We are Ottomans!
"I am also watching that some people are unjustly attacking the Ottomans. No one
has any right to attack the Ottomans. The Ottomans proved themselves, ruling for 700 years -- and justly. If people don’t know how they ruled they just have to look from the end, 1923, until today, whatever happened between these dates. Then they will understand how many wrong things happened in this world today. There was only one nation. The westerners entered and they destroyed it and made it 45 different nations. That should be enough for us to understand how they have destroyed us.
When the Ottoman Empire was standing, it was impossible for them to enter and to separate us. The history is there even if we like it or not. They didn’t live for their egos, they lived for the Nation of Muhammad (asws), to make them to become better servants to Allah; and they lived to be pleasing Allah and His Prophet... So it is wrong for people to be attacking the Ottomans -- the Ottoman Sultans especially, who were all in the different levels of sainthood. Not a single Ottoman Sultan came who was not a saint. They were all Beloved to Allah and they tried to do what Allah and His Prophet wanted them to do.
We believe they did what is for them -- but we didn’t do what is for us; and we are finding it too easy today to attack those who stood very strongly against the unbelievers. Islam has reached to us because of them, because they stood strongly. Otherwise we wouldn’t even be Muslim today. That’s one thing. Also people must understand that attacking or saying anything bad against those who tried their best for the safety of Islam, for the safety of other people, is not going to give them anything. It is just going to bring them down to lower stations, it is not going to bring anybody to give them high titles.
"These kinds of things should not happen among believers, especially among Osmanli Naks'i-Bendis. We are the ones that Grandshaykh has ordered to try to wake up the Ottoman way of living again. So many are not understanding that when you say “Ottoman,” it doesn’t mean Turk or Arab. If you are an Arab – you are Ottoman. If you are a Pakistani – you are Ottoman. If you are a Turk, you are Ottoman. If you are Boshnak, you are Ottoman. If you are British, you are Ottoman. If you are American, you are Ottoman. If you are from any other nation and you are accepting Islam, then you have to come under one flag, the Ottoman flag. What is so hard about that? Everyone is accepting to be American, but not accepting to be Ottoman. When you go to a Greek, he says “I am Greek-American.” Turks, “I am Turkish-American.” Italian, “Italian-American.” But no one is saying “I am Arab-Ottoman,” or “I am Turk-Ottoman,” or “I am this Ottoman.”
So that is another problem. People are showing to me that they have not understood how the Ottomans were ruling. The Ottoman Dynasty was ruled by the Turkish people -- as the Abbasyids were Arabs and the Amawis were Arabs, the ruling system of the Ottomans was Turk. They were ruling justly, and no one should make any mistake. Anyone who is attacking, of course, we can say only "don’t" -- but if they are still going to attack, then they will be damaging themselves -- and there is a possibility that they may even lose their faith, because they are attacking to the Beloveds of Allah. Those of that family have been praised and protected by Holy Prophet (asws) when the Prophet said, 'That one who is going to conquer Istanbul is the greatest of generals and his army is the best of the armies.' So when people search and they understand who are those, then they will stop attacking, inshallah.
It was wrong to attack that time, it is still wrong today; but we have not learned from the mistakes that our grandfathers made, who stood against the rulers of Islam and helped unbelievers to bring down Islam. Today their grandchildren are trying continuously to make the same mistake. We should not -- we should just wake up to understand what they did, how they uprised against the Sultan, against the Khalifa, and then how everything came down, and what kind of situation that the world is in today. You don’t need to ask anybody, you can see. Everyone is seeing -- anywhere you go, you can see what kind of a situation that the world is in today. They turned it into a hell. Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alamin.
Inshallah this much should be enough for those who want to learn something. Otherwise, people are always going to find something they want to argue with each other about, but I am not allowing those people who are accepting Shaykh Maluana as their Grandshaykh and us as the Deputy -- they are not going to argue. There is no argument in our Way, it is not accepted and we are very strict with discipline and manners. If there are three people somewhere, one must be the leader, one must be. The other ones must be listening to that one because this is the order of the Holy Prophet asws -- the other ones must listen to the one who has the best knowledge.
Wa min allahu tafiq, bi hurmati habib, bi hurmati fatiha. Amin. Selam alaykum."
Taken from a Sohbet by Sheykh Abdul-Kerim Effendi
Wednesday, 13 Safar 1426
March 23, 2005
———– A few Art pieces from and representing the Ottoman Era ————–