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

Friday, 13 Zul-Qadah, 1428 / November 23, 2007
Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Dergahi, Siddiki Center, New York.

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

Alhamdulillah, shukr Allah, astaghfirullah. Astaghfirullah al-azim wa
atubu ilaih. We are asking forgiveness from our Lord. He has created
us in Ahsani Taqweem, sent us to this world and is asking one thing
from us, “Be My servant.” That’s the only thing He is asking. Don’t
let Sheytan fool you to say, “I have this, I have that, I am so much
big”. No. “Be My servant and I am providing everything for you.”

When you go to work if somebody tells you, “How do you like it? You
are going to be standing in front of the door everyday. As I am coming
in, you are just going to salute me and I am going to give you food,
your Riziq, everything you need and on top of it I am going to give
you whatever you want.” Which one is going to say, `No’. That’s what
you are doing. That’s what man is doing. Running to serve other than

“I have work. I don’t have time. I am very busy.”

If you are going to say that when Azrail is coming then say it now. If
you are not able to say that when Azrail is coming then don’t say it
now. Look to become a servant because Allah subhana wa ta’ala is
telling us about Jahannam, what is it, how Jahannam is working and
what kind of fuel Jahannam is taking to work. He says, “Only humans
and jinns are there. That’s the fuel. But We are not putting you in
Jahannam. You are insisting to enter there, forcing yourself to
enter.” And Allah is saying, “We are opening doors to you on every
side to escape. But as long as you are running for this Dunya there is
no way out.” There are two roads. One is going to Mawla and the other
one is going to Dunya. If you are standing on the road to Dunya then
the end of the road is bringing you to the fire. You cannot escape. We
cannot escape. Those people who are insisting to be the servant of
Dunya are the servant of Ego and the slave of Sheytan. Nothing else.

So Allah subhana wa ta’ala is making it easy for us in every way as He
is saying, “Say the Shahadat. Keep your Shahadat strongly, keep your
prayers, keep one month of Ramazan, give Zakat and go to Hajj.” All
these principles of Islam are to make us strong in our faith. Faith is
through the tongue first. Through the tongue and through the inside.
You say, “I believe.” Eh, how are you supporting that belief? Then
Allah is saying to us, “I am putting the other principles surrounding
it so that you will keep your Shahadat strongly. If you don’t keep the
other ones then Sheytan is going to fool you. You are going to say the
Shahadat on the one side and you are going to run to the other side.
Sheytan has so many ways. He aimed, he promised and he declared war to
Allah saying, “I am going to run after them and I am going to fool
them.” And if you get fooled by Sheytan going out from this world then
you will be punished two times, not one time. Allah is supporting you
and you are falling into the hand of Sheytan?

“Ah, I don’t have power.”

You have power. Allah has given enough power to His servants. He is
Just. He says, “I will not give you a burden that you cannot carry. It
is very easy. If I let Sheytan run after you, I also show you the ways
out. Only one thing you have to do. Say, `Oh my Lord, I am trying to
escape.’ And escape to Me.”

Sheytan is coming to you with these worldly nonsense always, saying,
“What about this and what about that? What’s going to happen tomorrow?
Do you know what’s going to happen tomorrow? How are you going to do
this and how are you going to do that?” If you turn back and you look
at what happened yesterday and the day before, you will be alright.
Look. Did you live yesterday?


“The day before?”


If you think, “I lived because of myself”, then you are already in
Shirk. Allah is saying to us, “I have created your Riziq before I have
created you. Everything is going to come to you. If you are becoming a
beloved servant to Me then I am going to make everything run to you.
Everything is going to be around you.”

So, inshaAllah we just entered into another holy month, the month of
Hajj that people, those people who are committing sins left and right
all the time, Allah is making it easy for us saying, “Come to Hajj.
Perform your Hajj. During that time don’t say anything wrong, don’t do
anything wrong, don’t interfere into anything, keep yourself with Me,
watch My favors to you and if you finish your Hajj correctly then you
will come out from Hajj as you were born from your mother clean.”
Everything, all the things that you did is taken away.

But again mankind today found something else. That ayat is there,
hadith is there. It’s not changing. Go and look what’s happening
there. They are kicking each other, biting each other and cursing to
each other like it is normal. Normal like we are walking in the
streets of New York or other cities.

“Push each other. It’s okay.”

It’s not okay. Allah subhana wa ta’ala is testing you, He is testing
us. We have to watch. You have to watch where you are looking, you
have to watch where you are stepping, you have to watch what you are
thinking, you have to get rid of the loads you have that you are
carrying with you. What are the loads? All the arrogance, all the
wrong thinking about other people, all the things that people did to
you, you have to forgive, you have to get rid of it. Then you will be
light. Yeah.

People today are walking around under very heavy loads. Why don’t you
throw that away?

“I am very heavy.”

“Yeah, you are heavy. Why are you carrying?”

Today’s people are like those ones who carry bags of potatoes in their
hands, on their necks carrying those potatoes and if you don’t put it
aside then sometime later those potatoes turn bad and start smelling.
They are still carrying it. That’s what today’s people are doing.

“How are we doing that?”

By having envy and jealousy in your heart for others. Having wrong
thinking inside your heart for others.

“This one did this to me. Ahh! Wait to see what I am going to do if I
get him one day.”

No. Get rid of it. You are just like that donkey who is carrying the
bag of potatoes. But the donkey has been created for that. You have
not been created for that. And the heart belongs to Allah. You cannot
keep two things in the heart. You cannot keep envy, jealousy,
arrogance and stubbornness in the heart and at the same time to say,
“Allah is in my heart too.” You cannot. You cannot keep other loves in
the heart to say, “Allah is in my heart.” You cannot. You cannot keep
the love of Dunya in your heart to say, “Allah is in my heart.” You
cannot. You are a liar then. Allah is saying to us, “You are a liar.
The heart belongs to Me. Keep Me in there and I will make you an
individual that anything you say to happen, it happens. Look. If it’s
happening then you are keeping Allah correctly. If it is not happening
then something is wrong. Get rid of it.

This is not for one person but Allah subhana wa ta’ala is saying this
for the whole mankind. He is enough. He is enough for everyone. He is
saying to us, “This is what you have to do. Get rid of it. Put out the
wrong things. Keep Me in your heart.” If you keep Allah subhana wa
ta’ala in the heart then your nights turn into days. Darkness goes
away. Everything goes away and light enters into your heart. Then you
like yourself, other people like you and everything around you likes
you. The people who don’t like you will like you. The people who don’t
love you will run to be around you. Yes, they have to because they are
fed something through you. Something is coming to them. They may still
carry some arrogance and stubbornness. It’s okay. They have to be there.

So Allah subhana wa ta’ala sent His Prophet (sws). This is what he is
teaching us and this is what he is ordering us. We may keep our
obligations on the road, praying, keeping the fasting, going to Hajj,
giving Zakat, giving Shahadat, but if you are keeping the other ones
in it too then it’s eating them. As fire eats the wood, that’s how it
is. You do good deeds on one side and on the other side it burns and
goes away. These words are for you and for me.

Wa min Allahu tawfiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.