Juma Khutba given by Sheykh Abdul Kerim al-Hakkani al-Kibrisi

Friday, 25 Zul-Hijjah, 1427 / January 4, 2008
Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Dergahi, Siddiki Center, New York.

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

Alhamdulillah, astaghfirullah, shukr Ya Rabbi. Allah subhana wa ta’ala
is saying, “Wa laqad karramna bani adam. We are giving honor to the
children of Adam. We have given them high honor. We have made them the
most perfect creatures in creation.” The children of Adam. These words
are for the children of Adam, not for the people who are claiming that
they are coming from monkeys. If you are saying, “Yes, I am from the
children of Adam”, then you must be an honorable one. Allah is giving
(that honor). You cannot get that from the supermarkets, you cannot
get it in the universities, you cannot get it with the clothes you are
wearing, you cannot get it with the worldly titles that you have. It’s
given, given by Allah subhana wa ta’ala to His servants.

What is for us? To keep it. He has given that honor. It is for you to
keep that honor. How are we keeping that honor? Going around saying,
“I am. I am the most honorable one”? No. He has turned around sending
124,000 prophets to us, warning us, showing us the ways, saying to us,
sending us books, saying, “If you keep the orders of these books then
you keep your honor up. Remember Me. Be with Me. Then your honor is
up. If you are forgetting Me then your honor is down.” We must check
ourselves how much we are remembering our Lord. Daily, count it, how
much (you are) remembering. Not to take the tasbih sitting over there,
shaking it, sleeping, not realizing what you are doing. Becoming more
heedless, on the one side saying, `Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah’ but not
being with Allah! Not remembering Allah! Hmm.

So this Sheytan must be coming to fool us that way too. Shake
yourselves up. Wake up. Yes, we must wake up. If we don’t wake up then
what happens? Nar is waiting for people. Ahle Nur and Ahle Nar. People
of Paradise and people of Hell. Allah is not putting you to hell. He
is not putting us to hell. No. He has given us honor and said to us,
“Keep that honor. With that honor you are entering to My Paradise.” He
is saying, “That Nafs, that ego, that Nafs that is pleased with his
Lord and his Lord is pleased with him, enter to My Paradise.” This is
what we have to look. 124,000 prophets came to teach us how to take
this Nur out from the fire, how to take the sprit out from the fire.
Allah subhana wa ta’ala is giving that secret and (He is) saying,
“Until you separate the Nur from the Nar, you are not even going out
from this world.” Don’t look to say, “Oh, we are strong. Our hands are
working, holding, running.” Look how many people are lying in the bed
not dying for years. Why is it happening? What’s happening? Why is it
not dying? If it’s necessary for Allah subhana wa ta’ala to take the
Nur that He has given to that servant, He will keep that servant in
that situation for one thousand years. He will create time inside time
and place inside place. It will look to you from the outside that it’s
just happening instantly but it’s not happening like that.

So the freedom. Yes, we are free. We are given free choice. Free
choice is not to say, “I do as I like.” Free choice is to say, “I do
what my Lord wants me to do. And He has given me this will power that
He has not given to any other creature. He has given it to Me and I
must use this will power on my ego to direct my ego from the wrong
side to the right side, to be that ego that Allah is saying about it,
“He is pleased with his Lord and his Lord is pleased with him. Enter
to My Paradise.” Six thousand six hundred and sixty-six ayats of the
Quran is teaching this to a man, how to move from Dunya to Akhirat and
how to leave the slavery of this Dunya to become a servant to the Lord.

Yes, one day the Holy Prophet (sws) was bringing the Sahaba-e Kiram,
teaching them, teaching them to teach us. Just one instant look at
that Prophet (sws) was enough for them. Nothing else. But it took
twenty-three years time of work and the Prophet (sws) worked with them
for twenty-three years. And in twenty-three years time every incident
that happened, the Prophet (sws) showed the answers through teaching
the Sahaba-e Kiram, teaching us. We are the last nation on this earth.
No more is coming. And we are the last group of people on this earth,
not only the last nation but the last group that came.
Holy Prophet (sws) is saying, “This world is one and a half day after
me. There’s only one and a half day left to this world after I came.”
Calculate. Look. We are reaching to fifteen hundred years almost.

Holy Prophet (sws) bringing the Sahaba-e Kiram to a dumpster site. In
the old days they were opening big holes and throwing every garbage in
there. And when that fills up they were covering it and opening
another one. Not like today’s people. They waste the whole world too.
Wasting. If the whole world was using the same things that America is
using then you cannot live in this world for another ten years. In ten
years time it will be finished. The wasting that the Americans are
doing… the most spoiled nation on the face of the earth! Yes. The most
spoiled one.

Holy Prophet (sws) was bringing them to the dumpster and saying to
them, “Look here. Look. This is Dunya.” And what was that? Garbage.
Dumpster. Saying, “You see that there are some bones there, some
clothes there, some material there, some equipment and some leftovers
there?” Some people were not even being buried. They were taking them
and throwing them in that dumpster. “See those bones? They are the
leftovers of some people, or they are the leftovers of some animals.
You see those pieces of clothes? They are the clothes that they were
wearing nicely on top of them thinking that they were having honor
with it. You see those leftover materials there? They are the
furniture that they were using. All came to garbage.”

Eh, what gives value to a man? What gives us value? The spirit. If the
spirit is not in that body, you fall down. They don’t leave you there
for twenty-four hours. It doesn’t matter. They quickly pick you up and
they bury you under the ground. They don’t keep you up. No value. No
value to this body. The value comes with that spirit. The spirit gives
value to the body. The more you use that spirit in the correct way
your body becomes valuable too because now you have forbidden this
body from wrong actions, wrong ways and wrong doings.

So 124,000 prophets came to teach what to people? Leave Dunya and turn
to Mawla. Turn your face from this Dunya to your Lord. Don’t run for
the titles of this Dunya. Run for the titles of Akhirat. And the only
title for Akhirat is one, not two. One. Servant. Servanthood. Run to
get that. As soon as the man goes out from this world, the first
question (is), “Is it the servant of his Lord or is it the slave of
Sheytan, ego or Dunya?” `Servant of his Lord’. Pass. `Slave of his
Ego’. Stop here now. Now is a big process beginning. Uff, uff, uff.
Who knows how many years, how many thousands of years (it will take).
Still now from the children of Adam who have been buried there
thousands of years ago, still process is going on for so many of them.
It’s not finished yet.

This will come to us too. This end is waiting for us. We didn’t finish
this life yet. Run to finish this life correctly. 124,000 prophets
came to teach man how to live. Injil-e Sharif, Tawrat, Zabur and all
other books that were sent to other prophets and the Quran-e Karim
with six thousand six hundred and sixty-six ayats, came to teach man
how to live. And the whole key is to know yourself and to know your
Lord. To know your ego, to know where your ego is going to fool you,
where it’s going to pull you to the wrong direction.

Not to say, “I am in safety now, I reached to safety.” No. You didn’t
reach to safety. You have not reached to safety. We have not reached
to safety yet. Look at the last breath, the word of Akhir, the last
breath that is coming out, how it’s coming out, how we are brining
that word out. This is what we have to be busy with. Otherwise, you
can go to Hajj ten times and come back or you can go and sit inside
the Kaba, it’s not going to change anything. It’s just going to make
the man become more Firaun saying, “I did this much of this and I did
that. And I am so important.” Yes, that’s what everyone is running to
say, “I am so important. I am very important.”

Yes, you are important. Allah subhana wa ta’ala created only you in
that form. No other creature. But your importance comes as much as you
obey Allah and His Prophet (sws). That much importance we have. And
Allah is saying, “If you are not asking from your Lord, what do you
think is your value? What’s your value?”

“I am doing this today.”

Tomorrow you must do it again. Next day again and the next day again
until the grave. Holy Prophet (sws) is saying, “For believers, today
has to be better than yesterday. Tomorrow has to be better than
today.” If you are falling into the heedless station then you cannot
be better tomorrow. You are not better today than yesterday. You are
heedless. You are in Ghaflat, sleeping. Not sleeping and resting the
body. No. You need to sleep to rest the body to get up and have energy
to worship. You need to eat to give energy to the body to be able to
stand up in the Divine Presence. Not like the unbelievers running to
eat to fill up the toilets for enjoyment. No. Believers don’t live
like that. Believers know exactly what they are doing, why they are
doing and what is the intention. They must check in the beginning, “I
did this and the end, the result, where I reached is here. Did I win
or lose? I did. I won. Thank you Ya Rabbi. Give me power to do it
better tomorrow.” If you see that you lost then don’t even sleep that
night because you have another day to catch. You lost that day. You
didn’t enter the book that says, “Servant of the Lord.”

Leave all these shows to say, “I am this one and I am that one.” Look
at everyday that is passing, every page that is coming to the Judgment
Place. Everyday there are twenty-four drawers. In twenty-four hours
what you are doing, what you did and who did you live for? Twenty-four
hours. Every action that you did, what was the intention behind it?
This is what’s important. This is what the prophets came to teach us
and this is what Islam is ordering to us. The 500 good deeds that Holy
Prophet (sws) is ordering us to keep, this is what it’s teaching us.
And the 800 forbidden deeds that are keeping us away from becoming
better servants of our Lord and supporting our ego.

He has created us, He sent us to this world and He is continuously
sending us whatever our need is. Only thing that we have to do is to
turn back to say, “Oh Ya Rabbi, You created me and You gave me all
this. You love me and I love You back.” That’s all. That’s what man
has to do. And if you cannot do that too, thuu… you are a cursed one.
Not to say that you have honor. You have no honor. Your honor belongs
only to the toilet, to sit on the toilet bowl and to say, “I am the
most honorable.”

Allah subhana wa ta’ala has given the honor to the children of Adam
and He is ordering us to keep that honor and He is teaching us how we
are going to keep that honor. Not to go around to say, “I am wearing
this clothe. Look I am wearing this kind of turban. Look I am wearing
this.” No. No! The unbelievers are running with one foolishness and
the believers are running with another foolishness. Yes. Leave this.
This is not giving anything. Just taking away, taking away from your
values. Become a valuable one. If you are looking for safety in Dunya
and Akhirat then this is what we must be busy with. Otherwise, you can
bring not one thousand books but one hundred thousand books, it’s not
going to help you.

The Hajj session finished. Millions went to Hajj and came back. So
many came back empty-handed and so many as soon as they moved from
there Sheytan put his rope around their necks right away saying, “Come
back to me. You cannot run.” Run to escape from that slavery. Run to
the servanthood of Allah subhana wa ta’ala.

InshaAllah ar-Rahman we are entering… in some more days we are
entering the holy month of Muharram. The New Year of the Muslims, not
the New Year of the pagans that people were worshipping (other than
Allah). The New Year of the Muslims. Muharram is coming. We are
entering in it. Prepare yourselves for that. As everyone is running to
copy saying, “What is your New Years Resolution? What are you going to
do? What is the intention you made that you are going to change this

“Yes, I am going to become more donkey.”

That’s what they do. They are running at midnight in the streets. Eh,
if you are running at midnight in the streets then you are becoming
the nominee to become another donkey for that whole year. No honor.
The honor is not in the streets, to drink and to lay down in the
corners of the streets and not even knowing where your house is.
That’s not an honor. New Year is coming, yes. Make to your own self
saying, “Ya Rabbi, I am making intention to become a better servant to
You this year. I am a weak servant. Help me.” Say `Help me’ sincerely
and look how fast help is going to reach to you. It’s not far. Very near.

Once the Sahaba-e Kiram were making du’a very loudly. The Holy Prophet
(sws) came to them saying, “You are not asking someone who is far from
you. He is very near to you. He is nearer to you than your jugular vein.”

Wa min Allahu tawfiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.