BismillahirRahmanirRahim. SelamAleykum. SelamAleykum. Breh, you guys need a Hajjaj eh? You don’t know that story, Hajjaj. It’s not my story, it’s Sheykh Effendi’s story.
So many things happened because of how we move and Allah is sending. The leader, it is the essence of the people, like the juice is the essence of the orange, for example. So Muslims are losing sight of that too, over the past hundred years because we lost the link between the ummat and Allah. Because the one who represents that link is the Khalifah, making us to understand how Allah wants us to be ruled. So when we lost that, years under unbelievers, years under tyrants, years under hypocrite, we start to think like unbelievers, thinking that if we only get together, we organised, we can do something, we can change the direction of the world.
We forget that everything is happening with the permission of Allah SWT. We start to think, if only we rise up against the British, it should be okay, if only we determine ourselve, we will be okay. We forget that Allah is still ruling. He is still Malikki Mulk and that ayat that we read every fajr time, which ayat is that? That we read at the khutba today, do you remember? Allah will give power to whoever He chooses, Allah will take power as He likes, Allah will honor as He likes and Allah will humiliate as He likes. People are forgetting that. Not just because we are muslim we are entitiled to, let us say, good rulers. No. It is the essence of the people. If the people are good, the essence will be good. If the people are not, the essence will not be. The leaders really represent the people. Whether it’s kings or people that are ruling us after that.
So once upon a time when the people in Baghdad they started rising against the Khalifah, they started rising and they started becoming very rebellious, they started to talk against to the Khalifah, they start to have talks and gatherings and people and they start becoming showing the rebelliousness one day and they did not accept the leaders that was there, so one day the Khalifah sent the letter to them and the letter came and the letter said that everyone has to gather in this big place, especially the leaders of the people, all the heads that are there, and the Khalifah also sent a new governor. He was sitting down, the letter came, there was a person who was standing next to him, reading the letter of the Khalifah to the people. And the person said, ‘the Khalifah is saying, SelamAleykum.’ People are just muttering to themselves. The governor that was sent, his name was Hajjaj, which history put his name as a tyrant. But this is again to understand why certain things, why certain people are sent to us. So Hajjaj was shocked when he heard this kind of rebelliousness happening in front of him. He just kept quiet. He says, ‘read again.’ The person started reading again, ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Khalifah is saying, selamAleykum.’ People started muttering. He got very upset, and he took the paper and he stood up and he says, ‘The Khalifah is sending selams to you! And the Khalifah has sent me, one of his poison arrows to you. Because you are rebelling against to the Khalifah.’ Suddenly everyone says, ‘Aleykumselam! AleykumSelam!’
So he started reading and he started ruling. Then he started saying, ‘there are too many heads here, it needs to be taken off.’ So it happened. He called them all to his office one day, and he said, ‘which one am I? Am I a zalim or am I an alim?’ He asked them a question. ‘Am I a tyrant or am I a knowledgeable person (scholar)?’ So everyone was scared because he has a reputation of being a poison arrow, working for the Khalifah, to cut off the heads that are not working, that are rising against to the Khalifah. People are saying, ‘of course, your majesty, you are an alim.’
He says, ‘he’s a liar. Cut off his head.’ Another one comes in and he ask, ‘what am I, a zalim or an alim?’ ‘You are a zalim.’ ‘He speaks the truth but he just insulted me. Cut off his head.’ cut off his head, cut of his head, he cuts off everyone’s head. And then there was a man, he was a poor man, he had some position, he was called there too and he has told the other people behind him, he said, ‘don’t worry, I will answer for all of you. Don’t worry, you are not going to die today.’ Because when they are summon, it’s like an execution call. He said, ‘I will answer for you.’ They said, ‘what? You are going to answer for us, help us?’ He says, ‘yes, I am going to. Don’t worry. You don’t answer, you say we have a representative who is going to answer for us.’
So he went to the presence and the khalifah is saying, ‘what am I? a zalim or an alim?’ They say, ‘your majesty, we have a representative, he will speak for us.’ Khalifah was shocked. This is something new. So he came forward, this man, and the Khalifah asked him the question. He said, ‘ let me think about it.’ Khalifah was shocked. He says, ‘give me some time. I will think and I will give you an answer.’ Khalifah like that kind of person who is acting differently and with some bravery. So he said, ‘this man, give him as much as he need, as he wants, until he comes with an answer, let’s say in seven days time. Give him whatever he needs.’ So everyone got very relieved, they got seven more days. He went home and his wife was crying. She said, ‘what did you do? What have you done?’ He said, ‘don’t worry. Look, all our lives we are struggling. All our lives we are suffering. At least now the governor is going to give us as much money as we want to live very nice for seven days and then we die. We are going to die anyway.’ So gold was sent. Whatever that he needed was sent. He lived very nicely, six days, six nights. He lived very nicely. On the sixth days sixth nights, he started to get very nervous. He didn’t know what to do. He says, ‘well, my time is up.’ he says goodbye to his family and he decided to spend the night in khalwat, in the big jami that was there.
So he went inside the jami, he prayed isya’ prayer, everybody left and he hid somewhere, make sure that nobody sees him and everybody left and then they locked the door and he was left inside. He says, ‘at least let me sit and make some zikr. I’m going to die tomorrow. I may go clean.’ He was sitting down, deep in zikr. Before long, during the time of tahajjud, when he hears a sound that the door was being opened and he saw this bright light that was coming, he turned, and it was very unusual. One man came in with a very bright face like a moon. Another man came in and from the description, he is saying, ‘this is Hz Umar. Hz Osman came in, hz Ali came in. First one was Hz Abu Bakr as-Siddiq. All Sahabi came in. They all came and they sat. Then the Holy Prophet (AS) came. He went all the way to the front and he sat on the chair. Then Prophet (AS) saying to all the gathered Sahabis and the gathered Saints that were there and he said ‘bring that one in. Bring our servant, our messenger.’ Door opened and he saw the governor Hajjaj the tyrant was crawling on the floor. He saw him crawl, crawl, crawl to the floor, right up to the Prophet (AS), not looking at him, lifting up his hand, it was a book filled with names. Prophet (AS) took it, opened the book, he crossed out several names, he did couple of things, he closed the book, he gave it to Hajjaj, and Hajjaj took that and started crawling backward. Prophet (AS) left, Abu Bakr, Umar, Osman, Ali, the Sahabis and the Saints they left. The door closed. And he’s standing there looking like this (shocked).
The next day he appeared in the palace of Hajjaj. And Hajjaj asked him, ‘so tell me, am I a zalim or am I an alim?’ He says, ‘neither. You are a servant of the Prophet. Because last night…’ Hajjaj looked at him and said,’Sssh! Don’t speak. Yes you were there. Be quiet. If you ever speak, I’m going to cut off your neck. Because this is a secret that has to be kept. Go back home, you useless no good for nothing. Go back home. Whatever you need for the rest of your life, we will give. But keep that secret with you.’ The man went home. His wife was very happy. And he lived.
Everyone is a servant of Allah. Either you are a good servant or a bad servant. Even sheytan is a servant of Allah but he’s a disobedient servant of Allah SWT. Especially in this time where it is so much confusion that is happening. The believer should step back and should just watch. Don’t take sides. Watch and understand but don’t take any sides because all the sides are wrong, all the sides are evil. If you have to take side, you have to take sides that is less evil than the one that is. Don’t think it is between Haqq and Batil now. Because Haqq, Allah SWT has put a veil over it. What is raining now are tyrants, jabbabirah. We are living in that age we have to be careful. Don’t fall in love and don’t fall in love with the zalim and don’t fall in love with the system. You may work, because you have to. But don’t have it in your heart.
I believe, once Imam Malik, when he was imprisoned and he was tortured everday, he was tortured by the rulers that wanted to control him and he didn’t want to be controlled by that, he wanted to be controlled by Haqq. Yes, there are rulers in Islam that they are not good, they did so many wrong things, but understand also that whatever wrong they did, whatever good they did for Islam, we cannot even imagine now. They have done more for the sake of Islam, like what Sheykh Effendi used to say, whatever wrong that they did Islam was still rising. Islam was still rising. Whatever wrong that they did, even if they are tyrant, they are this, they are that, Islam was still rising and they were still fighting against to unbelief. So Imam Malik, as you know, he was imprisoned and he was tortured everyday and one of his prison guards had some faith, had some fear from Allah, and one day he managed to find him alone and he says, ‘Ya Imam, please this is bothering me. Because I’m a good person,’ he’s saying, ‘and I’m only doing this because I’m forced to. I don’t want to do this. And I know that you are a great Imam and there is a hadiths where the Prophet (AS) is saying, ‘those who help the tyrants, they are the same as the tyrant and their end is jahannam.’ and he said, ‘this is against my will. I cannot do anything,’ the man is saying, ‘but I’m asking you, am I a helper of the tyrants?’ He was a prison guard. He didn’t hold any power. He wasn’t given any reward. He was just a prison guard. Imam Malik says, ‘the ones who washes your clothes, who feeds your horse, who sweeps your floor,’ he says, ‘that one is a helper for the zalim. You, you are not a helper, you are not assisting zulm, you are a zalim.
Now, we have to be careful. Yes, our hands may be tied. In some ways there is a big blessings also because we cannot be judged under shariat, because the Khalifa is not ruling. We cannot be judged under shariat. But we will be judged with what is in our hearts and what is our intention. If we have any love towards tyranny, if we make any excuse to the tyrants, the fire will reach to us and their fire from hell will burn. We should not be foolish like that, we should not be emotional like that. The orders that said, ‘in the ahir zaman, move up to the mountains, live simply, have one goat and live your life simple, with your religion, simple, he’s not just referring physically to do that also. He refers to where your state is, where your intentions are. Simple. Don’t go around learning too much. If you find a guide, hold on to that properly. Because there’s a lot of confusion out there and there’s a lot of guides out there.
After Sheykh Effendi passed, one of the major things that they said about us, about me, is that, ‘he’s arrogant, he’s not humble, he always washes people up, he’s always very tough, people need kindness, this…da..da.. this is not sufism,’ they are saying, ‘he should be nice and quiet like a lamb.’ But our Sheykh is saying, ‘in the ahir zaman, the wolves will act like lambs,’ and he says, ‘it is necessary at that time for the sheep to act like wolves.’ That’s why for every wedding, I’m wearing the wolves’ skin. That has a big history also with our Sheykh and there was a command that was given by Sheykh Mevlana to Sheykh Effendi, to wear that and to do something. I will have to do it. I’m not looking forward to doing it, but one day, insyaAllah, maybe I’ll bring some of you with me that we will do it together, patrolling. But we don’t want to be wolves in sheeps clothing. We rather be sheep in wolves’ clothing. As you like.
Waminallahu Taufik. Bihurmatil Habib, bihurmatil Fatiha.
Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
8 Jamada al-Awwal 1441
January 3, 2019