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 Kuran, in Surah Muhammad (AS): BismillahirRahmanirRahim “Those who disbelieve and turn people away from the Way of Allah- (Allah) will waste their deeds. And those who believe and do good works and believe in that which is revealed unto Muhammad (AS)- and it is the Truth from their Lord- He removes from them their misdeeds and improves their state. That is because those who disbelieve follow falsehood, and because those who believe follow the Truth from their Lord. Thus does Allah coin their similitudes for mankind.” Sadaqallahul Azim (47:1-3).
May all peace and blessings be upon the Sultan of Creation, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS). Holy Prophet (AS) is saying: “Whoever sends Salawat upon me, then indeed these Salawat reach me, and in return, I send blessings upon that person. Further, ten good deeds are written for the person.” (Fazail-e-Durud). 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 Khwajagan of this Noble Naksibendi Way, the Inheritors of Rasulallah (AS). May peace and blessings be upon the Ottoman Sultans, who nurtured an Empire of Tarikat under the Shade of Shariat. May Allah love those who love them. May Allah curse those who hate them. May Allah hasten their return.
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! All praises are due to our Lord, Allah (SWT), who let us reach to the last Jummah of Rabiul Awwal. May Allah grant us to be from those who send Salawats on the Holy Prophet, and who are blessed that he prays for us when we send Salawats upon him. May Allah (SWT) always make our hearts to be in the Spring of loving and serving that Rasul, and the ones whom he loves, insyaAllah. Amin.
The beginning, the middle, and the continuation of the Way of the Prophet is Edep. Holy Prophet (AS) is making it so big to say, “The whole reason I have been sent is to perfect good manners.” (Bukhari). And he (AS) also said, “By Him in Whose Hand is my soul, none will enter paradise except the people of Edep.” Our Sheykh, Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani (KS) is opening up this mission of the Holy Prophet (AS), to bring people to have good manners and to reach to the level of Hazreti Insan, Sheykh Effendi is saying: “Holy Prophet (AS) came to this world to complete the good manners. People should learn up to this time (of maturity) these manners and right after they should learn how to have the best of the manners because he came to teach people the best of the manners. The better manners people have the higher they go in spiritual stations and spiritual levels. If a man recites the Kuran twenty four hours a day, if the man prays all night long going to Sejdah, but if the man does not have manners, he is not reaching anywhere. There is a big possibility that he is not even entering into Paradise. But if a man doesn’t know anything, he’s just going to Sejdah, reading with sincerity and he has good manners, every door may open to that man. That man may become a saint very easily. But if a man knows everything, recites the Kuran everyday, he does everything and he doesn’t have good manners, the doors of hell will open to that one.”
All the Amals, all the works, all the actions can be burned through the bad manners. And the Generous Ones may overlook the mistakes and the weaknesses of the ones with good manners. Why is that? Because manners are a reflection of the heart. That Holy Prophet (AS), who Allah has described ass Rauf and Rahim, who has pity, compassion, mercy, empathy, his good manners were a reflection of his pure and perfect heart. When a man is doing all the good works but his manners are ugly, it is showing that his heart is ugly. When a man is making mistakes but he keeps his Edep, it is showing that his heart is clean, and a clean heart is showing that he has still some connection to the Holy Ones. Even an unbeliever with good Edep can be beloved to Allah. Listen to this. Once, some war-prisoners were brought to the presence of the Holy Prophet (AS), and one of them was a young woman. She said, “Ya Muhammad (AS), can you please find it in your heart to release me, and not let me to become dishonored before the Arabs (as a prisoner). Because I am the daughter of the Chief of my tribe, and my father protected honor, and he gave relief to people in hardship, and he fed the hungry, and he distributed food, and he spread peace, and he never turned away the needy. This is my father, Hatim.” And the Holy Prophet (AS) said to her, “O maiden, these are truly the attributes of a Mu’min, a believer. If your father had been a Muslim, we would have (made dua) for Mercy for him. Release her, for her father loved noble manners, and Allah (SWT) loves noble manners.” (Ihya). And the Prophet of Allah speaks the Truth.
What are the good manners of Islam? What are they? Holy Prophet (AS) told Hz. Muaz ibn Jabal, “Allah (SWT) honored Islam with the most bounteous manners, amongst which are good companionship, generous actions, speaking gently, giving charity, spreading peace, visiting the sick- whether a pious Muslim or a transgressor, joining in the Janaza of a Muslim, being a good neighbor, whether your neighbor is Muslim or non-Muslim, respecting the grey-haired Muslim, accepting an invitation for food, making dua, forgiving, bringing people together after they fight, chivalry, generosity, being tolerant, being the first to give Salaams, controlling anger, and forgiving people. But the light of Islam is lost by taking everything lightly, by falsehood, by (worldly) singing and playing instruments, involvement in anything that doesn’t concern you, lying, backbiting, miserliness and being mean, unfriendliness, making plots against people, trickery, bringing down a person’s character, fighting, cutting off ties, bad manners, arrogance, pride and vanity, being disrespectful, playfulness, indecency, having bad feelings to others, envy, evil thoughts, zulm, aggression, and oppression.” (Ihya).
The Prophet of Allah speaks the Truth. If a man were to live according to this, and what has been listed here has nothing to do with our worship, it has nothing to do with our Amal, it has to do with our behavior, if a man were to live according to this, to do the good that the Prophet is ordering and stay away from the evil that the man is ordering, then how could Allah, His Prophet, and the Saints not love that person? It is the mission of the Holy Prophet and the Evliyaullah to teach people this way. Hz. Anas (RA) said, “And Holy Prophet never told us a beautiful advice except that he called us to it and ordered us to practice it. And he never told us about a bad thing except that he warned us and forbade us from it. It is enough for me to just describe him according to the ayat, InnAllaha ya’muru bil ‘Adli wal Ihsan- Truly Allah orders to Justice and Excellence. (16:90).”
Why are the Sheykhs giving guidance to murids? It is to make the murids to one day to reach to the station of Edep. So many people look at this Way and say, those people are so low, so basic, look at their teachings, all they talk about is manners. Where is the ‘Ilm, where is the knowledge? But the Sultan of the Saints, Seyh Mevlana Muhammad Nazim Adil el-Hakkani (KS) is saying, “Yunus Emre (KS) said, : “in the Mejlis of the People of Irfan I became a student, but knowledge came last- first was Edep, first was Edep.” What do they seek in the assembly of wisdom? They don’t seek knowledge. They seek Edep. It is the Edep that makes people achieve nearness to Allah and His Prophet (AS). They come near with Edep. The ones who have no Edep are thrown out. The people of wisdom, the assembly of wisdom- People don’t seek it, they don’t ask for it…We should be taught Edep, we should find the holy ones who can teach us Edep…We tried to learn Edep for all these years in the presence of our Sultan al-Awliya Hz (Sheykh Abdullah Dagestani). They taught us Edep– (they didn’t sit to teach us grammar). What is asked in the assembly of wisdom, in the assembly of wise ones is manners, it is Edep. It is Edep. Who has no Edep is turned away from the door.” And Sultanul Awliya speaks the Truth.
Why do the people of Irfan, the people of High Knowledge, of Wisdom, why do they seek manners? Why do they seek Edep? Because Edep is the language between Allah and His Servants. The one who does not speak that language, that one cannot reach to the Divine Presence. Sahib el-Sayf is saying: “Everyone knows to say, “I know only Allah.” How do you know Allah? How are you reaching to Allah? When you open your mouth then everything shows. So good manners for man is to be in the station always to think, knowing and understanding, coming to that, acknowledging that, “My Lord is watching me. My Lord is watching me. If no one else, then Allah is watching.” Good manners for a man is to run after his responsibilities, to catch his responsibilities and do it for the sake of Allah. Not for show, no. If you are doing it for show then you are going to get tired one day. You are not going to be able to do it anymore. So your manner is going to open up. Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, “The one who is closest to me in Akhirat is that one who has the best manners.” The first priority in Dergah… it says everywhere, “Edep Ya Hu, Edep Ya Hu, Edep Ya Hu, Edep Ya Hu.” They were using that like an ayat everywhere. Edep! Have good manners!” Sahibulsaif speaks the Truth.
Good manners gives a man Taqwa. Good manners gives a man Islam. Good manners gives a man Iman. Good manners gives a man Ihsan, to live as though, in each moment, Allah is seeing him. If a man lives like that in each moment, running to please his Lord, to please his Prophet, to please his Guide, to run away from his sheytan, to run away from his desires, to run away from his nafs, fighting, that man can only have the best manners in each moment, and is beloved by Allah. And when he lives like that, he is living thinking and being aware in each moment that he is in the Presence. When he lives like that, yes, in any direction that he turns his face, BismillahirRahmanirRahim “then there is the Face of Allah.” (2:115).
A man can never learn these manners by himself. No man has ever learned these manners all by himself. It must be learned under the guidance of a Teacher, and the best way to learn these manners is in the example of the People of Madinah, the Sahabi e-Kiram. It is to learn these manners by living in a Jamaat under one Guide. A man who submits himself sincerely inside that Association, everything will become a mirror for him to learn and to become a better believer.
The Hadith of the Holy Prophet (AS), the Hadith that he gave giving advice on good manners, that can only be practiced when a person is dedicated to living with others who are trying to be believers. Prophet (AS) is saying, “I advise you to love and fear Allah (SWT), and to speak the truth, and to honor your responsibilities, and to carry your promises, and to reject betraying. Guard your neighbors. Have mercy on the orphan. Be kind in your words. Be quick to give Salams. Do good. Don’t have big expectations. Stick to your faith. Spend in the love of the Kuran and the love of Ahiret and beware of the Judgment. Be careful in how you carry yourself. I forbid you to insult a wise man or contradict a true statement from a true man or to obey a criminal-person, or to disobey a Just Imam, or to steal his property. And I advise you to love and fear Allah at every stone or tree or turn and to follow up every sin with Tawba, the secret one with a secret one, and the public one with a public one.” And Hujjatul Islam Imam al-Ghazali says, “In this way did the Holy Prophet sharpen the manners of the servants of Allah, and called them to those noble manners and the best character.” (Ihya).
For the Murids, our Sheykh is Sahib el-Sayf, the Owner of the Sword. He is an Inheritor and a Grandson of the Holy Prophet (AS). He is also sharpening our good manners, to make us to be useful servants of Allah. The work of Sahib el-Sayf is not small- it is big. And that work can only be done by those who have reached to some Edep, or those ones with high ambition to have that Edep, and they are fighting against themselves. While the Way is open, and while the breath of life is granted to us, we should run to have those good manners. And in this last Jummah, we should renew our intentions to follow our Sheykh, who has made this Jamaat for us to become Ehli Edep. InsyaAllah.
Seyh Efendi is saying, 21 years ago: “Insha’Allah this will give us some reasons that we understand why we are here. Most of you, every one of you, know why I am here for. You know. Because you are with me for a long time. You know why I’m here. I am here to worship together as a Jamaat. I am not here to praise myself or for you to praise me. No. I am here to worship. You are here to worship, that’s why you are here too. Those who are here for the wrong talks, then we are asking forgiveness for their behalf also. That the veil removed away from their hearts, and they will look with the Reality. They will look with sincerity and they will understand what we are doing. And anyone who has doubts about my sincerity, this is what I’m going to say. Any person who has doubts about my sincerity, any person who has doubts about my sincerity, they have no business being with me. That’s what I am practicing in my life. Whatever I am saying, that’s what I am believing, and that’s what I am practicing. It doesn’t matter who’s going to attack me, low or high. I know why I’m in this world. I am a servant. I’m going to do insha’Allah whatever I’ve been doing for last 43 years, trying to be the servant of Allah. Either here or some other place doesn’t matter. Allah blessed the Nation of Muhammad, one blessing, that saying any place that you go, any place that you get together, that becomes Masjid of Allah. And Allah blessed Nation of Muhammad, when you are alone, in the Ayet Allah is saying, “anywhere you turn your face you will find Allah.” Allah saying to us, “anywhere you turn your face in this world, you will find Allah there.” So if you didn’t find the Qibla say Allahu Akbar, Allah is there.” And Sahib el-Sayf speaks the Truth.
We close this Jummah, and insha’Allah this blessed month of Rabiul Awwal, asking Allah to increase our life, so that we will meet and gree the next Rabiul Awwal.And we are asking with the Dua of our Grandsheykh, BismillahirRahmanirRahim: Our Edep should increase, May we have more Edep. Look after Edep, Ask for Edep. Don’t be drunk, Don’t be a drunkard of dunya. Don’t be a donkey for this world. Be a servant for your Lord. O ya Rabbana, Tawbah ya Rabbana, we repent. the worlds, the eighteen thousand Alams, have been created for the honor of Allah’s Beloved. He says eighteen thousand Alams in order to fit our minds’ capacity. There are Alams beyond eighteen thousand. O Rabbul Alameen, O Janabul Hakk. You are Subhan ya Rabbi, you are Sultan, ya Rabbi. You accepted us ya Rabbana. Accept us for the honour of Habib al Akram.” Amin.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
30 Rabiul Awwal 1443
5 November 2021