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.
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. BismillahirRahmanirRahim, “Ya Allah! (Malik al-Mulk)! Lord of Power and Rule! You give Power to whom You please, and You take power away from whom You please. You honor whom You please, and You humiliate whom You please. In Your Hand is all good. Verily, You have power over all things. You cause the night to pass into the day, and You cause the day to pass into the night. And You bring forth the living from the dead, and You bring forth the dead from the living. And You give Rizq to whom You please, without any accounting.” (3:26-27) Sadaqallahuladzim.
May all peace and blessings be upon the Sultan of the Messengers, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS). He (AS) said: “Send Salawats to me on Jummah. Send a lot of Salawats on me because it is the “Day of the Presence of Angels for witnessing.” On this day, the angels present themselves in my Court. And definitely, when any of you read Salawat for me, before he has even finished that Salawat, it reaches to my Court.” (Jami as-Sahih). And the Prophet (AS) also said: “Truly the best of your days is Jummah. Adam (AS) was created on it and he passed away on it. The Trumpet will be blown on that day, and the shout will go out on that day. Therefore, send a lot of Salawat to me, because your Salawats are presented to me.” (Abu Dawud).
Allahumma Salli ‘ala, Sayyidina, Muhammadin-in Nabiyyil Ummiyyi wa ‘Ala aalihi wa sahbihi wa sallim. Ya Allah! Send peace and blessings upon our Master Muhammad, the Unlettered Prophet, and upon his family and companions. May peace and blessings be upon the Chaar-Yaar, the Four Friends, 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 Ulama of Taqwa and upon the Righteous Awliya, especially upon the Mashayikh of our Most Distinguished Naksibendi Way. May peace and blessings be upon our Khulafa’ and Umara’ especially upon the Sultans of the Devlet-i-Aliyye, the Ottoman Sultans, who protected the Amanat of the Holy Prophet and guarded the Sunnat and protected the ummat and upon all those who honor them until the Last Day.
O Believers! Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! We are in the End of Times- the End of the End, the Ahir of the Ahir zaman. The world is spinning out of control, but the world is now spinning out of control and the people inside the world are spinning outside and out of control. Everywhere we look we see darkness and chaos and disobedience to Allah. Our Murshid, our Master, Sahibul Zaman is saying: “We are the the Ummat of Ahir Zaman. Ahir of Ahir Zaman, the end of the end of times. We are that nation. We reached completely to the end. There is nothing between ourselves and the Qiyamat (judgement Day). From the beginning of Adam (AS), coming creation, to the end, Allah (SWT) in His calendar, He is giving only seven days to this world. Mankind has no patience but in the presence of Allah it’s only seven days. Each day worldly is a thousand years.
We reached the end of seven thousand now. Whatever Allah (SWT) created is coming to an end. Everything has beginning and end, from man to jinn and everything in creation. And this world has reached to the end too. This world was here before Adam (AS). Allah created this world way before, but has given time for this world too. This world is reaching to the end and we are the nation that’s reaching completely to the end of the time of this world Alhadulillahi Rabbil Alameen. Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, `Islam began Gharib, strange, and it’s going to end strange.’ And he says that his blessings and his Rahmat, mercy to those ones that are reaching to this Ahir Zaman. They are going to be strange among the other people. He says, `Keep that way. Don’t drop it. If you do you will drop your faith.’ He (AS) says, “When you reach to those days (you will see that) there will be no peace anywhere. There will be confusion everywhere, in the east, west, north and south. There will be very few people trying to stay on the Sirat-ul Mustaqim and the majority of the people will be following their ego’s desires and they will run after worldly activities only. Everything is going to turn bad and dirty.”
This is the Age that we are living in. An age when almost all of mankind have entered into the slavery of sheytan. Sultan el-Evliya Seyh Mevlana Muhammad Nazim Adil el-Hakkani is describing the state of mankind today, saying: “O our brothers and sisters, beware of shaytan! He is ordering you to be obedient to his orders, not to be obedient to anyone else. Saying, “I am teaching you so many things! But you must work for me, not anyone else! I am your teacher, teaching you secret powers. Therefore, you must be my obedient servant- no one else’s!” Today’s people are saying to shaytan, “we surrender to you! As you like! We are under your command, we obey you, you are our lord.” This prevents people from saying to Allah, “You are our Heavens and You are our Creator, and we are under Your Mercy and You are Heaven for us.” And as long as people are making sheytan their biggest Obedience Center, never ending crisis will go on from east to west, north to south.” And the words of the friends of Allah speaks the truth.
People want to talk about shirk? This is shirk. Replacing Allah as the one you obey with sheytan, this is shirk. This is a shirk that Allah (SWT) is warning about in the Heart of the Quran, in Surahtul Yasin when He Jalla wa’Ala says: BismillahirRahmanirRahim, “Didn’t I take an oath from you, O Children of Adam, that you would not serve/worship sheytan? Look- he’s an open enemy to you! And (didn’t I taken an oath from you) that you should serve/worship Me? This is the Sirat al-Mustaqim.” (36:60-61) Sadaqallahuladzim. But mankind is taking sheytan as their lord. When mankind refuses to obey Allah, to listen to the warnings of Allah, to listen to the Representatives of Allah, then that man is by definition obeying sheytan. And the Awliyaullah are teaching us that when a man obeys sheytan, when a man takes on sheytanic characteristics, then he becomes related to sheytan. Sahib el-Sayf is saying: When Allah (SWT) created Adam (AS), as soon as he looked at Adam (AS), he looked at Makam-i Mahmud. Sheytan is saying, “This just fits to him (the makam-i Mahmud). This just fits to him (to Adam AS)The throne is just for him. Not for me.” He knew the knowledge right away. So he said, “All this time I have been worshipping with the aim of winning this and now it’s coming to zero for this one?” He was keeping Hasad, he was jealous of Adam (AS). Because he was jealous and proud he was angry. Proudness and jealousy made him to become angry and he committed the wrongdoing. Allah SWT said, “Make Sejdah”, he said, “No!” Allah said, “No?” And then sheytan became stubborn.
So now the stubbornness, anyone who is stubborn, they are the four characteristics of Sheytan. If a man is carrying these four then he has inherited four secrets from Sheytan. His appearance is of human but his actions and everything is sheytanic. They are: Proudness, anger, stubbornness, and jealousy. Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, “There is no shafa’at for these four characteristics.” And he said that every man in their nature, in the way they are born, every man they have them. Those are the characteristics of the ego. And you have to work on it, you have to pound on it, you have to knock it down to finish it. Otherwise, that overtakes you and when that overtakes you, under the name of worshipping Allah, you are worshipping your ego.”
Awliyaullah speak Hakk, and they speak directly, and they cut to the heart of the matter. If you have pride, anger, stubbornness, envy/jealousy, you have inherited from sheytan. These are not characteristics that you can work on your own. These are not characteristics that you can watch videos and you can read books and you can read the Quran and you can go up and down and it will leave from you. For you to get rid of these four characteristics, you have to have a Sheykh, you have to have a guide who is going to guide you every day of your life.
So According to the law, who do you inherit from? Your relatives. Your father. So, once you become dominated by these four characteristics, you become a child of sheytan. You become a sheytan. Min al-Jinnati wal-Nas, Sadaqallahuladzim. Allah is warning us in the last ayat of the Holy Quran, warning mankind to protect themselves from the sheytan who are from the jin and from the mankind. You become a sheytan, but in human form. May Allah save us. May Allah save us from that. Everything will run away from you that time. Even Holy Prophet (AS), Akram al-Khalq, will not save you at that time?because you have become sheytan’s slave until you turn around. You are no longer the Servant of Allah. You are the servant of sheytan. But what is the origin of sheytan’s disobedience? He was, like this or like that, serving Allah for unknown ages before the creation of Adam (AS). He went to war with his own kind who was disobedient and he punished his nation for the sake of Allah. He worshipped until he rose to the heavens and he taught the lower angels. But what brought him from being Azazeel to being Sheytan al-Rajim? The burning jealousy and envy and anger and bitterness that he felt to Adam (AS), to Hazreti Insan. That burning, it burnt any good he ever did. And for the inheritors of sheytan, that same burning will destroy us. Are we understanding the Danger? Are we understanding the danger of being the inheritors of sheytan? It is disaster.
Last week we read the dua of Hz. Ali (KW) for Rajab. In that dua he said, “Ya Rabbi, don’t let the outcome of my life’s work be disappointment and regret.” Meaning, don’t let me to be working so hard all my life and in the end of my life all I see is disappointment and regret. For the slaves of sheytan, they may be doing the best work- they may be praying, fasting, making Hajj, doing everything for everyone – but the outcome of their life’s work will be disappointment and regret.
Rasulallah (AS) said: “Do you know who the bankrupt person is?” (The people said- the person with no money or wealth, that person is bankrupt). He (AS) then said: “The bankrupt person from my Ummah is the one who will come on Judgment Day with prayer and fasting and zakat, but he will come having insulted a person, slandered a person, stealing the wealth of a person, shedding the blood of a person, and beating a person. So they will all be given some of his good (hasanat), and when his good runs out, before judgment is passed, those people’s sins will be taken and put on him, so he will be cast into the Fire.” (Muslim).
The inheritors of sheytan they are Zalim, they are oppressors, they are cruel, they are tyrant. Zulm in Arabic, it is meaning Darkness. And sheytan and the people of sheytan, they are always surrounded by darkness. They don’t see any peace or any light. And their fate on Qiyamat will be darkness. Because Holy Prophet (AS) said: “Beware of oppression (zulm), because oppression will be darkness (zulumaat) on the Day of Judgment.” (Muslim). And that darkness, it doesn’t come from anywhere except from themselves. Their stubbornness pulls the Curse of Allah and His Prophet upon themselves. Holy Prophet (AS) said: “The most hated person in the sight of Allah is the stubborn opponent.” (Bukhari). And Hz. Ali (KW) said: “The person who rides on the horse of stubbornness will be exposed to curse.”
This is the Month of Rajab- Allah’s Month. During this Month, it is our job to clean ourselves up from this kind of curse. Rajab is the Month to pull the Mercy of Allah- not to challenge Him with our disobedience. And the greatest means to obedience, the straightest path to safety, it is through the connection and sohbet of a Living Guide. Whoever abandons this Way, he is on the Way of sheytan. Hz. Bayazid Bistami (KS) said, “Whoever has no Shaykh, his sheykh is sheytan.” Whoever abdandons the Way of the Shaykhs, that person is cursed. And the order is to run away from such a person. Who is giving that order? Me? The Great Mujaddid, Imam Ahmad Faruq al-Sirhindi al-Rabbani (KS) said: “The essence of all teachings and the best advice is to meet the Men of Allah and to stay in their Sohbet. Unless you follow the way shown by these Great People, there is no safety. Unless you change yourself to fit to their teachings, you cannot be happy. What I am saying is confirmed by the People of Wisdom, the Ulama, and by the Openings of the Awliya- make no mistake. A person should look at being friends with a person who has turned even a mustard’s seed from the Way of the Great Ones as being as lethal as poison – meaning the person should look at those people who turn away from the way of the great ones even if the turn away just a little bit, you must look at them as being as lethal, as deadly as poison. You should look at talking to such people as more horrifying than a snake bite. Allah (SWT) is talking about such people in Surah al-Baqara, BismillahirRahmanirRahim, “They have purchased misguidance in exchange for guidance. They have earned nothing in this business- they have not found the right way.” (2:16) Sadaqallahuladzim.
One day, a Holy Person saw sheytan sitting free and happy without trying to trick anyone, and the Holy Person asked sheytan why he was so relaxed. The answer was, “today, evil people pretending to be people of Islam are doing my job so well- they haven’t left any work for me to do.” (Maktubat). May Allah (SWT) protect us from being away from the Inheritors. And may Allah protect us from being from the inheritors of sheytan.
One of the greatest signs and greatest tricks of these sheytans among men, is that they act like they are the best people on the face of the earth and they are filled with curses for other ones. They act like they are the best and they are very free with their cursing and their insults, just like sheytan, their Wird is “Ana Khayrun Min-hoo.” “I am better than him.” (7:12). But the men of Allah, this is not their attitude. The Men of Allah, they are in fear of Allah. They fear Allah because they fear that Allah will take His love away from them. The Men of Allah, they are not busy with destroying and insulting and cursing – they are too busy pleasing their Lord, making sure he is not upset with him and building and preparing the World for Mehdi (AS).
Mevlana Rumi (KS) is giving a warning to those who walk on the path of sheytan, saying: “Don’t be bitter my friend. You’ll regret it soon. Hold to the Jamaat, or surely you’ll fall apart. Don’t walk away gloomy from this garden. You’ll end up like an owl, living in ruins. Face the war and be a warrior like a lion. Or you’ll be like a pet, tucked away in a stable. Once you conquer your ego- all your darkness will change to light.” The Conquest of the Ego is what we have to be busy with during Ramazan especially. The Conquest of the Ego is what frees us from the chains of sheytan and makes us to reach to Hazreti Insan.
This Dergah is for those people who want to conquer their egos. Sahib el-Sayf’s Way is for those people who want to escape. Escape from the slavery of their sheytan. The Osmanli Naksibendi Way is for those who want to be free from the system of dejjal, and help to bring the Sultanat of Mehdi (AS). We are small. We maybe weak, but with our Sheykh, we are the strongest. We can never thank Allah (SWT) enough for the blessing of our Sheykh, Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi. He showed us the Way. He brought us to him. He rescued us from ourselves and from this dunya. He showed us how to live for Allah, and how to become Kurban for Allah. May Allah (SWT) honor all those who honor him and keep his way. As we say in our dua after the recitation of Jummah, “May Allah purify his soul and illuminate his blessed grave.”
May Allah’s anger be on those who does anything other than that. May they turn away from Allah’s anger and come again to the circle of the friends. In this Month of Rajab, the month of planting, we should plant the seed of our Sheykh’s sohbet in our heart. He says: So now, alhamduilah we reached to the time that is going to be separation between Hakk and batiil. It’s going to be. It’s going to be separated. Every community inside. Every nation inside. Every family inside. They will be separating. People with Hakk and people with batil. Every Tarikat. Every Tarikat member inside they are going to be separated. Don’t think you are going to just get it like that and that’s it. This is the last test to everyone. Dajjal is about to fool so many. So many. Those who is standing weak with their Shaykh. Dajjal is coming with a big full power. Holy Prophet (as) is warning all nations. From Adam (AS) to Muhammad (AS), they warned their nations. We reached. We are in it.
If you don’t do anything wrong, and no accident in anyway will reach you, you will reach to Dajjal, you will see. So wake up. Step by step you’ve got to wake up. You don’t understand that sheytan is playing with you. Sheytan just put the hook. You know, when the fish gets hooked and if it’s a strong one, yes so many people, you are a strong one that’s why you came around me. Meaning your ego is very strong. But you need somebody to work on it properly. Every Sheykh is not going to work like this with you. They don’t even have the permission. Sometimes you are asking, ‘Why are you doing this. So many other sheykhs, they are not even doing this?’ So you are right. They don’t have the permission. I am preparing people for Mahdi (AS). For Mahdi (AS). Otherwise, Mahdi is saying, ‘I don’t want weak ones around me. Those ones around me, they have to be strong ones.’As we said earlier, Allah (SWT) created every individual and He is giving different secret to every individual. Either you use that secret in the way of Allah and His Prophet, and you will make it another beautiful jewel that is going to appear in the Paradise. Or use it in the way of sheytan and that jewel will be taken away from you, you enter to fire with sheytan. Choose whatever is for you. This much should be enough for you and for me. It’s not how much you know. It is how much you are taking and applying to your life. You don’t have to like me. But take the words. They will bring you to safety. I don’t want any credit from it. All credits should be for you. Don’t say to me even thank you, I don’t need it. I’m not asking anything from you. I have an Owner. And my Owner is Allah (SWT). Finished. And, I have a Guide. The Master of the Masters. And that is our Sheykh. You are going to die by yourself. You are going to enter to your grave by yourself. The way you live, that’s how you are going to die. The way you die, that’s how you are going to be buried. The way you will be buried, that’s how you will rise to the judgment day. Make sure, you die as a human and you will be buried as a human. Otherwise the animal characteristics, meaning if you didn’t change your nafs from Nafsu Ammara to Nafs al-Mutma’in then you are going to die with that animal characteristic and you are going to be raised as an animal.”
May Allah protect us from dying with those animal characteristics. May Allah protect us from coming to His presence as an animal. May Allah protect us from dying as the inheritors of sheytan. May Allah protect us from dying with His curse upon us. May we always be in the Sohbet of His Beloved Ones. May we always be under the shade of our Sheykh. May the end of our life’s work not be regret and disappointment. May Allah forgive us. Amin.
Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
11 Rajab 1441
March 6, 2020