Younus AlGohar discusses the concept of God’s Oneness in different faiths and presents food for thought: can man become God?
- Followers of Judaism, somehow or other, believe some of their messengers are either God or Sons of God; still they practise monotheism. In Christianity, the belief that Jesus is the Son of God is the main theme; yet it is still known to be a monotheistic religion. More emphasis is laid on Oneness of God in Islam compared to Judaism and Christianity; still, the Quran verifies them both to be monotheistic. Even followers of Islam, from the era of Prophet Mohammad to date, have developed this notion that some saints were revered like they were God.
- In Sufi circles, 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, he will not attain spiritual grace from him. According to the religious law, Sharia (which does not recognise spirituality), to do this is Shirk (to make a partner with God). Sharia doesn’t recognise inward faculties and will only see you as a human being; it has no access to make analysis of your Batin (Inner). Sharia is blind of spirituality therefore no matter who you are talking about, Sharia applies one stereotype rule to all.
- What caused monotheistic religions to have this problem that some followers of each religion, somehow or other, managed to call a man God? Even Sufis that were delegated by God and were great preachers of the Oneness of God agreed to this notion that man can be God. The answer: your physical body has no value. Forget being God - your body cannot even be a Momin (Enlightened Believer). You only become a Momin when your heart is enlightened. However, your souls have the ability to absorb God’s light. God can come inside your souls and your heart can become a divine abode.
- Because the Sufis refer to their respective Spiritual Guides as God, Wahhabis think Sufis are heretics and polytheists. However, a Sufi who says this is referring to the presence of God in his Spiritual Guide's heart. If you remind Wahhabis of Prophet Mohammad's statement whereby he said, ‘One who has seen me has seen God,’ they'll reject any eminence of the Prophet. This is because they do not have knowledge of spirituality and they only know the ritualistic practice of the religion. Everything that reveals the existence of the spiritual aspect of Islam is considered to lack authenticity in the eyes of a Wahhabi Muslim. The Wahhabi ideology is like a plague, full of hatred and based on something worse than extremism. To a Wahhabi, all non-Wahhabi Muslims are considered to be polytheists.
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