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 Sayidinna Mawlana Muhammadin wa ala alihi wa sahbihi ajmain.
All praises are due to Allah, the Lord of the Universes. All praises are due to Allah Who has said in Surah Tahreem: BismillahirRahmanirRahim,“O You who believe! Save yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is men and stones, over which are appointed angels stern and severe, who don’t flinch from carrying out the Commands they receive from Allah, but do what they are commanded. They will say, “O you disbelievers- don’t make any excuses today! You are only being paid for what you used to do.” O you who believe! Make Tawba to Allah with sincere Tawba! With hope that your Lord will remove from you your evil deeds, and bring you to Gardens underneath which rivers flow- the Day that Allah will not allow the Prophet and those who believed with him to be humiliated. Their Light will run in front of them, and on their right hands, while they say, “Our Lord! Perfect our Light for us, and forgive us! For You have the Power to do all things.””(66:6-8). Sadaqallahuladzim.
May all peace and blessings be upon our Master Sayyidina Muhammad (AS). Hz. Abu Hurayra (RA) is transmitting to us a Salawat, saying that Holy Prophet (AS) said, “Whoever recites this Salawat, I shall be a witness for him and give Shafaat to him on the Day of Judgment.”(Tabari).
Ya Allah! Send peace upon Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad (AS), as you sent peace upon Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim. And send blessings upon Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad (AS) as You sent blessings upon Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim. And send mercy upon Muhammad (AS) and the family of Muhammad, as You sent mercy upon Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim.” Amin. 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. May peace and blessings be upon the Mashayikh of the Most Distinguished Naksibendi Way. May peace and blessings be upon the Great Khalifas of the Ummat-i Muhammad, especially upon the Osmanli Padishahs, and all those who remain under the shade of their flag until the Last Day.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! Today is a day of Eid for the servants of Allah. Today is a day of rejoicing in the Heavens and the Earth. Sultan el-Evliya Seyh Mevlana Muhammad Nazim Adil el-Hakkani (KS) is saying: “On holy days Jenab al-Rabb al-Izzat is dressing His servants in honorable clothes- know this. Rajab is the Month of Allah. This month we have the Night of Raghaib. On this night from the heavenly realm, to this realm, he (AS) came to his mother’s womb. On the night of Raghaib, all existence and all the angels celebrate Eid.” Alhamdulillah that last night, we passed through this Holy Night, the night of the Eid of the Angels. We are hoping that our Lord, Allah (SWT) will accept our weak service, and that our hearts be full of sincerity. Because the first Thursday night, and the first Jummah of Rajab, they are from the greatest and holiest days that are in the Calendar of Allah Rabbul Alameen.
Ghawth al-Azam Sheykh Abdul Qadir el-Geylani is giving us a Hadith about the majesty of this Night and Day, saying that once Holy Prophet (AS) said: “Rajab is Allah’s month. Shaban is my month. Ramazan is the month of my Ummat…I call it Allah’s month because it is connected to forgiveness, because bloodshed is forbidden in it, because in it Allah turns toward His Prophets, and because in it Allah rescues His Evliya from the hands of their enemies. And because anyone who fasts in this month is deserving of three things from Allah (SWT). Firstly and secondly, that he gets forgiveness for all the sins he ever committed, and he gets unbreakable goodness for the rest of his life. And the third, he will be safe from thirst on Judgment Day.” Then an old, weak man stood up and said, “Ya Rasulallah, I am physically unable to fast through the whole month.” Holy Prophet (AS) said: “Fast during the first, middle, and last days of Rajab, and you will be given the same reward as someone who fasted the whole month, since one good deed is equal to ten. It is very important, however, that none of you should be heedless about the first Friday of Rajab.
This is the night that the Angels have named Laylatul Raghaib (the night of granting wishes). This is because by the time the first third of the night passes, not one angel is still in the heavens or any part of the earth except one place. They are all gathered at the Kaaba and around the Kaaba. Allah will make to notice their assembly and say to them, “My angels, ask Me for whatever you wish!” And their response is, “Our Lord! Our wish is that You grant forgiveness to those who faithfully keep fasting in Rajab.” And Allah (SWT) will say, “That, I have already done.” Holy Prophet (AS) then also said- “No one will go unrewarded if he fasts the first Thursday of Rajab, and then prays the Salat al-Hajat and he then described the prayer, and the Prophet (AS) says, ‘I swear by the One Who holds my soul in His Hand- no male or female servant will perform this namaz without Allah forgiving every sin they were ever guilty of, even if it’s as much as all the foam of the ocean, all the grains of sand, the heaviness of the mountains, all the drops of rain, and all the leaves on the trees. On Judgment Day he will be allowed to give intercession (Shafaat) to 700 members of his family. On his first night in the grave, the reward from that namaz will appear to him in human form with a happy face and pleasing language and say, “O dear friend! Rejoice in my good news, for I am here to tell you that you have been saved from evry terrible punishment!” The servant will ask, “who are you? By Allah, I have never seen someone with a more beautiful face than yours. I’ve never heard better speech than yours, and I’ve never smelled something more beautiful than your smell.” And it will say, “O my dear friend! I am the reward for that namaz which you performed…I came here tonight to fulfill your request, to entertain you in this lonely station, and to get rid of loneliness from you! When the trumpet is sounded, I will give you shade to protect your head from the burning heat of the Field of Qiyamah. So rejoice in the good news, for you will never be denied the blessings that come from your Mawla.” (Ghunya).
Alhamdulillah, Our Lord is the Most Merciful Lord. Our Prophet is the Mercy to the Universes. And Alhamdulillah that our Sheykh, our Guide, our Master, has opened the door to this Mercy for us by teaching us these practices, passed down and guarded and preserved for 1400 years. We cannot imagine the blessings that come from sitting and spending time with Allah’s Friends. May Allah raise their station higher and higher. Allah is asking the Angels in this Night, what their wish is. What are the Angels desiring? Nothing but the forgiveness and Mercy for Ummat-i-Muhammed. But what are we asking for our own selves? So many, when they go into sajdah and cry, they are asking only for their own selfish dunya needs. Just for their own families, for their own jobs, for their own little lives. This is not the sunnah of the Prophet. This is not the sunnah of the Sahaba e-Kiram and certainly it is not the sunnah of the Evliyaullah. So how should we be asking Allah? If we already know what to ask Allah, Allah SWT would not teach us, His prophet will not teach us and His Saints would not teach us. Because if it is left to our own little egoistic intelligence, we will ask Allah according to our egos and desires again, not according to what Allah wants us to ask. Which is why in the surahtul Fatiha, Allah is teaching us how to ask Him and what to ask Him.
SahibulSaif Sheykh Efendi Hz is telling us, teaching us how to cry out to Allah, saying: “Allah is not like us. He is Kerim. He is not stingy. My name is Kerim. Allah is Kerim. So He is giving. He is Kerim. He is giving to the ones that who’s asking for it. But He is also giving to the ones who’s not asking for it. Allah, Allah. You are insisting not to make sejdah to that Lord…Turn around. Stop being arrogant and proud one. Do you know the end of the proudness and the end of the arrogance and angry people? Sheytan fools them saying, ‘put the rope around your neck and hang yourself.’ That’s what proud people they do. They hang themselves. Some they hang themselves physically. Some they hang themselves spiritually. Don’t hang yourself. Instead of being so proud, your head so up like this, say, ‘I’m a weak servant. Let me just go down.’ Soon as your head goes down on sejdah, Rahmat starts raining on you. Allah (SWT) is saying, “This is my servant. He’s making sejdah to me with his head and his spirit.’ When you go to sejdah, go to sejdah with your head, with your spirit together saying, ‘I am your servant Ya Rabbi. I am weak one. But I am Your servant. You cannot do nothing with me. I am your servant.’ Say like that. Allah likes it. Say, ‘I am doing all this wrong, please forgive me. I’m going to come back to You. There’s no other way. If I run away from you, sheytan is going to fool me.’ Say it. Help will reach to you.”
So the friends of Allah, the Evliyaullah are showing us through their lives and their actions how to call out to Allah, how to make dua to Allah. Making dua is not to just to memorize and repeat words like a parrot. Dua is to call out with your heart. Dua is to call out with your spirit. Dua is like the dua of Wali Abbas, to speak from your own experience, and to say to your Lord in your own words, Ya Rabbi I am weak and I am helpless and I am so dirty. I have nowhere to turn to but You. My only wish and my only desire is You and Your Pleasure.
When people live like that, then the Honor of Islam comes. When people live with the desire and the love of Allah burning inside their hearts, then the help of Allah comes. Look at the humiliation of the Ummat today. 1400 years, it never happened like this. What changed? Our hearts changed. The electricity that used to make the hearts beat was running to make Allah happy, to make Holy Prophet (AS) happy, to make the friends of Allah happy, to make the Sheykh happy. That electricity is what made the flag of Islam fly from Africa to Indonesia, from the Caucuses to India. We have to wake that up in ourselves again.
Seyh Efendi is describing that type of desire for Allah, talking about Holy Prophet (AS)’s dua before the Battle of Badr, saying: The Prophet (AS) opened his hands saying “Ya Rabbi, if You are wasting us in this war, we are ready to die for You, every one of us. That’s why we are here. But if we die, there is not going to be any one on the face of earth remembering You, Your Name, there is not going to be people after me, you are not sending another Prophet. There is not going to be people until judgment day remembering You, they are not going to know their religion. Ya Rabbi.” For that Allah is saying, “I will promise you, I will help you and support you with the angels.” Three thousands angels came to that war. That was real. It is real. And Allah mentioning in the Kuran-i-Kerim, saying, BismillahirRahmanirRahim, “we supported you (in Badr) with three thousand angels. We will support you with five thousand angels.” The five thousand angels didn’t come. The five thousand angels are coming to support Hz. Mahdi (AS). Are you going to be in that 313? So wake up. Either you are going to lose something great, something big. You will cry a lot. Because it is not worth it, not for this dunya. For one hundred thousand dunya like this, it’s not worth. It’s not worth for your children. It’s not worth for your wife and husband. It’s not worth to your parents. Because you are for Allah. If they are, they are going to be in that side. If they are not, remember Badr war. Remember what Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, “Islam began strange, it’s going to end strange.” Remember that strangeness. Those strange 313 Sahabis- father was on the side of the Prophet (AS), the son was on the side of Abu Jahil- remember that war. Understand what happened. The Prophet (AS)’s cousin on this side, the Prophet (AS)’s daughter and the husband on that side. Are you understanding?
The Prophet (AS)’s daughter’s husband came with Abu Jahil, pulling sword to the Prophet (AS), to destroy Prophet (AS). And Hz. Zainab was still married to him, she was in Mecca. Are you understanding the meaning of that war? Try to understand, yes. And think a little bit. This much is enough for you, and for me. And the whole world. Those who are with me, to know, I swear to Allah, I did swear years ago. When I was 22 years old, I sacrificed myself to Him. I swear to Allah that in this world, if my son is going to stand, or my mother, or anybody, I will crush them down. Anyone who is going to stand on the other side, I will not hesitate- I’m asking Allah to take that love away from my heart. So if you are that way, then welcome. You have a place with me. If you are not that way. Please slowly, go and disappear into that crowd. Doesn’t matter how close you are to me. Go and disappear into that darkness. You are still going to be good somewhere somehow, alhamdulillah. But I have a different duty. InshAllah, this much should be enough for us to understand the serious of this matter, it is not a western style, it is ok, it is ok. It is not ok anymore. Nothing is ok anymore. Nothing, nothing is ok. I am not seeing anything ok anymore. No. So wake up to yourself, we are for Allah, we should live for Allah, and we should die for Allah. If we keep it that way, our life is definitely going to be better. Our life in dunya is going to be better. Our life now is going to be better. If you think that way, if a male and female both think that way, your life is going to be better, definitely you are going to reach there to Allah and His Prophet (AS) together. Your life is going to be better. Otherwise it’s not going to be.” And the words of the friends of Allah they speak the truth. Welcome to the strangers. These are words that are echoing the Words of Holy Prophet and his Sahaba-e-Kiram. These kinds of words are almost lost in this world today. But these are the Words, and this is the lifestyle, and this is the attitude, that brought angels down to support the believers. Believers must think like this. Believers must live like this. Believers must die like this.
As Seyh Efendi is saying, not one dunya, not one hundred thousand dunyas are worth leaving the Way of Allah. When you make your relationship with Allah, with His Prophet, with their Beloved Ones, you will be with them in the Next Life, in the eternal life, in the real life. In one of the last battles of Islam, the Battle of Hunayn, so many new people came to Islam. So many people who used to be enemies came to Islam. And when the spoils of war were divided, Holy Prophet (AS) gave more to the new Muslims in order to make their hearts soft toward Islam. Of course, some were not happy with it. Some confusion started, and some people from the Ansar were upset at how the spoils had been divided. But understand who the Ansar were- they were the ones who supported Holy Prophet (AS) in Madinah when his own family and tribe turned against him. So Holy Prophet (AS) called a meeting where only the Ansar were allowed. And Holy Prophet (AS) said: “ Ya Ansar! I heard about an incident that made you unhappy. Didn’t I find you ignorant, and guide you to the Way of Allah? Didn’t I find you poor, and Allah made you rich from His Bounty? Didn’t I find you as enemies and Allah brought your hearts together.” The Ansar answered, “Allah and His Prophet are more generous and better.” Holy Prophet then said, “Don’t you have anything to say, Ya Ansar?” They replied, “There is nothing to be said but that Allah and His Prophet have the mercy and the bounty.” So Holy Prophet (AS) said, in the most beautiful and tender words: “Wallahi, if you wanted to, you could have said (and if you said this, it would have been true)- “we believed in you when everyone called you a liar. We supported you when nothing was opening for you. We gave you our money when you were poor, and gave you shelter when you were homeless.” Ya Ansar! Are you upset for something so small and useless that I gave it to some people to bring their hearts to Islam, and I didn’t give to you because I thought your Islam was enough for you? Isn’t it enough for you that these people will go home with a new sheep or a camel- but you get to go home with the Messenger of Allah? I swear by Allah, in Whose Hands is Muhammad’s Soul, you are returning home with better than what they are returning with. If the people went one way and the Ansar moved another way, I would go the way of the Ansar. Ya Allah! Have mercy on the Ansar, and their children, and their children’s children.” All of the Ansar’s beards were soaked with their tears and they said, “It is enough for us to have Rasulallah as our reward.”
O Believers! O Muslims! O Murids! What kind of reward do we want? What kind of reward are we asking for? Who do you want to go back to your original home with? What is your Desire? Never forget what Holy Prophet (AS) said- “Al Mar’oo ma’aa man ahabb.” “The person is with the one he loves.” In this Holy Day, think about who or what your heart is for, and who you are putting in your heart. In this Holy Day, may Allah let us be with the Beloved One that is our desire.
We are asking with the Dua that Hz. Ali (KW) was making in Ragaib, saying: “Ya Allah! Bless Muhammad (AS) and his family, those lanterns of wisdom, masters of blessings, and treasures of goodness. Let them be my protection against all evil. Don’t let me be taken by surprise or unaware. Don’t let the outcome of my life’s work be disappointment and regret. May it please You to look at me with Your Favor. You give Your Forgiveness to wrongdoers, and I am one of the wrongdoers. Ya Allah- forgive me from that which cannot harm You, and grant me that which cannot give You any benefit. You are the One whose Mercy is all-embracing, Whose Wisdom is incomparable. Grant me the blessings of comfort and calmness, security, good health, thankfulness, well-being, and Taqwa. Give me patience and honesty in me and in your Evliya. Let ease be Your Gift to me, and don’t let it come with difficulty attached. Please also give these blessings to my wife and my children, to my Brothers in You, and to all the Muslims and Mu’mins who helped me to become the man I am today.” Amin.
Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
4 Rajab 1441
February 28, 2020