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Osmanli Dergah – Then & Now …

Welcoming Shaykh Abdul Kerim to MACEDONIA

Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi Efendi’s arrival in Macedonia and greeted with Ottoman Military music “mehter”.

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Stand on the Side of Truth

STAND ON THE SIDE OF TRUTH


Sohbet by Sheykh Abdul Kerim al-Hakkani al-Kibrisi

Thursday 28 Shawwal, 1431
October 7, 2010
Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Dergahi, Siddiki Center, New York.

Auzu billahi min ash-sheytanir rajim
BismillahirRahmanirRahim
Medet Ya Seyyidi, Ya Sultanul Awliya, Medet.

Sheykh Efendi: Lukman Hoja, you want to read this?

Lukman Hoja: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. This is from the Daily Star of today in the opinions section.

Sheykh Efendi: Wait one second. First you have to give them some education. What is the opinions section? Who’s writing this?

Lukman Hoja: This is from the Daily Star of today. It’s written by the Editor of the Daily Star in the opinions section about the cemetery issue on our land.

Sheykh Efendi: It’s not our guys. It’s not us who are writing this.

Lukman Hoja: This is a non-Muslim, non-Naksibendi. This is the Editor of the Daily Star.

Sheykh Efendi: He doesn’t really know us. Right?

Lukman Hoja: Yes, Sheykh.

(Lukman Hoja then read to the attendees the article ‘Cemetery Is No Joking Matter’.)

Sheykh Efendi: MashaAllah. Now, I’m going to give you one more example and then we will have our dinner inshaAllah. This situation is just bringing you back to the Prophet’s (sws) time. They did all kinds of cruelties to the Prophet (sws). He didn’t say any word against them. Then finally he left Mecca and he came to Medina. And the people of Medina accepted him, supported him. So the people of Mecca decided to say, ‘If we leave them to stay, they are going to become stronger. So it’s better to go now to destroy them’. It’s just like what they’re trying to do to me here.

When the Holy Prophet (sws) is given order by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) saying, ‘Start defending yourselves now’, only 300 Sahaba went out there to defend themselves against 4,000 people coming with the best weapons in their hands. And they didn’t have weapons. They had only sticks and things in their hands. They went out there to defend their rights.

Before the war began another stranger was coming there and saying, ‘What’s happening here?’ And they said to him, ‘This is what’s happening’. He said, ‘You mean this group of people prepared and came to destroy you because you believe in Allah and His Prophet (sws)?’ They said, ‘Yes’. And he said, ‘Can I join in? Because it seems like they are taking your rights away and I should be on your side’. Looking at the 300 people and looking at the 4,000, he knew that there’s a big possibility that they are going to lose. He said, ‘I am standing and defending the truth. This is wrong’. They brought him to the Prophet (sws) and the Prophet (sws) said to him, ‘Then why don’t you believe what I am just saying to you? Do you have any better evidence than this? Just say ‘La ilaha illallah Muhammadur Rasulullah’ and after you go into that war, either you will become a martyr or you will become a veteran’. And he said, ‘What do I have to do?’ The Prophet (sws) said, ‘This is what it is’. He said, ‘This is true. I accept it.’

And the war began. The person just had a spear in his hand. He tried to throw it but before he could throw it, one arrow came to him and he died. He didn’t do any single thing. And he was kind of a rebel. He didn’t do a single thing. After the war the Holy Prophet (sws) looked at that one and said, ‘This one just entered to the best place of Paradise’. They said, ‘He didn’t do anything’. He said, ‘He defended the truth. He stood on the side of the truth’.

If you are not doing anything then at least stand on the side of the truth just like all these people who are doing now.

Wa min Allahu tawfiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.

Like Father, Like Son

Shaykh Shamil (rah)

Shaykh Abdul Kerim al-Kibrisi (qs) - A direct descendant of the great Shamil

Boyfriend? Girlfriend?

The Sheikh asked a visitor whether he was married.
The man replied that while he wasn’t married he did, however, have a girlfriend, who was also present in the gathering and whom he then introduced to the sheikh.

The Sheikh then said:

She is the most suitable lady for him, and he is the most suitable man for her. It is a bad practice that has become prevalent in our time for people to be boyfriend and girlfriend. If their friendship is going to result in marriage, then it is alright, normal. But if they are not even considering marriage, it is very bad for them to be together.

Therefore, when a man finds himself a lady friend, who it seems to him who would make him a good wife, and if she is satisfied with him as well, they should marry without delay. A couple needs some time to get to know each other, but they must not forestall making a discission. The ideal period for getting to know one another is between three days and forty days. Some people can find out enough in three days to be able to decide, and others may need up to forty – but that is the maximum (barring unusual circumstances). If a decision is deferred for longer than that, the relationship will weaken, and doubt will seize the hearts of one or both of them.

This lady is the best lady for our brother here, but our lower selves desire to have all ladies. The lower selves of men hate being limited in one woman, and demand to have absolute freedom to go with all the ladies that they may fancy. Especially in our times men want to be like a ram in a flock of ewes – one male to a hundred females. That is the ego’s demand, and that is why they see marriage as a prison for themselves.

But you must know that even if you attain absolute freedom to pursue your ego desires, and even if you manage to enjoy yourself, yourself ego is still not going to be satisfied. Material pleasures are like salt water to a thirsty person: the more he drinks, the more acute his thirst becomes. But if you give a thirsty person one cup of fresh water, he drinks and is satisfied.

Therefore, from among all ladies your wedded wife alone is permitted to you by God’s law, and if she is the one who is sweet and can quench your thirst. My advice to everyone is to drink fresh water by taking a lawfully wedded wife. Let every man with a girlfriend take her as his wife, and every lady with a boyfriend take him as her husband.

taken from: Mercy Oceans – Pink Pearls by Shaykh Nazim Haqqani

THE GREAT SELJUKS & THE EXALTED OTTOMANS


THE GREAT SELJUKS & THE EXALTED OTTOMANS

Sohbet by Sheykh Abdul Kerim al-Hakkani al-Kibrisi

Thursday 28 Muharram,1431
January 14, 2010
Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Dergahi, Siddiki Center, New York.

Auzu billahi min ash-sheytanir rajim
BismillahirRahmanirRahim
Medet Ya Seyyidi, Ya Sultanul Awliya, Medet.

(Sheykh Efendi starts by talking about the beginning of the Seljuk Empire. It was in the year 1055 A.D. Baghdad was run by the Shia Buwayhid dynasty and the Abbasi Khalifah al-Qaim was confined in his palace. Togrul Bey with all the Seljuks under his command wanted to present himself at the service of the Khalifah. But he knew that the Shias would not allow them to enter the city. So Togrul Bey said to them that they are on their way to Hajj and they want to meet the Khalifah for blessings because he is the descendent of the Holy Prophet (sws). When permission was granted, Togrul Bey entered the city with some men while placing the rest of the Seljuks in key positions along the way if the need to fight arose. Sheykh Efendi says, when Togrul Bey came into the presence of the Khalifah, he started trembling like a leaf and he knew right away that this is the true successor of the Holy Prophet (sws), and he is the one to be obeyed and served.)

Sheykh Efendi continued: Togrul Bey said (about that event), `A voice was speaking to me, saying to me, `He is the grandson of the Prophet (sws). If you don’t help him, the Sunnat of the Prophet (sws) is going to disappear. If you help him, you and all your generations until Judgment Day will be protected’. Then he decided and he said to the Khalifah, `From now on, I am not a King. I am your soldier. My kingdom is under your authority. You give me order and I will carry it.’ And the Khalifah was very smart. He said to him, `You are the King of your people. You are still a King. I am also making you the head of the Islamic Army. Do whatever it takes.’

So then, he gave ultimatum to the Iranians and the Shias. Anyone standing up, he was crushing them down. He reached all the way. That’s why the Seljuks are very important in history. If there were no Seljuks, today’s Islam will disappear definitely. You will not hear one word about the Prophet (sws). They would destroy everything. That’s what they were doing.

So later, when they were becoming very strong and they were crushing down the Shias, that is the time that the Shias made treaty with the Crusaders. And that is the time that the Crusaders started coming down. It’s because the plan was, the West would be coming down from up and the Iranians and the Egyptians from behind to crush down the Sunnat people again. But he was smart enough to put enough people everywhere and just concentrating on the West. They came 500,000 soldiers. Alp Arslan wore all white and he made Khutba to his soldiers. His soldiers were 50,000. He was saying to them, `Today is the day of wedding. That’s why we’re all wearing white. With our lives we are going to stop the Crusaders. We are going to open another history book to the world.’

And that’s what happened. In eight hours time, fifty thousand soldiers crushed down five hundred thousand crusaders. They cut 300,000. Allahu Akbar! The rest left. And they turned around and they started crushing down heavily the Iranians again and the other ones (Egyptian Fatimid Shiites). It’s because they found out who were rising and doing all these things. And after that continuously coming the Byzantines, these and the other ones.

And then the Mongols started coming from the East. So the Seljuks were becoming very, very weak then when the Mongols were coming. And the Seljuk King decided, saying, `My aim was to conquer Istanbul but it’s not going to be for us. Now I see that the Osmanoglu, the Ottomans are rising and I am sending all my power, my kingdom and everything to Sultan Osman and he will do the job’. And he sent him his messengers, he sent him his state treasury and he said, `This kingdom just disappeared now. You must rise’. And they rose and they continued.

They tried 19 times, the Crusaders. Salah-ad-Din Ayyubi stopped them so many times. But they were coming back. So the Mamluks were entering into the picture. Cerkez (Circassians) were soldiers, paid soldiers in Egypt and they took over the kingdom. And, when the Crusaders declared war again, the Mamluk Sultan said to them, `I am not Salah-ad-Din. I will not show any mercy. You come, I catch any one of you, I will not send you back. Salah-ad-Din Ayyubi is sending you back and you are coming back. I will cut everyone’s neck off.’ That’s what the Mamluks did. They came and the Mamluks crushed them down. It’s because the Crusaders were sending message to the Pope. From Qudus, the soldiers of the Westerners were sending message to the Pope saying, `We are stepping on the blood of the Muslims and we are walking.’ Their boots were filled with the blood of the Muslims whom they slaughtered there at that time. So the Mamluks got very upset, saying, `This time we will not show mercy’. And they did the same thing to them. And that almost stopped the Crusades again for a long time.

Then the Ottomans were becoming very powerful, hitting from every side, bringing end to empires. By the time it’s reaching to Sultan Mehmet Khan, he brought an end to two empires. Two empires. When he was 21 years old he conquered Istanbul. He died when he was 49 years of age. The Vatican declared celebration day non-stop for three days, saying, `The Big Eagle has died’. It’s because they were so scared that he was everywhere always, his soldiers and his spies were everywhere. Anyone who was betraying, before they turned left and right, their neck was going. Not like this now. It’s coming again. They think Islam is a game or Islam is to say, `Yes sir, No sir’. A passive religion.

That’s how it happened. They crushed them down and the Ottoman Khalifah is taking over. They took the Khilafat, the Ottomans. The Seljuks were not Khalifahs. They were under the ruling of the Khalifah. But the Ottomans also took the Khilafat with the Prophet’s (sws) order. The Prophet (sws) ordered Yavuz Sultan Selim to go to Egypt to take the Khilafat. And he came to Egypt, conquered Egypt. In Egypt at that time the Mamluks they tried to test to see what the Ottomans are going to do. Sultan Selim was sending message saying, `I am not like the Crusaders and I am not Salah-ad-Din and I am coming. If you don’t turn the power to me then I will not leave a single one of you living’. He said, `I am coming and I mean business.’

They said, `It’s impossible that he’s going to pass the desert. Before they knew, he passed the desert. They were all shocked. So they still wanted to test. They sent some armies outside to stop the Ottomans and Sultan Selim said, `Say to them, if they stand in front of us, I will not show mercy to them. They have to submit themselves.’ They submitted themselves and inside Egypt they all collapsed. Then he came to Damascus, taking over Damascus, ruling everywhere. Then the (Abbasi) Khalifah saw a dream that the Holy Prophet (sws) is saying to him, `Now pass the Khilafat to Selim’. And they were coming and passing all the secrets, with it all the belongings (of the Holy Prophet sws) that the Khalifah has to have. And since then they were holding it, the Khilafat and the kingdom together.

The power of Islam. Nothing else. Evet.

Someone asked: The Arc of the Covenant, was it with the Ottomans?

Sheykh Efendi: Where is it now? It’s passing through the Khalifahs. The Khalifahs know where it is. It’s specially protected. You cannot go there to touch it. Even if it is open you cannot touch. If it’s visible it becomes invisible. Special creatures are protecting that. There are so many secrets in there too.

Wa min Allahu tawfiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.

Graduating in the Sunnah of the Prophet (S)

Pictures from my graduation ceremony at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Alhamdulilah for Shaykh Abdul Kerim teaching us to honor the sunnah of the Holy Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasalam).

He is teaching us to hold on tight to these traditions and to never compromise, even if it means you will be the only one out of thousands to do so.

Under his guidance, it is now becoming a tradition of Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani mureeds to attend their graduation ceremonies with the turban and jubbah.

View the full gallery here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8845561@N07/sets/72157624114572036/

See photos of other Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani mureeds graduating here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/72876139@N00/sets/72157618504746349/