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 Who is the First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden, the One Who has Might and Power over all things. He is Lord of the East and the West; there is nothing worthy of worship but He- so take Him alone as your defender. (73:9). SadaqallahulAdzim. All praises are due to Allah Who has sent His Chosen One, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS), as the Mercy to the Universes and the Guide to the Sirat al-Mustaqim.
May all peace and blessings be upon Sayyidina Muhammad (AS). Allah (SWT) is saying in the Holy Quran: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. There Has come unto you a Messenger from amongst your own selves: it grieves him that you should perish. He is full of concern for you. And to the Believers, he is the most Kind and Merciful (Rauf and Rahim). (9:128). SadaqallahulAdzim. May all peace and blessings be upon him, and 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 upon the Righteous Khulafa and Sultans, especially upon the Majestic House of Osman. And may peace and blessings be upon our Mashaikh of the Most Distinguished Naksibendi Way and all those who follow them until the Last Day.
Ayyhual Mu’minoon! O Believers! Every breath we take is bringing us closer to our last breath, and every step that we take is bringing us closer to our grave. Never forget this reality. Never forget that Azrail is going to come to take our soul, that we are going to go to the cemetery, and that we are going to be raised to be questioned. Allah (SWT) is saying: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. O you who believe! Do not let your wealth or children distract you from the Zikir of Allah. Whoever does that is lost. Give from what We have provided for you before death comes to one of you and he says, ‘O Lord, if only you would give me a little more time so that I can give sadaqa and be one of the righteous.’ Allah will not give anyone more time, once their time has come. Allah is aware of everything you do. (63:9-11). SadaqallahulAdzim.
So we are walking closer to that ultimate reality. And we are living in a time where everything in creation is coming closer to its end. We are living in the time that Holy Prophet (AS) is calling Ahir Zaman, and as our Sheykh is saying, we are living in the Ahir of Ahir Zaman, the end of the end of time. So how are we living, when these realities are in front of us? How are Muslims living when this reality is in front of us?
If we look at the Ummat today, it does not look like we are living as if we are in the end of times. Today’s Muslims are acting as though everything in this world is new and it is beautiful. Today’s Muslims are living as though we have reached the most perfect, most peaceful, most just time that has ever come to the earth. Today’s Muslims, yes, our wealth, and our children, and our hope for this dunya, it has completely distracted us from the Zikir of Allah. And because of that, we have lost.
What happened to us? What happened to the Ummat? How can the Ummat-i-Muhammad (asws) be in such heedlessness and darkness? It is because our enemies put out the fire that burned in the hearts of every Muslim. It is because we forget the essence that gives light to our Iman. It is because we let go of the Rope to Allah (SWT). The Muslims of the Ahir Zaman, wehave forgotten Rasulallah (AS). Wehave forgotten his Sunnat. We have forgotten his lifestyle. As our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (KS) is saying: Muslims lost their head over a century ago and they became headless. Because they are headless they became heedless. Because they are heedless everyone is fooling them. The West, western people are fooling the Muslims. West understood one thing. They studied good and said, “These Muslims, as long as they hold on tightly to their Prophet, we are not going to be able to bring them down. As long as they hold on tightly to the orders of their Prophet, we are not going to be able to put them down.” They knew that. They understood that.
We are in Rabiul Awwal. So many people are going to object to these words and say, we did not forget our Prophet! We are celebrating his Mawlid! We are reading Durood e-Sharif and Salawat. We are singing Qasidas and Naats. Yes, now so many Muslims are running to make Mawlid. Even those who used to call it Biddat and Haram, they are using Mawlid now because they understand that they can pull people with that. But where are you making Mawlid? You are making Mawlids in golden palaces with the Zaalims and the oppressors. You are making Mawlids with feasts and wasting the food. You are making Mawlids and singing and sinking into delusion. You are making Mawlids and not even once praying for Mercy to come to the Ummat. You are making Mawlids and not asking for Allah to help the Mazlum, the orphans, the widows. You are making Mawlid and not asking for Allah to fix the direction of this Nation.
That kind of Mawlid has no connection to Holy Prophet (AS). That kind of Mawlid, the people may be saying “Ya Rasulallah,” but in reality, they are only glorifying their egos. Why did Holy Prophet (AS) come to this world? Allah (SWT) is saying, Wa Ma Arsalnaka illa Rahmatalil Alameen. We have not sent you, Ya Muhammad, except as a Mercy to the Universes. (21:107).
Holy Prophet (AS) did not come to call people to dunya. Holy Prophet (AS) came to turn people from dunya to Mawla. He came as a Mercy to the Universes. He came to help the weak ones, the ones that were oppressed and helpless in society. Today’s Muslims have forgotten the oppressed, and are instead focusing on becoming oppressors and supporting the oppressors. Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, Be afraid from the curse of the oppressed because there is no veil between his prayer and Allah. (Bukhari).
This Ummat was honored for 1400 years because they were following the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (AS), and following that sunnah, they were spreading His Mercy, and because they were on the side of the weak and the oppressed. Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, Look amongst your weak ones, because you are given Rizq and help only because of them. (Sunan Abu Dawud). It is only because of them that you are given rizq and help. So look to your weak ones. Help them.
If we are claiming to be the followers of the Holy Prophet (AS), then we must be living the way he was living. And we must be living for the reason he was living for. From the time that he came into this world, until the time that he left this world, he was living for one thing. When he was born, he said, Ashhadu an-la ilaha il-Allah, wa Inni Rasulallah. Ummati, Ummati. Throughout his life, he was crying and saying, my nation, my nation. And on the Day of Judgment, he is going to say, Ummati, Ummati. On that day the people are going to go and ask someone to intercede on their behalf with Allah (SWT). They will go to Adam (AS) and say, You are the father of mankind. Allah created you and blew some of His Ruh into you and He ordered the Angels and they prostrated to you. Intercede on our behalf to your Rabb, to your Lord. Do you not see what we are going through, do you not see what has afflicted us? And Adam (AS) will say, My Lord is extremely angry today, He has never been so angry before, and He will never be so angry again. He forbid me from the tree and I disobeyed. Nafsi! Nafsi! Nafsi! O my ego, O my ego, O my ego. Go to someone else, go to Nuh.
And they will go to Nuh (AS) and say, Ya Nuh, you are the first to the people of the earth and Allah called you a thankful servant. Please interecede for us with your Lord, don’t you see the state we are in? And he will say the same as Adam (AS) and say, I had the right in this world to make one dua, and I made it against my nation. Nafsi! Nafsi! Nafsi! Go to someone else, go to Ibrahim. They will say to Ibrahim (AS), You are Khalilullah, please help us. And Ibrahim (AS) will say Nafsi Nafsi and send them to Musa (AS). And Musa (AS) will say, I killed a person who I had not been ordered to kill, O my ego, go to Isa. They will go to Isa (AS) who will say, Nafsi Nafsi Nafsi, go to Muhammad (AS)!
And Sayyidul Ka’inat, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS), he says, I will go beneath Allah’s throne and fall in prostration before my Lord. And then Allah will guide me to such praises and glorification to Him as He has never guided anybody else before me. Then it will be said, ‘Ya Muhammad Raise your head. Ask, and it will be granted. Intercede, and it (your intercession) will be accepted. And then Holy Prophet (AS) will raise his head and say, Ya Rabbi, Ummati! Ya Rabbi, Ummati! Ya Rabbi, Ummati! And Allah (SWT) will say, Ya Muhammad (asws), let those of your followers who have no accounts enter through the gates of Paradise on the right side, and they will share the other gates with the people. (Bukhari).
O Believers! That is our Holy Prophet (AS). At his birth, in his life, in Baqa, in Akhiret, he is worrying about us. About his Ummat. If we want to call ourselves his Ummatis, then we must also be worrying about this Ummat. When we see the sad state of this Ummat, it must cause pain in our hearts. Because Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, The likeness of the believers in their mutual love, mercy and affection is that of the body. When one limb of it complains, the rest of the body reacts with sleeplessness and fever. (Bukhari and Muslim). And the ones who, throughout the history of Islam, have carried the work of being worried for his Ummat and cleaning the Ummat, they are the Friends of Allah. The work of the scholars is to give classes and write books. But the job of the Friends of Allah is to give their hand to those people who are sinking and to rescue them. From Indonesia, to India, to Anatolia, to Africa, the Evliyaullah have always mixed with the people and brought the Light and Mercy of Rasulallah (AS) to them. That is why they are the Inheritors of the Holy Prophet (AS).
The Evliyaullah show the Way to the Holy Prophet. As our Sheykh is saying: Now you have to have a guide in front of you. If you don’t have a guide in front of you then you are going to lose the right direction. The guide is that one who sees. That’s what Sheykh means. Sheykh is the one who sees ahead. It’s not an ordinary person’s seeing, no. If Sheykh has the ordinary vision, then it’s no good. That is a jubbah sheykh, zikir sheykh but it’s not a Murshid. Murshid is that one who knows when the road comes to fork, which way to turn. He sees the light going ahead and the Holy Prophet (AS) is holding that light. Anyone who is following, they may go then, InshaAllah ar-Rahman.
O Believers! In this Mawlid time, we must wake up. We must run back to our Prophet. We must run back to our Lord. We must run to follow the guides who are taking us to them. And they are telling us what to pray for in these days. Seyh Efendi is saying: We pray differently for this Ummat to turn back, to ask forgiveness and to say, “Ya Rabbi, we did wrong. Now we realize it. We are turning back to Your door.” Then as Ali (RA) is saying in his prayer, “If You close Your door to me, I have no place to go but come back to You again because there is no other door.” He said, “I am not a perfect one.” He was a perfect one, he was a Murshid, he was perfect. But he said, “I am not a perfect one but I am not the worst one also from the ones that are doing the wrong things. I am not the worst one among them. I am a weak servant, I have my weaknesses and I am asking for Your forgiveness.”
Any person today in this world sincerely taking this prayer, sincerely believing on it and asking, instantly the message is coming back to them saying, “I accept your prayer.” Ya Rabbi! In this time of Mawlid when you sent Sayyidina Muhammad (AS) to this world, we are going to Your Door for His Sake. Please help this Ummat. Send the Khalifah. Send Mahdi (as). Send the Rijalullah. Send them to bring justice and peace back to this world. Make us to reach to your Pleasure. Amin.
Jumma Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi NY
14 RabiulAwwal 1439
December 1, 2017