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. “To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and on earth. And He is the Sublime, the Tremendous. The heavens might almost break apart above them while the angels celebrate the praises of their Lord and ask forgiveness for those on earth. Behold! He is Allah, the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.” Sadaqallahuladzim. (Surah ashShuraa, 42:4-5).
May all peace and blessings be upon the Imam of the Messengers, the Sultan of the Prophets, the Master of the First and the Last, the Beloved of the Lord of the Two Easts and the Two Wests, the Grandfather of Hasan and Huseyin, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS). 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.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers. Elhamdulillah, all praises are due to Allah that we are in the Holy Month of Ramazan. The month that the heavens and the earth are honoring and rejoicing about. Ghawth al-Azam Sheykh Abdul Qadir el-Geylani (KS) is giving Salaams to this month, saying: Selamun Aleykum, O month of Fasting! Selamun Aleykum, O month of standing in the night to pray! Selamun Aleykum, O month of Iman! Selamun Aleykum, O month of the Quran! Selamun Aleykum, O Month of radiant lights! Selamun Aleykum, O month of forgiveness and pardon! Selamun Aleykum, O month of the rising steps of Paradise and safety from the descending steps of hellfire! Selamun Aleykum, O month of the worshiping servants! Selamun Aleykum, O month of those with spiritual knowledge (Arifeen)! Selamun Aleykum, O month of safety and security! You are a prison for disobedient sinners, you are a place of comfort for the good servants. Peace be upon the lamps and lanterns that shine so bright! Peace be upon the sleepless eyes, and upon the streaming faces! Peace be upon the illuminated mihrabs in the masjids, and upon the tears that are spilled and shed! Peace be upon the sighs that arise from the hearts that are burning with Ashk! (Ghunya elTalibeen).
O Believers! The Evliyaullah are giving us a sign of how precious this month is, and how we should be spending this month. One third of the month is finishing. In a very short time, it will be the middle of the month, and we will be seeing Ramazan moving to leave us in the same way it came upon us. We don’t have any guarantee of life to reach to the next Ramazan- so we should not waste our breath of life in this Ramazan.
Our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (KS) is saying: “The holy month of Ramazan, it is a blessing. It is a blessing to the believers. Yes, it is a curse to the unbelievers, separating, separating between believers and unbelievers. Allah (SWT)’s Holy Prophet (AS) is saying to us, “The beginning of the month is Rahmat, the middle of the month is Maghfirat and the end of the month is escaping, opening door and escaping from jahannam, safety from Jahannam.” So yes, we are on the edge of finishing the days of Mercy and of entering into the days of Forgiveness. But what are we asking for? Today’s believers, they forgot how to ask from Allah (SWT) and how to make dua. To make it simple, 21st century Muslims are asking dua only for themselves, only for their own dunya, only for their hawa, their desires, only for their own families. Not asking for Ahiret. Not understanding what it means to prepare for Ahiret. Not asking for help and protection against the ego, against sheytan, against dunya and against your desires. Not asking for help for the entire Ummet, not asking for the Help of Allah. Not asking for the help of Allah by moving closer to those who are beloved to Allah, the Prophet and the Evliyaullah. Just asking for enough food to keep their bellies full, for a big house and for a long life to enjoy it. And they say, well, the Hadith is telling us to ask for the best of the dunya and the best of ahiret. And because they became so in love with dunya, they think the best of the dunya is what sheytan is advertising, not what Holy Prophet (AS) is teaching.
Because the Holy Prophet (AS) taught us what is the best of the dunya when he said, “The best Rizq is that which is enough.” (Ahmad). Once the Sahabis were sitting with the Holy Prophet (AS) and mentioned the dunya. He (AS) said to them, “Don’t you hear? Don’t you hear? Verily, simple living is part of faith, simple living is part of faith.” (Abu Dawud). So dua cannot be just to ask for palaces and feasts, no. Why are we asking that anyway? We are asking that because we turn on that sheytan box, the television, and it’s entering into our minds and our heart, and that’s what we see. Everyday, that’s what we see, that we need in this life to make us to be happy. And we think that it is important in this life, to grab that, that is a sign that Allah is loving us, following the Jews and the Christians.
The Dua, it is the grant that Allah (SWT) has given to the believers, that they can ask from him. And Allah (SWT) loves to hear the dua. That is why Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, “Verily your Lord is Generous and Shy. If His servant raises his hands to Him in dua, He becomes Shy to return them empty.” (Tirmidhi). Asking for dua it renews the relationship between us and Allah, for us to remember that Allah is our Master and we are servants. So it is important here to understand that the dua, it is to connect ourselves with Allah SWT. To connect, to fix the relationship that we have with Allah, to fix the connection. It is not just to ask. The highest gift, it is the connection to Allah, it is to return to Allah clean, it is to have Allah SWT say to us on the day of Judgment, ‘Come, My obedient servant. Selamun Qaulam mir Rabirrahim.’
What are we asking in our duas? Are we asking for the owner? Or are we asking for this lowest level of the low that we are living to make our egos to be happy? We have to ask, when we don’t ask for help, then that connection it is cut. That is why Holy Prophet (AS) says, ‘if somebody does not ask Allah, Allah will get angry with him.’
We must make dua. And if we are going to make dua, then we must see what our Holy Prophet (AS) was making dua for. He as our role model. Holy Prophet (AS), he went through the most difficult life and the most difficult situation. But we never see in his life that he was asking for himself, or for his family only, or that he was asking for wealth, or kingdom. He was only asking for one thing throughout his life, and he will ask for one thing on the Judgment Day. What is that? Hz. Aisha (RA) is saying that one day she saw Holy Prophet (AS) in a good mood and she said to him, ‘Ya Rasulallah. Please make dua to Allah for me.’ So Holy Prophet (AS) said,’Ya Allah! Forgive Aisha, her past sins and her future sins, the sins which she has hidden and the sins which have been made open.’ And she became so happy she was bowing her head in front of Holy Prophet until he said, “Does my dua make you happy?” She said, “How can your dua not make me happy?” And Holy Prophet (AS) said, “Wallahi, this is the dua I make for my Ummah in every prayer.” (Bazzar).
Holy Prophet is saying: Allah has given one Dua to every single Prophet and every single Messenger, that He has guaranteed that He will respond to. And every single Prophet has used up this Dua for himself in this world, except for me. I have saved it and I have not used it and I will not use it in this life. I have kept it for my Ummah and I will use it for them on the Day of Judgement. And my Dua will be, Ya Allah, forgive my entire nation. (Muslim). Allahummi Salli wa Sallim wa Barik Alayh.
Believers! We must be praying for each other. We must be praying for this Ummat. Because this Ummat, this brotherhood, it is the only true bond and the only real family. That is why Allah (SWT) has said in the Holy Quran, BismillahirRahmanirRahim. “Only the believers are brothers: So make peace between your brothers; and fear Allah, that you may receive Mercy.” SadaqallahulAdzim. (49:10). And when the believers, the brothers, are praying for each other, Allah (SWT) sends them Divine Support. Praying for each other meaning being concerned for each other. Looking what the other one needs. Worrying about each other. Lifting the other one’s worries and burdens. Not complaining about each other all the time. Not looking down to each other all the time. Not making fun to each other, but helping. Yes, that time the believers they become pleasing to Allah (SWT). That is why the Holy Prophet (AS) is saying: The dua of a Muslim for his brother in his absence will certainly be answered. Every time he makes a dua for good for his brother, the Angel appointed for this particular task says: ‘Ameen! May it be for you, as well’.” (Muslim).
There was a time that the believers were caring and they were worrying for each other, and it was at that time that Allah (SWT)’s Mercy and Support was descending on the believers. It was not like today, when people are saying there is no such thing as a “pan-Islamic” Ummat. We just need to worry about our own local community. When people are saying, why should I worry about the Muslims in Palestine, in Chechnya, in Burma, in Kashmir, in Angola, in China. When people are saying, ‘brother, it is too depressing to think like this, just worry about yourself.’ No. There were those before us who were like the Holy Prophet (AS), caring and worrying about the Ummat. And when they cannot change anything with their hands, they try to change it with their tongue. When they cannot change anything with their tongue, they try to make a good dua.
Listen to the dua of Sultan Murad II when he was keeping the Crusaders out of the lands of Islam. When the tide of the battle was against the believers and the cowards were running away from the meydan, Sultan Murad Jennat Mekan, looked to the skies and said, “Ya Allah- give strength to the religion of Islam and give victory and help to the religion of Islam for the holiness of the Light of Muhammad, for the sake of the Light of Muhammad al-Mustafa (AS) who is the Most Honored of Creation, for the religion of the True Light of Islam, for the Nur-i-Muhammed (AS).” And Allah (SWT) answered his sincere dua , and gave help to the Muslims. Today, so many people will say, we are making dua but it is not being answered. We are asking Allah for help, but the help is not coming. Why is that?
The Evliyaullah are telling us why. The people of Basrah once asked this same question to Hz. Ibrahim ibn Adham asking why their dua was not accepted. He said, “O people of Baṣrah, your hearts have died in respect to ten things: First, you know Allah but you do not give Him His rights; second, you have read Allah’s Book but you do not act by it; third, you claim to love Allah’s Messenger (AS)– yet you abandon his Sunnah; fourth, you claim to be enemies to Shaytan but you give in to [his filthy ways]; fifth, you say you love Paradise but you do not work for it; sixth, you say you fear The Fire yet you put yourselves closer to it [by committing disobedient acts]; seventh, you say death is true but you do not prepare for it; eighth, you busy yourselves with the faults of others and ignore your own; ninth, you consume the favors of your Lord but are not grateful for them; and tenth, you bury your dead but you take no lesson from them. (Hilyatul Awliya).
That reality is continuing today. This was during the time of the Tabi’in. We are more than one thousand years away from the time of the Tabi’in. Do you think, now, there is only ten reasons why our dua is not accepted? There must be thousands.
This Ramazan, this Month of the Ummat, it is a chance for us to break the chains of our ego and sheytan, and to fix our connection to our Lord again.
O Believers! We have to wake up, and we have to be part of the work of helping the Ummat. We cannot be selfish ones who are not caring. Our Sheykh is saying: We don’t know what will happen by tomorrow. So many people last night, they made plans to get up this morning. But they didn’t make it. They didn’t.
So many people got up this morning, they are making plans for tonight, but they are not going to make it. That can be us. And it’s happening in our community everyday too. We are not aware of it but it’s happening. It’s happening to someone, somewhere, somehow, but we are too disconnected from each other too. Sitting next to each other but we are too disconnected. We are not knowing anything about our own selves and about the ones who are sitting next to us. Is that the way of the Muslims, how they live? No! Holy Prophet (AS) is ordering us, saying, ‘The Nation, this Ummat is just like a body, one body. When one part of that body is hurting, the whole body is feeling the pain.’ Yes, that’s the way we are supposed to be. When one believer is hurting, when one believer is in trouble, the whole body must be feeling that pain. We are too far away from it too. Today’s people, today’s Muslims lost that feeling. They lost that feeling because they lost the main road and everyone is busy, Dunya, dunya, and dunya and nothing else.
O Believers! This Ummat, it is hurting and it is in pain. Knowing how much the Holy Prophet (AS) loves this ummat, he is hurting and he is in pain. And Allah will not love the things that hurts His Prophet. The believers must feel this pain. The believers must put in their hearts, that they themselves to begin, will lift this pain from themselves and lift the pain that they are causing to other people first. And we are asking that Allah send the one who is going to fix the problems of this world soon. Hz Mahdi (AS) and all those ones who are going to lift the pain and the oppression and the injustice in this world, because nothing will change until that savior comes. We must look, we must make that dua, especially in this month, that we are asking Allah to bring down the dajjalic systems, to bring down all the sheytanic system, and to bring down all the zalim people, and to take out zulm from our hearts, and to bring Mahdi (AS) soon, insya’Allah. We are asking Allah to forgive us. We are asking Allah to have mercy on us. We are asking Allah to put love and feeling back into our hearts. We are asking Allah to make our hearts to be alive. For the sake of the Holy Prophet (AS). Amin
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi, NY
10 Ramzan 1439
May 25, 2018