ONE RELIGION IN THE PRESENCE OF ALLAH
Juma Khutba delivered by Sheykh Abdul Kerim al-Hakkani al-Kibrisi
Friday 11 Zil-Qadah, 1430
October 30, 2009
Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Dergahi, Siddiki Center, New York
Auzu billahi min-ash sheytanir rajim
Medet Ya Seyyidi Sultanul Awliya, Medet.
Alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah. Astaghfirullah, astaghfirullah, astaghfirullah al-azim wa atubu ilaih. Inna ad-dina indallah-ul Islam. One religion in the presence of your Lord. Islam. Saying to us, `Don’t come to my presence with something else. You will be failing. The only religion that I’m accepting is Islam. The only book that I’m accepting is the Quran. The only prophet and the last prophet that I’m accepting is Muhammad (alayhi salatu wa salam).’
Eh, the 21st Century people are reading a lot, they have so much computers, they built these computers mashaAllah, they built so much technology, but they are buried in it. They sink in it. They are knowing nothing because they are not knowing what is good for them and what is bad for them. They are running top-speed after illusions and delusions and so many wrong thinkings. And Allah is sending to us saying, `Islam’. Islam is open. You cannot hide anything to the corners. Everything is open. He has sent 124,000 prophets and all these prophets were calling their people to Islam, to Allah, saying, `La ilaha illallah.’ That is Islam. Saying, `Submit yourself to your Lord. One and Only. No other one. He has no partner.’
During those times prophets came in their nations. Some believed and some didn’t. So many prophets came and not even one person believed on them. It didn’t change the reality. That one who came and who gave them the message is in safety now and those ones who became disobedient are in trouble. They are in trouble in their graves. After Judgment Day more trouble is coming to mankind. This is what man is building to himself because the ego is standing.
The ego is always saying, `Me, me and only me. Whatever you say, I don’t care.’ That’s what the ego says. Males and females, the same, saying, `What I say, that’s what has to happen. I am a Muslim but what my ego likes, that’s what I’m going to do.’ No you are not a Muslim then. You lost Islam. Islam is to submit yourself to your Lord, to submit yourself to His orders, to submit yourself to His Prophet (sws), to submit yourself to the rightly guided ones. If you are not submitting yourself to them then you are following the desires of your ego. So you are a servant of your ego. You can do any kind of forms then. You can be a Buddhist, sitting like Buddha, you can be Christians going to church, or Jews going to synagogue once a week, or Muslims going to Juma, or from time to time going into masjids, but you are following your ego. Finished. You are not following the orders of Allah subhana wa ta’ala because you don’t know which ones are those. You do things according to your ego then.
Eh, 21st Century people, from the normal people to murids to the Sheykhs now, cigarettes in their mouths. They are smoking cigarettes. What is that? If a man can’t control himself with a cigarette, if he cannot stop his ego from that cigarette, how is he going to control himself with other orders that Allah is giving to do and don’t? Impossible. The simplest thing and the worst thing, to you, to your community and to your nation, financially and in every way. You cannot stop yourself from that wrong action. How are you going to stop yourself, your ego from so many other tricks and traps that Sheytan is coming to play with you?
Yes, today the name of Islam is there, today the appearances of the Quran is there, the appearances of Masjids are there, but Mu’mins, where are they? We are looking. Where are they? They are hiding. They are pulling themselves to the corners. And the hypocrites, the fools and the ignorant, the tools for Sheytan are appearing here and there. This is the way that it has to happen. That’s what the Holy Prophet (sws) said, `The ones that are giving light are going to pull themselves to the corners. So you are not going to see light. Those who are looking for light, they are going to run after, they are going to find them. But those who are not liking the light of Islam, they are not going to care. They are just like the bats. As soon as they see the light, it’s bothering them.’
Sheytan already changed so many signs in Islam since the 1920’s. `One Way’ is the other way. Everyone is saying, `I am finding my way.’ How are you finding your way? From where are you taking that? Sign is showing that way but already somebody has played around with it. One time I was driving in Cyprus. I see one sign showing one road, saying, `Gecitkoy’. So if you follow that in the map, you see that there is a Gecitkoy and you have to follow that road to go to that village. But somebody came down from their car someday somehow and they took G, E and C out and now the sign says, `Itkoy’. You are looking at the map, there is no such thing as Itkoy. There’s Gecitkoy. So I say maybe it’s a wrong direction, I have to turn to this side. But when you look at it closely you see that somebody took those couple of letters out. Huh, it’s a completely different meaning too. Gecitkoy means giving way to you to pass. Itkoy means the dog’s village. That’s what it means.
All the signs everywhere Sheytan played around with. And as the Holy Prophet (sws) is saying, `In Ahir Zaman only the name of Islam is going to stay. The appearances of Islam are going to disappear.’ That’s what happened. And appearing so many fools in that Itkoy way, that sign, claiming that they know Islam, claiming that they are the best ones. Some are claiming that they are Mahdi, some are claiming that they are prophets, some are claiming that they are Khizr and some are preparing to declare that they are Mahdi.
Eh, Allah gave you intelligence to put it together and to think and to watch. Yes, do you have to watch your Sheykh? Of course. You have to watch every activity that he’s doing. Look. Does it fit into the borderlines of Islam? Yes. Not according to your ego. According to Islam. According to the time and according to that place. Where the wolves are, you don’t walk around without the stick in your hand. When the wolves are around you have to have the gun ready too. It doesn’t matter if you are a Murid or if you are a Sheykh. The wolf is not listening. When the wolf is ready to attack you have to be able to pull and shoot. But so many fools today are not knowing anything. They are not knowing the simple steps of Islam and they are thinking that they know everything and saying, `Oh, Sheykh cannot do this. Sheykh cannot say this.’ Sheykh can use everything that is necessary to save his Murid from hell. He is not looking for worldly activities. He’s not looking how they are going to think. Sheykh is that one who has been given permission from the Holy Prophet (sws) depending on the area that he is working in.
As I said, those fools that they cannot stop themselves from cigarettes, they are jumping today and finding other fools like them and thinking that they are going to harm Islam or thinking that they are going to turn Islam as their ego wants it. You cannot. They have been trying for fourteen hundred years. You cannot. Impossible. Impossible. Islam, Inna ad-dina indallah-ul Islam, the only religion that Allah is accepting. And it looks like now that it’s covered but it’s rising up now. When that cover is taken off, it’s the only one that’s taking over the whole world again. It is so easy for Allah subhana a ta’ala. It is so hard for those ignorant ones even to think on it.
It was so easy for Sultan Mehmet Khan when he aimed to Istanbul, because he had plans and he had aims and he put his life in front saying, `Either Istanbul will take me or I will take Istanbul. There is no other way.’ They said to him, `Are you crazy? Have you lost your mind? Do you know how protected this city is?’ He says, `I know. I know how it is. But I see a vision. And where my sword is reaching, where my power is reaching, not even your imagination can reach because you are not knowing Islam. I know and I am reaching there. Watch me.’ He reached. Watch us. We are reaching back to Istanbul. Watch. We are reaching back to Rome. Watch. All those fools who think that they are standing in front of Islam, in front of those ones, they are only giving energy and power to those who are working in the way of Allah. There’s an Ayat-e Kerima saying, `When they say to them, `All your enemies have come together, they are preparing against you’, that’s making their faith to grow stronger and they say, `Hasbinallah wa ni’mal wakeel. Allah is enough for me.” Yes.
So, any safety that anybody is looking for in Dunya and in Akhirat, Islam. Real Islam. Islam the way that the Holy Prophet (sws) brought. Not so many fake things that they put later here and there. Not so many things that they have changed the road with. You can change all the roads, you can change all the signs, but the man who has a vision doesn’t need the signs anymore. He doesn’t need the GPS anymore. He follows the road. He knows the road because there’s a light going in front of him.
So, if you don’t know then you must follow that guide. You must follow his orders. You must not follow your ego and your head to say, `I know so much and I read so much.’ Yes, the more you read the more ignorant you are going to become! The more arrogant you are going to become in these days! The more fool you are going to become in these days! Because that’s what they are preparing for you.
Not even understanding that part that there are so many enemies of Islam running to finish it. Who are the enemies of Islam? The Fascists are the enemies of Islam, the Communists are the enemies of Islam, the Seculars are the enemies of Islam, the Laiks are the enemies of Islam, the Feminists are the enemies of Islam. All these are enemies of Islam. I have more to say but it doesn’t fit to this Khutba place. Other times I say.
Wa min Allahu tawfiq