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, the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful. All praises are due to Allah, Who has blessed us to witness this Month of Ramazan. May all peace and blessings be upon Sayyidina Muhammad (AS), the Master of the Children of Adam, the Intercessor of the Day of Judgment. And may peace and blessings be upon the 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.
O Believers! The Sultan of the Months, the Month of Fasting and Teravih, the Month of Mercy, it is preparing to take its leave and to depart from us. This is the Jummah that we say Elvada, Farewell, to the Sacred Month.
Ramazan comes to teach us once again how to live like believers, how to live outside of our own selfish life, how to live as a community, and how to live as an ummat worshiping one Lord, following the one Prophet. Ramazan comes to empty us out from the selfish lifestyle we have built to ourselves. It has come to rejuvenate us. It has come to wake us up to what is real in this world, in which this world is not real, and what is real in the hereafter, in which it is real from pre-eternity to post eternity. Ramazan comes to show us how to live like Allah’s good servants, and it has taught us how to worship our Lord and how good of a Lord Allah SWT He is to us.
Yes, we cut our eating. We cut our drinking. We cut our sleeping. All of those animal characteristics that distract us from our reality, because our reality is not our bodies, our reality is not our desires, our reality is our spirit, and our spirit is not in need of eating and drinking. Our reality is closer to the angels than what we can ever imagine. Ramazan reminds us and takes them away from us of that low reality. And so we get a taste once again how to live like a believer in a Jama’at. In this Month of the Ummet, we learn again what it means to be an Ummeti of the Holy Prophet (AS). Once again we understand that this is the culmination, the climax that we have been looking for months before the month of Ramazan. That we have been celebrating the month of Allah, and the month of the Prophet to come to this month of the Ummat that is for ourselves. We learn what it means to be an ummat of the Holy Prophet (AS). And he is teaching us the meaning of being believers saying, Verily, the believers are like a structure, each one strengthening the other.
And if we observe Ramazan in the Way of Holy Prophet (AS) and his companions, but not only in the way of the Prophet and his companions, in the way of those who followed them and those who followed them, in the way our ancestors did for one thousand three hundred years that they were following the Khalifatullah, that they were living correctly according to the Sunnah of the Rasulullah (AS), then we taste Paradise in this month. We see the richness that comes with being in a community.
Fasting, it is an individual act, it is a personal act. It is so personal that the Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, ‘Allah has shown me the reward for every deed that the man does except for fasting.’ Because Allah says, ‘fasting is for Me.’ But in this most personal act of ibadat, Allah SWT has decreed that we are going to celebrate it and perform it all together as one body. All together as one ummat. All together as the earlier Prophets did and their people, connecting to them, not just to ourselves. Connecting to our past and connecting to pre-eternity.
Ramazan, it is a month of Jama’at. Don’t we see ourselves, when we have to break our fast alone or pray Teravih alone, it is empty. But when we break our fast with our brothers, when we pass that cup of water to each other, when we make the lines for the prayer tight and encourage each other with our Tekbirs and our recitation, and we encourage each other to stay awake to pray the Tahajjud and to wait for sahur and to wait for the Fajr together, our spirit now it flies with happiness. We experience the reality of the Ayat in Surah Tawba when Allah (SWT) is saying: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. The believing men and believing women are helpers of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and establish prayer and give charity and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have mercy upon them, for Allah is Almighty and Wise. (9:71) Sadaqallahul Adzim.
Ramazan gives the believer a chance to come back to his own reality. To finally chain up that ego that has been tyrannizing him all year round, and to experience his reality as his spirit. Ramazan comes for us to clean up all the idols that we have put into our heart, and to make it once again a Throne for Allah (SWT). And if the Ummat were to spend their Ramazan in that way, then this world would become a mirror of paradise. And that Day of Eid that is coming, it would be a celebration of the believers freeing themselves from their ego, and receiving the Pleasure of their Lord.
But this is the Ramazan of the Ahir Zaman. This is the Ramazan of the Age of Cruelty and tyranny. This is the Ramazan in the Era of dejjal. The people of Ahir Zaman, of the second Jahilliyah, we have turned Ramazan upside down. So instead of seeing the greenery of Paradise growing on earth in this Month, we are finding the heat and the fires of jehennem raining down on us. The fire is not raining down on us. The fire is coming from inside of ourselves. Nations are doing this to each other, so what is going to happen to communities and people? Yes, for almost a hundred years this Ummat has been without a Khalifa and without a Sultan. There is no cooling shadow of Allah on earth. There is no sword of Allah on earth. There is no separation of Haqq and batil. There is no protection for the weak. And everyone is running to fulfill their own desire in the name of religion.
But now even those nations that were carved out from the Sultanate, from the empire, those nations that they became independent and they became a nation, because they decided to be with the enemies of Islam, they are starting to attack and to eat each other in this month of Ramazan. So called Muslim countries are stabbing each other in the back, cutting off relations with one another, cutting off food and water from one another. Why is that? Because they want to impress the enemies of Islam. Because they think that their success and their prosperity lies in becoming more like the unbelievers. And so, while claiming to be the Leaders of the Nation, they are destroying it even more. They are destroying the nation, they are destroying the ummat in this Holy month.
Same thing is happening within the communities of this Ummet. Instead of Ramazan becoming a time when all different kinds of people they mix together, more we are seeing that people are running far apart. If we want to see the good example of this, look at the Masjids, especially in this country. Everybody is making a Masjid just for themselves. A Masjid, a jami, it is to collect people. A jami, it is to gather people. But the jamis of this ahir Zaman, it is only the jami to collect people that you like, that are like you, that are only with you as far as your attitude, as far as your ambition to this world or your politics, only that. Nothing more. They are making a masjid for themselves. A Pakistani masjid, Egyptian masjid, Yemeni masjid, Senegalese masjid, European masjid. And within that they are now making another division. Masjid for rich people, masjid for poor people. And the rich ones of this Ummet now, they don’t want to even sit in the Masjid during this Holy Month. They are saying, ‘rich ones, let’s make Teravih in our mansion together, let us hire an imam that we are going to pay a lot of money to recite the Quran, because we are very busy making money. This is the best month in the whole year to make money.’ They don’t sit with the poor and in making their own jami like that, they keep the poor people and the real people away from us. Holy Prophet (AS) warned against this behavior 1400 years ago saying, ‘The worst food is the food of a banquet in which the rich are invited but the poor are left out.’
So many now are running to make their last ten nights in Mecca and Medina. Yes, making Umrah is a blessed action. But how blessed can it be to stay in five star hotels that are built on top of the house of Hz. Abu Bakr? How blessed can it is to pray in a room that looks down at the Kaaba, so that it is under your feet? How blessed it is to pay extra so that you can have a VIP Umrah, where you don’t need to even look at the poor ones? This is completely against the spirit of early Islam. This is completely against the spirit of the Holy Prophet (asws), where the Umrah and the Hajj is supposed to destroy any distinction between people, distinction between races, so the Arabs and the ajam pray next to each other. Distinction between the rich and the poor, the slave and the master they sit and they pray next to each other for the sake of Allah. The powerful and the weak. Even the man and the woman. It has become now an example to show how separate and special everyone is.
That is the reality of what is happening during this time. In this Month of the Ummet, the Ummet is running toward this kind of cruelty and tyranny. And nobody is speaking up to say, this is wrong. Not kings, not scholars, not individuals. Because Muslims in this time they decided, we don’t want anyone to tell us what is right and what is wrong. Whoever is going to say, this is Hakk and this is batil, we are going to call that one an extremist and silence him. Anyone who say to us what is right and what is wrong, that one is just verbally abusing us, psychologically trying to control us. Whoever is going to say to us that you are bounding to jehennem from this bad behavior, we are going to call that person crazy.
And so the condition of the Ummat continues to deteriorate, just as Holy Prophet (AS) informed us would happen 1400 years ago.
O Believers! We have to know that our condition was not always like this. If we want to get a cure from this sickness, we have to know that we were not always sick. We were once healthy. This Ummat was healthy. For over thousand years, we were not only healthy, we were strong. And we were making the world to be healthy and to be strong. This Ummat was an Ummat that was living for Allah and His Prophet. It was an ummat living for Ahiret. It was not an ummat living for dunya. It was an Ummat that commanded to good and it forbade evil. This was an Ummat that protected every living soul from injustice and tyranny. This was an Ummat that gave rights to every individual, regardless of their color, or their religion, or their ethnicity. This was an Ummat where a person could walk within the borders of the entire Khilafat, from Africa to India, without being harassed or attacked. This was an Ummat where the Sultans did not separate themselves from the people, but ran to make their lives better. This was an Ummat that was beloved to Allah (SWT). It was the Ummat described in the ayat saying, BismillahirRahmanirRahim. You are the best nation brought forth from mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. (3:110).
This is an Ummat that can once again find the Pleasure of Allah (SWT). But to do so, we have to make the reason for our living and our dying for the Sake of Allah. Once we shift that Qibla of our heart away from our ego and away from this dunya, and toward Allah, then we will start to live in the right way. Then it is very easy to have Paradise in our home, in our masjids, in our communities, in our nations and in this world. And living in that way, it gives the peace and the strength that everyone looks for. it makes the world to have a taste of paradise. Because the ones who Allah loves, they are Ehli Jennet. And wherever they go, they bring the paradise with them.
We should make a big intention. It is through the big intentions of our grandfathers that we have Islam today. They did not look at the physical reality of what they have or what they don’t have. They look to see what is a pleasure to Allah, what is pleasing to Allah, and their intentions are as vast as the eye can see. Holy Prophet (AS), his intention is to spread the Light of Islam in every house. And this intention he had when he had just a few followers with him in Mecca. This intention he had when he had just gain another handful of people in Medina. He had the same intention when he saw the light of Islam entering to East and West and North and South, when they knew that the Mushriks are going to come with an even bigger force in the war of Khandaq, to completely destroy them. They had the big intention and they had the best of the intention. They did not look to see whether they are able to make it or not, because they say that Allah is the best supporter. With Allah, there is victory. But we have lost this. We look to see what our eyes can see, what our hands can feel. We are not feeling what is in our hearts to ask what Allah is asking from us. We have lost our Lord. But the Holy Prophet (AS), in the worst condition he has faith in his Lord, not in anyone else, not in the enemies of Islam, not to make allies with the enemies of Islam. And he is saying (AS), there are those who will come after me who will help to finish that work. In this Last Jummah of Ramazan, we should at least make intention to be part of that. That the light of Islam is going to reach to every house in this world.
Our Sheykh, he has also made a big intention. And his work and his mission is especially for the work of the Holy Prophet (AS) in the End of Times. We should not miss the opportunity to be part of that work. Because that has been awaited for in all of history. As he is teaching us, saying: Ask forgiveness from Allah (SWT). Say, ‘Yes ya Rabbi,’ say this, ‘if You give me the power, I will stand up and I will change all these wrong things. And I am starting to change the wrong things with myself. And I am promising to You that I am going to live according to Your laws, not according to my ego.’ Then you will be alright.
Even if you change nothing, even if you change nothing, even if the whole world turns upside down, you will be okay.
In this Last Jummah of Ramazan, we are asking Allah (SWT) to send His Mercy and Forgiveness to us, so that we will wake up before the fire will reach to us. We are asking to be freed from the Fire of jehennem. We are asking not to be written from those who are tyrants, not to be written from those who are supporting tyranny. We are asking for help to come to the Ummat-i-Muhammed. We are asking to be part of the work of our Sheykh, and to be under his flag, in this life and the next life. Amin.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
28 Ramazan 1438
June 23, 2017