It was a Saturday, this happened. We are also remembering that day. We are remembering the days before, and the years before. We remember the days after and the years after. That way we are not going to be stuck, because as Hz Umar said when Holy Prophet (AS) passed, he was veiled, he drew the sword and he said, ‘anyone who says that Muhammad (AS) is dead, I’m going to kill you.’ Why is that? Why he was saying it? Didn’t he know that Prophet passed? Was he so emotional, he couldn’t take it? No. Hz Umar was one of the most logical and practical people.
Do you think that there were not people at that time, so many people at that time around the Holy Prophet (AS) who wanted him to go quickly? There were so many munafiq that were around him. But they got less and less. After Hz abu Bakr Siddiq, most of his wars, he was fighting against to the munafiq. Most of his wars were fighting against to these munafiq, those who said, ‘we accept. We are with you,’ they said, ‘we don’t want to accept what he has left behind.’ And with Hz Abu Bakr, Hz Umar, there’s no chance. Hz Umar is the sword of Islam. There’s no chance for the munafiq. Even those ones who were shaky and then later they come to have faith, he said, ‘don’t come near me. Move to the other side.’ Like who? Ibn Salama.
Ibn Salama, he was living in the Prophet’s mosque, masjid. He was not working. He was not doing anything running after this world. He was with those other ones who was faqir, those ahle Sufa. All they do was to stay in the masjid, clean up a little bit. Prophet’s (AS) masjid means the Dergah, because it was also a complex. People were living there also. But his heart was not there. His body was there. So many other Sahabis, they want to be serving 24 hours, just in the masjid. They don’t want to go. But Prophet is not giving them that work, that job. He says, ‘now you have to go send this message. You have to go back to your tribe. You have to go fight, you have to do this, you have to do that.’ Only a very selected few that he has given permission to stay. Those are very high level ones.
Ibn Salama, he stayed. He was doing everything inside the masjid, but his heart was not there. He asked the Prophet, saying, ‘give me permission. I want to go out to earn.’ Prophet says, first thing he says, ‘Ya ibn Salama, don’t you want to be poor like your Prophet?’ He says, ‘ahh, if I go, I earn, I can help people, da, da, da, da..’ Insisting. Insisting. Insisting. That time the Prophet opens his hand, and one, two, three, everything happened quickly. Somebody gave him some sheep, the sheep started to reproduce, other things started to happen and he moved out from the masjid because he started to get busy with life, earning. He moved out from the masjid. Now he comes to the masjid only five times a day. Soon he got more, he had to move out from that area, to another area. Now, he’s coming once a week, only for Jumma. Then he got more busy. More he started to have, and he started to come just time to time. Time by time he’s coming.
One day, Prophet (AS) come to the masjid, he says, ‘where is Ibn Salama?’ The rest, they just put their heads down and said, ‘it is known to you, Ya Rasulullah.’ And when the order came for zakat, which the zakat was also the sign whether you are a believer or you are a munafiq. Zakat. Zakat of your property, zakat of fitr, that is a sign. For those of us, those of you who are shaky with that, check yourself. You can be doing everything, but the rights of the orphans it is in your pocket, the rights of the orphans you are putting it inside your stomach, fear from Allah. So when the order came for zakat, and the Sahabis were told to go and collect it, and they went, they passed through Ibn Salamah and he had hundreds of sheep. They said, ‘the order came.’ And he just smiled to himself and said, ‘what? He wants us to bribe him now, Muhammad (AS)?’ He lost his manners. Like there’s so many, maybe they are thinking so many different things.
The Sahabis, they were shocked. This was the one who was staying at the masjid, serving the Prophet, saying, ‘ I’ll die for you. I’ll do everything for you.’ Claiming that he is going to help, but when it’s the rights of the others, he didn’t even touch and he’s saying, ‘oh, you want us to bribe him now? He wants us to pay him?’ You know, like people also they are seeing us celebrating and they are not liking it so much. I don’t know them. I’m sure they don’t know me, and they are looking at me, they are putting their comments and everything, and they are saying, how does it feel to take money from people and to eat the zakat of this and that. I said, I’m relaxed. I don’t know about you. Because I was trained not to even look, not to even have it in my heart, let alone to put it inside. But ibn Salama was saying what? ‘He wants us to pay him now? He wants us to bribe him?’ The Sahabi was shocked, they didn’t say anything. He said, ‘there’s another one living over there. Go to him first. On your way back to collect the zakat, pass through and I will give you my answer.’
So those two Sahabis they went to this other Sahabis that was given permission to work, to earn, to have and to help. And this was his response when they said, ‘we came here to collect the zakat,’ let’s say, one fortieth part, every forty parts, one you have to give. It is not yours. It’s the rights of the ummat, especially those ones who were oppressed. And that Sahabi he was saying, ‘Prophet is saying this?’ They said yes. ‘Take everything.’ First response. ‘Have everything.’ They said, ‘no. That’s not the law. The law is one fortieth.’ ‘Okay. Then take the best.’ They said, ‘no. It is not. He’s not saying it’s the best either. Everything has to be balanced and fair.’ So he gave. He was so happy, he said, ‘please send my selams. Kiss his feet for me. And I cannot wait to go back. Tell him that my life, my property, my family, my wealth, everything belongs to him.’ So he gave selams.
When they came back, those two Sahabis taking that, passed by ibn Salama, and ibn Salama was looking at them and refusing to give anything. Refusing. Because he is still sitting there and he is thinking, ‘I work so hard for this. It’s me that is working. Okay he prays for me, but I’m the one who is working.’ So this is a matter of faith. He refused. Those two Sahabis they were very sad. They were returning to Medina and the Prophet (AS) was seeing them return from a distance. He saw them, and just from a distance, by the look of their faces, he knew what had happened, and he said, ‘O ibn Salama! You have lost. You have lost. And you have lost.’ Three things he had lost. Prophet mentioned three times. There must be a reason why the three he lost.
One, he lost the title of Sahabi, the highest title after Prophethood. Second, he lost this dunya, and the third, he lost the ahiret. For what? Couple of sheep. Those who don’t want to give their couple of sheep, imagine what they are going to hold on to.
After some time, ibn Salama he woke up. We are coming back to that, talking about Hz Umar. He woke up and he wanted to give zakat now. So during the time of Abu Bakar as-Siddiq, he said, ‘please take this.’ Hz Abu Bakar as-Siddiq didn’t even look at him. He refused everything. He said, ‘please take this.’ He refused it. Abu Bakar as-Siddiq Hz ruled three, four years. Every year he came, every year he came, every year he came. He refused it. During the time of Hz Umar, he sent a message to say, ‘everything now it’s yours. I have to give my zakat. I have to give everything.’ Hz Umar sent a message and said, ‘if I get one more message from you, I’m going to cut off your neck. The one who refused to give to the Prophet, and the one that Hz Abu Bakr refused to take,’ he said, ‘I’m going to take? Take that and sink now!’ Now he lost.
So Hz Abu Bakr and Hz Umar, when they were fighting against the munafiqs like that, it made the Medina, it made Islam very strong. Because those ones that the Prophet in his wisdom not only giving people so much Rahmat, so much chances, because the munafiq they were there when he was on earth, but he was also teaching the believers to always be awake. You must always look to that hypocrisy that is inside of you. If you are aware of that hypocrisy inside of you, you are going to be aware of the hypocrites that are around you. You are going to be aware of the characteristics of hypocrites. There are so many characteristics. And don’t be idiot to say, ‘oh, I’m a hypocrite.’ You want to enter into the hellfire? You have the right to say, maybe I’m not a hypocrite, but to run away from those characteristics. But to say that, as much as I’m running away, I still find it and I’m still running away. You don’t run towards it.
So with that being removed, it became very strong in the time of Hz Umar. He set up so many laws now, protecting Islam. That up till today, after 1400 years, those laws is still there. You try to take it, you cannot. For example, the twenty raka’ats of prayer, Tarawih prayer, Hz Umar put it. To pray Tarawih prayer in jama’at, Hz Umar put it. They were competing with the people in Mecca because they say the people in Mecca, every time they pray tarawih, they make Tawaf. They pray four raka’ats, they make tawaf, seven circuits. They say, ‘we are in Medina, we don’t have the Ka’abah, so we must do more now.’ They didn’t just pray twenty raka’ats, they prayed thirty-six raka’ats. After every four, they pray another four. Because when it comes to something that is nafilah, then you can do as much as you want. No one is going to stop you. It’s not a law, because it is nafilah.
That made now Hz Osman, his rule, that Islam became so strong, it became so rich, that it was reaching all the way to China. It was reaching all the way to North Africa, and all these different empires that stood for centuries before Islam they all fell. It was teaching them, now the civilization of Islam, which brings every country that Islam, the sun was shining, to bring them higher stations. Not lower. They don’t bring them lower. It is not colonization what the west they are doing. It is bringing them to a much higher station, they can find that in every country that Islam rules. But because it was getting so strong, now the munafiqs and the sheytan say, ‘we cannot let this to happen.’ So they start planting things in there. That from the time of Hz Umar, it was there. They tried, they tried, they tried, they couldn’t. Their last resort was what? Assassination. Because they couldn’t try any other way.
The same thing with Hz Osman now. There was so much confusion that was happening. They say, we have to remove him. Now when Hz Ali was ruling, he understood that this was such a big, wide web of evil that is inside, trying to destroy Islam from the inside. That he had to move very carefully and slowly to find out what is in there, and for the sake of justice, there were some who were saying, ‘you have to take action.’ And he is saying, ‘I’m Khalifah. You have to obey me. We are looking it deep.’ Because of that different ijtihad to what justice is, the civil wars they happened. It is for justice on both side, and Allah has forgiven both sides. Yes, for 1400 years, those ones who love the Prophet, they love the ahle Bait, they love the Sahabi e-Kiram, they say, both of them they are right but Hz Ali was more right than the other one. This is manners. After that, Islam spread.
Look to see, slowly what has happened since the passing of our Sheykh. Like what we said, Hz Umar was saying, ‘who is saying that he is dead, I’m going to kill him.’ You think Hz Umar didn’t know? Of course he knew. But there were those ones who were there and they said, ‘huh, he’s dead!’ meaning what? ‘He is finished. His work is finished. The community he set up is finished.’ They were aiming for that. Sheytan is never asleep. ‘His companions, they are finished. We are going to finish everything,’ sheytan is saying, ‘he’s dead.’ So for that reason Hz Umar says, ‘if you say he’s dead, I’m going to kill you.’ Because anyone, do you think, who is loving the Prophet (AS), is going to say, ‘he’s dead’? We love our Sheykh, are we going to say he is dead? Do you think they don’t know Quran? Those ones that when wahyu was being delivered, they heard, they saw, they felt Hz Jibril (AS). You think they don’t know the Quran, the ayat is saying, ‘don’t say that those who are slain in the way of Allah, that they are dead, but they are fresh and they are alive.’ You think they don’t know that?
So who is going to say, ‘he’s dead’? Like when Sheykh Effendi passed, some, not some, so many, hidden ones too, they are saying, ‘he’s dead. It’s finished. His work is finished. The Dergah is finished. The Jamaat is finished!’ We are not saying he’s dead. But Hz Abu Bakr Siddiq, with that quality of more Lutuf, he said gently, ‘Ya Umar, let me handle this.’ He quoted that ayat that says that every Prophet, they are going to pass. Yes, he quoted that ayat, that they are going to pass. But it’s not just that, like the wahabbi was saying that first part that he is going to pass like every… the second part that he quoteed also is saying, ‘so are you going to turn your backs to him?’ then he said, ‘for those who worship Muhammad, know that Muhammad is dead. For those who worship Allah, know that He is Hayyu and Qayyum.’
Who worships the Prophet? No one. No one worships the Prophet. No one worships him. And he in his own way he is saying, ‘for those of us who understands the Prophet (AS), who don’t worship him or look at him with wrong eyes, to know he is fresh and he is alive. And we worship only Allah.’ It continued for 1400 years. It will continue until Judgement day. There were so many attacks from outside and within. So many times, things happened that looks as if it’s finished, but it didn’t. Because Allah is saying, ‘I’m going to protect it.’
We’ve just passed six years. If Allah is giving more time to this world, which we hope He doesn’t, because it’s just too much cruelty in this world. It cannot continue like this. If Allah gives this world one more thousand years, where are we going to be? How do we want to continue? This way will continue until Judgement day as well. It has been attacked from outside and within too. But it’s a sunnat. But where are we going to stand? So, sometime passed. Alhamdulillah, we don’t own this. I don’t own this way, neither do you. This way has an owner. And that owner is saying, I don’t want the munafiqs to be around, and they are not. Now that it is stable, now that it is strong, now more work is going to be given to us. The question now is how much of that are you going to take? More that you are taking that work, that struggle, more honor is going to be given to you.
Insya’Allah, may Allah SWT make us to become servant in this way. May our service be accepted. May his feet always be on our necks. May he be happy with us. May he intercede and forgive us for our shortcomings. May he send more better people to us. May we become better ones to each other and to the whole world. May the whole world hear the name and feel the blessings of SahibulSaif. For the sake of the Holy Prophet (AS), Sultanul Evliya and SahibulSaif. Al-Fatiha. Amin. SelamAleykum.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi, NY
17 Shawwal 1439
30 June , 2018