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 alayhim ajmain.Ya ayyuhal 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 Who is the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful, besides Whom there is no Ilah. The One Who knows both what is hidden and what can be witnessed; He is the Most Compassionate and Merciful. Allah is He, other than Whom there is no other ilah; the Sovereign, the One, the Source of Peace, the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Security, the Exalted, the Compelling, the Supreme. Glory be to Allah, beyond any partners. He is Allah, the Creator, the One Who Makes from nothing, the Bestower of Forms. To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Whatever exists in heaven and earth declares His Praise and Glory. And He is Exalted in Power, the Wise. Sadaqallahul Azim (Surah Hashr, 22-24).
And may all peace and blessings be upon our Master Sayyidina Muhammad (AS), who opened what was closed and who sealed what had gone before; who makes the truth victorious by the truth and he is the guide to the Straight Path, and bless his Household as it befits his immense stature and splendor. (Salat al-Fatih).
And may all peace and blessings be upon his noble family and blessed companions. Sayyid-i-Ka’inat Hz. Muhammad (AS) is saying: “The Most Merciful from my Ummah to my Ummah is Abu Bakr. And the most serious 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 Huseyin and the Master of the women of Paradise is Fatima. And Hamza is the lion of Allah and the lion of His Prophet. Ya Allah, grant your forgiveness to Abbas and his children, an outward and inward forgiveness and leave no mistake unforgiven. Allah Allah! Fear Allah when it comes to my Sahabis. Do not make them targets after me!
Whoever loves them he loves them because of his love for me; and whoever hates them hates them because of his hatred toward me. And the best of my Nation is my generation, then those who follow them, 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.”
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! We are running to the Protection of Allah (SWT), because we are living in the most dangerous time that has ever faced the Bani Adam. Until we understand that, we will not be able to rise to the challenge that is in front of us. Even though the whole world is saying that we have reached an age of enlightenment, even though Muslims are saying this is our renaissance, this is the time when we are all going to rise up, even though so many are claiming that the world has reached to perfection, we have to know that we are living in a time that 124,000 Prophets warned their nations about. Because the diseases that used to only affect some people, and the disobedience that only used to be in some nations, and the cruelty that only used to happen in rare times, it is all happening nonstop today in every person, in every nation, in ever time. Whatever disobedience the nations of ‘Ad, and Thamud, the People of Lut, Nimrud, and Firaun did, it is open in the People of the 21st Century. Although the people claim that we have reached an age of supreme knowledge and wisdom, the Holy Ones are teaching us that this is actually the Second Jahiliyya, the Second Age of Ignorance.
We are living in an age where the education itself is making people to become ignorant. Real education, real knowledge, it makes a man to become wise and to learn about himself, and to learn about his Lord. But the education of today, it is designed to make man completely forget about Allah,about his Lord, about his Creator, and more than that, to rebel against Allah and His Prophet and the Laws of Allah. As our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (KS) is saying: “Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, “In Ahir Zaman, in the end of times, it will be the second jahiliyya and the second jahiliyya will be worse than the first one.” They said, “Ya Rasulullah, are those people going to build idols again and worship those idols?” He said, “No, their idolizing is going to be a little different than this time. They are going to idolize some people among them and they are going to worship them. But the worst is that they are going to educate themselves with worldly knowledge but they are going to be ignorant. The more education they get the more ignorant and stubborn they are going to become to their Lord.” The evil of the Second Jahiliyya, it is rooted in mankind’s ignorance and stubbornness to his Lord, to his Creator, Allah (SWT). Allah (SWT) is mentioning this characteristic of mankind in the Holy Quran, saying: “BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Indeed, mankind is ungrateful to his Lord. And indeed, he is a witness to that. And indeed he is violent in his love of wealth.” Sadaqallahul Azim (Surah Aadiyat, 6-8).
O Believers! How do we run away from that description of mankind that Allah (SWT) is giving in the Holy Quran? How do we run away from being described as ungrateful to the One who has created us and made everything to serve us? How do we run away from being described as ungrateful and violent in love of wealth, love of ourselves? What is the opposite of being ungrateful? It is to show thankfulness, it is to be in a state of shukr to our Lord, Allah (SWT). Sahib el-Sayf is saying: “If we are standing here and just saying, “Thank You Ya Rabbi, Ya Rabbi shukr, Thank You Ya Rabbi,” until Judgment Day then we will not be questioned about anything on the Day of Judgment. And we cannot be thankful enough to our Lord for even one breath of life that He has given to us. He has created us from the mankind and He has made us from the nation of Muhammad (AS). In the Ahir Zaman, which Holy Prophet (AS) is calling the second jahiliyya time, He is making us to run to try to follow at least a couple of footsteps of the Holy Prophet (AS). If we think just this then this is enough for joy to overtake our hearts and with that happiness to say ‘Thank You, thank You Ya Rabbi, thank You. Thank You Ya Rabbi, thank You.’”
Our Sheykh is using the words of joy and happiness. He is saying that real shukr is for joy and happiness to overtake the heart, and for that heart to be in a zikr, to be in a Wird of saying ‘Shukr ya Rabbi’ non-stop. Today’s Muslims have lost this reality of being happy with Allah (SWT). Muslims look for happiness in everything other than Allah. Because with the disease of Wahhabism, with the disease of capitalism, that the Wahhabis helped to spread, it has entered into the lands of Islam, people associated Islam with everything negative. Islam is beautiful. And Holy Prophet (AS) says, InnnAllaha Jameel, Yuhibbul Jamaal– Allah is Beautiful and He loves beauty. But the Wahhabis, they took all the happiness and joy out of Islam. They said, ‘Imam cannot smile. The Imam cannot smile. He shouldn’t. He must always yell and he must always frown. You cannot wear beautiful clothes. You cannot decorate your masjids. You cannot talk about the Mercy of Allah, but only about His Azab, about His punishment. You cannot talk about the beauty of Holy Prophet (AS), but say he is just a man. You cannot talk about the Evliyaullah, you cannot talk about Tarikat, you cannot talk about the things that have decorated and beautified Islam for 1400 years. So Muslims left Islam and looked for happiness outside of Islam. Muslims think that the Masjid is the place to suffer, while the dunya is the place to find joy and happiness. But the opposite is true. Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, the Dunya is the prison of the believer, and it is paradise for the unbeliever.
If Muslims are going to look for joy and happiness in the dunya, they will always be disappointed. Muslims must look for joy and happiness in what Allah has given. Allah (SWT) is telling us about the nature of dunya, saying: “BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Know that the life of this world, this dunya, it is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children… the life of this world is only a deceiving happiness.” Sadaqallahul Azim (Al-Hadid, 20). Being happy in this world, finding joy in this world, without understand the joy it is coming from Allah, worshiping this world to think that it is the source of happiness whereas the source of happiness and joy it is from its Creator, it is one of the worst traps that man can fall into.
When a man is pleased with Allah, when a man is pleased with Allah, when a man is happy with his Lord, whatever situation the world is presenting to them, he will be happy. He does not need wealth of this world. He does not need children of this world. He does not need the honor of this world because his honor comes from Allah. Look to the lives of 124,000 Prophets. Their lives, when we compare to how the people of the world think what is joy and happiness, their lives were miserable. But they were the most happiest people on the face of this world to their Lord. Allah (SWT) is saying in Suratul Yunus: “BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Those who do not rest their hope in their meeting with Us, but are pleased and satisfied with the life of this world, and who are in heedlessness about Our Signs- their home is the Fire, because of the evil they earned.” Sadaqallahul Azim (Surah Yunus, 7-8).
So if we are in Rida, in pleasure, with this dunya, then we lose the Rida of Allah (SWT). So where is the Pleasure of Allah? He is saying: ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Allah is showing where His Pleasure lies.’ He is saying ‘O mankind! there has come to you an instruction from your Lord and a healing for the diseases in your hearts- and for those who believe, a guidance and a Mercy. Say: “In the bounty of Allah and in His Mercy, in that let them rejoice. It is better than what they hoard.” Sadaqallahul Azim (Surah Yunus, 57-58). Real Happiness, the Joy that Allah (SWT) is giving to us, it comes from the teachings that has come to us from the Paradises. That teaching, that instruction, that direction, it is the Holy Prophet (AS). He has come to guide us to Allah (SWT). He has come to show us how to become people of joy, how to become people of Paradise, how to have the manners of the people of Paradise, while living in this world, so even if the world is showing that it is hell, in this hell, in this fire of this world, just like Ibrahim (AS), the believers will find a garden, and they will find each other, and they will have Paradise in their hearts. The Guidance itself, that Guidance is the happiness that the believers must be looking for.
What gave the Sahaba-e-Kiram that happiness? It was being in the Sohbet, in the garden, in the association of Rasulallah (AS). Hz. Abu Hurayra (RA) said: “Ya Rasulallah! When I see you, I feel so happy that my eyes begin to fill with tears.” (Musnad Imam Ahmad). There was one Sahabi named Hz. Thawbaan, who was a slave that had been freed by Holy Prophet (AS). And he was always happy just looking at Rasulallah (AS). But one day in the association he was looking very sad. So Holy Prophet (AS) asked him what was wrong, and Hz. Thawbaan said: “Ya Rasulūllah, I have no sickness and I have no pain. It is this much only: that when I do not see you, I feel very very sad and I am very much anxious as long as I do not come into your presence and soothe my eyes. So now I think about the Hereafter, that I will not be able to see you, because even if I get entry into Paradise, you will be in the class of Prophets where I am not able to reach; and if I am not admitted to Paradise, I will never be able to see you and it is in this sadness that I am melting.”
Holy Prophet (AS) did not give any answer. But then the Wahiyy, the Revelation of Allah (SWT) came, BismillahirRahmanirRahim. And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger, then they will be in the company of those on whom Allah has bestowed His Favor, of the Prophets, the truthful, the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are. Sadaqallahul Azim (Surah Nisa, 69). Hz. Thawban and all the Sahabis, they said this was one of their happiest times when this verse was revealed. And Hz. Thawban used to tell the people this ayat came because of his Love for Rasulallah (AS).
O Believers! We must ask. We are believers, we are trying to be, because we are always checking to see, what is our belief? How much do we believe? What is your heart alive for? What is giving us passion? What makes your blood to flow through your veins? What makes us to fill with joy and happiness? To have Ashk, we must have that Ashk. That passion will make us to feel alive. Living for this dunya it will just tire us out. No one has ever served this dunya and this dunya is rewarding by making it to live forever. Nobody has ever served this dunya and serving their desires and this dunya is rewarding them by saying ‘your desires too will last forever.’ It is not. Day by day we are coming closer to the grave and day by day, our desires are getting less and less, whether we believe it or not. But this dunya, it will only betray us, this dunya it will only make us feel dead. What is the value that Allah (SWT) has placed on this dunya? Holy Prophet (AS) is saying ‘it is less than the wing of a mosquito.’ Because living for this world, this dunya, is in reality forgetting Allah. Forgetting Allah, forgetting Allah, not making a zikr, it makes us dead. Allah (SWT) is saying: “BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Whoever turns away from My Zikr, from My Remembrance- indeed he will have a depressed life, and We will raise him blind on the Day of Judgment.” Sadaqallahul Azim (Surah Taha, 124).
Wealth will not make us happy. Our family, if they are for this world, just fulfilling their desires, they will not make us happy. Your job, your car, your house, it is not going to make you happy. The only thing that is going to bring you joy, the only thing that is going to fill your heart is Allah. Because Allah (SWT) has created us, and He has said ‘only in the remembrance of Allah will the heart find satisfaction. Then that time, when the heart finds satisfaction, it doesn’t matter if you have something or if you have nothing, or if you have everything. It brings you that satisfaction. That something, that nothing and that everything will not make you to become its slave. You will use it for the sake of Allah. You will use it to bring yourself and more to the remembrance of Allah. You will use that wealth, that understanding, whatever that you posses, in the way of Allah. The only thing that is going to bring us happiness is the remembrance of Allah, and being with those ones who remember Allah, the Ehli Zikr.
The Sahaba-e-Kiram had joy just from looking at Holy Prophet (AS), even when they were starving and they were being tortured. That joy is not for everyone- that joy is for those who are given the title of Ehli Jannat, people of Paradise, while they are in this world. It is for the very few. Not because Allah has only chosen those very few, but because it is very few they have given up everything for Allah. Hz. Umar cried when he heard the dua of the very few. He heard a man saying, ‘Ya Rabbi, make me from the very few.’ And Hz. Umar said, “what is this dua you are making?” The man said, ‘I am talking about Allah’s Words in the Quran, “And few of my servants are grateful.” (Tafsir Qurtubi).’ And Hz. Umar cried and he said ‘make me, ya Rabbi, too, from that very few.’ Yes, this joy, this happiness, this passion is for the very few. We should try to be from that group. Because if we are not living for Allah, we are not living for Allah’s sake, then we are dead.
Our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf, he lived for Allah. He lived every moment of his life with passion. He lived every second thinking, ‘how can I reach to Allah’s servants to help them, to lessen their suffering, to help them to find Allah?’ If we are claiming to follow him, we must live the same way. He is saying: “Say, ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim’ for His sake, you will see that your work, your job, your life that is shattered everywhere, He will pull it together. Allah will bring it together for you. Do it sincerely. If there is no sincerity, it’s coming from the tongue but it’s not entering to your heart. It is not working. It is not going to work. You are just going to force yourself. And every day that is passing, you are just going to become more burdened, more tight. But if you do it that way with sincerity and passion, you are going to find that every day, more energy is coming to you to run to do more things better for Allah’s sake. Because you say, ‘my Lord is watching. He is watching. For whom am I going to do this? I will do it for Him. For nobody else.’
Yes. You look at everything that time with that love. You will understand everything with that love. You will put that into your heart with that love. You will put some taste in your life. Doesn’t matter if the world everywhere it is jahannam again. Your life becomes Jannat. You will just worry and care for others too, but you will say, ‘They are Your servants ya Rabbi. You are the One who is going to reach to them. I cannot do nothing. I am a servant.’ That’s what you will do. That’s what we will say. And we are sincere with our shahadat, saying, ‘Ashadu an-la ilaha il Allah, ve Ashadu anna Muhammadan Abduh ve Rasuluhu’ and we are sincere with the love of our ancestor, the Ottoman Empire, that they are holding tightly to the orders of Allah and His Prophet (AS). Everyday that is passing, they ran to make it better.”
O Believers! In the first jahiliyya, Holy Prophet (AS) and a small group of believers came together and raised the Flag of Hakk over the whole world. O Believers! Osman Ghazi and his small tribe, they planted the tree of the Ottoman Empire and spread peace and justice all over the world for hundreds of years. In the second jahiliyya, Holy Prophet (AS) is saying a small group, the very few, they are going to do the Work of Allah. We are praying to be from the very few. May Allah accept our prayers. Amin.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi, New York
30 Jamad al-Awwal 1439
February 16, 2018