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, the Lord of the worlds. All praises are due to Allah who is the first and the last, the manifest, the hidden, the One who has knowledge of all things. All praises are due to Allah who blew the Divine breath into Adam (AS) and taught him the names of all things and honored the children of Adam. All praises are due to Allah who sent Sayidinna Muhammad (AS) as the Master of Bani Adam and the intercessor of the Day of Judgment.
May all peace and justice be upon the Sultan of Creation, the Seyyids of the first and the last, the distinguisher between Haqq and Batil, the Master of the Arab and the Ajam, the Padishah of the two worlds, Sayiddinna Muhammad (AS), upon his noble family and blessed companions, especially upon the Four Khulafa-e-Rashideen, Hz. Abu Bakr elSiddiq, Hz. Umar el-Faruk, Hz. Osman el-Ghani, and Hz. Ali el-Murtaza, and all those who follow them until the Last Day.
O Believers! We have reached to the last Jumma of Shawwal and are going closer and closer to the season of Hajj and sacrifice. We are asking our Lord Allah SWT to let us be prepared to enter those days with edep and to prepare our sacrifice to Him that is acceptable.
O Believers! The smoke of Ahir Zaman is a confusion that is going to test everyone. We have entered into a time that Adam (AS) warned his nation about in the beginning of the time, that Nuh (AS) warned his nation about, that Ibrahim (AS) warned about, that Musa (AS) warned about, that Isa (AS) warned about, that every Holy Book and every Holy page warn us about, of that time that we are entering into. We are in the time that our Holy Prophet (AS) described for us, so that we could understand it step by step. We are in the time where the disobedience of Ad and Thamud, and the nation of Lut, of Firaun, of Namrud, when the disobedience of every nation that disobeyed Allah was punished and annihilated from the earth, when all that disobedient is happening nonstop at one time, in this time, right now to us. When mankind as a whole is engaged in a complete denial of Allah and the power of Allah.
Holy Prophet (AS) told us about this time very clearly when he said, BismillahirRahmanirRahim. My Nation will be afflicted by the diseases of the former nations. They said, ‘Ya Rasulullah, what are the diseases of the former nations?’ The Prophet said, alaihi salatu wa salam, ‘excessive amusement, ungratefulness, disunity, competition for worldly gain, hatred and greed until there is transgression followed by much killing.’ We have reached to the time that mankind is in complete insanity. Hz Abu Musa is saying that the Prophet (AS) said, ‘before the hour comes, there will be harj.’ I asked, ‘Ya Rasulullah, what is a Harj?’ He said, ‘killing.’ Some of the Muslims enquired, ‘Ya Rasulullah, now we fight so many idol worshippers in a single year.’ Rasulullah (AS) said, ‘this will not be like fighting the idol worshippers, instead you will kill one another to the extent that a person will kill his neighbor, his nephews and his relatives.’ Some people said, ‘Ya Rasulullah, will we be in our right minds that day?’ He replied, ‘No. Beause aql (intelligence) would have left from most people at that time and there will remain only the worse of people who will have no reason. Most of them will assume they are following something, but in reality they are following nothing.’
There is a cause for all of this. There is a cause for all these insanity. Hz Abu Hurairah (RA) reporting that Holy Prophet said, “by Allah, wallahi, either enjoin good and forbid evil, and catch hold of the hand of the oppressor and persuade him to act justly and stick to the truth or Allah will involve the hearts of some of you with the heart of others, and will curse you as He had cursed them.” (Abu Dawud). And once when the Holy Prophet (AS) had his foot in the stirrup of his horse, somebody asked him, ‘what is the highest form of Jihad?’ The Holy Prophet said, “speaking the truth in the presence of a tyrant.” (Nasai).
Amri bil Ma’ruf wa Nahi anil Munkar, this reality has become completely lost today. The idea that there is a good that is absolute, that should be enjoined, that there is an evil that is absolute that should be forbidden, it is thought of as something that is harmful, radical today. The idea that Allah SWT has made Haqq clear and batil clear is something that has been hidden and disguised behind the smoked screen of this age of dajjal. It is not only in the western nation that we are seeing this, but especially we are seeing it catching up in the so called Muslim nation.
Holy Prophet (AS) made this clear 1400 years ago when he said, ‘that which is Halal is clear, and that which is haram is clear. And between the two of them are doubtful matters about which not many people are knowledgeable. He who avoids these doubtful matters certainly keeps clean in regards to his deen and his honor. But he who falls into the doubtful matters, falls into that which is unlawful, like a shepherd who pastures around a forbidden area, doing everything except grazing in it. Verily every king has a sanctuary, and Allah’s sanctuary is His prohibitions. Beware, in the body there is a piece of flesh which if it is good, all of the body is good, and if it is corrupted, all of the body is corrupted. Verily this part of the body is the heart.’ (Bukhari).
An intelligent man who understands this hadiths will say, why is Holy Prophet talking about the heart at the end of this hadiths? That so many times we are only hearing the end part of this hadiths, but we are not understanding what happened before and what happened in the beginning. It is because how you deal with halal and haram, how you deal with Haqq and Batil, how you deal with it not only as an individual but as a community and as a government, it is a sign of the condition of your heart. If you see the difference, if the heart sees the distinction, if you stand up for Haqq and you oppose Batil, your heart is good. But if you say, ‘it is all the same,’ if you get lost in grey areas, in subtlety, in nuances, if you fall into the trap of saying, ‘there is no truth, there is no evil,’ then your heart has become corrupted. And if we look according to that definition, we are living in an era of corrupted hearts. Presidents and Prime Ministers, Statesman and politicians, they have abandoned the concept of truth long ago. They repeat lies over and over again until the people believe those lies and they see the truth as false. Imams and scholars and Sheykhs, instead of saying, ‘this is Haqq and this is Batil,’ talk about the most minority opinion, talk about the most obscure rulings, talk about the most weak interpretation, talk about the most confusing understanding, so that they never have to say, ‘this is right and this is wrong.’ People follow whatever truth suits them that day according to their ego, and they refuse to have Haqq when it doesn’t fit to their agenda.
Individuals, communities, governments, regimes are using this. But no matter what they say, Haqq is still haqq and batil is still batil. As we say in the Eid-ul Takbir, there is no Ilah except Allah. We worship Him alone. We offer Him our sincere devotions even if the disbelievers hate it. And we are saying alhamdulillah that we are in the way of one who gave his sincere devotion, who gave his heart, who gave his life, his breath of life, who gave ninety-two years in the way of Allah, Sultan Evliya Sheikh Mevlana Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Hakkani. That he stood in the face of tyrants, whether they are government tyrants or religious tyrants, individuals or groups, he stood against batil. He stood for Haqq, even at the cost of his freedom and his life, that he made the mission of his life to warn mankind, not just Muslims but the whole of mankind against to dajjal the confuser, the big dajjals and the small dajjals.
Sheykh Maulana is saying, ‘I’m intending to destroy batil and the Sultanate of sheytan. My intention is to establish the heavenly Kingdom on earth in east and west, north and south, overseas and on continents, to be said everywhere, La ilaha ilallah Muhamadur Rasulullah.’ He is saying, ‘I am asking from my Lord jala jallalahu, through his most glorified servant and creature, Sayidinna Muhammad (AS), and through my Gransheykh, I’m asking to be able to destroy whole batil, falsehood. And I am nothing, but sometimes my intelligence that is belonging to heavenly power station should fire up the false of Sheytanic teachings. May Allah forgive me and may Holy people’s support be with me, to destroy on earth every wrong ideas, every faults and every false. May Allah forgive me for the honor of the most honored servant in His Divinely presence, Sayidinna Muhammad (AS). I am the weakest servant but sometimes the most strongest one to destroy Sheytanic ideas and his teachings and practicing. And I hope even I am weakest one that I am going to destroy whole false ideas that they are Sheytanic teachings under the cover of technology. I am that one who is going to destroy their technology, Insya’Allah.’
He, Hazretleri, is saying to us, to us, to the ones who claim to follow him, to use his name, you must try to be defenders of Truth, which means, Hakkanis . Don’t be afraid, and don’t bow down in front of false, the batil. You must be ‘sabit,’ fixed on your feet and defend Islam. Truth is only in Islam, not in any other school of ideas or ex-religions, trying to be Defenders of Truth. If you defend truth, Allah defends you. Don’t worry. Don’t say we have no army, no weapons. You fix yourself on truth and intend to be defenders of Truth, of Islam, and you should be supported. Heavenly support will come. No one can make you down. If there is no Heavenly support, everything must fall down. A very simple earthquake may come, and with it may fall everything that is built on false. May Allah give us His Divine support for defending truth.’ Amin.
Yes, Sultanul Evliya, he was a Hakkanis. He is a rehber, the guide of the Hakkanis . He did not speak the truth only when it was convenient for him. He did not speak the truth only when the people around him would like it. He spoke the truth wherever he went, to whoever was in front of him, without any fear because he was following the hadiths of the Holy Prophet (AS) who said, ‘speak the truth even if it is bitter.’ This is the way of the Holy Prophet (AS). This is the way of the Sahaba e-Kiram. This is the way of the Tabi’ins. This is the way of the Ottomans and this is the way of the Naksibendi Sheykhs. The hallmark of the true Sheykhs of this way throughout history, has been that they speak truth in the face of any power. Look at the reviver, Ahmad al-Faruqi as-Sirhindi, who spoke the truth to the most powerful King who ever live. Look at Sheykh Shamil who stood for truth in the face of the Russian tyrants. Look at the Naksibendi Sheykhs in the Ottoman empire who were given the job by the Sultans of fighting against every deviancy and bida’at and raising high the flag of Ahlu Sunnah wal Jamaah. The Naksibendi way is the way of truth, it is the way of Haqq. Sheykh Maulana trained and raised such a Naksibendi Sheykh.
Our Sheykh, Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani, who was also standing for truth, and Sheykh Maulana described him, ‘He stood out against the world of Kufr. Only one man.’ Yes, we see time and again that our Sheykh was the only one standing against to kufr, against to the agent of Kufr. Even when the rest of the world was running to praise them, to bow down in front of them and to kiss their hands. We are thanking Allah for sending us a real Sheykh, a true Hakkani. May Allah let us to walk in his footsteps.
We are very blessed to have this blessings of being under their flag, because the world has been diseased and infected with false teachers everywhere. Those who under the names of Allah, of His Prophet, of their friends, they are fooling people into becoming the agent of dajjal. Nobody is being careful where they take their knowledge, their religion, their deen from, or who they take it from. YouTube has replaced the madrasah and the universities and the Dergahs. They take their religion from celebrities, scholars and Imams who are busy promoting a brand, who speak sweet words that will please everyone. But they are not busy with speaking up against to batil. They are not busy with speaking up for truth. Because they are afraid if they did they will not be able to promote their brand. These kinds of creatures, they are described in the Hadiths e-Sharif, when Holy Pophet (AS) said, ‘the inviters at the gates of hellfire. Whoever obeys them, they will be thrown inside.’ This is why one of the Tabi’in, Hz Muhammad Ibn Sirin said, “Indeed this knowledge is your religion, so look to whom you take your religion from.”
O Believers! In this dark days of ahir Zaman, we should not be running after those who are offering us new ideas, liberal ideas, mixed western ideas, kufr ideas, into Islam. Because the Holy Prophet (AS) said, ‘at the end of time, there will be such a dajjal and liars who will narrate to you such narrations that you nor your grandfather would have heard of. You must keep away from them and make them keep away from you, so that they are not able to misguide you and put you in confusion. Don’t run after those who are saying to you, let’s run to seek as much knowledge as possible and load our backs with books. Because Holy Prophet (AS) said to his Sahaba: “Verily, you are in a time with many people of real knowledge, and just a few preachers. Whoever leaves a tenth of what he knows (in this time) will be destroyed. There will come to the people a time when there will be very few people with real knowledge, and lots of preachers. Whoever holds strongly to a tenth of what he knows (at that time) will be saved.” (Musnad Imam Ahmad).
Who is saying that to people today? Who is saying to the people, don’t run after new ideas, don’t run after accumulating knowledge? Who is saying? Run to live the Islam that you know strongly and sincerely. Elhamdulillah that our Sheykh is teaching us this true knowledge by saying: “We must live and hold tightly to that shahadet. Because the shahadet is very valuable. For that reason shahadet has a very big enemy, and the enemy of the shahadet is Sheytan. He’s running top speed to steal the shahadet away from us and to make us go from this world without shahadet to enter to that darkness. The whole secret also is not how much we know. The man may know so much, but if he’s not applying to his life, the knowledge that he knows, he’s not going to get so much benefit from it. So the whole secret it is to know, much as we know, to take that knowledge and to apply it to our daily life and to live according to that. That’s why Allah sent Prophets to us to teach us to show us how to live and how to hold on tightly to that shahadet. Because if we have been created to know Allah and to worship Allah then we must live and we must hold the shahadet tightly because this shahadet is very valuable. If the nur that comes with that shahadet it opens up from just one believer, this sun will off. But the value of the shahadet we’re going to see hereafter.” The teachings of our Sheykh, of our Grandsheykh, to the ignorant ones they may look simple. But in reality, it is the True Teachings of Holy Prophet (AS) in its preserved form.
O Believers! Follow those ones who are warning you against your ego. Follow those ones who are warning you against sheytan. Follow those ones who are telling you about and warning you against the dajjal. Those are the Real Teachers in this time. Others may be speaking sweetly, but what they are giving has no taste. It will make you sick and it will kill you. As Sheykh Mevlana is saying: You must not let yourself be fooled by those people who speak for hours and hours on religion thinking they give honey, because the difference between what they give and real honey is like the difference between heaven and earth. People who claim to be teachers are of two kinds: one kind are like wasps who go from flower to flower like bees, but never produce any honey or beeswax. Even if they have attained the highest level of knowledge that the mind can encompass, if their teaching does not come from the heart, it isn’t honey. The other kind of teachers are like bees, their teaching comes from the heart and is like pure honey. How does one become such a ‘bee’? the Prophet says, if a person can keep sincerity (Ikhlas) with his Lord for forty days, then his Lord will open up fountains of wisdom for that person.”
These are the True Words, the Honey Words, of a Friend of Allah. We should run after that Honey from the Heavens. We are praying as Sheykh Mevlana is praying and following his advice when he is saying: Eat from the honey of Heaven, don’t look at the earthly one. Eat from the honey of the heavens. That is what suits the son of Adam. Keep eating from that one. Our Lord, may the burdens on us be lifted. May our children have strength; May the Ummah of Muhammad open up. May we receive power to defeat shaytan. Bi hurmatil Habib, bi hurmatil Fatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi, New York
29 Shawwal 1439
13 July, 2018