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, Lord of the Universes. All praises are due to Allah Who says in the Holy Quran: BismillahirRahmanirRahim “Ta-Ha. We have not revealed unto you (ya Muhammad) this Quran that you should be distressed- but as a reminder unto him who fears, a revelation from Him Who created the earth and the high heavens. The Beneficent One, Who is established on the Throne. Unto Him belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth, and whatsoever is between them, and whatsoever is beneath the soil. And if you speak along, then truly, He knows the secret thought- and that which is even more hidden. Allah! There is no Allah except Him. His are the Most Beautiful Names.” Sadaqallahul Azim (20:1-8).
And may all peace and blessings be upon Hazrat Taha, Hazrat Yasin, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS). Hazrat Abdullah ibn Masud (RA) said: “When you send Salawats upon the Holy Prophet (AS), then make your Salawats upon him to be excellent- maybe they will be presented to him. So say, Ya Allah, send Your Prayers, Your Mercy, and Your Blessings upon the Master of the Messengers, the Imam of the People of Taqwa, the Leader of the Good, the Messenger of Mercy.” (Shifa of Qadi Iyad).
May peace and blessings be upon him, and upon his noble family, and 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 Noble Padishahs of the Devlet-i-Aliyye. May peace and blessings be upon all those who follow them until the Last Day. Amin.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! The days of Eid are now past. The days of Ramazan have passed. Our enemy that was chained up has now returned to his work. When the enemy enters the meydan, the soldiers do not sit to relax and drink tea. The soldiers pick up their weapons and make themselves ready. The soldiers will try to understand the strategy of this enemy that is coming now. The soldiers they pick up their weapons, they make themselves ready because sheytan has returned. Ramazan should have given the believers enough ammunition to fight against to sheytan. But today’s Muslims, 21st century Muslims, Facebook Muslims, Instagram Muslims, social media Muslims, they did not use Ramazan as a time to put more locks on the door of their heart to keep sheytan out. But you can see, we are doing everything we could to pry the door open, so that we could return to our “comfortable”, sheytanic, “normal” lifestyle. And that is why we are seeing that so many Muslims, not only did they not change after Ramazan, but we become worse.
This is not the way that believers are supposed to be. The believer is supposed to be constantly on guard. Our Sheykh has told us these words so many times that they have made a naqsh on our heart, insyaAllah– the believer must be awake and aware. Holy Prophet (AS) said, “The believer does not allow himself to bitten twice from the same hole.” (Bukhari). Imam al-Nawawi (RA) gave the context, the situation of this Hadith, saying that during the Battle of Badr there was a mushrik poet who was taken prisoner. Holy Prophet (AS) let him be free if he promised not to fight or to insult the Holy Prophet (AS) again. The man took his freedom and broke his promise, and came back to fight in Uhud, and was taken prisoner. When the man asked to be freed again Holy Prophet (AS) said, “The believer does not allow himself to be bitten twice from the same hole.”
We have enemies inside and outside that keep coming back to us again and again and again, and we open the door wide for it to come. We don’t even believe that these are our enemies. We believe that these are our friends. Our ego and our sheytan are betraying us and yet every time we are making friends with them. This is not the characteristic of a believer. Because a believer is not stupid. Holy Prophet (AS) has said that Allah (SWT) is addressing the believers in the Holy Quran and is always calling them People of ‘Aql, People of Understanding, People of Zikr, People who Take Signs, People Who Reflect. The believer, as our Sheykh says, is awake and aware. And the greatest enemy of the believer is to be in ghaflat. That is ghafiloon. Every intelligent person knows that one of the best ways to prepare yourself against your enemy is to sit down and to analyze the past. To sit down and to make Tafakkur, to think. To sit down and to study the history. The Quran is filled with history. The Hadith are filled with history. Evliyaullah, real Evliyaullah, are speaking non-stop about history.
Our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf is saying, “Look at your history. Muslims must know their history first for them to be able to understand the hadiths and the ayats. If you don’t know the history of Islam then you cannot understand the hadith of the Holy Prophet (AS).”
So what can we learn from our history, in this time, in these days, that will give us benefit? Look at our calendar. Not the illusion and delusion fake calender. Look at the calender of Islam. We have just passed through the remembrance of the Battle of Uhud and the Battle of Hunayn. These two battles, they contain so many lessons for the believers, believers past, present and future, if they would just sit and think. These two battles have so many lessons for those who are coming out of Ramazan, if they would just sit and to think and to reflect and to take lesson from it. Because everything that the Holy Prophet (AS) did is for the benefit of the Ummat until Judgement day. And the lessons that we benefit from his experiences, they are never-ending. These two battles have so many lessons for us. For us, for those who are coming out of Ramazan, if you would just sit and think. Or if your would just sit and think with the Ehli Zikr. Or if you would just be in the sohbet of those who remember Allah.
Uhud came after Badr. The believers had won a miraculous, heavenly victory in Badr. 313 believers completely defeating 1,000 mushriks with all their ammunition, with their weapons and with everything that technology was giving them in terms of warfare. And the believers had nothing. Allah (SWT) tells us that 5,000 angels came from the Heavens to give aid to the believers. The believers were strengthened by the Victory that came to them from Allah (SWT).
And with that strength, they found out later that the unbelievers were returning to take their revenge. The leaders of the Quraysh and even their women were marching to Madinah to avenge their loss at Badr. Their army was commanded by great warriors, Abu Sufyan, Khalid bin Walid, Ikrimah ibn Abi Jahl, who had not yet accepted Islam. Holy Prophet (AS)’s uncle, Hz. Abbas, sent a secret letter to the Holy Prophet giving him information about the army that was coming.
When Holy Prophet (AS) sat in Shura, in council with the Sahabis, he said that the Muslims should stay inside Madinah and defend the city from inside. And most of the senior Sahaba, they accepted this strategy. But some young people whose blood was hot and they were coming out very confident from Badr, they said, we should go out and fight. And their words travelled around until some people insisted on leaving Madinah and going to the battlefield to fight. So Holy Prophet (AS) accepted their insistence, and after Asr Prayers, he went to his home with Hz. Abu Bakr and Hz. Umar, to put on his armor. The people who insisted on their idea, when they were reminded by the other senior Sahabis, they felt very bad and they realized they made a mistake, and they came to Holy Prophet (AS) and begged him to stick to his original plan. But they Holy Prophet (AS) said- “The Prophet is not one to put away his armor and sword once he puts them on, until Allah’s Judgment is fulfilled between him and his enemies. Obey me from now on. Victory will be yours, as long as you stick with things patiently.” There is a big lesson in this for believers. There is a big lesson in this for the believer. And understand, that even though a mistake was made, Holy Prophet (AS) is telling the believers, we will still be victorious as long as you are obedient and patient. Amana wa sadaqna.
And the words of the Holy Prophet (AS) they are true. As long as the believers obeyed fully, the Muslims had the upper hand. Even though more than 300 hypocrites left the Muslim army before the battle, the true believers were being given victory at Uhud. The Muslims struck down all the flagbearers of Quraysh. The idols that Quraysh had brought with them fell to the ground and they were destroyed. Even the women who came to make fitnah on the battlefield they were running away. The 600 Muslims on the battlefield were becoming victorious over the 3,000 mushriks. The Muslims were chasing the unbelievers off the battlefield. And it was in this moment, this critical moment, when the Muslims thought that victory was given to them, when they turned their eyes for just a millisecond, that disaster happened. Some people went on the battlefield to start collecting the ganimet, the spoils of war. And from the 50 archers who had been placed on the hill by the Holy Prophet (AS), who had been told by the Holy Prophet (AS), “do not leave this place! If you see us defeating the enemy, don’t leave this place! If you see the enemy defeating us, don’t even come to help us! Don’t leave this place!” Those same archers, they thought the battle was over. They thought the fighting was finished. Majority of them came down, and a small group stayed and said ‘this is not the Prophet’s order. We should stay.’ But most of them went down to take some of the spoils. Only ten archers remained on the hill. And Khalid bin Walid saw an opportunity and he took it. The last ten archers they were martyred, and Khalid bin Walid opened a path for the mushriks to re-enter the battlefield. Because the archers were gone, there was no-one left to stop the cavalry. What were the consequences of that one mistake? Hazreti Hamza was sacrificed. Hazreti Hamza was martyred and his blessed body was mutilated, and it broke the Prophet’s heart. 70 Muslims were martyred. And most of all, the Holy Prophet (AS) was attacked. While so many were running away from the battle in panic, a disbeliever threw a rock at the Holy Prophet (AS)’s face, which made him fall down and bleed, and made his chainmail dig into his teeth. The rumor then started that Holy Prophet (AS) was martyred. The Sahaba had to shield Holy Prophet (AS) with their own bodies, catching arrows with their backs and on their chests. Because of one mistake. Because there was a moment when they were sleeping, they were not awake and not aware, that vigilance was dropped in the face of the enemy. In the end, Allah (SWT) still saved the honor of the Muslims, because they chased the Quraysh away from Madinah.
Uhud is a lesson. After victory, the believer cannot relax. The believer cannot take the Help of Allah for granted. The believer cannot forget the Order of the Prophet (AS), of the Master, for even a moment. Because turning from the Order causes destruction. Allah (SWT) is talking about this in the Holy Quran saying: BismillahirRahmanirRahim “Allah had definitely kept His Promise to you when you were defeating the enemy by His Permission- until that moment when your courage failed you, and you disagreed about the Order (of the Prophet) and you disobeyed, after He had shown you that which you love. Some of you desired dunya, and some of you desired Ahiret. Therefore He made you flee from them, that He may test you. Yet now He has forgiven you. Allah is a Lord of Kindness to the believers. When you climbed the hill and didn’t look at anyone, while the Messenger, who was behind you, was calling you (to keep fighting). Therefore Allah repaid you grief (for the Prophet’s) grief, that He might teach you not to sorrow either for what had missed you or for what had happened to you. And Allah is Informed of what you do.” Sadaqallahul Azim (3:153-154).
Allah (SWT) looks to His Prophet first. Allah (SWT) gives victory to His Prophet. And as long as the believers are in the Way of the Prophet, obeying the Prophet, listening to the Prophet when he calls them, victory is theirs.
But if they cause grief to the Holy Prophet (AS), then Allah (SWT) will repay that grief. These are the Words of Allah. That is the lesson of Uhud. But understand, because of His love to the Prophet (AS), and the Prophet’s love to the Sahabi e-Kiram, Allah quickly says that He is the Lord of Kindness and He forgives them all. Because up till today, there are groups of people calling themselves Muslims who take this battle to say ‘you understand, most of the people who were fighting in this battle they are munafiqs.’ And they still hate them and curse at them until this day. Allah is saying, through the Holy Prophet (AS), who said ‘Don’t curse at my Sahabis. If you curse at my Sahabi, it is the same as you curse at me. If you curse at me, you’re cursing at Allah. And Allah and His angels will curse at you.’
So we are passing the Battle of Hunayn’s commemoration. In Hunayn there was a great lesson. Hunayn happened on the opposite side of the History, of Seerah. After the Holy Prophet (AS) had conquered Makkah, and after all of Quraysh had become Muslim, he (AS) gave the order to fight the tribes of Hawazin and Thaqif, who were gathering to attack the Muslims. Holy Prophet (AS) led the army seated on his mule called Duldul. The Army of Hz. Muhammad was 12,000 strong- 2,000 of Makkah and 10,000 of Madinah. The enemy was 20,000. Some trusted in their numbers and said, “we cannot be defeated because of small numbers today.” Holy Prophet (AS) did not like these words. The battle began at dawn. As the Muslims descended into the valley, in the darkness, they saw the enemy soldiers appear from nowhere. Arrows rained down upon the Muslims. The scene was chaotic. The army began to break and flee. Only around 100 believers stayed around the Holy Prophet (AS) who called out, “O People! Where are you going? Come to me! I am Rasulallah! I am Muhammad ibn Abdullah!” In the battlefield, horses and animals were crashing into each other in the darkness. Holy Prophet (AS) was in the center atop Duldul, calling the people back to courage.
Holy Prophet (AS) told his Uncle Hz. Abbas, whose voice was powerful, to call out and say, “O Ansar! O you who gave Beyat to Rasulallah under the Samra Tree! Where are you?” When the strong voice of Hz. Abbas was heard, people woke up. They said, where are we going? Where are we leaving to? The believers came back to the Battle.
When Holy Prophet (AS) saw the army gathering its strength again, he stood on the stirrups of Duldul and called out, “Now the oven is heated, now the war has become hot. I am Rasulallah and this is no lie!”
And he (AS) called out, “Ya Rabbi! I ask You for Your promise! Definitely You don’t want them to beat us.” And he picked up a fistful of sand and threw it saying, “may their faces be black.” The enemy army broke. The angels came to help. And the victory was given. What did Allah (SWT) say about this battle? He talks about Hunayn in Surah Tawba, saying: BismillahirRahmanirRahim “Allah has given you victory on many Meydans– and on the day of Hunayn, when you rejoiced over your great numbers- but it didn’t help you at all. And the earth, as wide as it is, was narrowed for you- then you turned back, fleeing. Then Allah sent His Peace of reassurance down upon His Messenger and upon the believers, and sent down soldiers you couldn’t see, and punished those who disbelieved. Such is the reward of disbelievers. Then afterward Allah will accept the Tawba of whom He wills. For Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.” Sadaqallahul Azim (9:25-27).
The victory is not in numbers, or in horses, or in armor, or in swords. Victory is with Allah and the Prophet. Allah (SWT) gave victory in Badr when the believers were armed with sticks. And it was Allah (SWT) who showed the believers in Hunayn that their victory did not come from themselves- it came only from Him. And it came only with obedience and patience to the Prophet (AS).
The history of Islam does not end when the Holy Prophet (AS) was veiled. Nor does it end with the Khulafa-e-Rashideen. The history of Islam is 1400 years, and the history of Islam will continue until Judgement Day. And the Evliya and Saliheen who came before us, they took the lessons of the Holy Prophet, and of the Sahaba, and the Tabieen, every generation, very, very, very seriously. They studied it, they memorized it, they put it in their hearts, they put it in their lives, they learned from it, and built their lives upon it. So that the Palace of Islam became grander and more majestic with every generation. And today, we are in the commemoration of one of the most majestic days in our history. A day that took the lessons of Badr, of Uhud, of Hunayn, and brought out the fruit of those lessons. A day that was prophesized by the Holy Prophet (AS), that was sought out by so many Muslims. But the Crown of that Hadith was given to only one man- Sultan Mehmet Fatih Han, Jannat Mekan. BismillahirRahmanirRahim “Truly, you shall conquer Constantinople! What a wonderful leader will the leader be, and what a wonderful army will that army be.” (Musnad Ahmad). Our Selams to the Wonderful Leader, Sultan Mehmet Fatih Han. Our Selams to the Wonderful Army, Asker-i-Mansur-i-Muhammediyya!
Look at our Sultan Mehmet Fatih Han. Why is he Jannat Makan? Why is his abode, his place Jannat? He took one word of the Holy Prophet (AS), one Hadith, and he made that Hadith the purpose of his existence. Once Haji Bayram Veli Hz. went into the Masjid and saw a little boy writing in a notebook. He saw that it was the Shehzade Mehmet and he asked him to show what was inside. And that Prince, at that age, was drawing the plans of conquering Istanbul. He had one purpose- obedience and submission and patience to the Holy Prophet (AS). He had one objective- to bring the words of the Holy Prophet (AS) into reality.
He was 23 years old. 23. He was ready to move the mountains to get Istanbul. He was ready to empty the oceans to get Istanbul. He brought the ships over the mountains to get Istanbul. Either I will take Istanbul, or Istanbul will take me. This is not just words. This was his Vazife. Our Sheykh is talking about him and what he did, saying: We are looking back (567) years ago, today. 567 years ago today, a man was just 23 years of age. He conquered Istanbul. Istanbul is a city that became Islam-bol, Islam, where the Islam was the greatest. He ran after that, he didn’t run after conquering the city. He run after that aim. What was the aim? Because Holy Prophet said, whoever is going to conquer this city he is the greatest general that ever came, his army is the greatest army. And, from the word that Holy Prophet (AS) said from that time, until reaching to his time, 1453, the Muslims they did not sit. They didn’t rest. They didn’t relax. Because they said, yes we are living Islam, but there is something that we got to do beyond this. Understand he was a “man” just like you and me. He was eating and drinking. He was feeling the pain. And he was enjoying things. He was a man. But he had an aim. And his aim was, I’m going to run to get this city. Even if I don’t, at least I will be in that book too, that I tried. So, he did his best, and Allah (SWT)’s Rahmat and Mercy reached to him, and he conquered.”
Seyh Mevlana is also talking about the greatness of our Sultan Mehmet Fatih Han and what he did, saying: “Istanbul was conquered and from then on Istanbul became Islambol (the abundance of Islam), became the honourable and enormous respectable and glorious, Maqam of the Khilafah, the homeland of the Khalifa. It became the exalted throne of Caliph. The one who conquered it was Sultan Mehmet. Heaven is his station. He gave the honour to Istanbul. The Prophet (AS) praised him… For 700 years Istanbul was the Daru-l-Khilafah; the honorable and glorious centre of the Caliph. Capital and Sultanate of the Caliph and their homeland. Since 1453 accordingly, 600 years ago, that place became the Daru-l-Khilafah; the palace of the Khalifa, his center and capital city of Khilafat… Without the Khalifa, can you have unity? Is this the place of the Khalifa? What did you do with the Khalifa O you Turks? Ask them. You were given the greatest honour… and you sent out of your country the biggest honour given to you. You sent them away from the lands that they conquered with their swords. Will Allah (SWT) give you honour? Go ahead O Shah Mardan. The people are so ignorant like this now. This is all they want. Ask, search for the Khalifa. Without the Khalifa, Friday Prayer is not valid, Eid is not valid. Without the Khalifa, no Fatwa can be carried out. Friday khutba is given under his name. Without mentioning the Khalifa’s name… there cannot be a khutba…Without the Khalifa, Friday prayer isn’t valid. Eid is not valid, Ramadan is not valid, the Khutba is not valid…May Allah bless our ancestors and our holy grandfathers. May they rest in paradises. Those opposing them… may their graves be hellfire.”These are the Words of Sultan el-Evliya. Take it seriously.
O Believers! Badr, Uhud, Hunayn, the Fetih of Istanbul. All came to bring the unity of Islam, the Ruling of Allah. All came to bring an end to tyranny. All came to bring an end to Zulm and to Zalims. All came to bring Adalet and Justice. All came to bring the Shadow of Allah on this Earth. The believer must be concerned with this. The believer who is not concerned with this, he is with sheytan, he is with Dajjal.
Listen to Seyh Efendi. Listen. Listen to the Ottoman Sheykh: “Istanbul is going to be conquered again. And the Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, Rome is going to be conquered a second time. Do you know what kind of work you are going to do in it? Are you preparing yourself for that or are you living lifestyle heedlessly and daydreaming and night-dreaming and daydreaming and night-dreaming? Wake up! We must wake up to our own selves. The first thing is we have to live Islam on ourselves. Then we have to run after rising Islam up. Islam is up. We have to put the support underneath. Today’s Muslims, no, they are not doing it because they are running to live for themselves. But they are not even living for themselves, let alone Islam. Those people, they lived for Islam. They left everything, they left their children, their families, whatever they owned, they left it when they were going for the sake of Allah. They didn’t make any plans for turning back. They made plans thinking, ‘I will become a martyr in this war.’ That’s how they went. Oh Muslims! Check yourselves. Don’t wait for me to say anything to you. We should stop fooling our own selves. Islam is going to take over but the Muslims if they are heedless then Allah is not in need of us. He says, ‘I will create new nations and I will give it to them.’ As He did. When we became heedless He took it from us and He gave the power to other nations. If they wake up, they wake up. If they don’t then He will take it from them and He will give it to other nations. This is going to rise. It is the Holy Prophet’s (AS) order. It is going to come up. It is impossible to go down. We have to look what we are doing in it, how we are preparing ourselves and how we are making ourselves ready in that way. Not to be heedless twenty-four hours. Everyone is waiting for Mahdi (AS). Everyone is waiting for Mahdi (AS), but twenty-four hours people are heedless. Do you think when Mahdi is coming he is going to come to tell us, ‘Oh your Highness, I am here. You want to join me? You want to help my work?’ If that is what you are thinking then you are going to think until Azrail is coming and you are going to find yourself on the opposite side when Mahdi is coming. Heedlessness is not accepted for believers. The believers cannot be heedless all the time. From time to time Sheytan may fool but you have to wake up to yourself. If necessary you have to punch yourself, you have to punish your own self to wake up from that heedlessness. It doesn’t matter what is your age, it doesn’t matter how tired you are, you have to be in an awakening station.”
May Allah (SWT) put us in an awakening station. May Allah (SWT) light our hearts on fire with Ashk. With an Ashk that can move mountains. With an Ashk that brings angels to the earth. With an Ashk that pulls His Pleasure and the Pleasure of His Prophet and His Friends. Listen to this, listen to this love letter, let’s taste this love and listen to the words of Fatih Sultan addressing to his Beloved (AS). He writes this to the Prophet:
“Your face shines like the Eid moon, Your hair is as black as the Night of Ascension. Your dimples are the hands of Musa. Your lips are the breath of Isa.
Ya Muhammad (AS), Allah gave you this beauty. Never has he painted a beauty like yours…
If they crown me with the wealth of the universe, And if they give me the chance to sit atop the Throne, Even if they start to call me Sultan. I’ll never go away from your door.”
May Allah raise his station. May Allah make us wake up. May Allah give us a fraction of their Ashk. May Allah make us to live and to die with this Ashk. May He raise us on Judgment Day with the Ashk and with our Sheykh and all who love them. Amin.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
6 Shawwal 1441
May 29, 2020