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. All praises are due to Allah Who is Near to His Servants. All praises are due to Allah, Who hears the call of His Servants. All praises are due to Allah, Who is the Protector of His Servants. All praises are due to Allah Who has sent His Habib as the Guide to His Servants.
May all peace and blessings be upon Sayyidina Muhammad (AS), the Messenger of Allah, the Prophet of Allah, the Chosen One of Allah, the Beloved of Allah, the Light from the Light of Allah.
May all peace and blessings be upon his noble family and blessed companions. May peace and blessings be upon the Four Rightly Guided Khalifas, 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.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! O Muslims! O Ummat-i-Muhammed! Our Lord, Allah (SWT), is asking us a question in the Holy Quran. He is asking, BismillahirRahmanirRahim. ‘Has the time not come for those who have believed that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of Allah and what has come down of the truth? (57:16).’
O Believers! How much more will we delay in submitting ourselves to our Lord? How much more will we delay in giving our hearts to Allah? How much longer will we run away from the Love of Allah (SWT)? Allah (SWT) is calling out to us. How much longer until we answer His Call? This is Ramazan. These are the last ten days of Ramazan. The Most Powerful Night, Laylatul Qadr, may be hidden in these nights. Allah Jalla wa’Ala, the Originator of the Heavens and the Earth, who is Exalted above His Creation, is coming down in the night and is asking his creation- and not just in Qadr night, every night Subhana wa Ta’ala is coming and He is saying: Who will call upon Me, that I may answer Him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him? (Bukhari).
Are we calling out to Allah (SWT)? Is the Ummat calling out to Allah (SWT)? Yes, this Ummat is in the worst state of 1400 years. Yes, we are engulfed in dishonor and humiliation and tyranny. But, where are we seeking aid and help? Is it in crying to our Lord, Allah (SWT)? Or is it in running to the ones that Allah does not love, those ones who are working to the downfall of Islam?
Our grandfathers, our forefathers, they called out to Allah. They ran after His Rasul (AS). They ran after the beloved ones of Allah. And in so doing, they were honored in the earth and they were honored in the heavens. In running toward Allah and running away from dunya, they were given the treasures of this world and the next.
We just passed through the 17th of Ramazan, the anniversary of the Battle of Badr. What happened on that day? Is that day even remembered in the Islamic world today? 313 Sahabis of the Holy Prophet (AS) went to battle against 1,000 soldiers of the Quraysh. The Sahabi e-Kiram did not have weapons or armor or horses. The enemy had every type of equipment. But the Sahabis had Allah and they had His Prophet. The Sahabis had Ashk for Allah and His Rasul. They had the ties of brotherhood. They had a passion for Islam that overwhelmed any feeling of selfishness that may have existed. And that Love in their heart was more powerful than any other weapon. Because with that love, Allah send the help. And with that love, Allah send help from His presence and send them angels to defeat their enemies. The victory was gained on that battlefield that day.
But before Badr, Holy Prophet (AS) went to his tent and for the whole day and for the whole night, he was supplicating to Allah (SWT). He was begging. He did not think just because he was a prophet, he did not think just because they were on the way of truth, that help was going to come. He begged. Habibullah, the reason that Allah SWT had created everything in creation, he begged to his Creator not to let the Muslims to suffer a humiliating defeat on that day. He made such a deep dua that he raised his hands all the way to the sky until his burdah (jubbah) it fell off his shoulders. He made dua until Hz. Abu Bakr (RA)’s heart broke and he said, ‘Enough ya Rasulallah, Allah will keep his promise to you!’
What was Holy Prophet (AS) asking? What was the Prophet (asws) asking? He said, ‘Ya Rabbi, I beg you to keep the promise You made to me. If you let this group of Muslims to perish, there will be nobody to worship you left on earth.’
Those 313 Sahabis who were going into battle, they were the fruit of the suffering of Holy Prophet (AS) for 13 years in Mecca. 13 years of calling to Allah, 13 years of calling to truth, to justice, 13 years calling people away from their nafs, from their tyranny, 13 years of being tortured, of being exiled, of suffering, it had yielded those 313 believers. And so Holy Prophet (AS) was begging his Lord saying, ‘let us be victorious so that we may live for You and continue Your work.’ And those believers, they grabbed the branches of the palm trees and ran into battle. They didn’t fight for riches or land. They didn’t fight for a nation or a country. They fought for Hakk. They fought for justice. They fought for the rights of the orphans. They fought for the rights of the slaves. They fought for the rights of the women. They fought for the rights of everyone whose rights were taken away because of the age of darkness that was covering this whole world. And they fought to protect the Light of Islam against this darkness.
O Believer! It doesn’t matter if you are an Arab, or a Turk, or an Indian, or a European. If you say La ilaha il-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulallah, those believers they are our grandfathers. Their Shahadat is our inheritance. But the Muslims of this age are abandoning that beautiful inheritance like spoiled children who seek to spite their parents, just because they want to rebel against them.
This is Ramazan. This is the Month of the Ummat. A month that Allah has manifested upon the believers to display His Mercy to the ummat. To display His Forgiveness to the ummat. To display His freeing us from the Fire. This is the Month for individuals to fix their friendship with Allah and His Prophet. To cut away all the excess parts of their lives that are weighing them down. To cut away the obsession with eating and drinking. To cut away the desires for this world. To cut away those parts of our life that turn our faces away from Allah and His Prophet. This Ramazan is to free our spirit from the weight of the ego and the dunya and to let it to begin to return to our Lord. But look at this month of Ramazan, and look at the state of this ummat.
This is what Allah has promised. But what have we promised to Allah in return? Are we fulfilling it? Because Ramazan is more than that. Ramazan also brings the community together. It makes them to become a Jamaat again. To sit together, to visit each other, to eat with each other. To pray Teravih with each other. It erases the distinction between the rich and the poor. Ramazan heals the wounds that have been inflicted between people for the whole year. Ramazan brings the community back together so that the people renew their intention to live like the community around the Holy Prophet (AS). This is Ramazan.
Ramazan is for the entire Ummat. Ramazan is to polish that Ummat so that it can be presented again to the Holy Prophet (AS) clean and pure. And when the Holy Prophet (AS) sees his Ummat clean and pure, it gives joy to his heart. Didn’t he say in his Hadith Sherif, ‘your actions will be presented to me: Everyday your action will be presented to me. if I see good I will praise Allah and if I see evil I will seek forgiveness of Him for you. (Bazzar). Is the Prophet of Mercy, when he sees our action, seeing good in this month of Ramazan, in this month of the ummat, is he seeing good or is he only seeing the actions that makes us to pull the wrath of Allah on ourself? And he is warning us saying (asws), ‘I shall go before you to the Pool in Paradise (Hawd) and will have the largest number of followers of any nation. So do not disgrace me.’
There is a responsibility for all of us. And what has happened to us, O Ummat-i-Muhammed? What has happened to the Ummat whose Takbir once shook the whole world? What happened to the Ummat that brought culture and beauty and civilization to the whole world? What happened to the Ummat that wrote the name of the Holy Prophet (AS) in gold on every mountaintop, in every desert? What happened to the Ummat that bore the crown of nobility and grace on its head for 1400 years?
And look at our disgraceful condition in this Ahir Zaman. And to understand our shameful condition we need look no further than what has happened to the Month of Ramazan in this age of darkness. The Month of Mercy has become perverted and has become a Month of tyranny and cruelty. Instead of sharing meals with each other, people they stuff themselves in their own homes. They take pictures of what they are eating and sending it to their starving brothers. Instead of the rich sharing with the poor, the rich raise up walls to eat in palaces, while the poor are driven to ask the Imams, “is our fast accepted if our iftar and sahur they are the same meal?” Instead of praying Tarawih together in the masjids, groups have formed for the Tarawih. The VIPs pray in a few nights because they are too busy to pray with the general people. The Masjids that were full and buzzing with the Zikr of Allah become empty, while individuals running home to eat all night and to watch the special shows that they have only in the month of Ramazan on television that will keep you busy the whole day and the whole night.
Instead of the Kings running to relieve the debts and hunger of their subjects, they use this month as an opportunity to inflict additional cruelty on their people. And now, Muslim nations are cutting the ties of unity from each other in an effort to please the enemies of Islam. Rather than being united under the Kalimat-u-Shahadah, they are running and they are uniting under the flag of capitalism and profits of dunya and desires.
This is world. This is the world that we are living now. This is the Ahir Zaman. This is the Zaman that has no protection of Allah (SWT) because the shadow of Allah on earth, the Khalifah, was removed more than a hundred years ago. The poor burn while the rich watch on their television. In Burma, Muslims are slaughtered while the world watches. When they run to refuge in Muslim countries, they are told they are unwanted and turned away. The children of Syria choke on their own breath while poisonous chemicals rain from the sky, while their neighbors on the other side of the city they toast to their deaths. Muslims are outcast from society simply for keeping their faith. And in every Muslim nation in this world, more cruelty and oppression has struck us that has earned us the title of the second Jahilliyah. The darkness of zulm it blankets the world and those with the voice to speak remain silent. Or they speak about malayani. Those who are charged with upholding the boundaries of Allah and speaking for the oppressed, those ones, instead they sit at the doors of the kings and they ask for crumbs from their plates. They seek fame and recognition at the price of their dignity.
Rasulallah (AS) said, ‘ The one who walks with a tyrant, knowing full well that he is a tyrant, in order to strengthen him has already left the fold of Islam.’ Our condition should not be like this. The condition of the Ummat-i-Muhammed should not be like this. The condition of the best Ummat raised from mankind should not be like this. And the ummat has not been like this. Our Ramazan should not be like this. And our life should not be like this. This is not the inheritance that was left to us by those whose blood watered the grounds of Badr, Uhud, and Khandaq. This is not the inheritance left to us by that beloved one who stood all night in prayer until his feet swelled in pain. As Imam al-Busiri said, I have done zulm to the Sunnah of the one who passed the nights in prayer until his feet complained from swelling; that one who tied a stone to his precious stomach from hunger.
This zulm, this cruelty, is not the inheritance of the Khulafa-e-Rashideen, nor of the Righteous Sultans, nor of the Ottoman Padishas. Ulubatli Hasan did not hold the flag of Islam above the ramparts of Istanbul while arrows pierced his body for his grandsons to drop that flag. Our forefathers did not sacrifice body and spirit in the Way of the Prophet so that their children could turn from Mawla to Dunya.
In this Month of Ramazan, let us wake up and reclaim the treasure that has been preserved for us by our forbearers. We should change the direction of our lives so that when the Holy Prophet (AS) sees our actions, he is happy and he thanks Allah (SWT). Allah (SWT) is saying, ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. (13:11).’ Just as we were once honored and changed to be dishonored, we can once again change our conditions to be worthy of being from that honored Ummat. The Ummat-i-Muhammed. The Ummat that is the envy of all other nations that have been sent to this world. The Ummat that will be the foremost amongst creation on the Day of Judgment.
Allah is descending in the night sky, saying, ‘Who is asking so that I may give?’ Ya Rabbi, be witness that we are asking. Ya Rabbi, we are asking that we pick up the flag of Islam. Ya Rabbi, we are asking to reclaim that lost inheritance that was passed down to us from the Sahaba-e-Kiram, through the generations, through our Ottoman grandfathers. Ya Rabbi, we are asking to continue the work that Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (KS) left to us so that we can show our face to him when he returns.
O Believers! Don’t look for honor or satisfaction from outside. All honor and satisfaction is in this Way. Wallahi, all honor and satisfaction is in this Way. Seyh Efendi is saying: Don’t have any fear. We have no fear from Shaytan. We have fear from Allah. We have fear because we love Allah. We don’t want to break our friendship, our relationship with our Lord. That’s why we are fearful. It’s not because we are fearful that He is going to punish us. No. He will not punish us. But it is because we believe in Him and we try our best for Him, for His religion.
Live according to that and you will find this world Paradise for you and you will find in the Hereafter angels greeting you, playing and dancing for you saying, “One more beloved of Allah is entering to Paradise. Paradise is becoming better.” Do you know why it’s Paradise? Do you know why Paradise is Paradise? It’s because all Beloveds of Allah are in that place. That’s why Paradise becomes Paradise. If you become beloved to Allah in this world then this world becomes a Paradise to you too. If we all become beloved to Allah then the whole world becomes Paradise.
Ya Rabbal Alameen– Keep us with your Beloveds now and forever. Insya’Allah. And in this Ramazan, accept our dua.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
21 Ramazan 1438
June 16, 2017