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. All praises are due to He who took His Servant by night from Masjid al-Haram to Masjid al-Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our Signs. Indeed, He is the All-Hearing, All-Seeing. (Surah Isra, Ayat 1).
And may all peace and blessings be upon the Sultan of Creation, the Imam of the Prophets, the Master of the Messengers, the Intercessor of the Day of Judgment, the Helper of the Ummat, 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, and Hz. Ali el-Murtaza, and all those who follow them until the Last Day.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! We are still in the Month of Rabiul Awwal, the Month of the Mawlid el-Nabi. The time when the Light of the Holy Prophet (AS) spread throughout the whole world, taking the darkness of kufr away from east to west. So many Muslims, so many Muslims, so many Ahlu Sunnah Muslims are still having Majlis of Mawlid, singing and celebrating. Making duas in those gatherings saying, “Let us to become Aashiq-e-Rasool. Let us to die in Madinah. Let us to visit the Green Dome.” And so many in their hearts are in reality making the dua saying, “let me make more money. Let me get a bigger house. Let my business to do better. For the sake of the Mawlid.”
Who is praying for the Ummah? Who is worrying about the Ummah? Where are those who are continuing the Dua of the Holy Prophet (AS) saying Ummati, Ummati. Where are those ones who are claiming that they are representing the Holy Prophet (AS)?
Muslims, we have reached to a station of humiliation. A humiliation that has not been seen in 1400 years of Islam. Even after the Mongols destroyed Baghdad, we did not reach to this state of humiliation. Even after the Spanish took Andalusia, we did not reach this state of disgrace. Even after the Crusaders spread across the lands of Islam, we did not reach this low station. And so many are looking today saying, the President of America has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. They are being made to become crazy, running into the streets, burning and being wild. What are you running for? What changed? Quds has been in the hands of the enemies for 50 years. Masjid al-Aqsa has been controlled by the enemies of Holy Prophet (AS) for half-a-century. Where were you, for fifty years the Muslims they have been running in the streets or they have forgotten? Why now? Why now especially in the time of the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
Everybody is reacting emotionally, worse than animals. Nobody is sitting down to examine, and to look, and to think, what happened that made us to get here. Nothing happens without the permission of Allah SWT. How did we get to this point that the nation of His most beloved one is being put under the heel boots of the enemy of Islam? What have we done that Allah SWT is punishing us like this? But so many do not want to look back in the pages of history, so many they are running to establish Colleges, Universities, Madrasas. They are running to have conferences. But nobody is making anyone to look back to how we were, what happened to us. Because looking back to the pages of history, we are just going to see their own pictures looking back at them under the title of “Tyrants and Supporters of the Tyrants.” Betrayers to Allah and His Prophet. Who is saying this? Sultan el-Evliya, Sheykh Mevlana Muhammad Nazim Adil el-Hakkani (KS) is saying this. He, May Allah Raise his Station, is saying: ‘The Sultan of the Ottomans will come, whether they like it or not. Grass is different, a grand old sycamore tree is different. The Ottoman Sultan must come for sure. They are waiting too. The Palestinians know this but they don’t say. When the British came, who applauded them first were the Palestinians because the Ottomans left. This trouble came on them. Ask them for me. When (that General) was entering from the city wall, they applauded him – the people of Quds applauded the British because the Ottomans left and they came. The Ottomans ruled and watched over it for 500 years. There are pictures of it in the history books, you may look into it. The British enter on horseback, the General and they clapped for him. Take these troubles now! It turned into a knot that can’t be untied. The Palestinians never find any comfort because of this. They were ungrateful to the Ottomans. They welcomed and applauded the British. So take it now! There are history books in front of me which show they were clapping when the British were entering and the Ottomans left.’ And the words of Allah they speak the truth.
Rasulallah (AS) is saying, ‘Speak the truth, even if it is bitter.’ (Ahmad). This is a bitter truth. This is a truth that almost all of the Muslim world we are guilty of at that time, and we are still guilty of it if we don’t understand the mistakes that we did. This is the truth that should make the Muslims to cry. This is the first truth that the Ummat-i-Muhammad must accept and make tawba for before they are going to move forward of that betrayal that they have made to Allah and His Prophet and to those that are rightly guided, and that truth is that we betrayed the Khalifa. That truth is that the Ottomans were betrayed in Quds. The truth is that the Ottomans were betrayed in the Hijaz. The truth is that the Ottomans were betrayed in Yemen. The truth is that the Khalifa was left alone in Canakkale.
Yes, when the British entered into Quds, the Palestinians they were applauding them. Yes, when the British entered, Muslim troops from Hind entered with them. Yes, when the British General Allenby entered Quds he declared, kicking the tombs of Salahuddin Ayyubi, he is declaring, ‘the Crusades are now complete!’ So where are the voices that are screaming for the couple of days? This had happened over fifty years. Where were those voices at that time when the Crusaders were claiming that they were kicking the tomb of Salahuddin Ayyubi? Where were we? Why are we screaming now? But the Muslims, they were not screaming, they stood for him in the streets and they clapped for the enemies of Islam to enter. They clapped for betraying the Khalifa. They applauded at their own betrayal of the Representative of the Rasullullah, the Shadow of Allah. And Allah (SWT)’s words are a proof, saying in Surah al-Anfal, BismillahirRahmanirRahim. O you who believe! Do not betray Allah and the Messenger, or betray your trusts when you know the consequence. (8:27). Sadaqallahuladzim.
Muslims can try every solution, but until we realize that all of these disasters are falling on our head because of our fault, our betrayal, nothing will work. Dont’ blame the others. Don’t blame the enemies of Islam. They are doing their job. We are not doing our job. Muslims, they tried everything except Islam. They tried communism; it didn’t work. They tried democracy; it didn’t work. They tried peaceful activism; it didn’t work. They tried violence; it didn’t work. And none of it is going to work, because none of it is Islam, none of it is the path of the Rasulullah(AS). Nothing will work until the Ummat stands up and says, ‘we are begging forgiveness for our betrayal. We are asking for the Khalifa to come back. Send us the Khalifa Ya Rabbi, Ya Rasulullah.’
As our Sheykh is saying: People are paying the price, nations are paying the price and still they are not waking up. Now from Afghanistan to Iraq, from Indonesia to Malaysia, from the Philippines to Qudus, from Africa to Morocco, from Bosnia to Chechenistan, everywhere it’s burning. People are paying the price. People are paying the price of uprising against the Sultan. Nothing else. Allah’s mercy is always opening and He is sending other people to call people to the right way. They are not waking up! Don’t wake. Other ones are coming. Never is it going to become easier. Allah is not going to give in. We are going to give in. And how are we going to give in to Allah? We must run to the one who was given the mercy to all of creation, we must run to the Holy Messenger (AS). Allah Jalla wa’Ala is saying in the Holy Quran, BismillahirRahmanirRahim.We did not send any messenger except to be obeyed by permission of Allah. And if, when they wronged themselves, they had come to you, [Ya Muhammad], and asked forgiveness of Allah and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah Accepting of repentance and Merciful. (4:64). Sadaqallahuladzim. What is the ayat saying? Allah will accept people’s repentance and forgiveness if they come through the Holy Prophet (AS).
Who is saying in these thousands of Mawlid gatherings, ‘Forgive us ya Rasulallah. Forgive us for betraying your Khalifa. Forgive us for betraying your grandchildren. Forgive us for betraying your Amanat. Forgive us for betraying your Ummat.’ O Muslim leaders! O Kings and Presidents and Prime Ministers! O you who have power and wealth and might! Where are you to beg for the forgiveness of Sayyid al-Awwaleen wal-Akhireen? O you who consume the wealth of the Muslims while your brothers and sisters are dying everyday! Where are you to call out to Rasulallah? O scholars, O Sheykhs who are supporting tyrants? Where are your tongues full of sugar when it comes time to speak the Truth?
We fell in love with this dunya. We started to trust this dunya. And this love of dunya destroyed us. That hero of Islam who rescued Quds, Salahuddin Ayyubi, may Allah be pleased with him, he warned the people, he warned us saying: ‘If you want to live like an honored nation then do not forget your traditions…A Muslim is not attracted to luxury. Your wealth is your character and your faith…Sons of the Ummah! Guard your character…Keep yourself in control. Keep your eyes not on today but on tomorrow because the eyes of your enemy are on the tomorrow of your religion. You’ve seen what the enemies are doing today, if you occupy yourselves with heedlessness and luxury then the Ummat will be weakened. Do not let your emotions overtake you. Avoid temptation. Keep yourself in control. Precaution is a must. First organize yourselves then form a leadership.’ And he was telling us what will happen if the Khilafat should fall, saying: There are no borders for the Empire of Islam. The day you and this glorious religion of Islam are restricted to borders, that day you should know that you will be imprisoned in your own dungeon. Then your boundaries will shrink. Take your eyes further than the Roman Sea.
O Muslims! We are crying because of a disaster that we have brought on ourselves. A disaster that came from falling in love with dunya, and betraying Akhirat. A disaster that came from falling in love with the lifestyle of the west, and betraying the Sunnat-e-Rasool. A disaster that came from falling in love with the education of our enemies, and abandoning the Friends of Allah. The only way to turn back is to fall into Sajdah and ask for forgiveness, to ask them for forgiveness first. If we do that, then we can stand up again. If we do that and run back to Islam, then we can regain our honor, then the help of Allah will come.
As our Sheykh is saying: Pull ourselves away and keep your honor. The honor comes with Islam. Anyone who drops Islam lost their honor. They lost their honor in the Divine Presence. People may give votes to them, today they may make them the presidents, and the next day they will bring them to hang them. This world has seen that all the time and it’s always seeing. We must escape from this world. From Dunya to Mawla. That is the direction that the believer must turn to. The believer must know, “I am reaching to Maghrib time but I don’t know if I am going to reach to Fajr time.” That’s how a believer must prepare himself. And (he should be) saying, “Ya Rabbi! If it is good for me to die then take my life clean. If it is good for me to stay then keep me in this life.” Everything is under the protection of Allah. We cannot protect anything. We cannot protect even our own selves. He is the Protector. We must turn back to Him and we must insure ourselves with that. If we don’t insure ourselves with that then you can insure yourself with the whole world’s insurance companies but they cannot reach to you. Impossible. They cannot reach to you. Impossible. If we insure ourselves with Allah and His Prophet (AS), if we insure ourselves with Allah, His Prophet (AS) and His beloved ones, then we have found safety in this world and in the hereafter. If we don’t, if you don’t, then live as you like.
If these words are not suiting you then leave them here. I will take them to myself. Live as you like. You are entering to your own grave by yourself and they are closing that grave with you in it by yourself. Whatever you are sending there that’s what you are going to find. If you are sending your egoistic actions and desires into that grave then that’s what you are going to find. Or, as Allah (SWT) is saying, “You are fighting against your ego. When you make that ego the Mutmain ego that is pleased with Allah (SWT) and He is pleased with that ego, enter to My Paradise.” If you are looking for that then this sohbet, this association is for you. If you are looking for this world, the benefits of this world, then you have nothing to gain here. Don’t spend your time (here). Please go out quickly and run after this world because you don’t have too much time also.
Those who are running after this world don’t have too much time. Those who are running for Mawla have great days waiting for them. It’s not only what is coming with Mehdi (AS) but what he is bringing after too. Anyone who has tyranny in their hearts someway somehow (to any one of us, to any one of them or to someone at all) should prepare themselves for that punishment. Turn yourself saying, “Ya Rabbi! I am asking help and support from You against this tyranny that is inside of me. Clean me from that.” Then you will be counted in the book as ‘The people of Mehdi (AS)’ and you will be among those that the Holy Prophet (alayhi AS) praised and he is giving salams saying to his Sahaba, “I cannot wait to meet my brothers in the Judgment Day.” They said, “Ya Rasulullah, aren’t we your brothers?” He said, “No, you are my companions. My brothers are those who are going to come in the Ahir Zaman. Everywhere everything is going to be for their ego but they are going to leave that way and they are going to run, they are going to hold on tightly to my traditions. Those are my brothers.” And he said to them, “I am giving them salams in front of you.” Holy Prophet (AS) is sending salam to us, whoever is coming until the end of times. Salam aleykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu Ya Rasulullah. We are sending salams back to him, endless salams.
We are asking our Lord, for the sake of the Holy Prophet (AS) to forgive us. We are asking him to let us to regain the honor of Islam. We are asking to be with those who are carrying the Flag of Islam. We are asking to be with our Sheykh, to be with him in the time of Mehdi (AS). Amin.
Jumma Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi NY
19 RabiulAwwal 1439
December 8, 2017