1440 years. 1440 just entered. Foolish people are going to think that every year it’s going to get better, because they are not looking with the Nur of Allah or the Prophet. They are not looking with the Evliya’s eyes. They are thinking they know so much.
This world has an Owner. Allah has given the power of this world and other worlds into His Khalifahs too. It’s hidden. You don’t see. You must believe. Believers must believe. This is ayat. The rukun of our iman, we cannot see with this eyes. We must believe. Your amantu billah, your amantu, you must believe. What we are doing to make our belief to be stronger, the belief is not going to be stronger so much by things that you are going to be doing in ghaflat. Going up and down in ghaflat, making zikr in ghaflat, reading Quran in ghaflat. You are going to be lost and in ghaflat, when you don’t have a guide. Bayazid al-Bastami (QS) is saying, “the one who doesn’t have a Sheykh, his Sheykh is sheytan.” Finish. You have problem with me? Don’t have problem with me. Have problem with Bayazid al-Bastami. Understand what he is saying.
1440 has entered. Who knows what’s going to happen. You don’t have to be a Saint or a scholar to know this world is not getting any better. It’s getting worse. You are seeing it with the eyes of the Prophet and what he is saying. But we must have hope. Hope for what? What do you mean by this world getting better? Do you think, couple of tall buildings here and there, some technology here and there, this world is going to be better? That’s your definition of better? Then your definition of better is the same definition that kafirs they have. Where is your iman? O believers, believe. What we are doing to make our belief to be strong? You think you can take belief from books? If belief is from books, then one word of Quran, one word from that Ummul Kitab, one word, all of Arabia will become believers. It didn’t. Something wrong with the Quran? Hasha estaghfirullah. Never. Abu Jahil, you think he didn’t hear the Quran? He heard the Quran from the mouth of the Prophet (AS). It didn’t move him. Abu Jahil, it didn’t move him. Abu Lahab, it didn’t. So many, it didn’t move. So many munafiqs, it didn’t move.
So faith is not from a book, it’s not from the internet, it’s not from your conferences, it’s not from your intelligence, it’s not from your philosophers. Holy Prophet (AS), he is the distributor. He distributes. This is one of his titles. What is it in Arabic? Abu Qasim. Al-Qasim, the one who distributes. Never forget your kalimah. Don’t say ‘La ilaha ilallah, the way I want to believe Allah to be.’ Our Kalimah is La ilaha illallah Muhammadur Rasulullah. You forget about the Prophet, huh? You want to make everything according to your own head. That’s why now we have nations following Islam according to your own head, according to their own ideologies. Everything Allah has created, it is for the sake of that Prophet. Everything He has created is for Him to distribute. If you are not holding on to his inheritors, you will be lost.
Don’t sleep! Believers must wake up. Nights like this, we must wake up. Ten days’ time, we are going to enter into Ashura. Sleeping. People are going to beat themselves sleeping too. You are supposed to wake up. You are supposed to teach yourself. But masjids, governments, sheykhs, Imams, Muftis, making people to sleep. Religion has become a drug to people, so that they sleep and they shut up. Just shut up. Pray five times a day and shut up. Don’t interfere into anything. Following the Christians and the Jews. “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, render unto God what is God’s.” They say, now there is a separation.
For over 1300 years, we were blessed with a Khalifah. And when we lost our Khalifah, the scholars got together, begging Allah not to punish the nation. Getting together, to elect a new Khalifah. But Muslims didn’t want that. They want autonomy. They want to have their own ‘passports’, they want government. Eh, people coming to me and saying, ‘how are we going to have one ummat? How are we going to solve these differences between our ummat? How are we going to make everyone to hug and kiss other? How are we going to make the Sunnis and the Shias to come together?
You don’t believe in Khilafat? You are not living your life for that? Never they will come together. They will come together, but it’s for football. Whole nation never gets up for tahajjud together, but you will get up, tahajjud time, to watch football, or cricket. They will come together for foolishness. Dishonor.
Forty. One thousand four hundred and forty. Many things are going to happen. Keep your faith safe and strong. Be with those ones who’ll make your faith to be strong. Your faith is not from reading, it is from those who take from the Prophet, who distributes that faith. Allah is the Owner of faith. But His protocol is He distributes it. Go ahead, take directly from Allah, you’ll become wahabbi that time You’ll become nothing but sheytan that time. Sheytan says, ‘I only worship You. I only bow down to You. No one else. Nothing else.’ Eh, these days, Muslims in the name of ahle sunnat, they become worse than wahabbi. The proudness, not understanding what is that, that proudness has overtaken them. And with that proudness, the anger is coming in too.
Find people who have strong faith. Be with them. As Allah SWT is commanding us, ‘Be with the Saliheen. Be a jama’at.’ You like, take. You don’t like, who cares. I don’t care too. You like, take. You don’t like, leave it. I will take it for myself. You like to listen, listen. You don’t like to listen, just say this man is just making some loud noises for nothing. It’s okay too. But, wait. Wait. Until the dust settles you don’t know who is in front, whether it’s a horse or it’s a donkey. Now everything is blocked. Everything is dusty. Alhamdulillah, we are not lost, because we are holding on to those ones who are holding on to the Prophet, who is holding on to Allah. May their feet be on our necks. May Allah forgive us. May Allah increase our faith in the coming year. May Allah forgive us. Al-Fatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi, New York
1 Muharram 1440
10 September, 2018