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, Lord of the Universes. BismillahirRahmanirRahim.“He is Allah, there is no ilah but Him. He is the King, the Holy One, the Source of Peace and Perfection, the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the Supreme- Glory to Allah above all that they associate with Him. He is Allah, the Creator, the Maker, the Bestower of Forms. To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Whatever is in the heavens and the earth declares His Praises and Glory- and He is the Mighty, the Wise.” Sadaqallahul Azim. (Suratul Hashr, 59:23-24).
“Ya Rabbi, send Peace and Blessings upon our Master Muhammad, the Best of Your Prophets, Most Noble of Your Pure Friends, Imam of Your Awliya’, the Seal of Your Prophets, the Beloved of the Lord of the Worlds, the Witness of the Messengers, the Intercessor for the sinners, the Master of all of the sons of Adam.” (Delail).
And may peace and blessings be 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.
O Believers! Allah (SWT) has created us from nothing. He has given us a limited time on the face of this earth, and when that time finishes, we are going to die. We are going to die and go into our grave and wait for Judgment Day. And on that Last Day, that Yawm al-Qiyamah, we will have to stand before our Lord, Allah Jalla wa’Ala, and answer for what we did in this world. Every moment that passes, every time we breathe, every step we take, we are coming closer to that reality. When we will have to stand in front of Maliki Yawmi Deen.
That Maliki Yawmi Deen, He is describing that Day. He (SWT) is saying in Surah ‘Abasa, BismillahirRahmanirRahim. “But when the Deafening Noise comes. On that day, a man will run away from his own brother. And from his mother and his father. And his wife and his children. Ever man that day will have enough worry for himself. Some faces on that Day will be bright as dawn, laughing and rejoicing. And other faces that day will have dust upon them- veiled in darkness. Those are the disbelievers, the wicked ones.” Sadaqallahuladzim. (80:33-42).
And He is telling us what will not help us that Day, and the only thing that will help us that Day. He is saying: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. “The Day when neither wealth nor sons will help, but only he (will succeed) that brings to Allah a Qalbin Saleem (a pure heart).” Sadaqallahuladzim (26:88-89).
What kind of a heart have we prepared for our Lord in these Holy Times? Have we prepared our hearts to be His Throne? Or have we turned it into a wasteland for sheytan? Our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani, the Tabib el-Qulub, the Healer of our Hearts, is saying: “The heart belongs to Allah. You cannot keep two things in the heart. You cannot keep envy, jealousy, arrogance and stubbornness in the heart and at the same time to say, “Allah is in my heart too.” You cannot. You cannot keep other loves in the heart to say, “Allah is in my heart.” You cannot. You cannot keep the love of Dunya in your heart to say, “Allah is in my heart.” You cannot. You are a liar then. Allah is saying to us, “You are a liar. The heart belongs to Me. Keep Me in there and I will make you an individual that anything you say to happen, it happens.” Look. If it’s happening then you are keeping Allah correctly. If it is not happening then something is wrong. Get rid of it.”
We are approaching a Holy Night, some Evliyaullah are saying the Holiest Night, when Allah (SWT) is going to check our hearts and write our destiny according to what He Sees inside. That Holy Night of Laylatul Baraat, it is about to enter upon us. Hz. Ibn Abbas (RA) is saying that “In (Beraat night) Allah (SWT) arranges the affairs of the year. He transfers some of the living to the list of the dead, and writes down who will make Hajj to the House of Allah, neither adding one too many nor leaving a single one out.” (Ghunya).
This is a Night that Allah (SWT) has chosen to give His Mercy to the Children of Adam (AS). Hz. Ali (KW) is telling us that Holy Prophet (AS) said: “Let all of you spend the (Night of Beraat) in worship and its day in fasting. Because definitely in that night, Allah comes down to the nearest heaven, beginning with sunset, and says: Is there no one asking forgiveness that I may forgive them? Is there no one asking rizq that I may grant them rizq? Is there no one under test that I may relieve them? Is there anybody? Is there anybody? Until the Fajr time arise.” (Ibn Majah).
We are nominees to become believers. But does our heart become alive when we hear our Lord Allah (SWT) promise and say this to us? To think that Allah (SWT), Who is free from every Need, who is Powerful beyond understanding, who is beyond any comprehension, that He is seeking us out so we can ask Him for help? Or has our hearts died so much that we listen to these words in the drunken station of ghaflat? Our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf is saying: This is the night that divine orders are changing in the sky. Night of Baraat. The new calendar. The calendar of the sky. Muharram, it is the earth calendar. And tonight is the night of sky’s calendar, the things are changing there completely too. Everything, it’s coming to surface to start sending down, and whatever is going to send down, is not going to change, up til next year. No matter what you do that time. Again exception. But generally, no.
So how thrilled you are? How much passion do you have in your heart toward to that? If you are from another Jemaat, their shaykh and their imam, is not reminding them. And it’s only on the night like this, sitting on the waaz place, when the Jemaat is coming and saying, oh, Jemaat you know the importance of this day? And start talking about the importance of that day. I understand. But you, murids, I don’t understand, because I am talking to you all the time, before those days and nights are coming. Trying to give you something to understand, what is waiting and what is expecting to you, I’ll say what is waiting and expecting to everyone. You know that you didn’t pass the class. You know in the school, you know that you didn’t study. You know you didn’t passed so many times. And you know that by force you are going to pass. They are giving you five, or they are going to kick you to pass. And so much excitement comes to you when you are getting that diploma. But you know that you fool yourself, and you fool the whole world for a whole year. And those days you getting also excitement. How foolish is that? How heedless is that? Can it be lower than this?
Allah (SWT) is giving us intelligence, we have intelligence, and that makes us responsible, whether you are moving or not moving. Of courses there no Ashk in your heart. There is no passion to move you, it cannot be. If there is no passion you are not going to move in the way of Allah. The way of Allah is for you, the way of Allah, when you move in the way of Allah, the reward is for you again, it’s not for Allah. Allah is not getting greater because you are getting so excited that Allah (SWT) is creating a new day and sending new secrets and putting you from more lower station to higher station. Allah is not winning, you are the winner.
O Believers! These are the words of a Great Friend of Allah. And when he speaks, he is speaking from the heart of Holy Prophet (AS), and whatever Holy Prophet (AS) is speaking, it is nothing but coming from Allah. We do not follow a religion where we say, “I have been saved,” then later to live like animals. No. We follow the Way of Holy Prophet (AS), who taught us to be between hope and fear. We follow the Path of those who spent their nights crying out of Fear of Allah. We follow the Path of those whose Fear of Allah it is rooted in their deepest Love of Allah. We follow that Holy Prophet (AS) who would spend the night crying to Allah until his beard became so wet that the Sahabis said it looked like a bucket of water had been poured on it. We follow the Way of Siddiq el-Akbar who had so much fear of Allah that he said to the birds, “O bird, you are so lucky. You eat from the tree and sit under its shadow. You have no fear of Judgment Day- I wish I was like you.”
We follow the Way of Faruq al-Azam who read the ayat, BismillahirRahmanirRahim. “Verily the punishment of your Lord will happen- there is none that can prevent it,” and could not breathe for twenty days. So the Ummat lost this Fear of Allah, and without this Fear of Allah, there is no Love of Allah. Only love of yourself. Only love of this dunya and your ego and your desires. And without the Love of Allah, there is no passion for the Sake of Allah, and without that passion we became dead, we became oppressors, we became those ones who are supporting injustice. That is why there are millions of Muslims, there are maybe two billion Muslims, but our hearts have become dead. And that death has brought us dishonor in this world.
We have to wake up. There is no choice except to wake up. For those who are calling themselves Muslims, for those calling themselves Murids, there is no choice but to wake up. Seyh Efendi is explaining this to us, using the example of Nuh (AS), saying: “So wake up to yourselves. Save yourselves to understand. Yes, to understand that Nuh (AS)’s ship. It’s only eighty-three people that have entered the ship. When they are looking outside, from a million, majority of them were their family members. They were laughing at them. They were joking. They were laughing at Nuh (as) and the handful of people when they were entering into the ship. But they held on tightly to Nuh (AS). They believed Nuh (AS). They didn’t know the book. They didn’t know Allah.’
They believed Nuh (AS) and they entered into the ship. There was no sign up until last minute. There was no big sign until the last minute. The sky was open as usual. And that’s why they were calling to him, ‘you are crazy lunatic, you went into that ship.’ And the door of that ship, everything shut, it was from the top. Sides are completely closed. They said, come out you are going to suffocate in there with the animals. Laughing at them. You are such crazy ones, look at you. Such a beautiful day. You thinking that it’s going to be a flood! This is what happened. This is exactly what they did. You are our family, how lunatic you became, you followed a stupid old man! He lost his mind! This is what they said to him.
And Nuh (AS) saying, those who believe they should be in, those who doesn’t believe, they cannot enter. And they didn’t. And in a split second. The whole weather changed. That sunshine changed. The sky started carrying the big cloud, the black cloud completely. And the earth started boiling, water started coming from the earth up. And it started raining, thunders and everything start coming from the sky. All of a sudden, everything has changed.
Yes. That’s Allah. Allahu akbar. He does as He likes. But He does things the way his servants are moving. So make intention to move to the right direction this year. Make intention, not only through a tongue, through your action, through your lifestyle, to move to the right direction. All those who are following me especially here too, make intention to leave your egoistic selfish ways. Islam is not accepting selfishness. Majority of you became so selfish, that you don’t know what’s happening to your brother and your sister, if they are dying or if they are living. You are just following your egoistic lifestyle just like wolves, alone. And making lives to your own selves according to your own ego. No, that’s exactly what shaytan wants you to do.”
O Believers! The Night of Baraat is coming. We must run back to our Lord in that night. We cannot carry the punishment of Allah that we have earned to ourselves. Allah (SWT) is descending to the sky, His mercy is descending, saying, ‘O My Servants, come and ask Me.’ How dishonorable will it be if we do not run to answer that call. This is Ahir Zaman. In this Ahir Zaman, the Evliya are running to pull us out from the fire, crying out to us to save ourselves. Seyh Efendi is saying: “Wake up. Please wake up. Please for yourself, wake up. For your own good. Please wake up. If you are good for yourself, you may be good for your children. You may be good for your loved ones. If you are not good to yourself, you are not going to able to reach to anywhere, because you cannot reach to yourself that time.”
O Believers. We need Allah. We need the Holy Prophet (AS). We need the friends of Allah. They do not need us. We have to run to fix our broken relationship with them in these holy nights. We should run in the Baraat night to spend our nights in worship, in tafakkur, in tawba. We should walk in the footsteps of the Righteous Ones who came before us who asked Allah for forgiveness, and Allah forgave them. We should pray like our Master Hz. Hasan al-Basri (KS) who is saying: “Ya Allah, I seek Your forgiveness for every sin that I made Tawba for before; for every sin where I stood before You swearing an oath in Your name and called Your friends from among Your servants to be my witnesses that I would never return to disobeying You. But sheytan tricked me to return to it; and Your leaving me [due to Your anger over my disobedience] caused me to become hopeless and turn toward it; and my ego invited me to disobey You once more. I hid myself in shame from Your servants, but openly and boldly committed sins before You, though I knew that no covering nor any closed door could hide me from You and no veil could hide me from Your sight. I still disobeyed You by disobediently doing what You had prohibited to me; even still, You did not remove Your covering from me, but treated me the same as Your pious servants, as though I had always been an obedient servant and running to fulfill Your every command and fearful of Your warnings. I remained hidden in front of Your servants, and none besides You know my secret. You did not single me out from Your servants with a mark of disgrace, but showered upon me blessings like theirs; and with this You distinguished me over them as though I were, in Your sight, of a status like theirs. All this was owing only of Your restraining and abundant blessings from You to me. For You then, O my Lord all praises belong to You. I ask from You, ya Allah, just as You have covered my evil deeds in this world, that You do not humiliate me with them on the Day of judgment. Forgive my sins, Ya Arham ar-Rahimeen!”
O Believers! In this Holy Month of Shaban, in these days of approaching Baraat, we must run to make Tawba to our Lord, and ask forgiveness from Him. We must renew our intention to walk in the footsteps of those who are beloved to Him. Ya Rabbi! We are asking You for Your Mercy.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi, New York
12 Shaban 1439
April 27, 2018