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.
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. Alla praises are due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. All praises are due to Allah, Whose Name is al-Adl, the Just. All praises are due to Allah Whose Name is al-Rahman, the Most Merciful. All praises are due to Allah Whose Name is al-‘Aalim, the All-Knowing. And may peace and blessings be upon the Sultan of the Prophets, the Imam of the Messengers, the Intercessor of the Day of Judgment, 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, Hz. Ali el-Murtaza, and all those who follow them until the Last Day.
O Believers! We must say: Hasbunallah wa Ni’mal Wakil. Allah is enough for us. If we believe that, nothing can touch us. Hasbunallah wa Ni’mal Wakil saved Nuh (AS) from the flood; it saved Ibrahim (AS) from the fire; it saved Musa (AS) from Firaun; it saved Isa (AS) from his enemies. HasbunAllah wa Ni’man Wakil is the wird of the Holy Propeht (AS) and his Sahaba-e-Kiram. It is what delivered them from Mecca to Medina, what gave them victory in Badr, it is what gave them the opening of Mecca. When Allah is with you, the nations can come against you; nothing can touch you. The one who counts Allah as an ally that one has no fear of any enemy. Whoever has the support of Holy Prophet (AS) is safe. As Imam al-Busiri (KS) is saying, ‘The lions submit to the one who has the help of Rasulallah (AS), even if they meet him in their own dens. Belief gives us safety.’
But belief in what? In ourselves? In democracy hypocrisy? In humanism? but only for some that we say are human. What belief gives a man safety. Everyone claims to believe in something. But the only belief that gives shelter and safety to a man is the belief in the Shahadat. The belief that has given honor and majesty to Muslims for 1400 years is the belief in La ilaha ilAllah, Muhammadur Rasulallah. There is no power over La ilaha ilAllah. All other powers are fake. All other appearances of power are a perception. Because Allah (SWT) is al-Qawiyy, the Mighty- there is no Might but His Might. La Hawla wa La Quwwata illa Billahil Aliyyil Azeem. Allahu Akbar.
And sheytan knows that there is no Power but Allah. And sheytan knows the power of La ilaha ilAllah. And he knows that his time is almost up. That is why sheytan is running desperately to wake up as much deception and fitna and hatred in this world as possible. That is why in the last five years, since the veiling of SahibulSaif, we have witnessed more upside down in this world than in the last fifty years. That is why sheytan is running to make fitna between the Muslims, from individuals, to communities, to nations. Making them to become allies with unbelievers against each other, stabbing each other in the back. Sheytan knows he will lose. But he wants to make as much damage as he can before his fall.
There is no chance for sheytan. Because the Promise of Allah is with the believers. Our Sheykh is telling us that Allah (SWT) has made an oath to the believers, saying: Be patient now. Sit and wait. The day will come that Allah will take revenge on them. Yes, Allah has taken the Name al-Muntaqim, the Avenger, for Himself.
We are strangers in this world. We have no power, no wealth, no influence. We are strangers holding onto our faith. We are strangers trying our best to live according to the teachings of our Prophet (asws) and the Holy Ones. There is honor in being a stranger. The honor is the salam of the Holy Prophet who said, ‘Islam began strange and will end strange. My glad tidings to the strangers.’ His time was Jahiliyya. This time is the second Jahiliyya. It is worse than the first age of ignorance. Because this time, in reality, no one can claim to be ignorant, then know everything. But when the heart is ignorant, it will not accept truth even if it comes from the Prophet. But it’s about to end. And the Protector is about to come. Sayyidina Muhammad al-Mahdi (as) is about to come.
Rasulallah (AS) is saying: Allah will bring out from concealment al-Mahdi from my family and just before the day of Judgment; even if only one day were to remain in the life of the world, and he will come and he will spread on this earth justice and equity and will eradicate tyranny and oppression. (Musnad Imam Ahmad).
Yes, that’s going to happen. Just as Holy Prophet (AS) came to free the world from tyranny, his grandson will do the same. And just as the Sahaba-e-Kiram went through tests to be with the Holy Prophet, we will be tested to be with Mahdi (AS). And nobody is talking about Mahdi (AS) anymore; if they do, they talk about it like it is a fantasy novel. Entire government now, and entire majlis of religious authority in this government they are banning people from talking about Mahdi (as). They say, those who do, that he will appear and magically everything will become paradise. There is no magic in Islam. There is hard work. There is sacrifice. And our Sheykh SahibulSaif is saying, Are we ready for that? Are we ready to leave our mothers? Or are we ready to leave our fathers? Are we ready to leave our wives? Or are we ready to leave our husbands? Are we ready to leave our children? You must search in yourself. You must look into yourself because Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, “Those who are going to reach to those days, when entering through that door, a difficult test is going to be waiting for them too.”
The Sahaba-e Kiram have been tested. They have been tested with their lives and with everything that they had. They have been tested and they passed. And Allah is warning us, saying to us, “Do you think that you are going to enter into the same paradises with those without going through the same tests that they went through?” Do you think so? Think again.
O Believers! It is not just us who are waiting for Mehdi (AS). Sheytan and sheyanic ones know that Mehdi (AS) is about to come too. And they are trying to bring as much ruin to this world as possible. But Islam will not fall. The kingdom of sheytan is going to fall down. But we must be aware that the kingdom of sheytan it has been built by humans. Sheytan didn’t build it himself. Everywhere, humans are running to do the work of sheytan. Look at the suffering all around the world. Look at the suffering in Syria. Look at the suffering in Burma. Look at the suffering in Kashmir, in Palestine, in China, in everywhere in the world. Everyhwere, humans are running to do the work of iblis.
But the Evliya are saying, for believers, this is not the time to move. It is the time to sit and ask for forgiveness. The door of Istighfar is still open. We cannot be like sheytan to say, ‘I didn’t do anything wrong, no.’ We must be like our father Adam (AS) who said, ‘ya Rabbi, I wronged myself, please forgive me. Because Seyh Efendi is telling us that Allah (SWT) is saying, BismillahirRahmanirRahim. I have not created you for the fire. I have created you for Paradise. You belong to Paradise. That is the reason I have created you. Don’t run after Sheytan. His job is to take you to the hell that he is entering. And those who are not waiting patiently for the Protector to come, those who are doing violence in the name of Islam, those who are killing and slaughtering and bombing, Allah’s curse is on them. Our Sheykh is saying, Allah’s curse is on those who do terror, those who support them, and those who has sympathy for them in their heart. Man has no permission to open the door of Allah’s revenge and close the door of Allah’s Mercy. That is why Islam is condemning those who interfere into the work of Allah. And that is the advice of Holy Prophet (AS).
Our Sheykh is telling us the Hadith, saying: Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, “In that time, in the Ahir Zaman, walking in the streets may become very difficult for you.” Then they said, “What should we do Ya Rasulullah?” He said, “Pull yourselves into your houses. Become small groups and stay together.” And the Sahaba-e Kiram said, “Ya Rasulullah, what should we do if they enter into our houses too? If they come to damage us, to kill us and to do something wrong to us, what should we do?” Holy Prophet (AS) said, “Instead of being a killer become a martyr.” Look and understand the difficulties. He is saying, “If they enter into your house and they are ready to shoot you down, they are ready to kill you, and if the Takbir (of Mahdi) is not given, if the Khalifah is not declaring the war against unbelief, you should not do anything.” He said, “Be like the children of Adam that one killed the other one (Habil and Qabil). One became a killer and the other one became a martyr. Be like those.”
O Believers! We are Muslims. We must be proud of our Islam. We cannot be proud of our dirty individual self. But we can be proud to be Muslim. Don’t be fooled by this world that is saying, you are barbarians, you are terrorists, you are backward. And don’t be fooled by those who say, to be Muslims you have to be like the doormat, we have to be humble and nice all the time in the face of tyranny, even we have to be humble so that people will run to Islam because of our weakness. We are the most noble nation that has been raised from mankind, only this time we are in the second Jahilliyah. Look what is happening in al-Quds. The tyrants there are trying to shut down the Masjid al-Aqsa for the Muslims. Today’s Muslims, they are running to be allies with the tyrants. The Arab nations, they are having secret meetings with the tyrants saying, ‘we support you if you help us stab our brothers and become more wealthy.’ And those tyrants are oppressing to the Muslims in every way possible; with bullets, with sound bombs, they are beating them while they pray. And they are saying, the Ottomans are dead and will never rule al-Quds again. Peace was in al-Quds only with Islam. Peace was in al-Quds only with the Ottomans. And those tyrants, their grandfathers were given honor by Hz Umar al-Faruq (RA). That the Christians had kicked the Bani Israel out of Quds and had turned the Masjid al-Aqsa into a garbage dump. Hz Umar cleaned it with his own hands and invited the Bani Israel back in. He showed so much respect to the holy sites of others, that he would not pray in the churches, because he was afraid the Muslims would turn them into Masjids. Yes, those tyrants, their grandfathers were saved and given shelter by Sultan Salahuddin Ayyubi. Those Ottomans who they hate so much, it was the Ottomans who built the walls of Quds. It was Sultan Suleyman the magnificent who built the protection around them. And it is the Ottomans who will return to Quds to grant protection and equity to all of its people.
Believers! Be proud of your Islam. Don’t be proud of your jahiliyyah cultures. Don’t be proud of your countries. Be proud of your heritage. We are Muslims. We are Ottomans. We are Osmanli Naksibendis. And wherever the Osmanli Naksibendi goes, he must be carrying that majesty of Islam with him. We are humble before Allah; but we are proud when we go out, to show the Heybet of Islam. Some are too afraid to do that. That’s okay. They have fear. They can go to other ways. But there is no fear when Mahdi (as) comes. and those who have fear, even if they were waiting for him, they will be all the way in the back. SahibulSaif Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani, is saying: Don’t be shaking like chickens. If you are going to shake like chickens then you have no place with me. You must go to other Sheykhs. You must go to other Imams who are shaking. I have no fear from anything. We have no fear except Allah’s fear. We are holding Islam high and we are going to hold it high. If you are in it then you must hold it high.
There is a difference between those who keep Islam high and show their faith, and those who hide it. Our Sheykh is telling us that in the time of Holy Prophet (AS), there was a man, a woman, and his son, they were all Sahabis. They were told, ‘change your Islam.’ They were dragged in front of a fire and they were threatened. They said, ‘change your Islam or we will throw you in the fire.’ The father said, “Until the last breath, I am going to say, ‘Islam and the Prophet.’” They threw him in the fire. All the chiefs, all the important people were there in public, holding that man and his family in front of that fire. So they threw him in- he was alive, they threw him in. They said to the wife, Look what we did to your husband. Say you give up Islam and Muhammad or we will put you into the fire. She said, ‘Whether you kill me or not, death is going to reach me. So I will go to my Lord faster this way.’ They threw her in the fire. Their son was watching. And he was young, in his 20s. And they said, ‘You saw what we did to your father and mother. Say you change your Islam, or same will happen to you.’ And he was shaking. This is real. Don’t be proud, don’t be arrogant, don’t be ignorant to say, ‘no, I’m not going to change!’ He had the direct support of the Prophet (asws), kissed his hand, became his Sahabi, this young man. Put yourself into that situation, say, if your father and your mother, right now they are thrown into the fire, your children right now they are thrown into the fire, and the only safety is to say, ‘I change my Islam.’ would you do it? May Allah not put us to the test because we will fail. We are failing in very small matters, we will definitely fail in this.
So that young man he was shaking and he said, ‘I change.’ Although he was only saying that with his tongue, in his heart he was still believing in Islam and the Propeht. He was only saying it with his tongue to save himself, but in his heart, his intention was still for Allah and His Prophet. Like so many is saying today, ‘don’t judge me by the outside that I’m showin that I’m a non Muslim. Inside you don’t know what it is.’ But that young man, he couldn’t live with himself. His heart found no peace, so he went to Rasulallah (AS). He said, ‘Ya Rasulullah, this is what happened. This is what they did and I got so scared that I told them I have changed but now I am not finding comfort.’ So the Prophet (AS) looked at him saying to him, ‘If they do that to you again, if they do that to you again, then say the same words again. But never forget that the station that you are entering in Paradise is nowhere near your parents. You will never see them again.’
Believers! Whose paradise do you want to be in? We don’t want to be in paradise by ourselves. We want to be in paradise with the beloved ones of Allah. If you want to be in their Paradise, be like them. We are weak, yes but we can make intention. We must make intention to be like Hz Abu Bakr! To be like Hz Umar! To be like Hz Osman! To be like Hz Ali, Shah-e-Mardan! To be like Hz Hamza, Asadullah. To be like Hz Khalid bin Walid! We must make intention to be like your Ottoman grandfathers. To be like Ulubatli Hasan, to be like Sultan Mehmet Fatih. Make the intention to be like your Sheykh, Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani, whose faith it never shook. Who was a lion of Islam. That Sheykh Maulana said, ‘he was a Dragon for Islam, who was a Lion of Islam.’ If we run to be like them, insha’Allah, they will take us with them to their paradise. We are asking that they take us with them here in this world, that we will not be pulled into the confusion of dajjal. where are they going from this world after? It is up to them. We are not making intention just to be with them in Paradise. We must make the intention to be with them here, now, in this world. We are weak. But with Allah, with His Prophet, with His Friends, we may be strong. May Allah forgive us. May Allah accept it from us. For the sake of the Holy Prophet (asws). Amin.
Jumma Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
5 Zul Qaida 1438
July 28, 2017