Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi Efendi’s arrival in Macedonia and greeted with Ottoman Military music “mehter”.
Short documentary about the Sidney town board vs. the Sufi Muslim cemetery, in Sidney NY. Hans Hass the spokesman for the Sidney Sufi Muslims and Tom Schimmerling, the lawyer representing them, talk about the situation before going to the October 14th town board meeting. The meeting was attended by over 150 people.
STAND ON THE SIDE OF TRUTH
Thursday 28 Shawwal, 1431
October 7, 2010
Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Dergahi, Siddiki Center, New York.
Auzu billahi min ash-sheytanir rajim
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
My name is Hans Hass. I’m a member of the Sufi Muslim community center in Sidney Center that has been in the news lately. Most likely some of you have seen some things in the news or on T.V. If you haven’t, you can click on the links below. Unfortunately, Sidney has gotten a lot of negative publicity nationally from this, and it seems to be going international. None of us wanted this to become such a big deal. I am writing to you as businesspeople in Sidney to ask for your help in laying this matter to rest.
I was at the last Sidney Town meeting three weeks ago asking Town Supervisor McCarthy and the other Supervisors why they were doing this. I was shocked to find out that not one of the Supervisors had any real knowledge of the basic facts of the cemetery, the legal steps that we had gone through or even of the Town’s own zoning law specifically permitting a cemetery on at least 15 acres (we have 50). No one had talked to Dale Downin, the Town Code Enforcement with whom we consulted when we first set up the cemetery in 2005 and who gave us written approval. I ran into Dale the other day and he told me the first he ever heard of their actions was when the Oneonta Daily Star article came out. I’ve also been told that Mr. McCarthy and the Town Clerk are not even on speaking terms. I was kept being told to speak to the Town Attorney Joseph Ermeti who won’t respond to anyone for the last few weeks, including our attorneys. One Supervisor at the meeting, Eric Wilson, took my phone number and assured me that he would contact the Town Attorney and get back to me as to what was really going on. He called the next day to say Ermeti was out of the office that day and then never called back. Obviously our town government is not working.
Mr. McCarthy, despite having been shown the documents and the law by myself and several reporters, continues to maintain that we are “illegally burying bodies” and seems intent on pursuing the matter legally. He has been sending out mass emails accusing us of all kinds of bogus things and spreading rumors about us. Several prominent attorneys and civil rights groups have contacted us offering their services for free and suggested we have an excellent civil rights case against the town.
All we want is for Mr. McCarthy and the Town Board to admit that they made a mistake and leave this behind us. If Mr. McCarthy cannot do this, he must resign or be forced to resign for the good of the town. I was hoping one of you could talk to him.