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. Ya ayyuhal mu’minun al hadirun, ittaqullaha ta’ala wa ati’uh. Inna allaha ma allathina-ttaqaw wal-lathina hum muhsinun.
All praises are due to Allah, Lord of the Universes. “To Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth- for verily Allah is Free of all wants, Worthy of all Praise. Haven’t you seen how Allah has made all that is on the earth subservient to you? And the ships which run through the sea by His Command? He stops the sky from falling upon the earth, unless by His Permission. Indeed Allah is to the people, Kind and Merciful. It is He Who gave you life, and will cause you to die, and will again give you life. Indeed, man is a most ungrateful creature.” (Surah Hajj:61-66). All praise, and all glory, and all thankfulness, are due to Allah, Rabbul Alameen.
And may all peace and blessings be upon the Sultan of the Prophets, the Imam of the Messengers, the Beloved of Allah, the Intercessor of the Day of Judgment, the Friend of the Strangers, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS), and 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 then until the Last Day.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! We have reached to a time that has been warned about, since the first man and the first Prophet was sent to this world. We have reached to an age that every Prophet informed their nation about. We have reached to the time that Holy Prophet (AS) called Ahir Zaman, the End of Times. The eyes of the inhabitants of the Heavens and the Earth are on us in this time, because this is the time of separation between Hakk and Batil. They are watching us. They are watching our actions. They are watching our intentions. They are watching our hearts.
Sultan el-Evliya Sheykh Mevlana Muhammad Nazim Adil el-Hakkani is describing the state of this world, saying: “We are the nation of the Last Days. No other Prophet will come, no other nation will come. We are the nation of the Last Days! That is why, just as an old person goes through various states and conditions, this world has also grown old its nails have come out, and its axle is broken. Horses can no longer pull the horse carriage; this is the current situation of the whole world now.” And this is the time that the history of the world is going to be written.
Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani is saying: “The sleeping legend. Wake up your sleeping legend or they will wake you up and send you to the other side. Be careful. Everyone should wake up. This is not a circus. This is reality. Anyone who is with me should prepare themselves for that. This much is enough for you and for me.” What is different about this era of time than any other era? Why is this time so critical in the history of the world? Because, as Sheykh Mevlana is saying, this world has become old, the axle has come out, and everything is spinning out of control. Even the non-Muslims recognized this, when one of their poets said, “things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” That is the state of the world today.
Human beings, Bani Adam, has lost its ability to recognize what is coming from Allah, and what is coming from their ego and from their sheytan. Bani Adam has lost the ability to differentiate between good and evil. Bani Adam has lost the ability to see the difference between black and white. Sayyidul Ka’inat Hz. Muhammad Mustafa (AS), beloved of Allah, described this time to his Sahaba-e-Kiram 1400 years ago, warning us living at this time, he is saying, “O People! How would your condition be when your women will rebel and your young people will sin?” The Sahabis asked, “will this ever happen, ya Rasulallah?” They were shocked. They were shocked to hear that the women will rebel and the young people they will sin. To repeat these words of the Holy Prophet now has become not politically correct, radical. And no Imam are saying these things now.
So the Sahabis were shocked. They said, “will this ever happen, Ya Rasulullah?” They are saying, “it is impossible that our women will rebel and our young people they will sin and disobey.” He said, “Yes, and even worse! How will your condition be when you abandon encouraging good and forbidding evil?” The Sahabis asked, “will this ever happen, ya Rasulallah?” And Holy Prophet (AS) said, “Yes, and even worse. How will your condition be when you consider evil to be good, and you will consider good to be evil.”
And Hz. Hudayfa ibn al-Yaman, the Secret-Keeper of Holy Prophet (AS), is relating in a Hadith recorded in Sahih Bukhari, saying: The people used to ask Rasulallah (AS) about good, but I would ask about evil for fear it would overtake me. I said, “O Messenger of Allah, we were in ignorance and evil and Allah sent us this good. Will there be evil after this good?” The Prophet said, “Yes.” I said, “Will there be good after that evil?” The Prophet said, “Yes, but within it is smoke.” I said, “What is its smoke?” The Prophet said, “A people who are not guided by my guidance. You will recognize them and reject them.” I said, “Will there be evil after that good?” The Prophet said, “Yes, callers to the gates of Hellfire. Whoever answers them will taste it from within.” I said, “O Messenger of Allah, describe them to us.” The Prophet said, “They are from us and speak our language.” I said, “What do you command me should that overtake me?” The Prophet said, “Hold fast to the community of Muslims and their Imam.” I said, “What if there is no community and no Imam?” The Prophet said, “Then withdraw from all of the groups, even if you must bite at the root of trees until death overtakes you in that state.” (Bukhari).
Holy Prophet (AS), 1400 years ago, described the state of the world as it exists today. And what exist today has been existing for a very long time. Why are we in this situation? What happen to mankind? What happen to the Muslims? Because mankind has tried, for the last one hundred years, to exist separate from Allah (SWT). Like Namrud, they are saying, “You rule the sky. We rule the earth.” And like Namrud, later on they are saying, we are saying, “You know what? We will kill You. You are dead.”
Time magazine wrote a cover, decades ago, declaring God is Dead. And like Namrud, that mosquito from hellfire will enter into our heads and make everyone to go crazy until we crack our heads open.
The Children of Adam, from Muslims to Christians, from Jews to Atheists, they said, we do not need Allah or His Laws. We are going to rule the earth. We are going to set up our own versions of justice, our own versions of kingdoms, our own versions of rulership- Allah can rule in the Sky. Sahib el-Sayf is saying, “There are two kinds of ruling. Either the ruling of Allah or the ruling of the Taghuts, the Quran-e Kerim is saying. ‘I am sending you My orders. Everything is in that book. You may not understand that. I sent you the Prophet (AS) and the Prophet (AS) is showing you the ways, teaching you the ways. You have to follow those ways.’
Since the time of the Holy Prophet (AS), for over fourteen hundred years, until this last century, the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th Century, the Muslims have never fallen this low. All that happened because they wanted to change. They said, `We don’t want this kind of ruling, Shariat. What do we need Shariat for? We are civilized people. We are going to make our own laws.’ Hmm. [In reality] they are saying, ‘He is ruling the skies, not the earth. That God is ruling up there in the Paradise. Not here. He left us to do as we like’. No! That’s exactly what Namrud said, that’s exactly what Firaun said and that’s exactly what the Awliya are saying that almost every one of the 21st Century people became Namruds and Firauns.” And the words of the friends of Allah, they speak the truth.
This is the ignorance and arrogance of mankind. This is the ignorance and arrogance of the 21st century. This is the ignorance and arrogance of Muslims who separated themselves from 1400 years of tradition, who cursed their great grandfather, who cursed their Khalifah, who cursed the Sultan, who cursed the Awliya, who cursed the Mazhab Imams, and who embrace and they kiss the unbelievers and their ways of understanding religion and their ways of living this life. They are the ones who said, we understand Islam better even than the Sahabi. And their fitna has led to this Second Age of Ignorance, this second Jahilliyah. This was told to us 1400 years ago by Hz. Umar al-Faruq (RA) who said: “The bonds of Islam shall be untied one by one when there will be a generation raised in Islam who do not know what Jahiliya is.” (Fara’id al-Kalam li’l-Khulafa’ al-Karam). When we are not teaching ourselves and our children what is Jahilliyah, we will copy them.
This is the state of mankind today. People who were born Muslims have come to believe that they are better than even the Sahabis. And because they are not suspicious of themselves, because they do not understand the danger of their own ignorance, they have untied the bonds of Islam, until we find it in the state of today. Now, there are hundreds of version of Islam, and every single one of them is endorsed and affirmed by the majority of the scholars living today. Saying, seventy-three sects in Islam, every single one of them it is acceptable, because they think they know better than the Prophet when the Prophet says, seventy-three groups my nations will be divided but only one of them, only one will be accepted in the Divine Presence. The seventy-two will be bounding to hellfire. And when they asked him, ‘what group is this Ya Rasulullah?’ He said, ‘the group that is the majority, the group that is following my sunnah and the sunnah of my Sahabis.’
But Allah (SWT)’s Kingdom is Forever. And Allah (SWT) has sent His Representatives over the course of history to teach mankind how to live according to His Way. And throughout history, mankind has rebelled and rejected those Teachers. And what is the result of that rejection? It is always the Anger of Allah. And especially when you see, when they become cruel and tyrant, tyrannical to their Prophets, when they touch the beloved ones of Allah and the punishment of Allah comes swift. Why is the punishment of Allah not coming to our heads? This is not punishment. Whatever that is happening in this world, this is not punishment yet. This is what we are doing to each other. The only reason why that anger of Allah is not reaching to us like it reached to the earlier nations of the Prophets, is because of the Mercy of the Holy Prophet (AS). And because of the Mercy of the Evliyaullah. Although they are being cursed every single day. Right now, in the time of the Hajj, he is being cursed, alaihi salatu wa salam. Right now as we are speaking, they are going to call those who go to his Rawza e-Sherif begging for his intercession that Allah has given him, calling those ones who go there as mushriks. That they have made his birth place into a public toilet. That they have made the Cave of Hira to be shut off so that people are not going there. But they put so much garbage and rubbish in this Holy places so that Muslims will lose their connection to the Prophet. What happens when the Muslims lose their connection to the Prophet? No mercy. We have no mercy to each other, we have no more mercy to the skies, to the earth, to the animals. When we don’t have mercy, when we don’t have Muhammadur Rasulullah, Allah will judge us. May Allah not judge us.
We are in the Days of Hajj. The Sunnah of Hz. Ibrahim (AS), the Sunnah of our Holy Prophet (AS). The time when a person takes off his worldly clothing, his identity, and wears two simple cloths of white, walking toward the House of Allah in his funeral shroud. What has it turned into? Seyh Efendi is saying: As we see in these days, people go to Hajj, coming back, they are worse than before. You didn’t learn nothing. You didn’t gain nothing. Because you came into that House of Allah, you came as guest of Allah with such dirtiness and you dirty that House of Allah, and you come back even more soiled.
Sheykh Effendi is continuing, you didn’t understand nothing from the Hajj that you have performed that time and it is enough sign showing that your Hajj, because you have not complete it, your mind and heart were at some other places, not with Allah. They are not thinking to say, ‘that invitation is given to me from my Lord, and I am coming here and I’m watching His favors.’ NO. Instead, they are thinking, ‘there’s a tea house, there’s a restaurant, there’s a store I must go here and there.’ So many are not even able to do their duties, running around like a wild kind of creature. I don’t know what kind I should say. Running.
The Great Shaykh, Hz. Ali Hujweri (KS) is describing Real Hajj, saying: “The reality of the rituals of Hajj is: (1) wearing of ihram (the solitary white cloth) means giving up all bad habits; (2) staying in Arafaat means you are absorbing the Divine love; (3) going to Muzdalifa means giving up of the passions of Nafs; (4) Tawaaf, or making rounds of the Kaaba, means seeing the divinity of Allah; (5) coming back to Mina means forgetting all desires of one’s heart; (6) running in Safa and Marwa means purifying the heart and soul; (7) Qurban or sacrifice means sacrificing all the desires and passions of Nafs; and (8) throwing of pebbles at the devil means throwing away of the bad companions and associates. If a Murid fails to observe and learn the foregoing lessons from his pilgrimage to Kaaba, his going for Hajj will make no difference to him and will indeed be an aimless and vain show.” May Allah protect us from a vain Hajj, and may He grant us the ability to travel to make the real Hajj in the sohbet of our Sheykh before we leave this world.
O Believers! The world is ready for Dajjal. The world is getting ready for Dajjal. The world is not ready for Mahdi (AS). And the world is not getting ready for Mahdi (AS). Every Prophet warned his nation about Dajjal. 124 000 Prophets warned the nation about Dajjal. Abu Huraira (RA) is saying, Sahhi Bukhari, The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Shall I not inform you about the Dajjal that no Prophet has not told his people? Verily, he is blind in one eye and he will come with the likeness of paradise and fire. That which he calls paradise is actually fire, and that which he calls fire is actually paradise. Verily, I have warned you just as Nuh has warned his people.” (Bukhari).
And if we need an open sign of his coming, listen to the Hadith when Holy Prophet (AS) said: “The Dajjal will not appear until the people become forgetful in talking about him, and until the Imams abandon talking about him on the Mimbar.”(Majma’ al-Zawaid). The Imams, they have abandon talking about Dajjal on the Mimbar for a very long time. The Ummat has become silent when it comes to the great liar, when it comes to the one who makes the confusion. The Ummat, the Sheykhs, the Imam, they have become silent. They are very noisy when talking about Tajwid, yes. They are very noisy when talking about Aqidah, about Usul, about Tafsir, yes. So many “Sufis” are talking about Kashf, and Azamat, and Fanaa, yes. So many are talking about Mahdi (AS). They are talking about Mahdi (AS) too and an Era of Peace and an Era of Desire when you can do whatever you want, you can marry whoever you want. But when it comes to Dajjal, there is only a deafening silence. And that is the silence before the storm, when his appearance will sink the world in fitna, and heaven will be shown as hell to the people.
Ya Ayyuhal Mukminoon! These are the Days of Hajj. These are the Days of Qurban. These are the Best Ten Days of the Year. These are the days for us to say Labbayk Allahumma Labbayk- not in Ghaflat, but with Presence and Awakeness, to really say, we want to be in Your Service, ya Rabbi. We want to run away from our desires. We want to run away from our nafs. We are running away from this dunya. We are running away from sheytan to You.
Our Sheykh is teaching us how to come to Allah (SWT)’s obedience, and how to live in this time, you cannot do this without a guide, saying: Aren’t you ashamed that (your wrong deeds) are going to come in front of Allah and everyone is going to watch? That shows that these people don’t have fear from Allah. They don’t have strong faith to Allah. Whatever side is there, Dajjal or Mahdi, it doesn’t matter, they move to whoever promises something. One day they are on the side of Mahdi’s workers and one day they are on the side of Dajjal’s workers. Don’t be from those ones. If you are from those ones then wake up and turn around because the Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, `When the last days will be approaching, that’s exactly what’s going to happen. People are going to move from one side to another, one side to another.’ Make sure you stand on the side of Haqq when the Takbir is taken. You will not be with Dajjal and the ones that are around him. Dajjal is going to come in so many different forms. To Christians different, to Muslims, to Jews completely different. Be careful, we are in those days. The Prophet (AS) was talking to the Sahaba-Kiram about the confusion of Dajjal so much that the Sahaba-e Kiram were saying, ‘We thought that Dajjal was behind the date trees. As soon as the Prophet (AS) is leaving, he’s going to come out.’ It passed fourteen hundred years. It is now the time. All the deputies of Dajjal have appeared. You need eyes to see. So many are running after those ones. Watch yourself, watch your step. You are responsible from your life. Either you enter to Paradise or you build yourself to hell. Whichever side you fall into, that shows your faith and with that faith you cannot pass the Sirat. These words are for you, for me and the whole mankind.
Ya Rabbi! In this Ahir of Ahir Zaman, we are asking safety. We are asking to be with those beloved ones that are like the Ship of Nuh (AS). We are asking to be with Your Friends, with the Inheritors of Holy Prophet (AS). Please join us to them in this life, so You will join us to them in the next life. Amin.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi, New York
6 Zul Hijjah 1439
17 August, 2018