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, who has said in the Holy Quran: BismillahirRahmanirRahim “What- are you more difficult to create, or the heaven above? Allah constructed it. He raised its height and He gave it order and perfection. And He made dark its night, and He brings out its splendor with light. And after that He spread the earth, and produced from it its water and its pasture. And the mountains, He firmly fixed.” Sadaqallahul Azim (79:27-32).
May all peace and blessings be upon the Sayyid of the Arabs and the Ajam, the Imam of the Two Sacred Houses, the Master of the Two Worlds, the Beloved of the Lord of the Two Easts and Two Wests, the Grandfather of Hasan and Huseyin, 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 them until the Last Day.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! The Jummah is a trust, the Jummah is an Amanat given to us from the Holy Prophet (AS), passed down for 1400 years, a tradition that we are keeping. The Jummah is a special gift to the Ummat-i-Muhammad.
Holy Prophet (AS) is saying: “The best day during which the sun has risen is Jummah. It is the Day Adam was created. It is the day when Adam entered paradise and also when he was taken out from it. It is also the day on which the Day of Judgment takes place.” (Abu Dawud). And Holy Prophet (AS) is speaking about the importance of showing manners, showing Edep to the Jummah Day, saying: “Any person who takes a ghusl on Jummah and then goes for the prayer early in the first hour, it is as if he had sacrificed a camel (in Allah’s cause); and whoever goes in the second hour it is as if he had sacrificed a cow; and whoever goes in the third hour, it is as if he had sacrificed a horned ram; and if one goes in the fourth hour, then it is as if he had sacrificed a hen; and whoever goes in the fifth hour then it is as if he had offered an egg. When the Imam comes out, the angels present themselves to listen to the Khutba.” (Bukhari).
Holy Prophet (AS) came to teach mankind manners, Edep, the Edep that he (AS) himself learned from Allah (SWT). Holy Prophet is saying: “My Lord taught me Edep and perfected my manners.” (Ghawth al Azam). Our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (KS), explaining the Good Manners of the Holy Prophet to us, saying: “Think about a tree. The trunk of the tree and the roots are like a man’s faith. The branches are like the good deeds that he is doing. The leaves are like the knowledge that man has. What’s the most important thing on that tree? The fruit. If you don’t have the fruit then why are you raising that tree? Spending time for nothing. So faith, good deeds and knowledge must teach a man to give fruit and the fruit is good manners. If you don’t have good manners then you will be kicked away from the Divine Presence. If you don’t have good manners then the people who have good manners will kick you away from next to them, or they will send you away or if they cannot then they will go away. In the old days people were saying, because of that Hadith Sherif people were saying, good people, people with good manners they were saying, “Good manners may make an animal to become a human, may make a man to become a Sultan.”
Holy Prophet (AS) came to teach us good manners. He said, “Allah (SWT) is my teacher. He is the one who taught me good manners.” And He sent that one to teach us good manners. We have the examples, the examples in the desert where mankind had lost the direction, they lost their compass, they lost their manners and they lost everything. When Holy Prophet (AS) came, they held on tightly to him. The ones who held on most tightly were the ones who had the best faith and the best manners.”
The Edep of Holy Prophet (AS), it has the ability to transform the people around him to become the best from mankind. It is not the knowledge that is going to transform people. If it is knowledge, sheytan would not become sheytan. It is not the worship that transforms the people. Azazil, sheytan, he had worshiped on earth and he had worshiped in every level of the skies. But when he lost his manners, one time, in front of his Lord, everything that he had done, his worship, everything that he has done, his knowledge, everything that he has done, his service, was thrown aside. We have to be very careful.
The Prophet (AS) came to teach the nation. What was the nation that he was sent to? His people, the same nation that was burying their children, that were abusing their women, that were oppressing their weak, that were taking the rights of the orphans, that were desecrating the Ka’aba, that were rebelling against Allah, the same people became the best people on the face of the Earth until Judgment Day, bringing light to every nation that came after. They became the Sahaba-e-Kiram. What made the Sahabis to become the Sahabis? It is their association with the Holy Prophet (AS).
Holy Prophet (AS) taught them step by step how to leave the ugliness of Ignorance, of Jahiliyyah and how to enter into the beauty of Islam. And one of the greatest lessons that we see in the Sahabis is that they left their connections of this world, they left their connections to their blood, to their tribe, to their lineage, and they submitted and became completely loyal to the Holy Prophet (AS) and they served the Ummat.
He (AS) said to the Believers when he was on Hajj: “O people! Your Lord is One! And your father Adam is one! There is no highness of an Arab over an Ajam, nor any Ajam over an Arab, nor of white skin over black skin, nor of black skin over white skin, except for Taqwa. Have I delivered the message?” And everyone replied, “The Messenger of Allah has delivered the message.” (Ahmad).
No other religion came to teach people to be part of an Ummat, of a nation. Other Prophets came for one town, one city, one tribe, one people. Holy Prophet (AS) came for every nation, every people, every language, because he was Rahmatalil Alameen, Mercy to the Universes, for everyone that lived, for everyone who is living, for everyone that will live until Judgment Day. And he came to teach mankind how to break, how to break the chains of this sheytan and this nafs of racism and nationalism and tribalism and to become part of a Community, part of a body that is showing its obedience to Allah. One of the main things that Holy Prophet (AS) showed to the Sahaba-e-Kiram was to help others, to serve others. He is saying in a Hadith Sherif that is in Sahih Muslim, saying BismillahirRahmanirRahim: “Whoever makes the hardship of a believer easy in this world, whoever makes a believer who has hardship easy in this world, Allah will make his hardship easy on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever helps one in difficulty, Allah will make it easy for him in this world and in the Hereafter. Whoever hides the faults of a Muslim, Allah will hide his faults in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah helps the servant as long as he helps his brother. Whoever travels a path in search of knowledge, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. People do not gather in the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it together, except that peace will descend upon them, mercy will cover them, angels will surround them, and Allah will mention them to those near Him. Whoever is slow to good deeds will not be hastened by his lineage.” (Muslim). Meaning whoever is slow to good deeds, his station is not going to be raised just because of his lineage. And the Prophet of Allah speaks the truth.
The Sahaba-e-Kiram, they put these lessons into their lives when they moved to Madinah. Holy Prophet (AS) made a brotherhood between the Muhajireen, the Muhajireen they are made up of people mixed-up of station, of tribes and of nationality, and this group, they moved from Mecca, and the Ansar, the Helpers, who were living in Madinah, no longer they were known by their tribes, they were known as the Helpers, the Ansar. And who did they help? They helped the Prophet. They helped the Muhajir, the Travelers. He paired the Arabs and the non-Arabs, the rich and the poor together. And the Ansar, the Helpers, they were running to give everything to their brothers. The rich Ansar even came to Holy Prophet (AS) and asked permission to give half of their date groves to their brothers, but Holy Prophet (AS) did not allow it, and said that he would only accept if the Muhajireen worked in the gardens. They were running so much to help, that Hz. Saad ibn Rabi, who was from the Ansar, came to Hz. Abdur Rahman ibn Auf, his brother from the Muhajireen and said, “O my brother, I have two wives. Tell me which is more pleasing to you, I will divorce her and you should marry her.” And Hz. Abdur Rahman instead said, “May Allah bless your family and your Rizq. Please show me the way to the market, so I might earn for myself.”
The brotherhood of Islam came to bring people together. It is not just telling people how to worship, how to fast. It is not just showing people how to have high stations. It is showing people how to give up from themselves, to a people that they were only concerned about themselves, because they had no belief of the hereafter. This is the selflessness that Islam came to bring to people. That for 1400 years Muslims have lived, that for the last hundred years, Muslims have lost. We have lost and we have lost, because we came back to the Age of Ignorance again in this days. We are running only to provide for our families, for our communities, for our nations, for our people, for our tribe. There is no Ummat. How can there be an Ummat, when there is no Khalifah? Nationalism became the new tribalism, and people are putting the nationalism first before Allah and His Prophet.
But the way that the Muslims were living, for over 1000 years, look at our Ottoman Grandfathers. They were the highest civilization that ever came to mankind. They were not a civilization that is praising the ethnicity or their nationalism. In fact, they are not an Arab civilization, they are a civilization that was made up of Ajams and Arabs, and everyone. They were representing the Ummat, they were the highest civilization. And they were the most generous with each other. They were generous to the animals, they were generous to their enemies. They would walk through the markets going shop by shop, paying off the debts of people they did not know. They made “Sadaqa Stones” outside the Masjid, where a person could put Sadaqa or take Sadaqa, and they were designed so nobody would know the difference, whether you were giving or you were taking, keeping that one’s honor. The Sultan was going out secretly to meet with the people and see what their needs are. They were taking care of Allah’s Creation so much that they would go to the mountains in the wintertime to make sure that even the wolves they had enough to eat.
This is before the west taught us how to take care of this planet, after they have destroyed it for 200 years, and continuing to destroy it. This is before we have made weapons of mass destruction and then later saying “We must give the rights to the ants and the cats and the dogs.” This is before the Muslim nations who had brains, they lost those brains because they are chasing after the worst, not the best, that the west has to offer. This is the hypocrisy that we are living in today. But the Ottomans, they were doing that before there was any destruction, because they understood that this world and everything that is given to them is an emanet, a trust that Allah has put. And because it is a sunnat of the Holy Prophet, and they put the Sunnats of the Holy Prophet (AS), the Defenders of the Sunnat, on top of their heads. Their objective in spreading their Empire, it was not to increase their treasury or their land. If they did, they would have done exactly what the British had done to India. When the British came, India was the richest country in the world, and when they left, it was the poorest. They would’ve done what the British did to half the world. If they were, they would’ve done what the Spanish had done to South America. They did not. In fact, one of the main complaints was that they did not take the resources and they did not enrich the countries that they took over.
No, their objective is very similar to the objective of the founding fathers of America. Their objective was to increase the borders of Islam so that people could worship properly, and they could put the sunnat of the Prophet (AS) on top of their heads, and to experience that Divine generosity, this Edep. That was the Osmanli Way. Today we have lost this. We need this, because we are destroying everything. The world has been here for thousands of years, more and more and more perhaps. But for the last 200 years, we have destroyed so much and we are continuing to destroy.
Even in societies that call themselves humanist, or democratic, or liberal societies, we are seeing that the cancer of racism is showing itself. It is a sickness that was never cured, but was merely covered up. And now that sickness has come back up. And so people are killing each other, not knowing why, people are dying, not knowing why. Discriminating against each other, hurting each other, being violent to each other just because of their nationality and their race. This is ignorant behavior, jahil behavior. This is the behavior that the Holy Prophet (AS) came 1400 years ago to break.
When the Khilafat was removed, the Muslims fell back into this same Jahiliyya. The Muslims have lost over 1000 years of Islam. Each country pulled a flag based on their tribe or their race or their nationality. And so now the same Muslims who for over a thousand years they were brothers, and they prayed next to each other, they started killing each other, bleeding each other to death, they start seeing each other as enemies. The Khalifah had power, and the Khalifah had the power to stop this from happening. This is part of the nafs, this is part of the ego of mankind, of tribes, of nations, when there is no Khalifah, there is no head, the whole body will start behaving as if it is a head, and they will start destroying each other. We saw this. Even towards the end of the Ottoman Empire, in the time of Sultan Abdul Hamid Han, he was sending diplomats to India, to Malaysia, to Japan, to make connections with the Muslims there and to show that the Ummat was connected and supported each other. The body of the Ummat can only survive when it has a head. When the head is removed, then we are in the situation we see today, the Second Jahiliyya. This is not what Holy Prophet (AS) came to bring.
We are in this Dergah. We are trying to follow our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani, who is following our Grandsheykh, Sultanul Awliya Sheykh Mevlana Muhammad Nazim Adil el-Hakkani. They are coming in this Ahir Zaman, to this end of the world, to return us to the beginning of truth, to the Way of the Holy Prophet (AS). How much gratitude, how much thankfulness we should have for being connected to the Sunnat in these times. As our Sheykh is saying: If we are standing here and just saying, “Thank you Ya Rabbi, Ya Rabbi shukr, Thank you Ya Rabbi,” until Judgment Day then we will not be questioned about anything on the Judgment Day. And we cannot be thankful enough to our Lord for even one breath of life that He has given to us. He has created us from the mankind and He has made us from the nation of Muhammad (AS). In the Ahir Zaman which the Holy Prophet (AS) is calling the second jahiliyya time, He is making us to run to try to follow at least a couple of footsteps of the Holy Prophet (AS). If we just sit and think about this, this is enough for happiness, for joy to overtake our hearts and with that happiness to say “Thank You Ya Rabbi, thank You, thank You Ya Rabbi, thank You.”
This is a Dergah. If you are not freeing yourself from the chains of this dunya and to sit and to give thankfulness to your Lord, you failed. The whole world can give, but you fail to give shukur to Allah, you fail with the manners of the one who is in need and your Lord is providing, and you are not showing the good manners at least to say “Thank You Ya Rabbi.” This is the Dergah that our Sheykh has built. It is to teach us to want to learn how to live the Way of Holy Prophet. You must connect yourself to the Sohbet, you must have time to sit and to think. You must connect to the Sheykh, you must give value to the Dergah. If not, the darkness of the Second Jahiliyya, the fitnah of Dajjal will reach to you, inside the Dergah, inside the Maqams. Just as the Sahaba-e-Kiram broke out of the First Jahiliyya through the Sohbet of the Holy Prophet, the people of Ahir Zaman, you can only break out of this darkness with the Association of the Inheritors of the Holy Prophet (AS). The knowledge that the Sheykh is teaching in the Dergah, it is not a stale book knowledge. It is an living knowledge that is going to set your heart on fire. You must let your heart to set on fire. You mustn’t make it to be damp with your own laziness, with your own heedlessness, with your own bad manners. Otherwise, you can put as much gasoline as you want on wet wood, it will never catch fire.
We are on this path. For a believer, this path is not an option. Walking on this path it is necessary for us to save our faith. Listen to the warning of Ghawth al-Azam from almost a thousand years ago when he said: “O brothers! Wake up, and run to the forgiveness of your Lord through repentance. Embark upon the path, and return to your Lord with these spiritual caravans. The path will soon be cut off, and no travelling companion will be found. We have not come to settle in this dirty, rundown dunya, nor for the sake of eating, drinking, and satisfying lowly desires. Your Rasul is waiting, sad for you. He (AS) said: “My sorrow is for the members of my Ummat who will come in the later times.””
We must sit and think. We must give value. We must give thanks. Alhamdulillah, we are in this Caravan, don’t stray away from the Caravan. This is reminder, first for myself, and for you. Our Sheykh is saying: “The love that we are putting in our heart towards our Master must be like a seed. It must change. We must put water every day. You must look, you must think, you must remember, in everything you do you must know that he is watching. If you think that way then you are fitting yourself and slowly things start opening up. Things start growing because the Rahmat starts raining on you and it starts growing. When that starts growing and you reach to your maturity station then you start giving the fruits out. That is the real love that you have reached to the station where the fruit that comes out from you is the same fruit which that one is giving. So that is the real love.
Look! The rain comes down. We are looking and seeing that it’s coming to the ground, to the dirt area, and on the asphalt ten minutes later it dries out again. Nothing comes out. But when rain comes down on the earth and the sun shines then a little bit later you see the grass growing right away. It’s giving. The grass is never going to grow in the asphalt, on the roads. So we must turn, we must turn. We must turn, till your heart inside, turn things upside down, throw out the wrong things, the weeds and everything for the real fruit, for the real tree to grow to give fruit.
If you are not giving fruit then that love is not good again. So everything is concentrating on that and we must learn how to love and we must learn who to love. Firstly, you must love Allah and His Prophet (AS). Then for us, (for the murids), we must love our Sheykh. Then we must love those that Allah loves. We must love those who are beloved to Allah. If we don’t love them then we are missing something again.”
This is the teaching that is going to save us in this Ahir Zaman. This is the teaching of the Holy Prophet (AS). The Prophet made a dua to Allah, saying: “Ya Allah, grant me Your Love and the love of those whose love will benefit me with You. Ya Allah, whatever You have provided me from what I love, make it strength for me for that which You love. Ya Allah, whatever You have withheld from what I love, make it a time for rest in that which You love.” (Tirmizi). Amin.
Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifa of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah New York
21 Muharrem 1441
September 20, 2019