Here I Am, My Lord, Here I Am

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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.

Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar La ilaha il-Allahu Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar wa lillahil Hamd. Labbayk Allahumma Labbayk. Labbayka la sharika laka labbayk. Innal hamda wa ni’mata laka wal mulk. La sharika lak.

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, the One, without partner. All praises are due to Allah, the King of Kings. May peace and blessings be upon the Pride of the Universes, the Son of the Two Sacrifices, the Intercessor of the day of Judgment, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS), and upon his noble family and blessed companions. May peace and blessings be upon the Four Khulafa-e-Rashideen, Hz. Siddiq el-Akbar, Hz. Faruq al-Azam, Hz. Zul Nurayn, and Hz. Shah-e-Mardan. May peace and blessings be upon the Mashayikh of the Tarikatil Nakshbandiyyatil Aliyya. May peace and blessings be upon all the Khulafa and Sultans, especially upon the Noble House of the House of Osman. May peace and blessings be upon all those who walk in their footsteps and keep their traditions until the Last Day.

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Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! Ya Ayyuhal Muslimoon! O Believers! O Muslims! Welcome to you on the Day of Eid al-Adha, the Day of Kurban, in the Days of the Blessed Hajj. Today is a celebration for anyone who is an obedient servant of Allah. Hz. Hasan al-Basri (KS) said: “Every day in which Allah is not disobeyed is a celebration. Every day the believer spends in obedience, servitude, remembrance, and gratitude is a celebration.” (Lataif al-Ma’arif). Look to the world we are living in now. Is this world celebrating? Today’s world, mankind has completely lost his compass. Mankind, east and west, north and south, are in complete disobedience to Allah. We are returning to jahiliyya faster and faster every year, and we have set up new idols around the Kaaba. The idols that people thought had been destroyed are once again being worshiped. Not the physical idols. The other idols that we have put into our heart. From political ideology like democracy, which so many thought was the perfect government, is now showing its deadly weak point- the tyranny of the majority.

So now the majorities in democratic countries are taking the rights from the minorities, and nobody can stop it, because it is perfectly legal. And the countries that are not democratic, don’t think they are any better. They are against democracy, and they are becoming more and more tyrannical. They are treating human beings like animals that can be worked and slaughtered. And now, they are becoming more and more brave to massacre people in front of the eyes of the world. And in the Muslim lands, the Muslims leaders are running away from anything that has to do with Islam, and running to everything offered by kufr. Even in the Hijaz, the homeland of Islam, the people are turning back to their jahil roots, digging up their mushrik past and bulldozing the reminders of Islam.

Muslim lands are being taken over by non-Muslims, and Muslims are living in their own homes like prisons. Meanwhile, the Muslim leaders, rather than looking to Islam for solutions, insult the Sultans and Kings who came before them, saying that they were corrupt and cruel. Look around. What is there to celebrate? Racism is taking over, making people kill just based on the color of their skin. Racial divisions, which the Holy Prophet (AS) came 1400 years ago to erase, are building walls now that are causing mass killings and violence. People are hating each other and seeking to destroy each other only because of the color of their skin- this is complete jahiliyya. And the days that Holy Prophet (AS) described, when a man will be killed, and neither the killer nor the victim will know the reason for the murder, they have come to this world. East and west, north and south. Amongst our youth, and amongst the adults. Everywhere in the world, people are just filled with anger, and they are walking into schools, into malls, into parks, and shooting and killing innocent people with no reason. The rich are treating the poor like their slaves. Just a handful of rich people are controlling the resources and the wealth of the entire earth, stealing from the poor ones who have nowhere to turn. Even for those who are claiming to follow the Way of the Prophet and the Saints, their situation is worsening. Believers and Murids are falling into thanklessness and faithlessness. Murids of Ahir Zaman have loyalty to the Sheykh only if he is sweet, and nice, and giving them what they want. As long as the Sheykh behaves the way they want, they are loyal. As soon as the Sheykh tries to correct them, they say, this is injustice, and they walk away.

On this Day of Eid in the Hijri year of 1440, this is the state of the world that we are living in. Yes, today, all of creation is saying with the Wird of obedience to Allah. All of creation is echoing with the call of our Grandfather Ibrahim (AS). All of creation is addressing to our Lord, Allah (SWT) saying, “Labbayk Allahumma Labbayk… Here I am, O my Lord, I am at Your service. Here I am, You have no partner. Truly, the Praise, and the Blessing, they belong to You, and the Kingdom. You have no partner.” The Labbayk is saying, Here I am ya Allah, here I am. I’ve left everything, I have returned to You. I’m coming back to You, ya Allah. I left everything, I’m returning to You- I left my ethnicity, I left my politics, I’ve left my wealth, my ideology, my country, here I am, here I am. The Hajji says that Labbayk while he is wrapped up in his funeral shroud, in his Ihram. The Hajji says Labbayk, showing, ya Rabbi, I am here, I have returned to You. He doesn’t want anything anymore- he just wants to return to Allah. And in that saying of Labbayk, the real Hajji tastes the sweetness of dying before he dies, and he tastes the pleasure of returning to his Lord. And even though he doesn’t want to go back, Allah (SWT) is sending the Hajji back. And when people see that Hajji, they can now feel the satisfaction and the peace that he is bringing with him. He returns to his community and when the people kiss his hand and greet him, the love of this dunya falls off their shoulders, and the Love of Allah that the Hajji is carrying enters into their heart.

This is because those who make the real Hajj, they have experienced death to this world. And with that death, they are able to return to Allah. Which is why in the old days, when people make the intention to go to the Hajj, they make the intention to die there and not to return. When they left their families, they made no plans to return- their journey to the Haramayn was their last journey. Everyone wanted to die in Makkah. And when they finally did travel home, it was as a duty to do the Hizmet of Allah. They have died from their egos and their desires and they have returned being reunited with Allah- and the Hajji brings that taste to his country. Ahir Zaman Hajjis are completely different. Their intention for Hajj is not to return to Allah, but just to quickly go and do the rituals so that we  can earn the title of Hajji. Hajj is not a chance to transform ourselves in this Ahir Zaman. It’s not a chance to be dead to our dunya and desires. It is not a chance to transform the world and to remind the world to return to Allah. In the Hajj of the Ahir Zaman, it has become a ritual, a vacation, a shopping spree. So that kind of Hajj doesn’t change you. That kind of Hajj, it doesn’t transform the world. It doesn’t give you the sweetness of faith. You come the same, and you go back the same. But Hajj is the chance for mankind to change and gain the Pleasure of his Lord. O Believers! We have just finished the Day of Arafah. The Day of Qalu Bala, it happened at Arafat. Arafah is supposed to be a rehearsal for Judgment Day, as it is a reminder of the Day of Promises, when humanity of every color, every nation, every corner of the earth, comes and stands in the presence of Allah (SWT). The Arafah night is supposed to be a night to ask for forgiveness.

And that vast Forgiveness of Allah (SWT) brings humiliation and shame to sheytan. InsyaAllah ar-Rahman, we are asking that our Hajj be accepted. We are asking that our Hajj and our sacrifice be accepted by Allah and by the Holy Ones. We are asking for the support of the Holy Ones, for us to be able to complete our faith properly. Because Arafah is to remember that Promise, of “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.” Allah (SWT) loves to look at His good servants on Arafah. The Holy Prophet (AS) says, “There is no day when Allah frees more of His servants from the hellfire than the day of Arafah. He draws near and then He boasts of them to the angels, saying: What do these servants want?” (Muslim).

In Arafah, our Lord, Allah (SWT), is asking that question of the Angels- what do My Servants want? We should be sincere. If the Angels come and look into our hearts, what would they see our desire to be? When the Prophet (AS), and His Companions, and the Holy Ones they go on Hajj, their only desire is Allah. They have worn the Ihram as their funeral shroud, and they have presented themselves in the Kaaba as sacrifices to their Lord. Their only desire is to return to Him. But what about us, 21st century people? What will the Angels see in our hearts? What will the Angels see other than our desire for this dunya, for money, our desire for comfort, our desire for our selfish life? What will the Angels see other than love of dunya and the fear of death? What will the Angels see other than a nation that has turned its face away from Allah, and has turned toward the enemies of Islam?

On the same spot where we made that promise in pre-eternity, today’s people are making new promises- not to Allah, but to their ego. We are making promise to become better servants of our ego. Because people do not go to Arafah to seek forgiveness anymore. If people were at Arafah sincerely asking forgiveness for themselves and for the Ummat, then it would show in their dua. Because our forgiveness is rooted in the mistake that we made, and that mistake was the removal of the Khilafat. If the duas of Arafah were seeking forgiveness for that mistake, then everyone should be asking for an end to zulm. Everyone would be asking for the return of Khilafat. Everyone would be asking for the Zuhoor of Mehdi (AS), the one who will end tyranny and bring justice. But the duas in Arafah are just for more comfort for our ego. The duas are for a better job, more health and not to get sick. More wealth and the fear of poverty. The duas are to have a family that is the center of our life. The dua 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. When the Angels look in our hearts, will they see the sacrifice of Ibrahim (AS)- where our only desires are for the Sake of Allah, and then even Allah asks us to make that a sacrifice? Will they see the submission of Ismail (AS)- the submission to be sacrificed, and that purity making him to carry the Light of the Holy Prophet (AS)? Will they find a heart that is ready to march to Kerbala and be sacrificed for the sake of Hakk? Will they find a heart that is ready to march without shoes to the front lines of Canakkale, ready to bear starvation, for the sake of saving the Khilafat?

Will they find the heart of Sultan Abdul Hamid Han Jennat Mekan, who gave up his rights, his Hakk, just to save the Ummat from bloodshed? What will the Angels see in the hearts of Ahir Zaman people, from a people who do not even have a Khalifa to lead them? A disgraced, dishonored people who didn’t just lose their Khalifa, but lost their desire to bring the Khalifa back. In the first years of Holy Prophet (AS)’s message, the mushrik, the kuffar used to put cotton in their ears when he would speak, saying that he was preaching sorcery. This is what happens today when we mention Khilafat. Nobody wants to hear about it. They say, the Khilafat finished 100 years ago. Why are you still stuck on it? We left the Khalifa at a train station in the middle of the night with only a Jewish man to serve him tea, why are you reminding us? We exiled the Sultans and their children and stripped them of their names and their titles and their possessions, why are you talking about them? We cursed the names of the Khulafa and brainwashed our people to think that they were evil, why are you mentioning them? This is the attitude toward Khilafat today. The rejection of the Khilafat is the rejection of Islam. As Faruk al-Azam, Hz Umar (RA) said: “There is no Islam without the Jamaat. And there is no Jamaat without leadership. And there is no leadership without sami’na wa ata’na (hearing and obeying).” How can Muslims pray to Allah when we are collectively in gunah for having rejected the Khalifa? Hujjatul Islam Imam el-Ghazali said that if there is no Khalifa, “All the people will be on the verge of Haraam.” (al-Iqtisad fil Itiqad).

And the Great Imam Nasafi (RA) said: “Put simply, the Muslims must have a Khalifa who enforces the rules, establishes the laws, defends the frontiers, equips the armies, collects Zakat, punishes criminals, establishes Jummah, establishes the two Eids, settles disputes amongst the servants of Allah, accepts the testimony of witnesses, acts as a marriage-guardian for the young and the orphans, and distributes the wealth.” Understand this statement. Without Khilafat, there cannot be law, there cannot be Zakat, there cannot be Jummah, there cannot be Eid, there cannot be Justice. We are asking Allah to accept our worship, counting us as those who are praying and wishing that we had our Khalifa.

Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, the Defender of Ahlu Sunnah wal Jamaat, told us what we are living through when he said: “The Fitnah will occur when there is no Imam taking care of the affairs of the Muslims.” And now that fitnah is all around us. Khilafat is not something extra. Khilafat is the backbone of Islam. And when the backbone is taken out, the body doesn’t stand. All 1.5 billion Muslims can go and stand in Arafat, but nothing will change, because we have no desire to bring the Khalifa back. The foundation of forgiveness is that a person admits that he did something wrong. A condition of seeking forgiveness is that a person acknowledges his mistake and tries to fix it. But we are convinced we did not do anything wrong. We don’t know why the Ummat is sick, and we aren’t trying to cure our illness.

Holy Prophet (AS) diagnosed our illness 1400 years ago when he said: “By the One in whose Hand is my soul, you must enjoin good and forbid evil, or else Allah will soon send punishment upon you. Then, you will call upon Allah and it will not be answered for you.” (Tirmizi). Without the Khalifa, there cannot be Emri bil maruf wa nahiy anil munkar. And because that is gone from us, even our duas are not being answered. But the hearts of the Muslims, majority don’t even have the feeling of this loss. Nothing stirs in the hearts of the Muslims when they think about the removal of the Khilafat. And that is the great victory of the enemies of Islam- they not only removed the Khalifa from the throne- they removed the love of the Khalifa from our hearts. And so now instead of desiring an Imam to lead us, we have become in love with the false freedom and anarchy that are all around us. And so today, the Muslims fight against to the Khalifa, instead of fighting for him as they did for 1400 years. If we have any dislike of the Khalifa inside our hearts, then we may find ourselves on the side of dajjal and batil- this is the danger of Ahir Zaman.

So today the people go to the Hajj and think that they are worshiping Allah, but they forget and are against His Shadow on earth. Without that Shadow, we are left unprotected. Look at the world. Look at what is happening to this Ummat when it has nobody to shield it and protect it. But today’s Hajj is a selfish Hajj. If people’s Hajj was making them to think and wake up, then we would not see the Hajj of today. We would not see a Hajj where the rich eat in luxurious private tents while the poor starve just outside.

We would not see people turn their backs to the Kaaba, put their arms around their wives, and snap selfies in the Sacred House where Rasulallah (AS) prayed. We would not see so-called Aalims and Ustaz sit in the tower hotel smiling and proudly showing themselves sitting in armchairs with their feet pointed to the Kaaba from hundreds of feet above. People visit the malls and the restaurants of Makkah because its tombs, its holy caves, and its holy mountains, have been blown up or sealed off with signs warning against shirk and biddat. 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 background, turning his back to the House of Allah. 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 are honored and developed. But any place that reminds you of Holy Prophet, any place that reminds you of the Sahabis, any place that reminds you of death, it is sealed off and covered with signs that say “no entry- biddat, kufr and shirk.”

Because Hajj today is not about running after Holiness. Today’s Hajj is about getting the most for your money- a capitalist, consumerist Hajj. The belief is, I paid my money, I want my value. And what is the value? Is the value to have a visit to enter into the Holy places where the Prophet (AS) and the Sahabi e-Kiram touched and prayed at? No, the “value” is to have a nice hotel room with a comfortable bed, to have all your meals taken care of, to have private transportation, to have whatever you want. So Hajj became a business. If you want to pay $10,000, there is a package for you. If you want to pay $100,000, there is a package for you. Instead of running after the Hajj that makes Allah the most Pleased, the people are running after the Hajj that is making them the most pleased. Holy Prophet (AS) already told us about this when he said: “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). And people used to take Holy Prophet (AS)’s warnings seriously. And the people used to come to the Sheykhs to check if they were performing the Hajj properly.

Once a man came to Hz. Junaid el-Baghdadi (KS) after coming from Hajj. Hz. Junaid asked the man: “Did you really go to Hajj?” He said, “Yes, ya Shaykh.” Hz. Junaid asked: “When you left for the Hajj, did you promise you would give up all your sins?” The man said, “No, I didn’t even think of that.” Hz. Junaid said: “Then you didn’t even take one step for Hajj. While you were making this sacred journey, and stopping at different places in the night, did you ever think of coming closer to Allah?” The man said no. Hz. Junaid said: “Then you didn’t even travel to the Kabah or even visit it. When you put on your Ihram and took off your regular clothes, did you make intention to leave all your haram actions and thinking?” The man said: “No, I had no idea.” “Then you didn’t even wear Ihram! When you stood in Arafah and were begging from Allah (SWT), did you feel like you were standing in Divine Presence and seeing Him?” The man said: “No, I didn’t feel anything like that.”

Hz. Junaid then started to get upset and he said: “Well, when you got to Muzdalifah, did you promise that you would give up the evil desires from your body?” The man said, “No.” “Then you didn’t go to Muzdalifah at all. Tell me this- did you catch glimpses of the Divine Beauty when you did Tawaf around Allah’s House?” The man said, “No Shaykh, I didn’t see anything like that.” Hz. Junaid asked: “Then you never made tawaf. Did you put your hands on the Black Stone and kiss it?” The man said yes. Hz. Junaid turned white and fear came into his face and he said: “Disaster to you, disaster to you, because the Holy Prophet (AS) said, Whoever places his hands on the Black Stone, it’s like he actually shook hands with Allah, and whoever shakes the Hand of Allah, will in every way be safe from all things- Did you feel that safety?” The man said no. Hz. Junaid asked:: “When you ran between the Safa and Marwa, did you realize the wisdom, significance and goal of what you were doing?” The man said no. Hz. Junaid said: “Then you didn’t run between Safa and Marwa! When you sacrificed an animal, did you sacrifice your ego in the Way of Allah?”

The man said no. Hz. Junaid said, “Then you didn’t make any Kurban. When you threw stones at the Jamarat, did you make an intention to get rid of your evil companions, and friends and desires?” The man said no. Hz. Junaid said: “Then you didn’t even throw the stones. Go back and do your Hajj again, paying attention to what I told you, so that your Hajj might have something in common with the Hajj of Hz. Ibrahim.” This kind of Hajj is real. For 1400 years, the Hajjis were chasing for that kind of Hajj. Our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (KS), made this kind of Hajj. He left behind everything in the Hajj, even food and water. The only thing he put into his mouth was the water of Zamzam, until his body transformed, and the smell of Paradise came out from his every cell. When he went to Madinah, the Rawza-i-Mubarek would blow out the fragrance of Rasulallah (AS) while Seyh Efendi would stand presenting Salat and Salam, until the whole Masjid would follow him to greet the Holy Prophet. That is today’s Hajj. We must run from the evil of today, and we must run towards our Holy traditions. We are running to go back to the Hajj of the Awliya and the Saliheen. We are running to have a Kurban that is accepted by our Lord, that brings us into His Pleasure.

We are running to the say Labbayk the way that Sultan el-Evliya Sheykh Mevlana Muhammad Nazim Adil el-Hakkani is teaching us, transmitting to us from Grandsheykh Abdullah Faiz el-Dagestani (KS), saying: “Labbayk, Allahumma, Labbayk…”, 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… Labbayk… just running to You. We are leaving everything and we are following Your call… Labbayk, Allahumma, Labbayk, Labbayka, la sharika laka, Labbayk… 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…” May Allah accept our intention, may Allah accept our Eid, may Allah accept our service, dunya and Ahiret. Amin.

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stock-vector-vector-vintage-borders-54193183 (2)Eid ul-Adha Khutba by Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifa of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
10 Zul Hijjah 1440

August 11, 2019
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