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Sacha Imam Mehdi Kon? Sayedna Gohar Shahi Ya Mirza Ghulam Ahmed?
18th March 2017|LecturesVideos

Sacha Imam Mehdi Kon? Sayedna Gohar Shahi Ya Mirza Ghulam Ahmed?

Younus AlGohar answers a question from a member of the Ahmadiyyah community, who asked why Imam Mehdi is His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi rather than Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiyani (the leader of the Ahmadiyyah community).

Main points:

– Before talking about Imam Mehdi, it is important to look at the different ranks from God, and which ranks are necessary to announce. Prophethood and Messengerhood are announced per the divine law; the Grand Messengers were required from God, upon their entry at the age of 40, to disclose to the public their office. Prophets would have to as well. Saints are meant to hide their office from the common people.

– Imam Mehdi is not a saint or prophet. Sainthood will end with Imam Mehdi just like prophethood ended with Prophet Mohammad. Technically speaking, since he is not a prophet or a Messenger, Imam Mehdi is not obliged to announce his rank of being Imam Mehdi. Prophetic Traditions also note that Imam Mehdi will not announce his Mehdihood. It is Imam Mehdi’s choice whether he announces his rank or not.

– Imam Mehdi has come for the entire humanity. Prophets and Messengers had to announce their rank so no one in their nation would be deprived. Their faith would be dependant on that prophet or Messenger. Here, it is not just a nation but rather the entire humanity; the one who is to guide them is neither a prophet nor Messenger, and nor does he have to announce his rank. Imam Mehdi’s job is harder than all the jobs of the prophets and messengers. To tell the entire mankind who Imam Mehdi is, is half the duty of God and half the duty of those who received benevolence from Imam Mehdi. There are God’s signs announcing who Imam Mehdi is on the Moon, Sun, Holy Black Stone in Mecca (and various other celestial and terrestrial bodies), through which people will recognise him. However, there also has to be someone to tell people about the divine signs so that they take notice.

– If someone makes a false claim that affects people’s faith in Imam Mehdi, they have to be investigated. When those trained by Imam Mehdi tell the world the truth, they will also have the power to reveal this truth on humanity. Imam Mehdi’s primary objective: to connect humanity to God regardless of their religion. No religion is greater than God.

– The verse in the Koran in which God said that Jesus was neither killed nor crucified is one of the verses known as as Nas (there is no ambiguity in its meaning). Some verses of the Koran are confusing, however this particular verse is not one of them. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiyani claimed to be both Imam Mehdi and Jesus; therefore to support this false claim, his followers modified the meaning of the aforementioned verse of the Koran. It is against the divine law for two souls to stay in one body, therefore Jesus’s soul could not have entered Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiyani’s body. False claimants of the office of Mehdihood follow in the footsteps of the Dajjal (Anti-Christ).

– Prophet Mohammad is the last Prophet and Messenger, but that doesn’t mean Islam is the last religion. The Koran directs Prophet Mohammad towards Deen-e-Hanif, the religion to be established in the future. Imam Mehdi will establish the religion which is older than Islam and other religions. There existed the Kalima-e-Sabqat (Foremost Declaration of Faith). This religion and declaration of faith are as ancient as God himself. This religion is the Religion of God: his love. It is all about awakening your souls with God’s light and love.


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Can Man Become God?
27th February 2017|ArticlesLecturesVideos

Can Man Become God?

There are three monotheistic, Abrahamic religions: Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Sikhism is also a monotheistic religion – Ek Onkar (‘God is one’) is their logo found on every single Sikh temple.  

The oneness of God is the main theme of every religion which was founded by a Grand Messenger. The declarations of faith of Islam, Judaism and Christianity also point towards the oneness of God.  

Somehow or others, followers of Judaism managed to believe some of their Messengers were either God or Sons of God; still they practised monotheism. In Christianity, the belief that Jesus is the Son of God is the main theme, although it is also known to be a monotheistic religion.

You will find more emphasis laid on the oneness of God in Islam in comparison to Judaism and Christianity, although Judaism and Christianity are monotheistic religions and it is verified by the Koran.

Yet, some of the followers from the era of Prophet Mohammad to date [revered] some of the saints of God like they were, in fact, God.

Even in Pakistan, it became common for followers of His Divine Eminence Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi to say ‘HDE Gohar Shahi is my God.’ It wasn’t a documented belief system nor was it considered to be a legitimate belief by a majority of think tanks within Anjuman Sarfaroshan-e-Islam (an organisation comprising followers of His Divine Eminence in Pakistan). However, some people continued to believe the fact that HDE Gohar Shahi is God.

On one occasion, while HDE Gohar Shahi was addressing a gathering in Pakistan, somebody stood up from the public and said, ‘I wanted to ask a question.’ HDE smiled and said, ‘Go on.’ He asked, ‘Some people in your circle say that you are God.’ How HDE replied was strange. HDE repeated the man’s words and said, ‘Are you saying some people say that I am God? Have you heard other people say, “He is a Devil”?’ The man said, ‘No.’

Then HDE explained, ‘If people say I am God, it doesn’t mean this is what I believe for myself. I never said that I am God.’  

If the Divine Law says that man can be God, then we can officially adopt this practice. Since there are different types of knowledge, even in Islam, you do not know what knowledge grants you what. I have gathered from the writings of many Sufis in different books that the minimum belief a disciple must have for his Spiritual Guide is that he must consider him to be God and he must treat him likewise; otherwise, attaining spiritual grace from him is like daydreaming. This was to be adopted as an attitude, but it has never been documented.  

The religious law (Sharia) is very strict in a sense that it doesn’t recognise inward faculties (Batin). Sharia will see you only as a human being; it doesn’t have any access to make an analysis of your inward faculties. Sharia is blind of spirituality, therefore no matter who you are talking about, Sharia applies one stereotype rule to all. Ask any Sharia master about calling a man God and he will say, ‘This is Shirk (appointing a partner with God).’

Ask yourself, ‘Can man be God?’ And you will say, ‘It is not possible.’

This is because we have always preserved the notion that God is almighty: he can do anything, he will not die and he doesn’t fall ill. He doesn’t need help from anybody; he doesn’t sleep or even yawn. This concept of God has been drilled into our heads [by religious scholars]. We cannot just assume a man can be God.  

What caused every monotheistic religion to have this problem that some of its followers managed to call a man God? Does it simply mean these individuals who developed the notion that man can be God went astray, had lack of knowledge or purposefully became prototypes of Satan?

In Islam, I have found that Sufis who were the great preachers of the oneness of God agreed to this notion that man can be God.

They were those who were delegated by God; they had spiritual authority, backing and support from God. Still they developed this notion among their followers that man can be known as God. This boggles the mind and the question arises: how come?

We find in the Koran that God will forgive any sins but Shirk. If having a notion of man becoming God was Shirk, then why should a person [who believed man can be God] have been a Saint of God bearing divine authority and spiritual power? He should have been a sinner and have received wrathful reaction from God. [Yet this is not what happened]. Nobody has the answer to this because nobody knows the truth.  

How can somebody be a Saint of God and agree to the notion that man can be God, while the Koran states God will not forgive the sin of Shirk?

It is very obvious that the physique of man has no value, therefore it cannot be God. Forget being God; your physical body cannot even be a Momin (enlightened believer). You become a Momin only when your spiritual faculties become involved in enlightenment. Your souls have the ability to absorb God’s light, [so] God can come inside your souls.

Prophet Mohammad said: ‘ The heart of a believer is the abode of God.’  

Your heart can be a divine abode which means God will live there. It is amazing how God works behind the scenes. Now, there is a banner that man cannot be God; behind the banner there is a knowledge according to which God will manifest through a human being. Such a person becomes like a cinema screen.

Young children think the characters on the cinema screen [are real and present in that moment]. In a similar way, when a man thoroughly cleanses his heart and it is wonderfully polished, it shines like a mirror. Then, God manifests himself in the mirror of the spiritual heart. Those who will look at that heart shall see God; they will point towards that heart and say, ‘He is God.’

You become a spiritual container of God, an outfit of God. For example, the t-shirt and pants I am wearing are not me. I am inside this outfit, but it is housing me. In a similar way, God will come inside your heart.

A human being has not become God, however the souls inside that human beings have absorbed the presence of God.

If this is Shirk, then how come God [enters people’s hearts]? This is the issue today.  

Wahhabis have been using this pretext that Sufis are heretics because they call their Spiritual Guides as God.  

Let me remind you of a Tradition of Prophet Mohammad in which he said, ‘One who has seen me, he has only seen God.’  

So if a disciple believes his Spiritual Guide to be God, do not jump to conclusions and do not declare him to be a heretic; because he is not saying that the body of his Spiritual Guide is God. He is referring to the presence of God in his heart.   

The Kaaba (the black cubicle in Mecca) has no value in comparison to Prophet Mohammad, however in order to model the teachings of Islam, Prophet Mohammad circumambulated it [as part of pilgrimage]. He was going around that black cubicle; at one point the Prophet Mohammad stopped and looked at the Kaaba and said, ‘O’ Kaaba, I am aware of your significance. However, the significance of a Momin’s heart is a thousand times greater than you.’  

Mevlana Rumi said, ‘If you have gained control of your heart, this is equivalent of performing Hajj-e-Akbar (The Great Pilgrimage).’ Such a heart which is enlightened and has God’s light in it, is greater than one thousand Kaabas.

This is not about every heart, but a heart of an enlightened believer. The Kaaba was erected by a friend of God (Abraham) whereas the heart is the passage of God.  

Wahhabis are not aware of this Islam because the only form of the religion they are aware of is the ritualistic form of Islam. If Islam is an orange, than Sharia is the skin of an orange. The orange inside is Batin (the esoteric aspect). If you are only eating the skin of an orange, it will taste bitter to you; based on this, you will say, ‘Oranges are bitter.’ Oranges are not bitter – you need to peel it and eat the orange which is inside.  

Now Wahhabis will say the above-mentioned Prophetic Traditions do not have enough authenticity. We know that because everything which reveals the existence of Batin lacks authenticity in the eyes of a Wahhabi Muslim.

The Wahhabi ideology is like a plague. It is full of hatred and based on loot and plunder. Their ideology is based on fanaticism and something worse than extremism. To a Wahhabi, all non-Wahhabi Muslims are considered to be polytheists. Abdul Wahhab Najadi gave them the authority [to kill non-Wahhabis, confiscate their properties and take their women as slaves].

Regarding himself, Prophet Mohammad said that he is light from God. [Maktoobaat Shareef Faarisee, Vol 3, p 191]

Wahhabis reject this saying. According to the Koran, you must have the light of God in your heart to be an enlightened believer. If the light of God doesn’t enter your heart, you are totally and explicitly misguided and misled in the eyes of God. Having light in the heart is a must to become a true devout believer. So how do they not consider Prophet Mohammad to be light? According to the Koran, God’s light is part of God. When it comes in you,  partially, God comes into your heart.  

God’s light is part of God and it is a must for every common follower to believe this.

‘They are devastated and destroyed, those whose hearts have become so hard that God’s name does not enter into them. And that is an explicit misguidance.’ [Koran 39:22]

Man cannot be God, but man can have God in him.  

It is a must for connection with God for you to absorb God’s light in your heart and souls. If you do not manage to do it, neither do you know God nor does God know you. You only become familiar with God once you have God’s light in your heart; there is no familiarity without it. When you have it, you have some portion of God in you because God’s light belongs to God and is part of God.

Can you separate an enlightened believer from God? It is his light in your heart that turns you into an enlightened believer. A true believer cannot be separated from God, let alone those individuals who become a divine mirror in which the disciples observe the splendour of God.

God can manifest his beauty and compassion upon any human being; he is not bound by any law.

He must manifest his beauty. For example, when you dress up nicely, don’t you want people to look at you? In a similar way, God wants to show himself off; otherwise nobody will know who God is and how handsome he is. He does manifest his beauty on a shiny mirror: an enlightened heart. An enlightened heart becomes so transparent that whoever comes in front of it will reflect in it, whether it is Prophet Mohammad or God.

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Islah-e-Qalb: Rah-e-Sulook Ki Ibtida
2nd May 2016|LecturesVideos

Islah-e-Qalb: Rah-e-Sulook Ki Ibtida

Younus AlGohar explains how awakening of the heart is central to one’s faith and the first step on the path of guidance.

This video is in Urdu.

Main points:

– Muslims have considered the Quran to the be the source of knowledge, but the true source of knowledge is Prophet Mohammad. Gabriel revealed the Quran on the heart of Prophet Mohammad; benevolence of the Quran will only be obtained from the heart of Prophet Mohammad. Those who believed this Quran in book form to be the only source of their knowledge became Shias, Sunnis, Wahhabis, etc.

– To get connected to God, you must awaken your heart. You cannot awaken or reform your heart on your own. Prophet Mohammad said, ‘O’ Son of Adam, there is a lump of flesh inside you. If it is set right, the entire body is set right. If it is corrupt, the entire body is corrupt. Remember well: it is your heart.’ Reformation of the heart is the first step on the path to guidance.

– Bait (pledging allegiance to a spiritual guide) is done for a specific purpose: to obtain what you cannot obtain on your own. A true spiritual guide will awaken your heart and engage it Dhikr of Ism-e-Dhaat Allah Hu (Invocation of God’s Name). Adopting hermitage and austerity will not help you on the spiritual path until after you’ve awakened your heart.

– The way Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi has explained spirituality is so easy to understand. Educated and uneducated people alike will listen to Lord Ra Riaz’s explanation of spirituality and understand it in the same way. The Quran says those who do Dhikr (Invocation) are alive and those who don’t do Dhikr are dead. Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi revealed the secret behind this and said that those whose hearts are engaged in Dhikr are alive; those whose hearts do not do Dhikr are alive, but they are known to be among the dead.

– Prophet Mohammad said, ‘I sleep but my heart never sleeps.’ Prophet Mohammad’s heart does Dhikr and it is obligatory upon every follower of Prophet Mohammad that their hearts also engage in Dhikr. As long as your heart does not engage in Dhikr, you can’t be called a Momin because you’ve only accepted Islam with your word of mouth; faith has not entered your heart according to the Quran.

– When your heart is awakened, it progresses from the stage of Qalb-e-Snobar to the stage of Qalb-e-Saleem (a heart that has been secured from Satan). It then progresses to Qalb-e-Muneeb (a heart turned towards God); this is when the heart can travel. Finally, when divine theophanies fall upon one’s heart, the heart enters the final stage of Qalb-e-Shaheed. The progress of the heart is directly related to the purification of the Nafs (Self). When the heart reaches the stage of Qalb-e-Shaheed, divine theophanies also fall upon the Nafs and purify it; this is when it is known as Nafs-e-Mutamaina.

– When we say to God, ‘Show us the straight path,’ it is our hearts that will travel on this path.

– When you read Salat (a form of prayer), you are supposed to see God. If you are not able to see God, you are supposed to make yourself worthy of coming under God’s sight. Those are Mohsin who have reached the stage of seeing God. God said that those who are in search for God should know that he is near to Mohsineen. Examples of Mohsineen are Lal Shahbaz Qalandar and Abdul Qadir Jilani. When someone sees God, the image of God’s beauty is imprinted on their eyes and then from their eyes to their hearts. Then to them God says, ‘Go down. Whoever looks at you will be looking at me.’

– Imam Mehdi’s image on the Moon is also giving Izn-e-Dhikr-e-Qalb to people. Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi promises, ‘I will help you until you find God.’ Right now, you can only awaken your heart through Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi.

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Types of Love | Younus AlGohar
6th February 2016|ArticlesLecturesVideos

Types of Love | Younus AlGohar

Amelika Confidence wrote a book called, ‘Religions and the Way to God’. He says to me, ‘You say that love is fundamental. What is love’s work. From where and to where does love go?’

He said to me, ‘If you have love and peace, or wish for them, you will welcome clean-hearted debate.’ In reply to this, I said to him, ‘Discussion is better than debate. I do not debate.’

Firstly, I did not say that love is fundamental. I talk about love and how to achieve love. I propagate the importance of love in a human’s life and I also discuss what the substance of love is and how to acquire love.

Regarding from where loves comes and to where it goes – love is not like a boat. Love is not like an airplane. Love is not transportation. What do you mean by, ‘From where it comes and to where it goes?’ I don’t understand it.

I’m sorry, but this is really bemusing. You need to understand different types of love. Love. metaphorically, is considered to be an outburst of emotions. That’s what people call love. These emotions have to be generated on a constant basis.

If you have an outburst of emotions for somebody for a few days and then it goes away, it is not love; it is infatuation, affection.

Affection

Affection is when you look at somebody physically and you like their body, you like their company because they are handsome or they are beautiful. You fall for the beauty of their body. It is called affection because it is affecting on you.

For example, you walk in a mall and see a woman who is wearing revealing clothes. You look at her and you want to keep looking art her. You forget why you are there. So in a way, you are affected. Suddenly, you forget everything and are just looking at that woman. If that woman was really unattractive, even if she was walking naked, you wouldn’t be affected. You would just continue doing whatever you were occupied. When we say, ‘Beautiful or ugly,’ it is to do with the body. Obviously, you are not looking at her soul or heart; you are looking at her body. This is why it is affection, sudden change.

Puppy Love

There is another type of love. When you are a child, you have innocent love. You have love for your toys and you fall out with other kids. You say, ‘This is my toy. I won’t let you play with it.’ Then you enter into a phase where you reach the age of puberty. When you reach the age of puberty and enter into adolescence, you begin to have feelings and vibes. If a girl at that time starts taking interest in you, you suddenly develop love. You become Romeo and think, ‘I have found the true love of my life. I’m going to sacrifice my life.’ That is fake understanding because the emotions that you have at the time are due to the fact that you entering into adolescence period. Before you reach puberty, you don’t have these kinds of emotions. But as you reach that age, the world changes. You’re not innocent anymore.

This outburst of emotion at the time when you reach the age of puberty is called puppy love or cupboard love. It doesn’t stay forever.

Because you have reached the age of puberty and there are new emotions, every time a girl takes interest in you, you think this is your true lover. You make a list of girlfriends. Every time you change a girlfriend, you think, ‘No, this is my true girlfriend.’ But as you become mature, you realise that it was nonsense. This is not love.

Divine Love

You have to be careful in defining divine love. You’re suppose to develop love for God and you haven’t seen or spoken with God. You don’t know anything about God. Whether you are a Muslim, Christian, Jew or you practise any other religion – you have the books and stories, but you have no personal experience about God.

How do you develop love for God? You look at a woman, her curves and her beauty and you fall in love with her. You have an outburst of emotions because you reach the age of puberty and you have puppy love. What about divine love? How do you have love for God?

Even if God has a handsome body, you haven’t seen him.

Some people think that becoming more religious, doing all the rituals and fulfilling all the commandments of God is God’s love. That’s obedience and practice of a religion. That is not love.

Then there are two types of love: conditional love and unconditional love.

It is very easy to say, ‘unconditional love,’ but unconditional love is very, very rare to be seen. When we say, ‘unconditional love,’ it means you have love for somebody and no matter what happens, this love will stay with you in your heart forever. Nothing will change.

For example, I respect you and you respect me. If I insult you, you will insult me. But if you have love for somebody and they insult you every day, do you think love in you heart for that person is not going to be affected? Of course it will be affected. If the other person doesn’t stop insulting and abusing, maybe this love will turn into hatred. There is a condition: if you behave well, I will love you. If you respect me, I will love you. If you  feed me, I will love you.

If somebody doesn’t do anything good, will you still love them? Humanly, it is not possible; but God has unconditional love. However, before unconditional love is granted to you by God, there are many conditions to be fulfilled.

I want to tell you how to obtain God’s love. Some people have a problem in their heart, so a pacer is installed inside the heart to generate ticking. In a similar way, we need an outburst of emotions for God in the heart.

There is no connection between you and God. How would you have emotions for God?

For a moment, just forget about God. If we say, ‘Please love Obama; he is very nice,’ can you do that? No.

There are many examples. Generally, men go after beautiful women who are fair in complexion, tall, etc. But we have heard, when the bird of love, Cupid, strikes on a heart, you will see that a man loves a woman who is not  beautiful at all. This is because somehow or other, he has emotions for her not for other women.

We need to generate an outburst of emotion for God. In order to do that, God’s light, God’ energy, has to be generated inside the heart through spirituality.

God’s name has his light; it is not like your name and my name. Spiritually, God’s name is implanted into the heart and thereafter, the heart will vibrate with God’s name constantly. As a result of this constant vibration of God’s name inside the heart, divine energy is generated. When enough divine energy has been accumulated inside the heart, you begin to have feelings for God.

When you have something from God inside your heart, it uplifts the outburst of emotions for God. This is the first stage of love. You begin to feel his light in your heart.

However, this love is not eternal. If you do something wrong and God doesn’t like it, then these emotions will be gone; this love may not stay forever.

The original form of love – which does not fade away and never disappears from the heart – is granted to an individual by God only when he is spiritually trained and makes a journey spiritually, by the soul of his head, and he arrives at a station where God will see him and he will see God.

The moment you see God, special energy will emanate from God’s body; it will come to you and will want to pull you towards God. This attraction from God is known as pure, unconditional love. It is natural.

If you have that energy that pulls you towards God, it will become unconditional love. Then, whatever happens, this love will never depart your heart.

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Younus AlGohar is the Representative of the Awaited One Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi and CEO of Messiah Foundation International. He has been recognised as an Ambassador of Peace and Man of Valour. He is an advocate of divine love and interfaith harmony.
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