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 wallathina 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. All praises are due to Allah Who is the First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden, the One Who has Might and Power over all things. All praises are due to Allah Who is One, without partner, without need, glorified and beyond His Creation. All praises are due to Allah Who is Absolutely Unique – there is nothing like Him, and He is as He has praised Himself. All praises are due to Allah Who has said in the Holy Quran, BismillahirRahmanirRahim: “And do not call on any other god along with Allah. There is no Allah except Him. Everythign will perish except His Face. To Him belongs the Command, and to Him will you all be brought back.” (28:88). Sadaqallahuladzim.
And may all peace and blessings be upon our Master Sayyidina Muhammad (AS) who said: Whoever asks Allah to bless me, Allah will bless him ten times, and whoever asks ten times to bless me, Allah will bless him one hundred times. And whoever asks Allah one hundred times to bless me, Allah will bless him one thousand times, and whoever asks Allah to bless me one thousand times, Allah will forbid The Fire from touching his body- that person’s word on any matter will be made firm in this world and the next and he will enter The Garden. On the Day of Judgment the Salawats he made on me will be a light for him on The Sirat (on the Bridge), a light visible at a distance of five hundred years, and Allah will give him a palace for every Salawat he made for me, whether he made a lot or he made few.” (Delail Khayrat).
O Believers! Today is the Last Jummah of the Holy Month of Rabiul Awwal. Whether Allah will give us life to reach to the next Mawlid, it is unknown to us. But we are asking Allah (SWT) to accept whatever we did in this Month to honor and show our love and respect to His Most Beloved Prophet.
O Believers! Allah (SWT) created mankind to be His representative, to be His Khalifa, and He created mankind to know Him and to worship Him. If this is the reason of our creation, then without a doubt we are capable to fulfill that reason of creation. Because Allah (SWT) has said, BismillahirRahmanirRahim. “Allah does not place a burden on a soul greater than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns. (Pray, saying): “Our Lord! Do not condemn us if we forget or fall into error. Our Lord! Do not place on us a burden like You did place on those before us. Our Lord! Do not place on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us; forgive us; have mercy upon us. You are our protector- give us victory over the disbelieving people.” Sadaqallahuladzim (2:286).
So when Allah (SWT) says, BismillahirRahmanirRahim, “I have only created jinns and men that they may serve Me (51:56),” and when He said to the Angels, BismillahirRahmanirRahim, “I am going to place in the earth a Khalifa (2:30)”, then Allah (SWT) has given mankind the capacity to fulfill that purpose. Allah (SWT) has honored mankind. BismillahirRahmanirRahim, “Verily we have honored the Children of Adam. We carry them on the land and the sea, and have given them for sustenance things good and pure, and have preferred them above many of those whom We have created with a definite preference.” (17:70). Sadaqallahuladzim.
Today’s mankind, 21st century mankind, is running top-speed to destroy that honor. How? By teaching us that being Bani Adam has no meaning. By teaching us that we are animals, the same as dogs, and pigs, and cows, and monkeys. By teaching us that we are here to fulfill our desires. By teaching us that we are created randomly, that there is no purpose to our being here. By teaching us that there is no life after this one. By teaching us that the strong should dominate the weak, and that only the strong have a right to live. By teaching us that there is no right or wrong, but that we should only do what makes us feel good. When man acts in this way, then he is no longer a man- he becomes worse than the animals. They become the ones Allah has described saying: BismillahirRahmanirRahim,“Many are the jinns and men we have made for hell- they have hearts that they do not understand with. They have eyes that they don’t see with. They have ears that they don’t hear with. They are like cows- no, they are even worse, because they are heedless.” Sadaqallahuladzim (7:179). This rejection by mankind of the honor granted by Allah (SWT), this is the reason for the suffering that is rooted in the hearts of most of the people in the world today.
That sadness and that pain and that suffering is coming because we distance ourselves from our Lord and our reason of creation, and we are distancing ourselves from our purpose. As our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (KS) is saying: People today don’t have peace in the world. They are suffering. The biggest reason is they are not sharing. Peace and the whole blessings come to a man while he is giving, sharing with others. And Allah is pleased with you. When Allah is pleased with you, what else do you want? But first you have to understand what is Allah. People they are just mentioning the name 24 hours but they are not trying to understand what is Allah and what is it to be a servant. Once you know, you come to realization that you are a servant, all blessings come with that and you run to do the servanthood the best way. These are the words of the Friends of Allah. And the Friends of Allah, they are giving the meaning and the essence of the words of Rasulallah (AS).
Sayyid-i-Ka’inat (AS) is saying: The one who knows himself, knows Allah. Self-knowledge leads you to knowledge of your Lord. That self-knowledge is not what today’s so-called Shaykhs are teaching. That knowledge is not to say, ‘I see these lights, and I reached this Maqam, and I found these keys, and I opened these doors, no.’ That knowledge, that self-knowledge is to understand your zero-ness, to understand that you are nothing but a servant.
Shaykh al-Akbar Hz. Muhiyuddin Ibn Arabi (KS) is saying: “When man becomes aware of the true knowledge of himself, he finds nothing but his possibility, poverty, lowliness, subjection, need and misery. He finds that he needs someone to guide him to the Path that will take him to Acceptance with Allah.” (Futuhat).
Sultan el-Evliya Sheykh Mevlana Muhammad Nazim Adil el-Hakkani (KS) is explaining this reality of man, saying: “What is one divided by infinity? It is zero. Who is that One that is making zero? Whole creation coming to be zero through their material being. One divided by infinity is going to be equal to zero. Time and space both of them are going to be zero. Yet foolish man is claiming and saying, ‘I am something.’ No one is asking to reach to the point of zero. Everyone is asking to be something and the whole creation is only a point like ‘nothing’ because real existence is only Allah’s Existence. La sharika lah. No one can be in existence, a partner to the Creator. He may show creatures, and you are thinking that they have a real existence, but their material is zero. Nothing. No existence but He Almighty. He has the only Existence.” This is our reality. We are zero before the Existence of our Creator.
Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (KS) is explaining this reality even more, saying: “The more man is looking to himself physically and discovering himself physically, more doors, more high stations open to him spiritually. The more man understands how weak he is, meaning, knowing yourself. “Know yourself.” You don’t have to put yourself into classes for that. Know yourself. Know your physical form, how weak it is, and come to the station of non-existence. In the Divine Presence of Allah (SWT) when you are coming to understand that you are nothing, then the Divine clothes, the Hakkaniyyet clothes will be dressed on you. So you will be living forever, dunya and akhirat. Take off from yourself the clothing of saying, “I am existing.” You are not existing, Allah is. If man is existing then take him to the gravesite, put him into the grave, open it 50 years later and you will find that there is nothing left from that body. Why the body disappears? Because that man was declaring that he was existing and Allah is sending that one to the non-existence world and he is disappearing under the ground. That’s intelligence, that is knowledge. When man comes to the realization that he is knowing nothing and without his Lord he is not good for anything, and when man is X-ing himself to zero, then Allah (SWT) gives him life and with that life he will have Hakkaniyyet body and with that Hakkaniyyet body he will live. Open the grave of those ones that have been granted that body, they are living, look in the grave. They are not disappearing.”
So this is the path of man. If man chooses to rely on himself and to declare his own existence in the Face of the Existence of Allah, He will be erased. But if a man cuts himself down to zero before Allah, then He is raised to Hakkaniyyet, to Reality. In this life, Allah has given us the choice of how we will live. Allah (SWT) did not create us to send us to non-existence. He created us for Himself. As Seyh Efendi is saying: Allah (SWT) has created us with His love. And He is saying that He has honored the Children of Adam (as) above other creation. He has given very high honor because of that love. If a man is not returning love with love, that one is a Kafir, that one is an unbeliever. He can claim, he can say whatever he wants. If the servant is not turning to his Lord saying, `You love me and I love You’, that one is an unbeliever, that one is Kafir. How are we saying? Everyone is saying, `We love Allah.’ Loving Allah is keeping His orders, obeying Him. `Eh, we do it.’ It doesn’t happen that way too. They came to the Prophet (AS) and they said, `We love Allah and we follow the orders. So, we don’t have to follow you.’ And the ayat came saying, `Say to them: if they are sincere loving Allah, they must love and obey you for Allah to love them.’ So there’s a condition Allah has put there. So man must love and obey the Prophet (AS) for Allah to love that one back.”
Are we understanding the greatness of these words? Allah (SWT) created us with Love. Allah Jalla wa’Ala, Allah Rabb al-Izzat, Allah Dhul Jalal La Yazal, He created us with Love. And what He is saying is, “return that Love to Me.” How disgraceful are we if we are not returning the Love to the One who created us with Love. And the Path to Returning that Love, it is the Way of Fakhr-i-Alem, Sayyidina Muhammad Mustafa (AS). Look at the life of Rasulallah. How does he approach Allah? Does he ever say, “I am your Beloved, so give me what I want?” Does he ever say, “I am your Prophet, why are you making me suffer?” Does he ever say, “I am your Prophet, so I want the ease and comforts of this world?” Never. He said that out of all his Heavenly Titles and Ranks, his favorite title and name was Abdullah, “Servant of Allah.” He is saying in his Hadith Sherif, “Don’t exaggerate about me like the Christians did with the son of Maryam. Verily, I am a servant- so say about me, “Servant of Allah and His Messenger.” (Bukhari).
Wahhabis misunderstand this and try to use this to denigrate the Holy Prophet (AS). They say, “look, he was just a slave, just like you and me.” In reality, the ones who say that are the slaves of sheytan and ego. Holy Prophet (AS), he is Abdullah, the Servant of Allah. His Servanthood is in reality the Maqam al-Mahmud. He is the Servant that was invited by Allah into the Divine Presence. He is the Servant that Allah Jalla wa’Ala desires and loves. As Hz. Suleyman Chelebi (KS) is describing about the Miraj, Allah (SWT) said to Holy Prophet on that night- “Approach, my friend. Don’t delay, come near. I am your heart’s desire. Your peace, your only love, the only Allah you worship…Come Friend, the love I feel for you is without limits.” Allah is saying that. And what did Holy Prophet (AS) ask in that Divine Presence? He said, “My only request is this- My Ummat, may they be accepted by you.” And Allah (SWT) replied- “I grant them all to you, My Friend, Muhammad (AS).”
O Believers! Our Servanthood to Allah, our Return to Allah, our Acceptance by Allah, it is a gift to us from Sayyidina Muhammad (AS), granted in the Night of the Miraj. That is the Rank of that Servanthood. That kind of Servanthood, it can only be learned from one who learned from the Sahib el-Miraj. That kind of Servanthood, it is taught by those who have walked in each footstep of the Holy Prophet (AS). That Servanthood can only be taught by those whom Allah is calling to Himself, saying: “O you soul at peace- return to your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing to Him. Enter among My Servants. Enter My Garden.” Sadaqallahuladzim (89:27-30). Allah created us to be that kind of Servant. And He gave us the capacity to reach that Servanthood. Now is the time for us to do that work, and to run to reach that Servanthood. We don’t know how many more breaths of life we have- we must run to reach that Servanthood before our life finishes.
As Sahib el-Sayf is saying: Allah (SWT) is saying,’Yes, I’m not burdening My servant with something that he cannot carry. If I put something on you then definitely you can carry it.’ When are you not able to carry? When Sheytan is circling around you saying, ‘This is too hard, this is too tiring, this is like that, this is like this, you work so much, that one isn’t working, you run so much, that one is sitting, that one is sleeping, you are not sleeping?’ Then Sheytan is putting the hook on you, circling you around and everything that you do becomes zero. You are not earning anything then. You are burning everything. Every action that we are doing, if it’s good we’ll be rewarded, if it’s bad then we’re going to be questioned. While you are doing something, don’t complain. Run to do it. And as much as you can do, that much you are going to do. You cannot do it more than that. You’re going to expire then. So the submission, submission to what? To the orders of your Lord. Constantly remembering, ‘I’m a servant. It doesn’t matter what I do. I’m a servant.’ Allah (SWT) didn’t give us the burden that He has given to His prophets. The prophets were carrying everything. What wrong did they do? And they have suffered in the world from the hands of the people. What is it that they did? Nothing. All good things they did. You claim that you are loving the prophets and the Evliya. You think loving the Prophets and the Evliya means you’re just going to lie down putting your legs up saying, `I am a good servant’? You have to do work. You have to run after that one. There was a Sahabi who came to the Prophet (AS) saying, `Ya Rasulullah, I’ve started loving you more than anything.’ He (AS) said, `Prepare yourself. Prepare yourself for a heavy test that’s coming to you now. For difficulties that are going to come to you, prepare yourself.’ It’s going to come. But if you have sincere love to that Prophet (AS), to the Awliya Allah then it’s going to become easier for you. But if you don’t have sincerity, that is the time the burden is going to sit on your neck and you are going to be crushed under it.”
This Way is not easy. As Sultan Bahu (KS) is saying: “The Path of the Dervishes is difficult, O Bahu- it is not a bowl of your mother’s pudding.” The Way to Allah demands sincerity. The Way to Allah demands obedience. The Way to Allah demands submission. The Way to Allah demands loyalty. The Way to Allah demands Muhabbat. But it is not something more than we can bear- it is what we have been created for.
We are praying with the words of Sultan el-Evliya, saying: Aman Ya Rabbi, Aman Ya Rabbi. Don’t kick us out from Your servanthood. Tawba Ya Rabbi, tawba Astaghfirullah. Let us say BismillahirRahmanirRahim and every door opens for us, ease comes to our bodies, our illnesses go away. Our troubles, sorrows and hardness may be taken away. May we sing like birds, saying “O Lord, we love You, we love Your Prophet”. May we love You Ya Rabbi, may we love you Ya Rabbana. O lovers (of Allah)! Say this! Awaken the people. May we be awakened. O Lord, send us the Sultan who will awaken us. May You send us the Holy ones who will teach us Your beautiful ways…Forgive us O Allah. Forgive us O Allah. Forgive us O Allah, for the honour of Your Beloved. Amin.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi New York
29 Rabiulawwal, 1440
7 December, 2018