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. “He is Allah, there is no ilah other than Him. The One Who knows all things, both secret and open. He is the Most Gracious, Most Merciful. He is Allah, other than Whom there is no other Allah- the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace, the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Supreme. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him. He is Allah, the Creator, the Shaper out of nothing, the Fashioner- His are the Most Beautiful Names. All that is in the heavens and the earth declares His Praises and Glory- and He is the Mighty, the Wise.” Sadaqallahuladzim (59:22-24).
May all peace and blessings be upon our Master Sayyidina Muhammad (AS), who is described by Allah (SWT) in the Holy Quran when He (Jalla wa’Ala) says: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. “There has come unto you a Messenger from amongst yourselves- it grieves him that you should perish. He is full of concern for you- for the believers he is Rauf and Rahim (most kind and merciful).” Sadaqallahuladzim (9:128).
May peace and blessings be upon him, and upon his noble family, and upon his blessed companions. May peace and blessings be 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 walk in their footsteps until the Last Day.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! All praises are due to Allah Who let us pass through the Day of Kurban and fulfill our obligation of sacrificing a Kurban for His Pleasure. We are asking that our Kurban be accepted. We are asking for those who went to Hajj with sincere intention, that their Hajj be accepted. We are asking to be amongst those who will also be honored with an invitation to the Holy Land of the Hijaz, to visit the House of Allah and the Garden of our Beloved Nabi, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS).
We are in total and complete need of Allah (SWT)- Allah does not need us. Mankind has forgotten that we cannot affect Allah (SWT)- He is exalted beyond us. When man forgets his place in relation to Allah (SWT), he becomes a rebel. This is why Allah (SWT) is saying in the Hadith Qudsi: “O My servants, you can neither do Me any harm nor can you do Me any good. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and jinn of you to be as pious as the most pious heart of any man of you, that would not increase My Kingdom at all. O My servants, were the first of you, and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as evil as the most evil heart of any man of you, that would not decrease My Kingdom at all. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to stand in one place and make a request of Me, and were I to give everyone what he asked, that would not decrease what I have, any more than a needle decreases the sea if put into it. O My servants, it is but your deeds that I judge for you and then compensate you for, so let him who finds good praise Allah and let him who finds other than that blame no one but himself.” And Allah speaks the truth.
SubhanAllah. Today’s man has become the complete opposite. Today’s man believes that we can raise ourselves to the station of an ilah, the fashioner, the creator of our own destiny, the shaper of things from nothing. Human beings are running to fire rockets into the sky to try to pierce the kingdom of Allah, just like Nimrud shot arrows into the sky. But Allah (SWT) is saying in the Holy Quran: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. “O assembly of jinn and men! If you can pierce beyond the zones of the heavens and the earth, then pass! But you will never be able to pass without authority (Sultan) from Allah.” Sadaqallahuladzim (55:33).
Man is the only creature that sees himself as a partner to Allah. Man is a servant but he behaves like an ilah when forgets his Creator. Man has been created for the Servanthood of Allah (SWT). The honor of man lies in that servanthood- living for anything other than that reason of creation, it brings dishonor and disgrace. This is why Allah (SWT) is saying in a Hadith Qudsi: “Pride is My cloak and greatness is My robe, and he who competes with Me in respect of either of them, I shall cast into the Hell Fire.” (Abu Dawud).
But us, mankind, with our technology, with our so-called intelligence, with our secularism, we are running to compete with Allah’s Pride and Greatness. And becoming arrogant and stubborn, they do not even run to ask Allah (SWT) for his forgiveness. We continue, majority of us, in their rebellion, deaf, dumb, and blind. We just finished the Day of Arafah. The Day of Qalu Bala, when Allah (SWT) took the promise from us, and we promise that we will worship and ask only from Him, Evliyaullah they are saying it happened at Arafat. Arafat is supposed to be, not only a rehearsal for Judgment Day, but a reminder when we were all there together in front of our Lord during pre-eternity. As it was then, as it is going to be on Judgment day, humanity of every color, every nation, every corner of the earth, comes and stands in the presence of Allah (SWT), erasing all these differences. Not to come because we are of colors or nations, but to come as servants to Allah. The Arafat night is supposed to be a night to ask for forgiveness. And that vast Forgiveness of Allah (SWT) brings humiliation and shame to sheytan. But understand that the foundation of forgiveness is that a person admits, he believes, he understands, and he regrets that he did something wrong. A condition of seeking forgiveness is that a person acknowledges his mistake and then he tries to fix it. But we are convinced we did not do anything wrong. We are convinced that this dunya belongs to us. We are convinced that our desires are all true and pure. We are convinced that our nafs will only guide us to what we want, which is clean and pure. We are convinced that sheytan is just an illusion. We don’t know why we are sick. We don’t know why the Ummat is sick, and we are not even trying to cure our illness.
Arafat is for forgiveness. Arafat is to remember that Promise of when we say, ‘indeed You are,’ when Allah ask us, “Am I not your Lord.” That Promise that is the foundation of our existence, when we said, “You are our Lord, and we are Your servants. We only worship You.” On the same spot where we made that promise in pre-eternity, today’s people made new promises- not to Allah, but to their ego that we worship. Because people do not go to Arafat to seek forgiveness anymore.
If people were at Arafat sincerely asking forgiveness for themselves, forgiveness for the Ummat, then it would show in their dua, it would show in the world. Because our forgiveness is rooted in the mistake that we made, and the biggest mistake that we made as an ummat altogether, was the removal of Allah’s shadow on the face of this earth, the removal of the Khilafat.
If the duas of Arafat were seeking forgiveness for that mistake, then everyone would be asking for an end to zulm and oppression, and the return into that protection and coolness of the shadow of Allah. Everyone would be asking for the return of Khilafat. Everyone would be asking for the appearance of Mehdi (AS), the one who will end tyranny and bring justice.
But the duas in Arafat are just for more comfort for our dunya, and for our ego, or for our politcal agendas. The duas are for a better job. The duas are to have more health and to never get sick. The duas are for more wealth and fear of poverty. The duas are to have a family that is the center of our life. The duas is for money so we are independent and never feeling like we are in need. In a place where we are supposed to be shaking with the Fear of Allah in preparation for Yawm al-Qiyamah, we are asking for our dunya to continue forever. The duas in the Arafat is to ask that our political power, that is separate from the Khilafat, to always be there and to become stronger.
If a man is sincerely thinking about that Judgment Day, thinking about standing in front of his Lord and being judged for all of his actions and his intentions, if he is really believing that his ihram is his funeral shroud, then it will show in his actions. Such a man will never engage in the shameful, humiliating, dishonorable actions that are taking place at the Haram el-Sharif today. Such a man would never dare to consume food like a tyrant in the area of Mina, and to waste food while others starve. Such a man could not even imagine to take photographs of himself while using the Kaaba as a backdrop, turning his back to the House of Allah, or turning his back on the resting place of the Prophet. Such a man will not sit in his towering hotel room, saying “Labbayk” while pointing his feet down to Baitullah. Yes, today in the Haram el-Sharif, all the things that boost the ego, they are honored, they are encouraged and they are developed. So the rich go there as a vacation, the businessman goes there to make money, the scholar goes there to show off and the poor go there to beg. But none are visiting the One who is hosting these guests of Allah.
But any place that reminds you of Holy Prophet (AS), any place that reminds you of the Sahabi e-Kiram, any place that reminds us of our glorious history, any place that reminds us of holiness and sanctity, it is sealed off and covered with signs that say “no entry- biddat, kufr, shirk.” This is not Hajj. This is not the Hajj that Hz. Ibrahim (AS) invited all the nations to. This is not the Hajj of Rasulallah (AS) and his Sahabis, of the Tabieen, of the Salihin, of the Evliya. This is someone else’s Hajj. It is not their Hajj. It should not be our Hajj.
Look at the Hajj of the Holy Prophet (AS), Fakhr-i-Alem (AS) made one Hajj in his life. He made this Hajj two months before he left this earthly realm. Even though at this time he had become the King, you may say, of the whole Arabian Peninsula, he went to the Hajj showing his servanthood to Allah (SWT). When he stood in Arafat, he opened his blessed hands and said: “Ya Allah! You are listening to me. You are watching my place. You are aware of my hidden and open affairs. I am weak and I am needy- I am pleading to You and asking Your Protection.” The Hajj of today is not the Hajj of Imam al-Azam Imam Abu Hanifa, who performed Hajj fifty-five times in his life. On his last Hajj, he went to the Kaaba and prayed 2 raka’ats and made Khatm of Holy Quran. He did not go there saying, I am the greatest Imam, come and look at me, come and bow down to me, come and praise me. No. He started crying in front of Allah and said: “Ya Rabbi! I have not been able to worship You in the way that You deserve. I understand that You cannot be comprehended through intelligence. For this understanding, please forgive the mistakes in my service.” And he heard a voice saying, “Ya Abu Hanifa! You have understood Me very well and have served me beautifully. I have forgiven you and those who will be in your Mazhab and who will follow you until the End of Times.” That is a good news for us. That is a good news to those who are calling themselves followers of his Mazhab, and that is the good news that is guaranteed to everyone whose Hajj is accepted.
Today’s Hajj is not the Hajj of our Master Sheykh Mevlana Muhammad Nazim Adil el-Hakkani, who is opening the meaning of Labbayk, saying: “Grandsheykh Abdullah Dagestani said that every year those who have been granted an invitation for Hajj, pilgrimage, come from every direction on earth. On the Day of Arafat they are saying: “Labbaik, Allahumma, labbaik…”, which means: “Oh, our Lord, with our whole being, physical and spiritual, we are running to You, running after Your call, as You are calling us to come for Hajj, to visit Your Holy House, the House of the Lord. We are running to You with all our humbleness…labbaik…just running to You. We are leaving everything and we are following Your call…labbaik, Allahumma, labbaik, labbaika, la sharika laka, labbaik…No one can be a partner to You. We have left everyone who is claiming to be Your partner. We are not hearing, not listening to them, we are not accepting their commands. We live only for You, we are running to You…We are weak servants, coming from the nation of Your true servant…Inna’l hamda…all glorifying, praising, absolute thanks, that may be offered to You by Your servants, it is for You, only for You…wa ni’amata…what You are granting to us, Your servants, from every kind of Niamat, favours, and blessings, is from You only…laka wa’l mulk…Mulk, everything in existence including ourselves, belongs to You…la sharika’lak…” This is the Hajj that we should make. This is the Hajj we are intending to make, if our Lord gives us the life.
We are running away from the Hajj of Ahir Zaman. Today it has become accepted that the Hajj is a business, a capitalist Hajj. You want a “better” Hajj? Then pay more money. You want Pakistani buffet, you want Arab buffet, give us the money, we will give it to you. You want your Hajj to be a spiritual vacation, pay more, we can even open up the Prophet’s tomb for you. You want your Hajj to be a vacation vacation, pay us and we will make it the best vacation. We will give you the best dunya experience that you will never experience ever in your life- instead of the fear of Qiyamah, instead of the fear of death, instead of the fear of Allah, we will make you to run away from all of that, we will give you the luxury of the dunya. You are not so rich, it’s okay, come and shop. They are turning Makkah and Madinah into an area worse than Time square. The idols inside the Kaaba are destroyed, but now the entire Haramayn is filled with new idols.
They put dirty stores and shops all around the Kaaba so that people can come to buy and sell, leaving that as their only trace in the Haramayn. In the past, they used to go and walk in the areas and in the land where the Prophet and the Sahabis they walked. They used to make the ziyaret of Holy Places, and now, they make ziyaret of the shopping malls. ‘You are going to get blessed that time’, they say. Muslims of the Ahir Zaman are fitting exactly into the Hadith Sherif, when Holy Prophet (AS) is saying: “Near the Day of Judgment the rich ones from amongst my Ummah will perform Hajj for the sake of travel and holiday. The middle class will go to Hajj for business, bringing goods from here to there. The scholars will perform Hajj for the sake of show and fame. The poor will perform Hajj for the purpose of begging.” (Kanz ul-Amaal).
Allah’s signs are showing in the Hajj. Violent winds, they were blowing. The Kiswa of the Kaaba is rising up and showing what is underneath. This is not a blessing- this is a warning. Hz. Aisha (RA) is saying if Holy Prophet (AS) would see such wind, “the concern would show on his face, and he would turn away.” He would turn away his mubarak face from that punishment of Allah. “Then if it rained, he was happy with it, and that caused him to forget about it.” Hz. Aisha said: “So I asked him about this; he said: “I fear that there will be a punishment inflicted upon my nation.” (Muslim). But the people continue in ghaflat.
Once upon a time, it was only the Wahhabis who were destroying the Hajj and the Haramayn. It was the Wahhabis who were taking apart the Kaaba, brick by brick. It was the grandchildren of the Khawarij who were running to find every place of Tabarruk, every place where Holy Prophet (AS) stepped, every location connected to the history of Islam, they were running to destroy it. But now we are seeing that the so-called followers of Ahlu Sunnah wal Jamaat are doing even worse. Now we see the so-called Sufis who claim they are following Tarikat and Tasawwuf, are doing even worst. They are not destroying the physical foundations of the Hajj, but they are destroying its spiritual foundations. With their bad edep and their ghaflet, they are taking away the Holiness of the Kaaba. They are using the Kaaba as a platform for their own fame. When they are making Tawaf, they are not circling around the House of Allah- instead, they are only worshipping to their own egos. How else can you explain videos taken while you are performing the Tawaf, selfies in front of the Holy Prophet’s tomb.
We just passed through the Days of Eid al-Adha. Today Muslims lost their minds and are wandering around the earth drunk. They are saying, ‘we don’t want to cut Kurban anymore.’ Muslims are saying this, ‘this is a savage practice.’ They want a cruelty free kurban. Just like the Bani Israil left the sacrifice behind, now Muslims are running to abandon Kurban. They are saying, well, let me donate a water fountain, this is better. Donating water fountain is good, that is donating a water fountain. Kurban, is kurban. It is different. Or they are saying, let me just sit down and reflect on the meaning of sacrifice. Tafakkur is different, kurban is different. They are saying, well cutting animals is very cruel, it is very primal, it is very painful. And so in their effort to be like unbelievers, they are cursing the Sunnah of Holy Prophet (AS), saying that the one, that Allah is saying who is Rauf and Rahim, was cruel, hasha Astagfirullah. They become like Qabil, who did not want to offer a Kurban to his Lord, and so become a disobedient one in the Sight of Allah. And like Qabil, they are running then to kill the ones who are firm in the way.
Today’s Muslims are sinking deeper and deeper into the lizard’s hole. They are living the words of the Hadith when Holy Prophet (AS) said, “If you have no shame, then do whatever you want.” (Bukhari). This is not the time to come up with new theories about Islam. This is the time to follow those who are following the tradition of Islam as it has been practiced for 1400 years. This is the time to run to attach yourself to the faith of those ones who are strong, of the Evliya and the Salihin. Because they are not just going to teach you what faith is- they are going to teach you how to hold on to that faith. Because in the Ahir Zaman, this is going to be the test- holding onto your faith. Holy Prophet (AS) said: “The people will see a time of patience in which someone adhering to his religion will be as if he were grasping a hot coal.” (Tirmidhi).
We are seeing today that Muslims are running toward every new idea. Holy Prophet (AS) already warned us about this when he said: “Towards the end of time there will be people from my ummah, who will quote to you narrations which neither you nor your forefathers would have heard. Beware of them!” (Muslim). We should run away from these “new idea” Imams and Scholars, and run to those who are presenting us the preserved treasures of Holy Prophet (AS). We should run to the ones that Holy Prophet (AS) said about them, “Behold, my Ahlul Bayt are like the Ship of Nuh (AS). Whoever boarded it was saved, and whoever turned away from it was perished.” (Tabarani). Those Inheritors of the Holy Prophet (AS) are still with us. It is good to follow them.
New-style Imams and Sheykhs and Preachers, they speak so many words that sounds so beautiful, that sounds so eloquent, that will pull you in every directions, that seems so peaceful, that seems to be so tolerant, that seems to be so interfaith, that seems to fit with the times. It’s empty. It’s meaningless, and it is very dangerous. But the Evliyaullah speak the Words of Hakk clearly and beautifully. They speak simply. They speak straight. Our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf is saying: “Intelligent believers, they should sit, they should ask. You know and I know what kind of trouble everyone is in. And you know and I know that no one is lifting, no one is taking the trouble away from you except Allah (SWT). Turn back to Allah (SWT) sincerely the way that the Holy Prophet (AS) has left it to us, not the way your ego wants it, not the way that the unbelievers are preparing some kind of lifestyle for the Muslims. Turn back to your own realities, turn back to your own traditions. Keep your Islamic traditions. Turn back to the Sunnat of the Rasulullah (AS). There is no other safety except that. As the Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, `In Ahir Zaman, to carry the Sunnat of the Rasul (AS) is going to be just like carrying fire in your hand.’ That’s how it’s happening. But it doesn’t matter even if it’s a fire. You have to change it from one hand to another hand. If you drop it then you lose your faith.
Now we are already in trouble, the believers, don’t think that it’s going to become better if we are not asking or if we are not turning back to the road that Allah and His Prophet (AS) designated for us. Allah (SWT) is saying to us, `Today we have completed your religion.’ Fourteen hundred years ago He has completed our religion. Our religion is complete. Don’t believe the unbelievers who say, `You are backward, you are behind, you are this and you must change this and you must change that.’ Say to them, `You must change your head! Leave me alone. Let me live my religion.’ Allah knows what He is doing and He finished this religion. He completed this religion with His Prophet (AS). Anything that we are trying to do in it, we are going out from the religion. We are trying to fit the religion to our own selves then. And then you are inventing a new religion according to your ego. That is the time you are worshipping to your ego.” We don’t want to worship our ego. We want to be Worshippers of Allah. We want to be Followers of His Habib. We want to be the companions of their Friends.
We should make intention, insyaAllah, and we should join in the duas of our Grandsheykh, Sultan el-Evliya Sheykh Mevlana Muhammad Nazim Adil el-Hakkani (KS), praying: May Allah, forgive us! I am asking daily, morning, evening: “O our Lord, send us (the) Sultan! We have everything except (a) Sultan. Send us (the) Sultan, (the) real Sultan, that he can be able to take our hearts, not (only) our physical being. We are asking (for a) Sultan, whom they reach to our real life, our spiritual being, and carrying ourselves, saving ourselves from Shaitans and Shaitans representatives! May Allah forgive us! Ya Rabbi I want to see the collapse of kufr, and the collapse of the ruling of satan, and the days that the idols will be destroyed. I want to see the flags of Islam being raised. I want a Sultan, O Sultan of the World, the Absolute Sultan, send us a Sultan, Ya Rabbi. Amin.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi, New York
13 Zul Hijjah 1439
24 August, 2018