The Concept of God differs in all the religions. What Islam teaches a Muslim to observe an understanding of God is different from what Christianity and Judaism do! The concept of God is caged and suffers from limitations imposed by different religions. Imam Mehdi Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi introduces a broader concept of God in which God feels free to grant his love to anyone of his creation without minding restrictions. This Goharian Concept of God is the first step towards unification of the humanity with a unified understanding of God!
How do you perceive that Ummat-e-Wahida will come about when the concept of God in all 3 Abrahamic religions is different? What the Muslims think about God is different from what Christians think about God. For example, Christians think Jesus died for their sins and now all their sins are forgiven. Muslims think on the Day of Judgement Muslims expect to find salvation through Prophet Mohammad and Jews think they are the favourites of God so there is nothing to worry about.
The concept of God given to Christians is limited, the concept of God given to Muslims is limited and concept of God given to Jews is limited.
Imam Mehdi is introducing a fuller, a complete and a thorough concept of God and in this fuller concept of God, God is manifesting upon all humanity that his love is for all. God wants to see your hearts enlightened no matter what religion you practise. The bottom line is it doesn’t matter who you are, what matters is that you must have an enlightened heart and everything else is well. All is well if your heart is well. Now, Christians are better or Muslims are greater or Jews are favourites, this is an old story. Muslim is the past, Christian is the past; Jewish is the past. The new concept of God is that God wants to love all. Everybody must bring God in his heart in order to become closer to God, it doesn’t matter who you are. The only criterion in the eyes of God that has been set as an example by the Awaited One is that you must be in possession of an enlightened heart. If your heart is enlightened it doesn’t matter whether or not you practise a religion. The importance is laid upon enlightenment of the heart not on what religion you practise and this is the broader concept of God.
In other concepts of God the power of God was limited. Jesus said to Christians, ‘I am the way, through me you reach the father; you come to God through me only.’ That is for Christians it’s not for Muslims. Likewise the Quran says, ‘Tell them, if you want to love God, follow me and God will love you.’ But that is for Muslims only. So the concept of God is very limited and restricted. There are boundaries. God has been caged by the religions. His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi has not only liberated humanity from all limitations of the world but Gohar Shahi has also un-caged God from the boundaries set by these religions. The concept of God introduced by Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi God is not dependent on any religion. God can grant love to whomsoever he pleases there are no limitations. Now there are no restrictions, whether you go to a church, a temple, or mosque it no longer matters as long as you possess Noor (Divine Light) in your heart.
This concept of God given by Imam Mehdi is greater than the concepts of God introduced by Prophet Mohammad, Adam, Jesus, Abraham or Moses because their concept of God was limited to the boundaries put forth by their respective Kalima (Declaration of Faith). However with this concept of God given by Imam Mehdi, for the first time God is free to exercise his choice. God is free to exercise his right and his power. Now God can say he ‘is the absolute power and can do anything’ because previously God was unable to guide anybody unless they performed the austerities required by the religion but here there is no such thing; God may grant guidance to whomsoever he wishes. God may enter anybody’s heart and grant his love to even the Sikhs and Hindus. HDE Gohar Shahi said to God, ‘Now you can bless all whether be he a Jew, Christian, Muslim, Hindu or Sikh; you are free to bless them all. Practise thy nature of being un-discriminatory.
In practical meaning of words HDE Gohar Shahi liberated the concept of God from the boundaries and perimeters and limitations of the religions and this blessing came about thanks to the manifestation of the Kalima-e-Sabqah (first and foremost declaration of faith), ‘La Ilaha Illa Riaz’. In the fuller meaning of the phrase you can now practically say to the world that God is love.
When Jesus said God is love, after 600 years, the Sharia of Prophet Mohammad supressed it. The Sharia said: don’t talk about love, go perform Salat. Therefore the concept of love became supressed and limited to a few hearts. Did Omar bin Khattab ever talk about love? Did Abu Bakar talk about love? Only Hazrat Ali and Fatima talked about love. Abu Bakar did not know what love was. It was not a nation of love.
Jesus brought an introductory message. Jesus said God is love and people said love? Go home, so Jesus went. His ministry time was 3.5 years. What could he have done in 3.5 years? Prophet Mohammad spent 23 years in his ministry. After 23 years of the Mohammadan ministry when finally Prophet Mohammad traveled from this world to the other world his body was left unattended for 3 days 3 nights. Abu Bakar and Omar bin Khattab said it’s more important to decide who is going to be the next Caliph rather than taking care of the body. They said why are you wasting time here? Let’s decide who should take over. This was their concept. Where is love? Where was the love of Prophet Mohammad? Was this not written in the Hadith?
Hadith: One cannot become a true devout until he loves me more than his parents and the rest of the world
Had they forgotten this Hadith? More important was taking care of Prophet Mohammad’s body. Observance of Prophet Mohammad’s respect was more important than deciding the next Caliph, which was violated. Observance of Prophet Mohammad’s respect was more important than Islam. So where was the concept of love? There was no love, there was only Sharia. Those who said we are not going anywhere, no wives, no children, no business, no goats and no milk, only Prophet Mohammad and Dhikr Allah, were the Ashab-e-Sufa (Companions of the Prophet who practised Sufism) and they loved.
Jesus talked about God’s love but his ministry could not last more than 3.5 years so in a practical way he did not establish God’s love on earth because he didn’t find time. He talked about love and now this is the first time in human history when the love of God is granted and dispensed to people, realistically and practically and not to just one group of people or one religion or one faith. It is being dispensed to all aspiring hearts whether that heart lies in the body of a Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Jew or somebody who doesn’t even believe in a religion.
Is this not justice that Prophet Mohammad talked about? Prophet Mohammad said, ‘When Imam Mehdi comes to this world he will fill the world with justice and this is the justice. Everybody has the right to love God. Why restrict God’s love? Is there anything more important or more costly or more expensive or more valuable than God’s love? Then you give provision to all but why are you restricting your love to one particular group of people? Air is for all, sun is for all, moon is for all, food is for all and love is for few? That is not good. Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi has come to fulfill the requirement of justice to be done and justice is being done and seen. This is HDE Gohar Shahi’s concept of God.
If you ask a Muslim about God he will tell you the concept of God given to Islam. But if you say that Gods concept is the same in all religion I will not accept it. Unification has several grades and several phases. Before the entire humanity is unified, God’s concept needs unification. God’s concept is different in all religions; first this concept must be unified. Somebody thinks God is cruel, somebody thinks God is a beloved and somebody thinks God is a justifier. God’s concept will be unified when everyone will say God is love. A Christian says God is love but a Muslim doesn’t say it. A Jew says a different story and a Muslim says a completely different story. Some of today’s contemporary Muslims think behead people and go to paradise, what kind of concept is this? How a Christian sees God is different from how a Muslim sees God and how a Jew sees God is altogether a different concept. So before humanity is unified, their understanding level needs to be unified and how they see God and how they perceive God must be unified. They must think alike. They must believe alike. They must love alike. They must perceive God alike before they all become alike. The first thing that needs to be done is the concept of God that is different in all religions must be unified so that all religions begin to think of God in the same way as God wants them to.
All humanity must accept with all their heart that greater than all the religions introduced by the prophet and messengers is the Religion of God. All humanity must accept that greater than all worship is the love of God. All humanity must accept that God loves modesty. All humanity must accept that all the religious rituals are on one side and enlightenment of the heart is the one thing that pleases God. When the divine concept becomes crystal clear and transparent than the concept of Ummat-e-Wahida shall come into existence.