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.
All praises are due to Allah, Lord of the Universes. All praises are due to Allah Lord of the Majestic Throne, our Lord and the Lord of everything, the One who sent the Tawrat, the Injil, the Zabur, and the Holy Quran. Ya Rabbi! You are the First so there is nothing before You, and you are the Last and there is nothing after You, and You are the Manifest with nothing above You, and You are the Hidden with nothing below You. Ya Allah bless Sayyidina Muhammad and the Family of Sayyidina Muhammad as you blessed Sayyidina Ibrahim and the Family of Sayyidina Ibrahim. Verily You are Praiseworthy, Glorious. (Salawat al-Kubra of Ghawth al-Azam).
May all peace and blessings be upon Sayyidina Muhammad, the First in the Army of the Prophetic Messengers, the Leader of the Caravan of the Awliya and Siddiqin, the Best in all Creation, the Bearer of the Flag of Highest Honor, the Beholder of the Secrets of Eternity, the Beholder of the First Created Lights, the Interpreter of the Divine Speech. (Salawat Kanzil Azam of Ghawth al-Azam).
Rasulallah (AS) is saying: The Most Merciful from my Ummah to my Ummah is Abu Bakr. And the most severe of them concerning the Commands of Allah is Umar. And the truest in modesty amongst them is Osman. And the Best in judging is Ali. The Masters of the youth of Paradise are Hasan and Husain and the Master of the women of Paradise is Fatima. And Hamza is the lion of Allah and the lion of His Prophet. O Allah, grant your forgiveness to Abbas and his children, an outward and inward forgiveness and leave no mistake unforgiven. Allah Allah! Fear Him regarding my Sahabis. Do not make them targets after me!
Whoever loves them he loves them through his love for me; and whoever hates them he hates them through hatred toward me. And the best of my Nation is my generation, then those who follow me, and those who follow them. The Sultan is the Shadow of Allah on Earth. Whoever honors the Sultan, Allah will honor him. And whoever hates the Sultan, Allah will hate him.
O Believers! Elhamdulillah that we have reached to the Month of Rabiul Awwal, the Month of the Mevlid of Sayyidul Ka’inat, Hz. Muhammad Mustafa (AS).
We must remember our Holy Prophet (AS). We must send Salawat on that Holy Prophet (AS). Allah (SWT) is saying in the Holy Quran, in Surah al-Ahzab: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Verily Allah and His Angels send blessings on the Prophet. O you who Believe! Send blessings upon him and salute him with all respect. (33:52). Sadaqallahuladzim. Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! Sallu ‘ala Nabi! ALLAHUMMA SALLI ALA SAYYIDINA MUHAMMADIN WA ALA ALIHI WA SAHBIHI AJMAIN. Allah blesses the gatherings where Salawat are sent upon His Habib (AS).
Holy Prophet (AS) once approached a circle of his companions and asked them, What are you doing? And they said, we have come together to pray to Allah and praise Him for guiding us to His religion, and blessing us with you. And Holy Prophet (AS) asked, I ask you, by Allah, is that the only reason? And they said, Wallahi, we have not come together for any other reason. And Holy Prophet (AS) told them, saying: I am not asking you to swear an oath because of any suspicion. But because Jibril came to me and told me that Allah, Jalla Jallalahu, is boasting of all of you to His angels. (Nasai).
If anyone has a problem with celebrating the Holy Prophet (AS), for thanking Allah for sending Holy Prophet (AS), for sending Salawat on him, that one has a shaky faith. Holy Prophet (AS) himself is saying, The miser is that one in front of whom I am mentioned, but he does not send Salawat on me. (Tirmidhi).
We want to have a strong faith. And the strong faith comes through connecting to the Holy Prophet (AS). Nothing else. Because of Kalimah, our Shahadat, is saying ‘Ash-hadu an la ilaha illallah wa ash-hadu anna muhammadan abduhu wa rasuluhu’. Without any connections to the Holy Prophet (AS), it is impossible to connect to Allah the way that Allah wants you to connect to Him. Today’s Muslims, 21st century Muslims, all are claiming to connect to Allah, only with their sheytans and only with their ego. So their faith became weak. And in reality they are not happy to be Muslim. Today Muslims have become very sad. Are they sad because of the state of the Ummah? Are they sad that because in this Holy month of the Mawlids, the birth of the Holy Prophet (AS), the enemies of Islam that have been supported, the enemies within Islam that have been supported by the enemies outside of Islam, they have just done one more massacre in the name of Allah, that the had sent over 200 people to their death in the masjid, because they were ahle Sunnah, and because they were giving respect to the Evlliyaullah? This had only happened today, a few hours ago, in Egypt. But it is happening everywhere and it has been happening for over a hundred years, and the first target of the enemies within Islam that has been put by the enemies outside of Islam, is to destroy the Muslims, to make fitnah amongst the ummah. Then the enemies outside of Islam turned around and say, ‘they are coming to get us too.’ MashaAllah. So what happens? Today’s muslims, they are very sad, not because of the state of the ummah, not because mankind is running away from Allah? No. They are sad. If you ask them and they say, I have this small personal problem. I don’t have enough money. I have small problems. I have problem with this dunya.
Allah (SWT) tests His servants. And what is coming to us, it does not even count as a test. Who was tested? Sahaba-e-Kiram were tested. The Sahabis were tested with everything that they loved. With their children. With their parents. With their wealth. They left everything, they left their comfort just to be with Rasulallah (AS). They left everything just to be in his sohbet, to sit with him, to be near him, to live with him, to die for him. From dunya view, their life became harder. Hz. Salman al-Farisi (RA), he was a Prince- but he left his kingdom to become the servant of Rasulallah (AS). And in that servanthood, he found himself and he found happiness. The Love of Rasulallah (AS) made them happy. And they sacrificed all their dunya for that happiness. So although their lives were difficult, they found happiness and they found the mercy.
Why are we sad? Why are we feeling depressed? Because we are putting everything priority above Rasulallah (AS). Holy Prophet (AS) must be above everything for the believer. Imam al-Bukhari is putting this Hadith in the Chapter of Iman. Holy Prophet (AS) said: None of you will have faith until he loves me more than his father, his children, and all of mankind.
Only that kind of faith brings real happiness. Only that kind of love brings real happiness in this lowest of the low. All other loves will only bring you sadness. All other loves are fake and temporary. Love of Holy Prophet (AS), it comes through submission to him. Are we submitting to the work of Allah? Or are we submitting to our own dunya jobs and work? Today’s Muslims lost their submission to Allah, and traded it for submission to dunya. That is why the Muslims are in disaster. Over 2 billion Muslims in this world, but only their names remained Muslim. Because nobody wants to obey Allah. Instead of following the Shariatullah, they are making Shariat according to their own definition. Everyone is fearing from the laws of mankind, but no one is fearing from the law of Allah. We have become Namrud who have said, ‘You no longer rule on us. You rule in the Heavens, we rule ourserlves.’ But Allah (SWT) has defined obedience in His own Words in the Holy Quran saying: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. O you who believe! Obey Allah, Obey the Messenger, and your rightly guided leaders. (4:59). Sadaqallahul Adzim.
O Muslims! Do we claim to follow Allah? Then we must obey His Messenger. We must obey Sayyidina wa Mawlana Muhammad (AS). Who is Holy Prophet (AS)? Do we know who he is? Our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani, the Grandson of Rasulallah (AS) is saying: So, if we are claiming, that obeying Allah, yes, we must obey His Holy Prophet (AS). But His Holy Prophet is too far distant away from you. Too far away. You only know his name. You heard his name. How many of his name you know? You only know one name, Muhammad, so many. How many more names have Allah (SWT) has blessed that one with? You don’t even know the name. You don’t even know the individual, himself.
Was Holy Prophet (AS) a body, individual, a human? He was a human. He was a human in shape? Yes, Allah sent that one to this world (SWT). To guide. And He sent him to be rahmat and mercy. To who? Not only to us. Rahmat il alameen. To everything that He has created. All alams, he’s a rahmat to them, all worlds, all creations, he is a mercy to them. And, yes, what we do? How much we are concentrating on our Prophet (AS)? How many salawat? How much are we concentrating on our Prophet? How many salawats? How much do you love the Prophet? How much salawats you give to that Prophet everyday? How many times, meaning how many times a day you remember the Prophet (AS)? You remember your business twenty-four hours a day. You remember your bank account twenty-four hours a day. Checking your pocket twenty-four hours a day. Are you remembering the Prophet (AS)?
If we want to speak the truth, the 21st century Muslims forgot their Rasul (AS). They forgot the Sunnah of their Rasul. They forgot the love of their Rasul. And those who should be guiding to Holy Prophet (AS), the scholars and the leaders, they are forgetting the Sunnah and only making innovations. They are not teaching the people to connect to that Prophet. They are saying, you want change, you must go to the streets. March in the streets. Make democracy. Those who are claiming to be scholars and guides, those who are guiding to other than the Way of the Rasulallah (AS), their Akhiret will be disaster. Holy Prophet (AS) said: Such a time will come to people that only the name of Islam and the image of the Quran will remain. Masjids will be rich on the outside but will have no safety in them. Their scholars will be the most evil under the sun. Corruption emerged from them and will return to them. (Bayhaqi). These are the words of the Prophet spoken over 1400 years ago.
O Believers! We have lost our compass. We have lost our direction. We have lost our religion. When Muslims walk in the street today, you don’t know if it is a Muslim.When you pass by the Masjids today, you don’t know if it is an office or a church. Today’s Muslims are running top-speed to be like the Christians and the Jews. O Believers! Did we forget Surah Fatiha? Did we forget what we are saying at least 40 times a day, saying, Ghayril Maghdubi alayhim wa lad daleen? Don’t put us on the way of those who angered you (the Jews) and not of those who were in deviance (Christians)?
O Believers! Islam is a lifestyle. But we have lost that lifestyle and we are trying to put on the lifestyle of the west, and the worse of the west, not the best. Holy Prophet (AS) did not come with a book to give classes. He did not come to establish a private religion. He came to teach mankind, men and women, young and old, rich and poor, how to live. How to live to please Allah (SWT), as an individual, as a community, as a nation, and as an entire planet. The Sahaba-e-Kiram, they came from the most barbaric society. The Jahil Arabs. But when they took that lifestyle, the lifestyle of the Holy Prophet (AS) they became the Most Noble of Mankind. Seyh Efendi is saying: Sahabi-e-kiram they were living before. But soon as they accepted Holy Prophet (AS), they drop every wrong lifestyle that they were following. They just watch that Prophet. Whatever he said to them, even if it didn’t fit to their mind, even if it didn’t fit to them, to their lifestyle, they just drop it, saying, ‘This is what Prophet said.’ Finish. So they submitted themselves to Holy Prophet. They didn’t know how to submit themselves to Allah (SWT). They submitted themselves to the Holy Prophet (AS). So the Holy Prophet (AS) took them to our Lord Allah (SWT). That’s why Prophet came. To take us, from the mess of this dunya, to put the love of akhiret in our heart. While we are living in this dunya, to concentrate in akhiret life. Anything that we are doing in this dunya, it must be connected to akhiret life. If its no connection to that, you are losing. You lost yesterday. You lost today. Tomorrow you are going to lose again if you are not changing. And if you are not changing yourself, Allah (SWT) will not change you. This is what our Lord is saying.
O Believers! We should be ashamed at our condition today. We should be ashamed that our leaders they are the worst of us, not the best. But the leaders, Allah is saying, His Prophet is saying, it is from the essence of the people. Which means that we are the worse that has ever come to this world for our leaders to be above us. We should be ashamed that our scholars are selling our religion for dunya, for politics, for ideology. We should be ashamed that the children and women of this Ummah are crying out for help, but the Muslims who are with power, they are just being busy collecting more wealth for themselves. We must want change. We must change ourselves. Allah (SWT) has said in Surah Ra’ad: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. (13:11). Sadaqallahuladzim.
We must change and run back to Rasulallah (AS) and to the Ulul Amr. This Ummat tried for 100 years to do things according to dunya and intelligence. The Ummat said, we are getting rid of Khilafat. We are getting rid of Shariat. We are getting rid of the Evliya. We want democracy. We want secularism. We want liberalism. We want freedom. We want to be like non-Muslims Did we gain our honor? Did we gain nobility? Did we gain any power? Did we gain any influence? Or did we became a disgraced nation? As Hz. Umar al-Faruq (RA) said: Verily, we were a disgraceful people and Allah honored us with Islam. If we seek honor from anything besides that with which Allah has honored us, then Allah will disgrace us. (al-Mustadrak).
Allah has disgraced us. Because we are looking for honor other than what Allah has honored. Don’t blame anything or anyone or any country or any ideology other than what the ummah themselves, what we have done to ourselves. But if we want safety, it is with the Holy Prophet (AS).If Christians want safety, it is with Holy Prophet (AS). If the Jews want safety, it is with Holy Prophet (AS). As Seyh Efendi is saying: Safety and blessing only comes with the Holy Prophet (AS). All other prophets’ time is up. No more prophet. Whatever is given to them, it is not working anymore. You can sit and you can recite Taurat twenty-four hours a day if you want, you can sit and you can recite Injil e-serif, not the Bible that you have today, Injil e-serif that came to Isa (AS). You are not going to reach anywhere. Only thing, if you sit, and recite Quran by yourself without the Prophet (AS), you are not going to reach anywhere again…If you are not following the Prophet’s footsteps and if you are not following the footsteps of his companions. And if you are not following the footsteps of those ones who came after Sahabi, Tabi’in and all those people step by step coming up to this century.
There is always people living on this face of earth that they are connected to the Holy Prophet (AS). It is to you to look for them. And ask for them. The Friends of Allah, the Evliyaullah, they are there. They never leave this world. Who is saying this? Sayyidal Awwaleen wal Akhireen is saying this, (AS). He is saying in a Hadith reported by Hz. Anas ibn Malik (RA): The world will never cease to have at least 40 Awliya, 40 friends of Allah, who will be similar to Sayyiduna Ibrahim Khalilullah. It will be due to them that you will get rainfall and due to them that you shall receive help (Tabarani). Yes, Holy Prophet (AS) is saying they are always there. Our job is to look for them. Our job is to find them. Our job is to be in association with them. They are the Rightly Guided Leaders to whom our obedience is due.
O Believers! Don’t fall in love with this dunya. Don’t fall in love with your ego. Don’t fall in love with sheytan. Their love is going to make you a slave. And in the end, you are going to be throw out and you are going to be dishonor. Allah (SWT) He honored us and He created us to be His Servants. Seyh Efendi is saying: You are not a slave. You are a servant. Allah (SWT) created us to be a servant. If you are keeping servanthood, you will be winning and Holy ones they are saying, “The servants, they are better than the Sultans in Divine Presence.” In the presence of our Lord Allah (SWT), you are better then any great king. That’s how Allah treats you. If you submit yourself and you become a servant. The only way to become a servant, is to become the servant that Allah wants, not the servant that you think you are. Servant that Allah (SWT) has sent to teach us, the Holy Prophet, we have to follow his footsteps. If we are doing it, then we become a servant that Allah wants. And if you become the servant that Allah wants, you become beloved one to Allah (SWT). Beloved one to His beloved servants, you will become beloved to the Holy Prophet (AS). You will love him and he will love you. Yes. And Allah (SWT) will say to His angels, ‘This one I love, you must love too.’ And all angels they love. All the good ones they love. Then prepare yourself if you are living in dunya that time, you are going to have attack from so many people that time. You can be the best one, doesn’t matter, they are going to slander and they are going to cheat and they are going to lie on you. Don’t change. Keep it in Siratul-mustaqim. Because that is a test. All sheytans and those that they are supporting sheytan, the workers of sheytan, soon as something doesn’t fit to them, they are going to turn against to you that time. You are not supposed to be giving up that time. Because you’ll lose everything.
O Believers! we must run to be in that Love. Run to the Muhabbat of Allah, of His Habib, and of their Friends. That is safety in dunya and ahiret. That is honor in dunya and ahiret. That is the reason of our creation.
May Allah wake up this nation from heedlessness. May Allah send us Mahdi (AS) soon. May Allah restore the honor of the Prophet, restore the honor of this ummat, and restore His laws and justice into this world. May Allah forgive us. May Allah bring the tyrants down. May the good ones come up, may the believers have victory. Amin.
Jumma Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi NY
5 RabiulAwwal 1439
November 24, 2017