good servant or as a bad servant. Death reminds us that this life is temporary, and Ahiret is forever. Once, Holy Prophet (AS) was standing next to a grave and began to cry. He said, “O my brothers! Prepare yourselves for this.” (Ibn Majah). And once a man came to Holy Prophet (AS) and said: “Who is the wisest person, ya Rasulallah?” Holy Prophet (AS) replied: The one who remembers death most often and the one who is well-prepared to meet it; these are the wise; honorable in this life and dignified in the Hereafter. (Ibn Majah).
An intelligent man is the one who understands that his life is of a limited time-span. And he understands that the next life is eternal. And so, he will use the time given to him in this life to prepare for the next. But the heedless man fools himself into believing that he is going to live forever. He doesn’t want to hear the words, “you are going to die.” He doesn’t want to think about his grave. He doesn’t want to think about meeting his Lord and being judged on the Day of Judgment. He just wants enjoyment. Such a thinking is the height of foolishness.
As Hz. Hasan al-Basri (KS) is saying, “How strange it is that a people whose departure (from this world to the next) has been announced, and whose predecessors have already departed, still play around!”
This is why Holy Prophet (AS) gave the following advice to his Sahabis once. He walked by a group of companions and saw they were laughing too loudly, losing themselves. He said, “Always remember the destroyer of pleasures.” Yes, death, it is the destroyer of pleasures. Because death puts everything into perspective. It reminds a man that those pleasures he is enjoying are not real; they are going to end one day. What is real is the death waiting in front of him. But the disease that has infected the whole world today, and that has infected the Ummat-i-Muhammed (AS), is that nobody wants to spoil their pleasures. In fact, the whole world is running to increase pleasures. And one of the great fitna that we see today is that the Muslims have abandoned saying there is Truth and there is Falsehood, and they are running only after the pleasures of their ego. They are saying, we must accept everyone. We must accept every action. We must accept every intention. We must be tolerant of every action and intention. You are drinking, it’s ok, we shouldn’t judge you. You are making zina, it’s ok, we shouldn’t judge you. You are tyrannizing others, it’s ok, it’s not ok to judge you. They only become upset when someone stands up to say, Hakk is Hakk and batil is batil. They run to condemn that person. But they are all allowing each other to sink in disobedience saying, only Allah can judge brother. Don’t judge.
Of course, Allah is the Judge. But He sent Holy Prophet (AS) to be His Warner, and Holy Prophet (AS) warned us against what is evil. He said (AS) in a famous Hadith recorded by Imam al-Nawawi: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. That which is halal is clear and that which is haram is clear and between the two of them are doubtful matters about which not many people are knowledgeable. Therefore, he who avoids these doubtful matters certainly clears himself in regard to his religion and his honor. But the one who falls into the doubtful matters falls into that which is unlawful like the shepherd who pastures around a sanctuary, so that he is almost grazing inside. Verily every king has a sanctuary and Allah’s sanctuary are the things He has prohibited.
In the body there is a morsel of flesh which, if it is healthy, all the body is healthy and which, if it is diseased, all the body is diseased. This part of the body is the heart. So Holy Prophet (AS) is linking staying away from the haram with the health of the heart. If we stay within the limits that Allah has set for us and stay away from the grey areas, our heart will be healthy. But if we play too much, and try to be slick, and try to come close to the haram areas, then that time our heart is going to be diseased and unhealthy. And such a heart will not be acceptable by Allah (SWT) in the next life.
We must listen to the advice of Hz. Ali (KW) who says: The thing I fear for you most is following desires and having long hopes for dunya. Following your desires blocks you from the truth, and having long hopes makes you forget the hereafter. Verily, this worldly life is departing and the hereafter is approaching and each of them has its children. So be children of the hereafter, not children of this world, Because today there is a time to do good deeds and there is no judgment, but tomorrow there will be reckoning and no chance to do good deeds.
So the remembrance of death, it is going to keep us on the Siratul Mustaqim. If we are remembering death, we are not going to take this dunya as a friend, because we are never going to be comfortable in this dunya. We may have everything from this dunya, Allah may bless us with it, but never you are going to be comfortable or trusting of this dunya. We are going to know that there is another world, the real world, the world we came from, that is waiting for us. As Hz. Abdullah ibn Masud (RA) said: There is no comfort or rest for the believer until he meets Allah. And with that attitude, we will always be running to look where the Pleasure of our Lord is. Because our goal will be to meet Allah (SWT) clean and pure.
And there are men who live their lives in such a way that they are content and they are ready to meet their Lord. Who are they? They are the Evliyaullah. They are the Friends of Allah, who live with submission, obedience, and they live with love and rahmat, so that in this world they find the pleasure of Allah. Those who have died before they died. Those who have sacrificed in the Way of Allah. If we want a clean end, then we must follow them and walk on their path. Because they know the road, the safe road to Ahiret. They know the safe road to the Holy Prophet (AS), and they know the safe road to reach to Allah. They are the ones that Allah (SWT) mentions how He will speak to them at the time they pass from the world, saying:
O Nafs al-Mutmain, O Soul that is at peace, return to your Lord, well-pleased, well pleasing- enter among My servants, and enter My Garden. (89:27-30). SadaqallahulAdzim. The Friends of Allah, they have received that call. And they have been sent to this world to teach the people how to live so that they may also receive that call.
The one who lives his life clean and pure, he will not fear death. He will look forward to death. Because for such a man, his death is not the beginning of his punishment; his death is the beginning of his reunion with his Beloved. Just like Hz. Bilal al-Habashi (RA), when he was passing from this world, his wife was crying and saying, “O sadness, O disaster!” Hz. Bilal said, “don’t say such a word! Say O joy, O happiness. Because tomorrow Bilal will be with Rasulallah and his Companions.”
O Believers! This is for you, this is for me. We must live in this life so that when we reach our end, we have that kind of faith and we have that kind of longing. This dunya is our enemy. We must treat it like an enemy. And when Muslims fall in love with dunya and become afraid of death, disaster will strike them. Sahib el-Sayf, Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kirbisi el-Rabbani (KS) is saying: Muslims today are fearful of death. What kind of faith is this? What kind of faith is that that you have fear from death? You have fear of reunion with your Lord, to go back to your Lord. What kind of faith is this? What is separating you from that? Isn’t it this Dunya? Isn’t it that Allah (SWT) is saying to us, `This Dunya is a trouble to you. The love of Dunya is a trouble to you.’
Isn’t that what the Holy Prophet (AS) is saying to us, `You are going to be so many in Ahir Zaman but your enemies are not going to have any fear from you because you are going to have a sickness in you and Allah (SWT) is going to remove the Heybet, the majestic look, the majestic powers away from you and your enemies are going to look at you, they are not going to have any fear from you at all.’ And they said, `Ya Rasulullah, are they going to be very little in number?’ He said, `No, the opposite. In numbers they are going to be so many of them but they are going to fall into the love of this Dunya. They are going to love Dunya and they are going to hate death. They are not going to want to hear about death.’
Is that what happened to the nation today? We must ourselves and we will know by our own selves. Sit down alone in your room and ask yourself, `Do I have the love of Dunya’ in my heart? Do I have the fear, do I hate death?’ You will know by your own selves. You don’t need anybody to tell you anything then. Don’t blame me to say, “He’s saying these words.” I am checking myself all the time twenty-four hours a day to see if my heart is moving to Dunya or Akhirat. You must do the same. If you do it then slowly maybe the protection will come to you. Maybe the help will reach to you. When the Awliya’s help is reaching to you, slowly they remove that fear away and they replace it with a different love into your heart and that is the real love. Otherwise, Dunya love is only temporary and passing and it is only giving trouble to mankind.
O Believers! We are in the Holy Months. This is the time for us to fix our connection with Allah (SWT), with the Holy Prophet (AS), with our Sheykh. Our life may be in shambles, but they can fix it and put it back together easily with the help of Allah (SWT). Seyh Efendi is saying: Put some love in your heart and put some passion in your heart, for Allah’s sake. Do things for Allah’s sake. Run to do things for Allah sake, Allah Jala wa’ala will fix your life. Your life becomes perfect that time. Do things for His sake. Say, ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim,’ for His sake, you will see that your work, your job, your life that is shattered everywhere, He will pull it together.
O Believers! Let us make intention in these days of Rajab to live with passion. To live for Allah. To live for Rasulallah. To live for our Sheykh. Insha’Allah, that time, when we pass from this world it will be a joy, because we will be reunited with the ones that we love. Amin.
Jumma Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
17 Rajab 1438
April 14, 2017