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Younus AlGohar Speaks to the Virakesari Newspaper
3rd June 2016|ArticlesInterviews

Younus AlGohar Speaks to the Virakesari Newspaper

Younus AlGohar Speaks to the Virakesari Newspaper

A delegation from the Virakesari Newspaper in Sri Lanka recently visited Younus AlGohar to discuss a variety of topics. The following are highlights from the interview.

On Spirituality: the Core of Religions

Messiah Foundation International is purely a spiritual movement. It has nothing to do with any religion.

Converting from one religion to another does not make any difference. It depends on the man. If you are a bad man, you will be a bad Christian; and if you leave Christianity and adopt Islam, you will be a bad Muslim. It is about the character of the man.

Spirituality has the answer. Spirituality will fix the man and make him a wonderful person with love and compassion. Spirituality is about bringing the attributes of God in a human being so he gets rid of hatred, greed, jealousy and arrogance; he begins to understand that everybody is the creation of one God. This happens when the inner devil is taken care of. Spirituality provides inner purification.

This the core of Buddhism, Sanatan Dharma (Hinduism), Sufism (Islam) and Kabbalah (Judaism). The message is the same, the outer is different. We are not talking about religions; we are talking about the core of religions. Spirituality is about becoming good and lovable. It is about coexisting in a [multi-religious, multicultural] society.

Everybody appreciates love, but it is very difficult to follow love, because there is something inside us which does not allow us to love everybody. Something inside us only prompts us to love ourselves. Everybody is thickly and deeply in love with himself. If you love yourself, you will not love anybody else. When you love everybody, that is when you a good human being.

Self-love will make you a monster; you will deprive everybody else of their rights.

You will want to grab everything for yourself, and that is causing problems.

Through spirituality, you will begin to love humanity and God. If you claim to love God but you hate his creation, that is not true love.

God is the one who created everybody; if you have true love of God, you will love everybody no matter who they are. People talk about love, but love is not easy to obtain. There are certain things in us that prevent us from the practice of love. Every human being is born with a negative source, a negative spirit. That spirit pushes him to do wrong, to hate, to obtain power and money, and deprive all others [of their rights]. That evil spirit is purified only with the help of spirituality.

This is what we are working on: raising awareness of spirituality among people of all religions.

Now we have so many problems coming out from religions: extremism, fanaticism, terrorism. This is because the religions have been modified; this is the not the original teachings of any religion. God doesn’t allow any human being being to kill another human being.

According to Judaism, if you kill somebody, you have destroyed your religion. The same thing is found in Islam. Prophet Mohammad said, Killing one person is equal to killing the entire humanity.’ It is very unfortunate that we have some Muslims in this world today who think that by killing people, they will go into heaven. Something is wrong; they have deviated from the true teachings of Islam. On the other hand, in Islam, we have Sufis who love everybody.

Bawa Muhaiyaddeen was a Sufi; he was Tamil and he couldn’t speak English. He went to the USA, where he would deliver lectures in Tamil and people were so inspired by his presence and the amount of love he shared with them. He would read the Quran and Jews, Hindus and Christians all would read the Quran with him. He was giving love to everybody. He never asked them to become a Muslim. Whether or not you are a Muslim, you are still creation of God. We should learn to love everybody. Such Sufis were the prime example of God’s presence on Earth. This is what we need in Sri Lanka today. People should practise spirituality, forget about their differences.

Without inner purification, people will never forget differences. Without inner purification, people will never get rid of hatred.

If a bulb is not working because the filament is burnt, no matter how many times we plug it in, it will not work until we fix the filament.

Similarly, no matter how many times we go to a temple, mosque, church or synagogue and listen to any number of religious scholars, nothing is going to change unless we go through this inner purification.

When you become a spiritual man, you serve all religions.

‘Buddha’ simply means enlightened one. When you enlighten yourself, you become Buddha. Hinduism is all about spirituality. ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ means ‘Brahma is inside me.’ Only those go to a temple who think Brahma, Vishnu and Krishan Ji are sitting in the temple. Those who bring them in their heart become holy; they become gurus.

The knowledge of spirituality is very secretive. With the help of this knowledge, every human being on Earth will become a holy person. This is the solution but we need to raise awareness of this knowledge.

This knowledge was not available, but it was part of every religion. When it was separated from religion, religion became useless. Even today, Muslims who do not practise Sufism are causing problems. Those who practise Sufism are good Muslims. Similarly, those who practise spirituality are good Hindus. Those who practise Kabbalah teachings are good Jews.

We need the knowledge of purifying our human instincts.

Due to greed, arrogance and jealousy, our human attributes have gone down and the animal attributes have come up. We look like human beings, we eat and walk like human beings, but we act like animals.

Religions have separated themselves from spirituality, this is why people are suffering. Although they are going to mosques and temples every day, they are not changing. In fact, you will see that a simple man may be a little better than those who are going to mosques and temples every day.

It is about the character, not about the religion. If a religion does not fix you and make you a good human being, it simply means the religion is not going inside your heart.

This is because you have lost the knowledge which would put the religion inside your heart; instead, the religion is only restricted to your lips. Spirituality is the knowledge which will purify your heart and enlighten you.

God has no religion. He sent many prophets and messengers and all of them brought down God’s message. No prophet or messenger said, ‘Go kill and hate people.’ The message of God is love. This love is achieved through practice of spirituality.

The force behind our body is our soul. When the soul leaves the body, the body is dead.

The knowledge which will revive and activate the soul is spirituality. The is the knowledge that awakens the soul. If your soul is dormant, you may be going into temples and churches, but you won’t be changing. Religion should change you. If you are a beast before you follow a religion and, after 20 years of practice of a religion, you’re still a monster, the religion is not changing you.

Religion is about character: changing the man from bad to good.

On Purification of the Ego

Sometimes you know what is good and bad, but then you feel something inside you is pushing you to do bad. Sometimes, you overcome the desire to do bad; sometimes you have weak moments in which you get carried away. [Spirituality helps] you overcome the force which inside you pushing you to do bad.

Spirituality concentrates on your inner man. For this, you don’t have to convert from one religion to another. Even if you don’t practise any religion, you don’t need it. You need to become good and spirituality can do that for you.

You’re already a Hindu, Christian or Muslim. If you follow spirituality, then you will become a good Muslim or Hindu, because your inner will be enlightened. The problem is not because of Muslims or Hindus; the problem is with bad Muslims, bad Hindus, bad Jews and bad Christians. They’re bad because their soul is not awakened. We need to fix that problem.

We teach people how to awaken the soul.

A lot of gurus come to Sri Lanka and talk about meditation. If your soul is not awakened, what will meditation do for you? [In their versions of meditation] with the power of visualisation, you imagine yourself in a garden or flying. This is a story; this isn’t meditation.

A true meditation is one in which your soul is awakened. You concentrate on your soul and your soul leaves the body. It reaches it heights, sees God and meets with different spiritual people or angels. That will happen when the soul is enlightened.

Our message for everybody is how to get rid of the hatred and the source of hatred. We have heard a lot of lectures. We have heard the Quran and Bible, but by hearing and listening to the lectures, nothing is changing. We are still the same.

If you have fever, medicine must be taken. Simply talking about the medicine will not solve the problem.

We say, ‘Everybody should love each other,’ but how? Everybody wants to love. When we see people are suffering, for a moment or two, we tell ourselves, ‘They are also human beings. They should not be suffering.’ Then we forget [about them]. We don’t practically force ourselves to do good because we don’t have any force inside us [to push us to do good]. The only force inside us is the force that drives us to do negative things.

Somebody is inside us which is stopping us from becoming good.

According to the Quran, when you go into a mosque, the prayer you do will stop you from doing bad. According to Islam, if you talk bad about somebody in their absence, for God, it is worse a sin than committing adultery. This is how strict God is about our character.

If I have five or six brothers and one of them becomes a Muslim and another becomes a Hindu, the fact that they are my brothers will never change. Just because they are my brothers, I will never want to harm them. In a similar way, we are progeny of Adam and creation of the same God. Why do we forget that before being a Muslim, Christian or Jew, we are brothers? Having the same father makes us brothers; what about the same God? God is greater than our father.

We have lost this message because our souls are dormant. When we all learn to purify our souls, the negatively will depart our bodies. Although we will still remain to be Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims, we will learn to appreciate that everyone is the creation of the same God and that nobody is lower or greater than anybody else.

The only thing that will make you greater person than others is the amount of love you have for God and humanity.

[Your greatness depends on] how tolerant you are to others, how peaceful you are and how helpful you are. That will happen when the source of evil is rooted out with the help of spirituality and God’s energy and love enter the heart. That is our message.

On the Method of Enlightenment

Spiritually, we transmit divine light into the heart. That light will enter the heart. For example, we will transmit the light of Ra Raam; it will enter your heart. Then you will be sleeping and your heart will keep saying, ‘Ra Raam’. Even when you are sleeping, it goes on because the heart doesn’t stop. The constant invocation of Ra Raam will produce divine energy, which will purify your souls. You don’t have to practise it; it is the practice of your soul.

Spirituality is not done by the physique. It is to be done by the soul.

Once the divine energies enter into the soul, it will become a volunteer. You will feel you are becoming a good person. You will notice that source that drags you to do bad is going away. You won’t feel like doing wrong things.  [You may start to feel love for someone you previously hated]. That will happen when God’s light accumulates in the heart.

Today, people have everything: business, money, women, etc. but some people still feel there is no peace in life.

Your body has everything; your soul needs something. The food of the soul is love and God’s light.

This is why you have all the luxuries of life, even then you feel a little uneasy and you lack peace of mind and heart. That is the demand of the soul, ‘I need some divine energy, I need some love.’

When love is missing from life, it is because the soul is not awakened. You need to awaken the soul.

This is not a method invented by me. It is a God-gifted method. God taught it to everybody. All prophets and messengers who came had this knowledge. Anyone who became a guru became a guru because of this knowledge.

We are addressing the souls. It is the practice of the soul. There is no physical activity because it is about souls. Spirituality is about the souls. The source of the body is the soul. When the soul is good, the body will be good.

People have so many diseases today; this is because the soul is weak inside. When you empower their souls, they will be healed. Thousands of people came to me and we did spiritual healing on them. Many people who were suffering from heart diseases came and their health was restored.

They take the divine energy and when their soul is fixed, their problems go away.

On the Different Names of God

There is no such thing as Muslim God or Hindu God. We have given different names to him, but there is only one God. Ra Raam, God, Bhagwan and Vishnu are different names but God is the same.

There are different names for water in Tamil, Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Hindi, French and other languages, but the substance is the same. Similarly, different names have been given to God, but the supreme power is the same. He doesn’t change. You can’t say he is only for Muslims or Hindus. God has many names.

Any name for God is great and worthy of respect.

One thing is important. According to science, our voice has vibration and energy. This energy does not die. In a similar way, God’s name, when we say it, is transformed into vibration. Some names have stronger vibrations; it depends. [There are varying potency levels for medicine] like Paracetamol: there is 500 mg and then we have 200 mg. The stronger the medicine is, the quicker it will work.

The name ‘Ra Raam’ is very strong. This is the only difference [between the names of God is] potency. Otherwise, you can call him with any name: you can call him Vishnu, Krishna, Allah, Bhagwan, God, Eloha, Elohim, etc.

On the Holy Black Stone

The Holy Black Stone (Maha Shiv Lingham) was brought by Shankar Bhagwan (Adam the Eminent One) from the heaven. The image of Kalki Avatar was placed inside. When he brought it down, he asked everybody to respect it and worship it. He put it in Kaaba, which is now a Muslim place.

Even according to the Quran, no human being should be stopped from going and worshipping the Holy Black Stone. Visiting that place has been made obligatory by God upon all human beings. This is oppression and tyranny that Muslims do not allow other religions to go there. The Quran directs that the entire humanity should be allowed to go there, but they don’t allow it, which means they don’t follow Quran.

Before Islam, the Kaaba had 360 idols. The Holy Black Stone was one of them.

According to Muslim beliefs, the Holy Black Stone is very sacred and the pilgrimage of Hajj is incomplete if you do not touch it, kiss it or receive blessings from it. It is sacred.

It created confusion among minds of many Muslims. They thought, ‘Hindus worship stones in their temples and when we come to Kaaba, we are also worshipping a stone. So what is the difference between Islam and Hinduism?’ Both religions come from God; it is the understanding and the method that differs. There is not much difference.

The Holy Black Stone is sacred for all human beings. All prophets kissed it, even Mohammad, the Prophet of Islam. Whenever he would come near the Holy Black Stone, he would cry in love.

On the Future and Terrorism

The future is good. The only religion that will come is the Religion of God: love. You’re all one, so love each other with the power of God’s love.

There will be two groups: people of hatred and people of love. Those who are good people will join the group of love no matter what religion they practise. People of hatred will join the other group which comprises the Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS, Wahhabism, etc.

Sometimes bad things are given a good label; people can only see the outer shape, outer layer, but they don’t know that this is bad. [In that case] they’re victims, but they should use their brain. It is not like God gave some people a brain and others were left without brains.

If I give you Panadol or Paracetamol for your fever, it is very familiar. However, if you say, ‘I never heard of this medicine before,’ you will definitely resist and research. You want to know what you’re taking. That is your duty.

If I give you poison and say, ‘This is Paracetamol,’ and you’re so naive that you don’t even want to know what you’re eating, who will you blame when you’re dead? It is about your life. Before taking the medicine, you should know what it is. Similarly, if somebody is telling you about your religion, you should study it. Consult the source of knowledge of your religion; for Islam, it is the Quran and the practice of Prophet Mohammad.

Someone who is becoming a Jihadi is a potential fool. It is all about lust and sex, not religion. If I tell you, ‘Kill that man and I’ll give you 70 women,’ you’re doing it for your lust, not your religion. If God announces today, ‘You can do anything to please me, but there is no reward,’ they won’t do it. God does not want you to kill anybody. For you, you may be Tamil or Sinhalese and someone else may be Indian or Pakistani, but for God, you’re all children of God. He wants to love everybody equally. He doesn’t care whether you’re born in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, America or the UK.

As I was saying, bad things have been given good labels and good things have been given bad labels. It is like there is a piece of gold and covered with silver, and there is a piece of silver covered with gold. Obviously, you will take the one which looks like gold. You do not know how to recognise what is gold and what is silver. You need to have the power of recognition.

People are sold on this idea of Jihad: why practise religion for 20-30 years when you can go to paradise in five minutes? This is a shortcut, but this is all wrong. This is not Jihad; this is hatred and God doesn’t like it.

God can use tsunamis, earthquakes or thunder. God does not need terrorists.

One tsunami can wash away thousands of people. For those who say, ‘We are God’s warriors,’ no, they’re not. God doesn’t need them. God can kill anybody, anywhere, at any time.

One thing is imminent: Kalki Avatar is the final destroyer. He will destroy [the terrorists], not good people.

There will be a final battle. On one side, there will be people of Kalki Avatar, Jesus Christ and Imam Mehdi. They will give justice and love to everybody. On the other side, there will be people of hatred, whoever they are.

The forces of Jesus Christ, Mehdi and Kalki Avatar will form a greater alliance. They will defeat them. With the help of God, they will overcome and overpower them. This place will become a beautiful place. There will be no hatred. Imam Mehdi will fill the Earth with justice. There will be no killing, no hatred and no fights. This will happen soon. We’re going in that direction.

Most of these terrorists were already gangsters.

When someone does bad things, they want to do it, but because they are a Christian or Muslim also, they think, ‘What I am doing is wrong and my Muslim brothers and sisters perceive I am a wrong person.’ They continue to do wrong things, but they have this burden of guilt.

People were told, ‘Come join ISIS and you will have more girls and women to sleep with than you have now, you will be able to use more kalashnikovs and guns and kill people than you are now – and you will do all this without guilt because you’re doing this for God.’ When you give this kind of concept to criminals, they feel sheltered. This is pure evil. Only one group among Muslims have this attitude and that is Wahhabis.

Wahhabis  don’t consider any other Muslim as a true Muslim.

If you are a Muslim and you do not agree with Wahhabism, Wahhabis think you are worse than non-Muslims.

This is why thousands of people are killed in Pakistan. Every day there is a suicide bombing in Pakistan. Most Pakistanis are Muslims; why are they killing Muslims?

It is not about Islam. It is about Wahhabism.

If you are not Wahhabi, they think you are not a true Muslim. They want the world to be a Wahhabi-dominated society. It is oil money; Saudi Arabia wants to become the superpower through the industry of terrorism.

There is no more Islam in practice. The Islam which was established by Prophet Mohammad is not in practice; they don’t believe in that Islam. This is their own version of Islam in which there is no blessing, love, compassion, respect for humanity or respect for women. This is their Islam; it was not designed by God. The one that has been designed by God was Sufi Islam, which they rejected. Sufi Islam promotes love and peace.

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Ceylon Mirror Interviews Younus AlGohar
25th May 2016|Articles

Ceylon Mirror Interviews Younus AlGohar

Ceylon Mirror Interviews Younus AlGohar

Younus AlGohar recently spoke to journalists from the Ceylon Tamil Mirror in Sri Lanka. The following are some excerpts from their discussion.

Wahhabism as an Instrument for Terrorism:

I have been speaking on this subject for many years now. I am happy that the issue of Wahhabism has become so popular throughout the world, especially in British and American media. Many members of think tanks from the British and American media industries have done their research on the matter and they have come up with the conclusion that it is the Wahhabi school of thought which is intolerant to all other religious segments within Islam. [Wahhabis] cannot coexist with other religions.

What I personally perceive is that the United States of America has been the superpower for many years. Russia is also striving to become a superpower through various means. China’s economy is booming; they’re almost the world superpower now in terms of economy.

On the other hand, we have Saudi Arabia. They don’t have any industry; they don’t manufacture anything [besides] oil. They also want to become the superpower. They have discovered the newest form of industry: terrorism.

They are exploiting this belief system, modifying the thoughts. What is happening now is: a wrong message about religions is going towards people of the world. Islam is not a bad religion; it has been practised in this world for the past 14000 years. Had it been a bad religion, it should have shown its true colours since the religion was established.

One thing is very important: we need to study Wahhabis well. What is their agenda and thought process? What do they want to do? It is not simply a religious sect.

They want to become a superpower using their religion as a ladder, as an instrument.

This is why most of the money [the Saudis] make from oil, they are spending on the spread of Wahhabism. If you go to any developed country in the world – Canada, USA, Europe, Ireland, England, Australia, New Zealand, etc. – they have their people preaching their school of thought. Secular countries like USA and UK allow all religions to practise their faith and build their churches, mosque and temples. They follow the Human Rights Charter, so they never thought very deeply as to why Saudi Arabia is so eager to preach their religion in their countries.

First they build a mosque. They send one of their trained preachers from Saudi Arabia or they find somebody in that country and train them there. They give them a salary. Then they tell the [recruit], ‘We are your brothers. Take this much money more. We are striving in the way of God. Take this message across people; convince them to become religious and to visit the mosque at least five times a day.’

Then, they brainwash them. The true and original teachings of Islam are a barrier for this kind of nuisance. So they modified the teachings and they gave them something entirely alien to the religious theology which was established by Prophet Mohammad some 1450 years ago.

They say, ‘Muslims all over the world are being subjected to a lot of oppression. People are being killed everywhere, so we need warriors. We need Jihad. To carry out Jihad, we need a lot of money and volunteers.’

They tell people, ‘You practise Islam. You go to the mosque every day, and even then you are not sure whether you will end up in heaven or hellfire. Let me tell you the simplest way to enter paradise: go for Jihad. Sacrifice your life and kill the infidels. The moment you die in the name of God, you will directly enter into paradise. There will be 70 virgins waiting for you.’

How ISIS Lures in Youth

Terrorism is just one way of killing people. How you are convinced to carry out carnage of people depends on what the driving force behind terrorism is. You can’t simply associate terrorism to Islam only. There have been many different religions and political parties all over the world which have been involved in terrorism. For example, about 20 years ago, there was the Irish Republican Army. Then, we have terrorism in some form in Hinduism and Christianity too. Among the Jewish community, there is a particular group that call themselves Zionists. They are those who want power, who want to rule the world.

That is exactly what Saudi Arabia is [striving for]. Where is the money coming from that supports people who are working for ISIS? They are living luxurious lives: they have guns, they don’t work, they feed their families and they drive nice cars. Somebody is supporting them.

Unfortunately, when greed takes place in your heart, you forget many moral obligations.

For example, Turkey thought, ‘ISIS has a lot of oil. If we buy from them, it would be a lot cheaper.’ So the Turkish government has been buying oil from ISIS. They are an American ally, but at the same time, what they’re doing is supporting terrorists one way or another.

Turkey is a Muslim state and they don’t follow the Wahhabi school of thought. Their version of Islam used to be the Sufi version of Islam. Turkey has been a wonderful Muslim country. However, some factions among Muslims can turn into extremists any time, especially when greed is booming from the heart.

Similarly, most of these individuals who are now part of the ISIS are coming from young generations who were born in Australia, Canada, the UK, France, Belgium, Denmark and Norway. They have been living a western lifestyle. They had girlfriends and slept with them without religious marriage vows; they would be drinking alcohol as well.

When they are reminded, ‘You’re a Muslim. Your parents are Muslim. What are you doing?’ They say, ‘I’ve done it all my life. What should I do now?’ [The Wahhabis tell them],‘All the sins of your life will be washed away if you just hold the gun and start killing infidels.’

Let me give you an example: you were born in a Muslim family and you were born in Canada, USA, Denmark, UK, France or Australia. You lived all your life like a playboy. You would go to the disco, drink alcohol and sleep around. Then, one day somebody comes and tells you, ‘You will burn in hellfire.’ You then reply, ‘Really? What should I do?’ They say, ‘You will do more [with ISIS] than you are doing now. How many girls do you sleep with every week? 5-7? When you join ISIS, there are plenty of young girls. There is money, ammunition and cars.’ Young people are lured into this.

How come people who used to go to disco clubs and sleep around have had a sudden change of heart? It is not a change of heart.

When you do something wrong, you have guilt that you’re doing something wrong. When someone comes and says, ‘I will tell you how to do all these things in a better way and you won’t even feel guilt,’ you will agree.

ISIS have guns; they have become thugs. They attack innocent people, they kill their men and take away their women and young girls. If they capture 1000 girls in one area and they have 100 soldiers, they give each soldier 10 girls. They sleep with them and they kill them.

This Jihad is the worst form of a crime.

This is a horrendous, heinous crime. People who are part of ISIS are raping dozens of girls every day and they’re killing them. The worst thing is: they are told, ‘You are pure.’

They used to do this before, but when they did it, they had a guilt in their heart that this is wrong; this is a sin, a crime against humanity. However, now they’re doing it more and more and they don’t have guilt. They think what they’re doing is a servitude to God. This is not Islam, this is terrible.

I used to get confused how com teenage girls who dance and drink alcohol – from Australia, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Canada and America – want to become part of the Islamic State? Then I came to know because they will enjoy [themselves] there more. It is about money, lust.

In, for example, England, they have to hide it from their parents. They dress up conservatively, put a hijab around the neck in front of their parents. They go out, throw it away; when they have a boyfriend and have sex, they have guilt. However, when they go there, they do everything; but now they don’t have guilt.

How Terrorism Will Be Eradicated

It has to get really dark before dawn. When the sun sets, it starts to get dark. The night then starts to grow. The more the night grows, the darker it gets. Then, just before dawn, the darkness reaches its peak.

So when this oppression and tyranny – in whatever form, under whatever name it is being carried out – is about to reach its peak, then some divine intervention will take place.

There is one personality. Almost every religion is waiting for the Awaited One. Some call him Kalki Avatar. Muslims call him Imam Mehdi. The Sikh community also awaits a personality, Kalki Daar. The Jewish community is waiting for the Messiah and Christians are waiting for Lord Jesus Christ.

It is going to get a little worse and then, with divine intervention, these holy dignitaries from God will show up in public. They will set everything right, I have firm belief. Before they come, we have to do our homework.

For example, in Sri Lanka, we should be more careful.

We should realise that curbing terrorism is not against any religion.

What happens is, when a government starts to curb terrorism, the religious scholars protest and say, ‘This is religious discrimination. You can’t do this against our religion. You are suppressing our people and this is oppression.’ They make it a political issue, but we need to carefully understand [the situation].

This is not a war against any religion. This is not against Islam. It is against people who are enemies of humanity.

In Sri Lanka, it is very unfortunate that certain areas are controlled by [Wahhabis], such as Kathanpuri, near Batticaloa.

Curbing Radicalisation

ISIS is not exporting people into Asian countries; it is the ideology.

They do not infiltrate people from Syria or Iraq into these countries; they find people who already practise the Wahhabi school of thought. They are doing it online. Nobody is coming or going, so you think everything is fine.

As long as there are Wahhabis, it is a time bomb. They can explode and time. If there are Wahhabis in any area, all they need are instructions from ISIS. They are already mentally prepared.

Behind ISIS, the driving force is the Wahhabi school of thought which is totally the opposite of the Sufi school of thought.

Bawa Muhaiyaddeen was a Sri Lankan Muslim Sufi. About 100 years ago, he went to Philadelphia, USA. He never spoke English. He just spoke; Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Jews would all come to listen to him. They would feel peace. A lot of Americans joined him and then he died.

So basically, in order to stop people getting radicalised, we need to have spiritual people.

To cool down a very hot room, we need to open some windows. When there is radicalised community living in the area (and the youth is getting radicalised), we need to promote Sufi thoughts which will dilute it. People will return to the original faith.

The solution is not in killing; the solution is in the change of the heart.

They need to understand that the philosophy they have been told is wrong. This has been done on an academic level. The solution is to tell them, ‘What you have been told is not Islam. This is not islam.’ Messiah Foundation International is doing it all over the world.

I’m sure that people in Sri Lanka, especially Muslims, must be aware of my activities and read about it. When they read my articles and hear my speeches, they will know who I am. They will know that I know everything about Islam and Sufism, and what I am telling them is from the core of the Quran.

The first time I came to Sri Lanka was in 1989.

A lot of people, when we started coming here, thought we would convert them into Islam. No, we’re not here for converting people. We ourselves do not practise any religion. We practise love and spirituality.

Although, I claim that there is nobody who knows about Islam more than I do. This is not a very arrogant claim; it is based on reality. What we need today is not religions. We need love and spirituality. This will solve the problems.

Raising Awareness of Wahhabism

What we need to do is diffuse this school thought academically. We need to raise the issue and raise awareness.

If somebody doing wrong things is so powerful that people are afraid of him and nobody wants to tell him that he is wrong, he will never come to think that he is wrong. There has to be a voice to tell him, ‘What you are doing is wrong.’ If one person said, ‘You’re wrong,’ he will get angry. If two people say, ‘You are wrong,’ maybe he will get even more angry. But if five, then ten, then a hundred people say it, one day, he will think, ‘Maybe I am wrong.’

All you need to do is study Wahhabism first: their tenets, principles and school of thought. They’re only loyal to their religious leader. If their leader says to them, ‘Kill your mother,’ they will do it. If he says, ‘Kill your son,’ they will kill their son. This is a cult of death and hatred.

This is all because of wrong information. You need to give them right information.

I understand that some people have gone so wrong that you can never put them right. They can never be repaired mentally. But we need to concentrate on the youth before they’re tempted.

It is all about temptations: sex, alcohol, power and guns. When they use a pistol or a gun often, they become trigger-happy.

The Difference Between Wahhabism and Sufism

When Prophet Mohammad went back to Mecca from Medina, he was victorious. He established the Islamic country in the land of Hijaz, so there was no need for Jihad anymore.

Some cricketers in the off-season [routinely] take care of their bats. They oil them and knock them, preparing them for the season. Similarly, the Islamic soldiers at the time of Prophet Mohammad used to take care of their swords. They would be sharpening them and putting oil, trying to buff them and prepare them for a new war.

However, after the Islamic country was established, these warriors asked the Prophet, ‘What happened to Jihad? What will we do now?’

Then Prophet Mohammad said to them, ‘We have carried out Jihad which was a Jihad of lower impact. Now, we go towards a greater form of Jihad.’ They were really surprised and thought, ’In a smaller form of Jihad, we were using a sword and chopping heads of people. The Prophet is calling it a smaller Jihad. What could be a greater Jihad? The Prophet said, ’In smaller Jihad, you were standing in front of your enemy. You were able to see your enemy so you could kill him. But in greater Jihad, you cannot see your enemy because your enemy is inside you.’

Prophet Mohammad said, ‘When a person is born, he is born on natural, divine instincts. He is not born as a Muslim, Hindu or Christian.’

When the babies are born, they don’t have any religion.

Prophet Mohammad said, ‘When a person is born, an evil spirit is born with him.’ When you have deceit, arrogance and greed – you hurt and harm others, depriving others of their rights and you want everything [for yourself] – these kinds of evil traits do not come from the human soul. They come from the evil which is born with everybody.

The Companions of the Prophet asked him, ‘Was the evil born in you too?’ He said, ’Yes it was born with me too, but with my spirituality, I purified him. Now, the greater Jihad for you is to purify the evil which is inside you.’

Purifying that evil is Sufism.

Now you can understand these philosophies are parallel to each other: Wahhabis want to promote that evil spirit and Sufis want to purify it.

Prophet Mohammad said, ‘In the eyes of God, killing one person is equal to killing the entire humanity.’

There was a war against enemies of Islam at the time of Prophet Mohammad. One of the Muslim warriors was fighting along with Prophet Mohammad. He got so injured that he was in so much pain. He was saying to other Companions, ‘I wish I could die. I can’t bear the pain.’ He then killed himself. When this was reported to Prophet Mohammad, ‘One of our soldiers who was badly injured killed himself,’ the Prophet said, ‘He will go into hellfire. He committed suicide.’ When Prophet Mohammad said, ‘This is wrong and he will be punished,’ for such a dedicated and loyal servant, how can suicide bombing be an Islamic act?

In the circumstance he committed suicide, to a normal human brain, it was understandable. We’d think, ‘If he killed himself, it was okay. His life was already ruined.’ It was not okay for Prophet Mohammad. He said, ‘You cannot take your life, it is strongly prohibited in Islam.’

How can now these Muslims allow young children to wear a explosives? Not only will he kill himself, but also another 100 – 200 other people. This is unholy, un-Islamic. This is against the principles of Islam and teachings of Prophet Mohammad. This is evil. Muslims need to understand that.

As long as you are a Wahhabi, you won’t understand it, because Wahhabism is about becoming powerful. Those who do not believe your philosophy, they must be killed. This is Wahhabi school of thought. It is not just about non-Muslims. If a Muslim says he is not a Wahhabi and he does not want to practise Wahhabism, Wahhabis say, ‘Forget about the non-Muslims; kill him first.’ They think the only true way of Islam is Wahhabism. If Wahhabism was the true way of Islam, why didn’t it exist at the time of Prophet Mohammad?

I know the roots of Wahhabism. Now, we see, it is a big monster. It was a silent revolution taking place for centuries. It was so horrible and detestable in the beginning, that people didn’t even want to hear about Wahhabism.

The founder of Wahhabism, Mohammad bin Abdul Wahhab Najdi, when he presented his philosophies, was kicked out from his town. Muslims said, ‘This is not Islam.’ When Ibn Taymiyyah presented this sort of philosophy about Islam, he was boycotted and kicked out from his town. People never appreciated this heinous type of Islam. It is not Islam at all.

But then, the Wahhabi school of thought found a sponsor and a common interest: the Saud family.

Saudis needed manpower and Wahhabis needed sponsorship. The land of Hijaz was part of the Ottoman Empire. With the help of British armies, they supported the Saud family. There was a pact between Wahhabis and Saudis: you will help them and they will help you. [Part of the pact is that] Saudis rule the country and have to let Wahhabis promote Wahhabism.

In the last 5 years, 80 billion dollars have been spent on the promotion of the Wahhabi school of thought.

There are big mosques all over the world. In all these countries, in front of the Wahhabi mosques who are funded by Saudi Arabia, we go there, hold banners and say, ‘Wahhabis are evil.’

Achieving Peace in Sri Lanka

All people should be given their rights. There should be no discrimination. There should be one identity: that you are a Sri Lankan citizen, whether you are Tamil, Sinhalese or anybody else. When you give equal rights and there is no oppression or deprivation among any minority, they will all love the country. There will be no war or hatred.

If you want something and the government gives it to you, and I want something and the government will give it to me, then I have no complaints. There should be equality. Then this nation will prosper.

It is possible. When the hearts are purified, greed, arrogance and hatred are pushed out and evil is rooted out, then you will never hate anybody or deprive them of their rights. Tamil, Pakistani, Sinhalese or Indian – these are only names.

We are all human beings. The colour of my blood is the same as yours. We shouldn’t be taking pride in being who we are. We should be more concerned about what we are.

Are we helping each other or depriving others of their rights? I feel the pain if my baby cries and I don’t have money to feed my baby. I should see if others’ babies are crying and they don’t have money to feed the babies – do I still feel the pain for that baby? If I do, I’m a human being.

This will happen when the evil thing that we have been talking about is purified. You’ll begin to love everybody. If we keep saying, ‘You should love each other,’ this will never happen. For example, if you’re suffering from a fever, without medicine, you will never get well. What happens is that people say, ‘No deprivation or hatred. You should all love each other. You’re all brothers. There should be equal rights.’ This is just emotional and verbal diarrhoea.

We need spiritual medicine. We need to solve the problem. We need root out the evil. Only Sufism and spirituality can do that because it gets to the root. The divine energy goes inside and purifies it.

Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism – everything including Islam came from God. I am promoting divine love. If I am against Islam and I am in favour of Christianity, I am fooling myself because all these religions came from the same source.

Rejecting one religion and accepting another is not divine.

If you have five children and somebody comes and tells you, ‘I love one of them and I hate the other four,’ being a father, you will say, ‘What are you talking about? All five are my children.’ Think like God. It was God who sent Jesus, Moses and Mohammad. He wants to love everybody. It is impractical to say that Christianity is good but Islam is bad.

Acceptance is one thing and practice is another. We don’t ask people to practise; we are talking about acceptance. It is when you say, ‘You’re a Muslim? Good. And you’re a Christian? Good. And you’re a Jew? That is very good. I accept all these three. Let’s live together in peace and love. Let’s coexist in one society.’ And we can because all these religions have come from the same God. We shouldn’t be rejecting any religion.

These problems come from people, not religions.

Buddhism is a wonderful religion; Buddha means enlightened one – and enlightenment is our message.

With slight difference in vocabulary, all the religions are the same.

For example, we say there is Satan; in Buddhism, there is no such thing.  They say, ’It is negative energy and this is positive energy.’ Only the words are difference; nothing else is different. [Enlightenment is the message of Buddhism and] this is the message of the Quran and Bible.

The Bible says, ‘Love you Lord, love your God with all your heart and soul. He is inside you; bring him inside.’ The Quran says, ‘I am inside you, but you don’t want to see me.’ Why? There is an evil spirit that does not want you to see God inside you, because then you will become good.

Islam is not bad, but people who call themselves Muslims but do not practise Islam are bad. They call themselves Muslims but they don’t practise the real, original Quran. Prophet Mohammad was a wonderful leader. The Dalai Lama said recently that the teachings of Prophet Mohammad can help curb terrorism from the world.

The Significance of Miracles

We have done spiritual healing and there are so many cases where people were healed, but personally speaking, we should not be looking for miracles in life. We should be practical. There are so many great spiritual people but the world is suffering. Our greatness is not helping them. We have given them wrong hope, that everything will change in the blink of an eye. This will never work. Although miracles are true, the change has to come from people.

People will change the world; miracles won’t change the world.

Miracle workers came to the world, like Jesus. Jesus was the most powerful miracle worker. He showed miracles but the world didn’t change.

The change will come when you change, when you purify yourself.

To say, ‘I will show a miracle and change the world,’ is a false hope. So many great prophets came to this world like Adam, Abraham, Moses the Liberator, Jesus the Son of God and then Mohammad, Beloved of God; but we are still suffering.

We have to raise awareness. If I am ‘His Holiness’, Dalai Lama is ‘His Holiness’ and Ravi Shanka is ‘His Holiness,’ then why are you not ‘Your Holiness’? They are human beings like you and me. Why should we not purify ourselves? If everyone becomes Dalai Lama, if every single person on Earth becomes Ravi Shankar, the world will become beautiful.

God has given this ability to every single man and woman. Why should there be only one ‘His Holiness’? God is just. God wants everybody to become ‘His Holiness’. Messiah Foundation does not believe in one person being holy and the rest are not. You have the same calibre as Ravi Shankar, as Dalai Lama.

My Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi said, ‘God is not unjust. He has given this potential, he has given this spiritual calibre to every man and woman. All you need to do is open your heart, cast out this evil and you will become purified. You will become holy.’

It is not time for miracles. In this age, miracles are not going to serve us.

We need a revolution in which every single human being should change himself.

We want all humanity to become glorified, purified so that we are equal in the eyes of God.

We have been suffering at the hands of politicians for social justice. The social justice has never been given to humanity. But now is the time from God – he wants all human beings to become equal, at least spiritually.

If I am able to perform miracles, you should be able to perform miracles. Your God is the same God as mine. My blood is red and so is yours. You have two eyes and I have two eyes; you’re as intelligent as I am. Every human being is holy; there is no human being that is unholy. Nobody is greater than the other. The knowledge that I advocate will make everybody Dalai Lama; that knowledge will make everybody like me. Why should we not spread the word of love? Why should we not spread the knowledge which will make everybody a great person? It is not impossible anymore. Why should we restrict the knowledge for the elite only?

We are living in this modern age where every person can become a Moses now. 20 years ago, there was no concept of smart phones and FaceTime; science has become so advanced. God is introducing some advanced spiritual powers. Some time ago, to appear on a television show was symbolic to [fame]. Now we have Periscope and Livestream so the value of the television has gone down because everybody can broadcast himself.

When everybody becomes Dalai Lama, who will be ‘His Holiness’? All you need to do is to enlighten the heart. Everybody can become enlightened.

It is not just a message. We have practical, academic knowledge with the help of which everybody can become holy.

This is true that God wants to love everybody. Whether you are a Muslim, Christian, Jew or don’t practise any religion, God wants to love you. God wants you to purify yourself and you become holy. Let’s pray that we heed towards this knowledge and become purified. Whether or not we become Hindu, Christian or Muslim, we should become loving human beings.

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The Sunday Island Interviews Younus AlGohar
23rd May 2016|Articles

The Sunday Island Interviews Younus AlGohar

The Sunday Island Interviews Younus AlGohar

Recently, Younus AlGohar sat down with Steve A. Morrell of the Sunday Island to discuss spirituality and Younus AlGohar’s unique message for the people of Sri Lanka. Read the published piece here.

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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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