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 says in the Holy Quran: BismillahirRahmanirRahim “Your Guardian-Lord is Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth in six days, and is firmly established on the Throne of Authority. He draws the night as a veil over the day, each seeking each other in rapid succession. He created the sun, the moon, and the stars, all governed by laws under His Command. Is it not His to create and to govern? Blessed by Allah, the Cherisher and the Sustainer of the worlds. Call upon your Lord humbly and in secret. Indeed, He does not love those who pass their limits. Don’t do confusion in the earth after it has been set in order, but call on Him with fear and longing in your hearts. For the Mercy of Allah is always near those who do good.” Sadaqallahul Azim (7:54-56).
May all peace and blessings be upon the Sultan of the Messengers, the Imam of the Prophets, the Intercessor of the Last Day, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS). “O Allah, bless our Master Muhammad (SAWS) with a blessing by which we are saved from all terrors and afflictions, grant us all our needs, purify us from all evils by it, raise up by it to the highest of degrees, and by it let us reach the furthest of goals in all good things in life and after death.” Amin (Delail).
May peace and blessings be upon him, and upon his noble family, and upon his 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! Today is the First Jummah of the Month of Safar. May Allah (SWT) protect us from all curses and calamities for the sake of His Beloved Prophet, for the Sake of His Friends, and for the Sake of our Sheykh.
Allah (SWT) created us for Him. He (SWT) said in the Holy Quran: BismillahirRahmanirRahim “I did not create the jinn and the mankind except to worship Me.” (51:56). Hz. Ibn Abbas (RA) said that when Allah (SWT) says “worship” in this Ayat, the meaning is “to know Me.” Allah (SWT) made this meaning clear when He was having the conversation with Prophet Dawud (AS) who asked Him, “Ya Rabbi, why did You create the creation?” And Allah Jalla wa’Ala replied: “I was a hidden treasure, and I desired to be known, so I created the creation in order that I might be known.”
This is what we have been sent to this world for. Everything inside this dunya, it is meant to help us to reach to that knowledge. If we start to worship this dunya, if we start to worship and serve those that Allah (SWT) has made as a means of returning to Him, then we are deviating from His Way. This is why Allah (SWT) is saying, “O son of Adam, I have created you for My Sake, and I have created things for your sake. So don’t disgrace that which I created for Myself with that which I created for you.” (Mishkat al-Anwar).
We came from Allah, and to Allah we are going to return. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon. In our original state, in our beginning, we were with Allah and we made a Promise to Allah. Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (KS) is explaining this Promise saying: “We have to know that Allah (SWT) has created us for His service. And this we have to keep in our life, in our minds alive all the time, twenty-four hours a day… then nothing can keep us away from Allah and His Prophet (AS). Those people who are not keeping that, the first thing is that they are liars because in Qalu Bala, on the Day of Promises, that’s exactly what we said to our Lord, “We only know You and we only worship You. We only ask help from You.” This is what we have promised. And He sent us to this world saying to us, “This is a test field for you. Let’s see how many of you are going to keep your promise. If you are keeping your promise then I have a better place for you. I am preparing a better home for you. If you are not keeping your promise then you are preparing the worst place for you in Jahannam.”
So He left us between these two. He gave us intelligence and He gave us freewill and said to us, “Know one thing, that your rope is in My hand. When I say, ‘Die and come!’ you cannot resist. You cannot fight back. You are going to come. No one is going to be rebellious to that. So I am giving you some time in this world. Choose for yourselves. Whichever you want, run to that side. But My rope is very strong. You cannot cut it and you cannot go anywhere. When I say, ‘Die and come!’ you will. And then if you are a servant to Me then you will enter the paradises that I have prepared for you. If you are a servant to your ego then you are entering to the hell that you are building to your own selves.”” And the words of the Friends of Allah speak the truth.
We have to know Allah, we have to worship Allah and we have to know Allah. That is our original state. On that Day of Promises, we were able to say, “We only know You, and we only worship You, and we only ask help from You. Iyyaka na’budu wa iyyaka nasta’een.”
Yet when we are looking at ourselves, we are seeing that we forget that Promise. We forget that Day of Promises. And when a man sits down and takes an honest accounting of himself, he will see that he is not living according to that Promise. Seyh Efendi is saying that if we are breaking that pre-eternal promise that we have made to our Lord, if we have broken that, then we are living in this world as a liar.
So how do we return to the knowledge of Allah? How do we know, how do we remember that day? How do we remember the Promise that we made to our Lord? Allah (SWT) gave the message to Holy Prophet, and the Holy Prophet passed it to us, and it is coming to us through the Hadith Qudsi, that Allah (SWT) said: “I am present in My servant’s thoughts of Me, and I am with him when he remembers Me. If he mentions Me in his self, I mention him in My self, and if he mentions Me in a group, I mention him in a better group. If he approaches Me by a hand span, I draw near to him by an arm’s length. If he approaches Me by an arm’s length, then I draw near to him by a fathom. If he comes to Me walking, I come to him running.” (Mishkat al-Anwar).
Remembering our Lord, making the Zikr of Him, it brings us back to Him. He is saying, “I am with My servant when he remembers Me.” The People of Zikr, the Ehli Zikr, they are the ones walking the Caravan on the Road to the Knowledge and Service of Allah (SWT). These gatherings of Zikr are so beloved to Allah (SWT) that He forgives anyone who sits with them.
Holy Prophet (AS) is saying: “Indeed, Allah has angels who travel the roads, looking for the Ehli Zikr. When they find a group making zikr, they call out: “Come here, come here to what you have all been looking for!” and the angels surround that group with their wings, reaching up to the lowest heaven.
Their Lord questions them (yet He knows better than them), the Lord questions them, “What do My servants say?” The angels say: “They glorify and magnify You and praise You and repeat Your Praises.” He asks them: “Have they seen Me?” They say “No, Wallahi, they have not seen You.” “How would it be if they saw Me?” “Ya Rabbi, if they saw You, they would be stronger in service to You, stronger in repeating Your praises, and more plentiful in glorifying You.” “What do they ask of Me?” “They ask You for paradise.” “Have they seen it?” “No, ya Rabbi, Wallahi they haven’t seen it.” “How would they be if they saw it?” “If they saw it, they would be stronger in striving for it, stronger in seeking it, and greater in their desire for it.” “What do they seek safety from?” “From the hellfire.” “Have they seen it?” “No, ya Rabbi, Wallahi they haven’t seen it.” “How would they be if they saw it?” “They would be faster in their flight from it and greater in their fear from it.” “I call you all to witness,” Allah Jalla wa alla will say, “I call you all to witness that I have forgiven them.” And the Angels will say “Ya Rabbi, sitting with them is a person who’s not one of them, but he just came out of some need.” And Allah will say “They are the sitting-companions. No-one who sits with the Ehli Zikr can be unhappy.” (Mishkat al-Anwar, Bukhari Sharif).
Alhamdulillah, we have been blessed to sit with the Sultans of Zikr, the Naksibendi Sheykhs, who teach the Zikr that is stamped and engraved in our hearts. Today’s world, the Ahir Zaman world, it has spread confusion and fitnah around the Zikr.
There are those who say Zikr is haram, that making zikr is shirk, that the ones who do Zikr is innovation. There are those who have made Zikr haram in the Masjids and have become the worse oppressors, as Allah (SWT) says in the Quran: “Who is more zaalim than the one who forbids that in the Masjid of Allah that Allah’s name should be mentioned- such people they are running towards destruction. It was not fitting that such should themselves enter except in fear. For them there is nothing but disgrace in this world, and in the world to come an awful doom.” Sadaqallahul Azim (2:114). The sincerity and the honesty of the world is, this is the majority of the Masjids around us. And the one who doesn’t make Zikr is the one who forgets. And forgetting Allah has a serious, the most serious consequence.
Holy Prophet (AS) is saying in a Hadith Qudsi that Allah will ask a person on Judgment Day: “Didn’t I give you hearing, sight, wealth, and children? Didn’t I give you power over cattle, and leave you to manage and pasture them? And did you even once think that you were going to meet Me on this day?” The man will reply no. Allah (SWT) will say: “Today I will forget you just like you forgot Me.” (Tirmizi). And we are begging Allah (SWT) to make us free from this, and to keep us around those who make Real Zikr and the Remembrance of Allah for the Sake of Allah.
Then there are those who have made Zikr today into a remembrance of their own selves and their ego. They have made Zikr today into a show and a dance. There are those who have made Zikr into a performance to be done in opera halls and stages and weddings, to be paid money. A Zikr that is pleasing to the eyes and the ears, but has no effect on the heart. Such a Zikr is an empty Zikr. And Imam el-Ghazali (KS) is warning about such a Zikr saying: “You should know that the only useful Zikr is the one where the heart is present. Any other is of little use. Because the aim, the aim is Friendship with Allah. That happens by continual Zikr, with the heart in attendance.” (Ihya).
Zikr is to wake the heart up. Zikr is to make us to remember. Zikr is to make us to know. And the real Zikr makes us to remember our reality and to remember ourselves. Remembering who we are, remembering where we came from, remembering where we are going to return to, remembering our servanthood, remembering our reality in front of Allah (SWT), that we are nothing but servants in need of Him, and that is the door to the Knowledge and that is the door to the Service of Allah. Which is why Holy Prophet (AS) said: “Mann ‘Arafa Nafsahu, fa-qad ‘Arafa Rabbuhu.” “The one who knows himself knows his Lord.”
Why is this knowledge leading us to Allah’s knowledge? And there, in the words itself it is saying, Mann ‘Arafa Nafsahu, the one who knows his nafs, he knows his Lord. Seyh Efendi is speaking the Prophetic Words, saying: “You don’t know who you are, your identity. It’s easy to say, ‘I am this person, I was born in this part, on this day, in this place’. That’s not your identity. You have to find your identity, your own self. What is it saying? The one who knows himself, he knows his Lord. Your understanding of Allah is according to your own imagination then. If you didn’t find Allah then your understanding is going to be according to your own imagination, according to what fits to your ego because you are not trying to rise up. You are trying to bring Allah to your own level of understanding. Never is going to happen. Never has happened and never will happen. Those who reached, those who reached, they come down to bring the other ones up. (But) you are insisting to be stuck down. That’s the reality…. You weren’t (always) here. You have been sent here from one drop of dirty water. Allah is saying (this) to us.
Some are saying, ‘Don’t insult me like that!’ You don’t know, you don’t want to know your reality. And you came out from the dirtiest place. Man is not understanding the reality. And walking on top of the earth like you have created the earth. Looking at the mirror. Just one shiny thing, mirror or whatever, a shiny thing is making you to be so proud. If there were no mirror there you wouldn’t be so proud. Isn’t it? If you didn’t see your outside form then you weren’t going to be so proud. So you get fooled, not by Sheytan. Sheytan doesn’t need to run to fool you now. There are so many other tricks and traps in front of you before Sheytan is coming to spend time and energy with you.
Abdul Khaliq Ghujdawani Hazratleri, our Grandsheykh, is saying, ‘I was a doorkeeper and for 40 years I didn’t open the door for a wrong call.’ 40 years. ‘I walked on the earth and I didn’t step on the dirty things for 40 years’. We are following that Tarikat. (Our) top and our bottom is dirty, stepping everywhere. What doorkeeper he was? Saying, ‘I didn’t open one drop or window or anything from my heart to the wrong way. I am the doorkeeper. They will be questioning me on the Judgment Day, ‘Why did you put this wrong thing in your heart?’ Don’t go around pointing fingers at others, ‘This one did this, this one did that’. Point finger to your own self. ‘For this one to do this, what did I do?’ That’s what you have to look. That’s what you have to be busy with.
The knowledge of knowing yourself, the Sheykhs they have that knowledge. Because they know who they are, and they know who their Lord is. They have become the gatekeepers of their hearts, and their heart is only full of Allah and His Prophet and their Beloved Ones.
They are the ones who have planted the seeds of the Quran and the Sunnah inside themselves and then given us its fruit. Without taking a Guide on the Path, you are going to get lost. Your religion will be according to your imagination. Without taking a Guide on the Path, and holding on to that Guide, your spirituality will be according to your imagination. Your Allah will be according to your imagination. Your Quran and your sunnah will be according to your imagination. Millions have lost in this way; they have knowledge, but they are not following a Guide.
Allah (SWT) is saying about Day of Judgment, “It is the day when We shall call all men with their Imam.” Holy Prophet (AS) himself is explaining this Hadith saying: “One of these Imams will be called, and he will be given his book in his right hand. His body will be increased by 60 cubits, and his face will be graced with light, and upon his head will be placed a crown of glowing pearls. When he goes off to his Companions, they will see him coming from far away and they will call out, “Ya Rabbi, grant us such as this, and give us such a blessing!” And Allah (SWT) grants it to them, saying: “Be happy! For each of you shall have just like this!” (Mishkat al-Anwar). Meaning whatever that the Imam is going to have, those who follow them will have it too. If you are not following, you may ask, it may not be given.
Allah (SWT), He has fashioned us and He designed us. And our heart is only going to find peace, and sakeenah, and satisfaction, in the Remembrance of Allah, with those who remember Allah. We will only find sakeenah, peace and satisfaction when we make zikr with the Ehli Zikr. This is another sickness, that people make zikr with their nafs. People who don’t understand what is inside and around them, they make zikr according to what is inside and around them. Those who are not following a Guide will make zikr with their desires and their dunya. But Allah (SWT) has praised the Ehli Zikr, and the Ehli Zikr, they are with Allah. To be with the Ehli Zikr is to be with Allah.
This Way, this Naksibendi Way, this Osmanli Naksibendi Way, it is to return a man to his Lord clean and pure. Listen to Seyh Efendi, listen: Allah (SWT) is saying, “You are fighting against your ego. When you make that ego the Mutmain ego that is pleased with Allah and He is pleased with that ego, enter to My Paradise.” If you are looking for that then this sohbet, if you are looking for that, to make your ego Mutmain, that you can only achieve with a Guide, if you are looking for that, then this sohbet, this association it is for you. If you are looking for this world, the benefits of this world, then you have nothing to gain here. Don’t spend your time (here). Please go out quickly and run after this world because you don’t have too much time also. Those who are running after this world don’t have too much time. Those who are running for Mawla have great days ahead for them. It’s not only what is coming with Mehdi (AS) but what he is bringing after too. Anyone who has tyranny and the love of tyranny in their hearts someway somehow (to any one of us, to any one of them or to someone at all) they should prepare themselves for that punishment. Turn yourself saying, “Ya Rabbi! I am asking help and support from You against this tyranny that is inside of me. Clean me from that.”
Then you will be counted in the book as ‘The people of Mehdi (AS)’ and you will be among those that the Holy Prophet (AS) praised and he is giving salams, saying to his Sahaba, “I cannot wait to meet my brothers in the Judgment Day.” They said, “Ya Rasulullah, aren’t we your brothers?” He said, “No, you are my companions. My brothers are those who are going to come in the Ahir Zaman. Everywhere everything is going to be for their ego but they are going to leave that way and they are going to run, they are going to hold on tightly to my traditions. Those are my brothers.” And he said to them, “I am giving them salams in front of you.” Holy Prophet (AS) is sending salams to us, whoever is coming until the end of times.
We are asking our Lord to keep us with the People who are receiving the Salams of the Holy Prophet (AS). To be under the blessings of that Salam in this life, to protect us in the grave and to rise with that Salams in the next life. We are asking that we follow our Imam, our Sheykh, on the Judgment Day, in this life, in the grave, and to the place of Salam. Amin.
Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifa of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah New York
5 Safar 1441
October 4, 2019