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 One. All praises are due to Allah, Who is Eternal, Absolute. All praises are due to Allah, Who does not beget, and was not begotten. All praises are due to Allah, and there is none comparable to Him. (112:1-4).
And may all peace and blessings be upon the Master of the First and the Last, the Imam of the Two Sacred Houses, the Beloved of the Lord of the Two Easts and the Two Wests, the Grandfather of Hasan and Huseyin, the Owner of the Makam al-Mahmud, 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! Today is the Last Jummah of the Holy Month of Rabiul Awwal. We are asking our Lord, Allah (SWT), to accept our weak service in this month, and to accept us as showing respect and honor to the Mevlid of His Habib (AS).
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! Our honor is in Islam. Wherever else we seek honor, we will find only humiliation and disgrace there. The Sahaba-e-Kiram, before they accepted Islam, they were living in the time of Jahiliyya. They thought that they were an honored people. The Arabs of that time, they thought that they were a great society. But in reality, the pre-Islamic Arabs they were a Jahil nation, they were ignorant. Hz. Jafar al-Tayyar, in the presence of Najashi, the Emperor of Abyssinia, he explained the reality of Jahiliyya saying: O King! We were drowned in the depths of ignorance and barbarism. We worshipped idols, we lived unclean, we ate dead bodies, we spoke evil words, we left every feeling of humanity. The duties of hospitality and neighborliness were forgotten. We knew no law except that of the strong taking advantage of the weak- then Allah raised among us a man of whose birth, truthfulness, honesty, and purity, we all know. He called us to Tawhid, and taught us not to associate anything with Allah. He forbid us from worshipping idols. He made us promise to speak the truth, to keep our trusts, to be merciful and to take care of the rights of the neighbors and family. He forbade us to speak evil of women, or to eat the wealth of orphans. He ordered us to run away from bad habits and to stay away from wrong things, to pray our namaz, to give zakat, and to fast.
So Holy Prophet (AS) came, Islam came, to break that Jahil culture. And in the tent of the Holy Prophet (AS), there was no difference between Arab and non-Arab, black and white, rich or poor. The only difference between the people was their Taqwa, and how much they were showing obedience to the orders of Allah and His Prophet. That tribal culture of the Jahil Arabs, it was broken by Holy Prophet (AS). That tribal culture, it was the ancient form of nationalism. And when that nationalism would wake up again in the presence of Holy Prophet (AS), he used to become very angry. He said in one Hadith Sherif, There are indeed people who boast of their dead ancestors; but in the sight of Allah they are more hated than the black beetle that rolls a piece of dung with its nose. Behold, Allah has removed from you the arrogance of the Time of Jahiliyyah (Ignorance) with its bragging of ancestral glories. Man is but an Allah-fearing believer or an unfortunate sinner. All people are the children of Adam, and Adam was created out of dust. (Tirmidhi). And in another Hadith Sherif he is saying, He is not one of us who calls for nationalism, or who fights for nationalism, or who dies for nationalism. (Abu Dawud).
Muslims! O Muslim leaders! What are we calling for? What are Muslim leaders calling for when they are all meeting in one place, making a big show, calling emergency meetings? What are kings and presidents and prime ministers saying when they claim that they are meeting together to rescue Quds? Are they calling the ummat to Islam? Are they calling the ummat to Allah SWT? Are they calling the ummat to return to Rasulallah (AS)? Are they calling the ummat to return to the Evliyaullah? Or are they saying, we must rescue Quds because it contains the Sacred Masjid of Al-Aqsa? Because it is the place where 124,000 Prophets prayed behind Holy Prophet (AS)? or maybe they are saying, Because it the place where Rasulallah (AS) was raised to Paradise? Are they saying we must rescue Quds because it is the rightful capital of the Arabs? Are they calling the people to stand up in the name of Allah, or to stand up for their individual nations? Shame on them. Shame on them. They are standing, each nation individually, each nation under their own flag. What had happened? What had happened to that flag of Islam, that flag of the Rasulullah (AS), that flag of the Ottomans that they were carrying for over six hundred years? Is this Islam? Is this the Islam whose banner flew above the seven climates? Is this the Islam that knocked on the doors of Europe? Is this the Islam of our heroes?
Definitely it is not the Islam of the Liberator of Quds, the One who opened its doors and welcomed everyone with justice and fairness. Definitely the Islam of 21st century Muslim presidents and prime-ministers is not the Islam of the Farooq al-Azam, Sayyidina Umar (RA). It is easier for them because it fits their politics to always mention Salahuddin Ayyubi. But nowhere that they are mentioning Hz. Umar, that Farooq al-Azam the one who differentiate between Haqq and batil. Hz. Umar (ra) is saying: We were the most humiliated people on earth and Allah gave us honor with Islam. If we ever look for honor through anything else, Allah will humiliate us again.
Hz. Umar (RA), he is the Fatih of Quds. When he was Khalifa, he had sent an army to Quds under the command of Hz. Amr ibn al-Aas, Hz. Khalid ibn Walid, and Hz. Abu Ubaydah. The Christian Patriarch of that time, Sophronius, saw that the Muslims were very powerful and decided that he was going to surrender. He told the Muslim generals, we will give up this city without any fight as long as your Khalifa comes here personally to take the keys. Now the Khalifa, he is in Medina. The Khalifa, he has to stay, but because of the unusual circumstance, he made a fatwa that he is allowed to travel. And he travelled to Quds to personally take the keys of the city of Prophet. He was travelling, with one servant, on his donkey. He was wearing a robe with seventeen patches on his backs. He was taking turns with his servant, riding on that donkey. When they approached Quds, it was his servant that was riding on the donkey, and the servant insisted that Hz. Umar sit on the animal, but Hz. Umar said, ‘no, it is your turn.’ Hz. Umar is known for justice and this justice was the reason that the Patriarch of Quds decided to give the keys of Jerusalem, of Quds, to Hz.Umar, because his justice is known far and wide. And because there were certain prophecies that the Christians and the Jews they knew at that time what was going to happen to the man who was going to take Quds. Sophronius saw Hz. Umar holding the reins of the donkey while his servant was riding, and he knew that this was the sign that the Fatih of Jerusalem was coming. This had been written in their books, the man who was closest to Hz. Isa in appearance, and he gave the keys to Hz. Umar.
This is proof of the Ayat in Surah al-Fath, when Allah (SWT) is saying: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Muhammad (AS) is the Messenger of Allah. And those with him (his companions) they are strong against the unbelievers and merciful amongst each other. You will see them bow and prostrate themselves in prayer seeking bounty from Allah and His Pleasure. On their faces are their signs from the traces of sajdah. That is their description in the Tawrah. And their description in the Gospel is as a plant which produces its offshoots and strengthens them so they grow firm and stand upon their stalks, delighting the sowers- and as a result it fills the unbelievers with rage at them. Allah has promised those who believe and do righteous deeds among them forgiveness and a great reward. (48:29). SadaqallahulAdzim.
When Hz. Umar (RA) entered Quds, he went first to the place of Masjid al-Aqsa and the Rock where Holy Prophet (AS) went for Miraj. When the Bishop took Hz. Umar there, he saw that the Christians had used it as a garbage dump for centuries. But Hz. Umar (RA) recognized this place, he said, Allahu Akbar. I swear by the one who holds my soul in his hand that this is the Masjid of Dawud (AS) which the Rasulallah (AS) described to us after his night journey. And Hz. Umar (RA), the first thing that he did, the Ameer al-Muslimeen, he started to clean up that whole area with his own hands, using his own clothes. When Hz. Umar (RA) took Quds, not one person was killed. Understand that when the Christians took Jerusalem, they killed so many people that the blood reached their knees, that they proud-fully, with pride and arrogance described in their own history. Under Hz. Umar, not one person was harmed. Not one site was destoyed. All of the holy sites of every religion were left free and untouched. Hz. Umar (RA) who represent the justice of Allah, even refused to pray in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, telling the Bishop that if he prayed there, the Muslims would later turn it into a Masjid. And Hz. Umar signed a treaty with them, which says: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. This is the assurance of safety which the servant of Allah, Umar, the Commander of the Faithful, has given to the people of Quds. He has given them an assurance of safety for themselves for their property, their churches, their crosses, the sick and healthy of the city and for all the rituals which belong to their religion. Their churches will not be inhabited by Muslims and will not be destroyed. Neither they, nor the land on which they stand, nor their cross, nor their property will be damaged. They will not be forcibly converted. (Tabari). The Jews they were invited to come back, and the majority of them became Muslims and they helped to build Masjidil Aqsa because it was revealed that this was the site of the Temple of Dawud, of the Masjid of Dawud (AS), the third temple that they are rebuilding. Quds flourished and became one of the centers of learning and spirituality in the whole world for centuries.
The justice and fairness of Faruq al-Azam was continued not just in Quds, but in the whole world, by the Holy Ottomans. In 1516, Sultan Selim Han inherited the Khilafat and also took control of Quds. And his son, Kanuni Sultan Suleyman, made Quds into the flower of Shaam. Sultan Suleyman built the Walls of Quds that still stand today.
Those who are now trying to kick the Muslims out of Quds should remember that it was Kanuni Sultan Suleyman who welcomed the Jewish people who were running away from Spain and Portugal into Quds, telling them that they would be free to live and practice their religion there. And the Ottomans were the ones who inscribed above the main gateway of the city, ‘La Ilaha Illallah Ibrahim Khalilullah,’ welcoming all of the ahlil Kitab to that city. The Muslims did not have to do this. The Muslims did not have to do this if they were to go according to the social norms and the laws of that time. But they were not. They were not pleasing Presidents, Prime Ministers and Kings. They were not pleasing ideologies and politicians. They were only pleasing Allah, and this is Allah’s justice and these are His laws. And when the Muslims hold Allah’s justice high, it bring honor to ourselves. When we say, ‘no, Allah’s justice and laws is under our laws,’ Allah makes us to be under the boots of the unbelievers. Dishonor is going to be our dress. Humiliation is going to be our clothes that we are going to wear until Judgement Day if we don’t wake up.
Quds became one of the major centers of learning and Tarikat inside the Empire. The great Ottoman explorer, Evliya Chelebi, is saying: Quds contains the Makams of 124,000 Prophets…it is called the Qibla of the Dervishes…Although this city looks small, it has 240 musallas. Aside from the Masjid al-Aqsa and the Jami’ Masjid it is full of medreses and Dergahs and small neighborhood mosques. There are seven Hadith schools, ten schools of Quran recitations, and forty mektebs. Each of the seventy Tarikats has a Dergah here, including the Qadiri, the Badawi, the Sa’di and the Rufa’i. The most visited is the Mevlevi Dergah just inside the gate of the pillar. All of these have a Jamaat of dervishes who perform zikr every blessed night for hundreds of years.
O Believers! Think for just a moment how beautiful that Quds must have been, when the Dervishes were making zikr in the same place where the 124,000 Prophets were reciting the Salat al-Ummi, reciting the Salawats, greeting the Holy Prophet (asws). We wonder if this Quds was return to the Muslims of today, if it’s going to be like the Quds described here. And the protocols that the Ottomans put in place to make sure that all the different sects and denominations of the Christian and Jewish they had fair access to the Christians and the Jewish sites, that protocol continue to this day. He was given faireness to even the Christians denominations and the Jews, something that not even their own Christian brothers were doing either in the East or in the West. When the governments there tried to change it recently, the people rose up, chaos ensued. Then they knew that the Ottoman protocols that was only to please Allah and His Prophet they were the most fair.
Then what happened? O Believers! What happened to take this beauty out of Quds? What happened that the same place that Hz. Umar (RA) conquered without blood, to be flowing with rivers of innocent blood?
Khiyanet. Betrayal. Betrayal of the Sultan. Betrayal of the Khalifa. Betrayal of the Ottomans. Betrayal of those ones from whose chest grew the tree of protection for the whole world. The whole Muslim world betrayed, especially the Arabs. And they traded the Khilafat for Arab nationalism, a nationalism that is still causing us disgrace and humiliation to this day. Yes, the Arabs in Quds betrayed the Ottomans. And while they were betraying, they wrote these words in their own newspapers: Now we have seen that the love of freedom is like a great flood flattening the mountains and shaking the earth, and nothing can stop it on its way.
Just like Sultan el-Evliya is saying, they were clapping that the Ottomans left and they were applauding when the kafirs entered. Sultan Abdul Hamid Han, the Ulu Hakan, he was a great Friend of Allah. And he saw the consequences of this betrayal. He saw what was going to happen if the Ottomans were forced out of Quds. He said, ‘If the Ottomans ever leave Palestine, bloodshed will not stop there until the Day of Judgment.’
Beware! Believers and Muslims! We cannot continue on this road of destruction and heedlessness. Our safety does not lie in democracy, or in communism, or nationalism, or in the United Nation, or in the OIC, or in any other organisation. Our safety lies in Islam, our safety lies in the one who is going to come to save the Ummat and to bring Islam and the sunnat of the Rasulullah (AS). Our safety comes, this is a matter of faith, it’s going to come from Mahdi (AS). They are saying in that conference of the Muslim leaders that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine. O Muslim leaders! Stand up and say- Jerusalem is the City of Mahdi (AS), and that we are asking Allah (SWT) to send Hz. Mahdi.
Holy Prophet (AS) is saying: A man from my nation will come who speaks with my Sunnah and Allah, the Mighty, the Glorified will send showers of rain from the heavens so that the earth will produce its blessing. Through him the earth will be filled with fairness and justice just as it had been filled by oppression and injustice. He will govern this nation for seven years, and go to Quds. (Sunan Abu Dawud).
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! We must come back to Islam. We must come back to standing for Hakk and opposing batil, even if we can only do it in our hearts. We must come back to living the Sunnah of the Rasul (AS). We must come back to loving Rasulallah (AS) more than our wealth, our parents, our children. We must live for Allah. The Evliyaullah are saying, live for Allah. Our Sheykh is saying: ‘For one hundred years now, every time this nation dropped something from the Holy Prophet (AS), every time they dropped one sunnat, they replaced it with something else. And what they replaced it with is these western ideologies, with these western ideas. Check your life daily and you are going to find how many wrong things you are doing and check your intention. When you are getting up early in the morning check yourself, are you saying, “Oh my Lord, I just woke up. You gave me this life back and I am intending and I am promising to live for You.” Are you doing it? Check yourself every single day. That time you understand if you are living for Islam or you are living for your ego. Anyone who lives for Islam, their Ahir must be better than today. Tomorrow must be better than today for anyone who is living Islam from east to west and north to south. Anyone who is leaving Islam, their tomorrow is going to be worse than today. Every single day that is coming is going to be worse. If you want peace, safety and the door of Paradise then turn your face that way. Your face should be turned to the Qibla not in the prayer times only. Every time, twenty-four hours a day your heart must be there. Your physical form must be running here and there but your heart must be with Allah and with His Prophet (AS). If you do this then you will win for yourself. If you don’t do this then you will lose for your own self.’
Ya Rabbi– in this last Jummah of Rabiul Awwal, we are asking You to forgive us, we are asking You to forgive our failures as an ummat, we are asking You to forgive our betrayal to the Khalifa, we are asking You to forgive us for the betrayal to Your Prophet and to Yourself, we are asking You Ya Rabbi, for the sake of this Holy month, for the sake of Your Holy Prophet (AS), bring us Mahdi (AS) who will bring justice to this world, to the entire ummat Ya Rabbi. We are asking You forgiveness that we have done wrong things to those ones who are living and dying only for You. Ya Rabbi, we are asking You to please accept our intention to live and to die for You. Accept our intention to love the Holy Prophet (AS) more than our wealth, our children, our parents, more than ourselves. Accept our intention to live to die in the service of the beloved ones, the Friends of Allah, and accept us to reach and be in service in the time of Mehdi (AS). Do not leave us in this confusion Ya Rabbi. Protect us from this confusing time Ya Rabbi. Protect us from confusing areas and confusing people Ya Rabbi. Keep us in safety Ya Rabbi. Ya Rabbi, safety is from You, we are asking from You Ya Rabbi. For the sake of the Holy Prophet (AS). Amin.
Jumma Khutba by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi NY
26 RabiulAwwal 1439
December 15, 2017