Thursday, 26 July 2012

Spirituality the Religion of the Soul and the Core of all Religions



What is the difference between the Goharian Philosophy of Divine Love and the teachings of Sufism/Spirituality? 

If you do a comparative study of the religions you will notice that there is a concept of Spirituality in Judaism, Christianity and also in Islam. Bu the concept of Spirituality is to be found only in those religion which have been established by Messengers and Prophets sent by God and you will see all the man-made religions do not have a clear concept of Spirituality. Buddhism is not a celestial religion; it is a set of thoughts of a man. Jainism and Hinduism is not a celestial set of beliefs. There are three main Abrahamic Faiths and these three are monotheist religions, they were established by Messengers sent by God. All these three, Judaism, Christianity and Islam have a lengthy Spiritual System. The teachings of spirituality in Judaism are known to be the teachings of Kabala and in Christianity spirituality is known as Gnosticism. If you look up this word in a lexicon, the meaning of this word Gnosticism is Muarifa. There is also a Bible, the Gnostic Bible composed by Thomas, ‘The Gospel of Thomas’. It is really sad and strange at the same time that in all three religions, Judaism Christianity and Islam, the teachings of spirituality have been altered. The teachings of spirituality have been regarded as an alien object in the religion like it has nothing to do with the mainstream orthodox teachings of the religion. It is a very sad and disheartening fact that the teachings of spirituality have been regarded as an alien object in all 3 major religions of the world.

Those who represent the Law of the Religion (Sharia) are proudly known as Orthodox followers of the religion and spiritualists in all these three religions have been considered to be separated from the mainstream religion. It is not just the religion of Islam where Sufis are considered to be heretic but also Sufis in Judaism faced more fierce opposition by the orthodox clerics of the religion. Those who practise Kabbalistic teachings earn no respect in Judaism. They are considered as some kind of an orthodox type of people. Similarly The Gospel of Thomas which is the gist of Gnostic Teachings within Christianity are to be practised but in a very occult way. The mainstream religion does not appreciate the importance of spirituality in the religion. The synagogue does not accept the teachings of Kabala as orthodox teachings whereas the church does not appreciate and accept Gnostic Teachings and in Islam also Sufis do not have much respect in the mainstream religion. Those who practise Sufism most of the time by the mainstream religion and religious people, these Sufis are regarded as heretics. This is what has been happening so it is not one man’s fault in one era. This error in the human mind has been going on for a long time. There is no mention of the time of Adam, how did the people of that time take the teachings of spirituality? It is not mentioned anywhere in the recorded history. However, as far as we can go in history, we understand that Judaism, Christianity and Islam do not accept spirituality as part of orthodox religion. 

We also are a part of this society. When everybody knew spirituality is separated from the mainstream religion we lived in the same society, we interacted with the same people so we also had the same view on spirituality. Sufism is regarded as something excluded from the religion. I never thought that Sufism was part of the religion until I met His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi and HDE Gohar Shahi explained everything. HDE Gohar Shahi explained there are two aspects of every religion, the outer aspect of the religion and inner aspect/dimension of the religion. 

HDE Gohar Shahi said, ‘Spirituality is the soul of the religion, spirituality is the life of the religion. Spirituality is the core of the religion whereas the Sacred Law (Sharia) is only the shell.’ 

HDE Gohar Shahi said, ‘All 5 Grand Messengers were given a book and all those 5 Grand Messengers were also given the inner dimension of the religion they were granted by God. No religion is complete without its inner dimension.’

According to the Quran there are two aspects of everything. God created everything in pairs like light and darkness, day and night, cold and hot. Everything was created in pairs. In a similar way Quran said God exists everywhere, in both the outer and inner dimensions. Existence can be either seen or divided in two different aspects. The apparent existence which you can see and the invincible dimension which you can easily say is an abstract dimension which you can feel but cannot witness it. You can feel it but you cannot witness it. However you can observe it. You have your existence and your existence also has two different dimensions, the outer dimension and the inner dimension.  

The Two Aspects of Human Existence
Even the body has two dimensions. There are two types of doctors, physicians. If you have minor disease you will see a physician and he will ask you what is wrong and you will say I feel pain all over my body, I am coughing badly and my nose is running. Most probably he will say you have a cold. Physicians will ask you questions and you will tell him how do you feel and you will tell him the symptoms. Having heard the symptoms he will then prescribe for you a medicine. But his judgement will be based on what you tell him so he has studied the knowledge of symptoms. He will prescribe for you a medicine and you will start taking that medicine. For example if you have pain in your stomach in England most probably he will give you Paracetamol every 6 hours. Having taken that medicine without fail for a week if you still have pain, most probably that physician will send you to the hospital because he wants to know what is wrong inside your body. If you are running temperature you will feel the temperature by touching your body, if it is hot than it normally is; 98.7 is the normal temperature of a man but if his temperature is 100 it means he is feverish. He is trying to determine what could go wrong if the body is hot or what could have gone wrong and if the body is hot and if Paracetamol is not curing the pain then he wants to see what could be wrong inside your body. The knowledge of the inside of the body is anatomy. Even the body has two dimensions. Now what could be wrong inside your body? The organs you cannot see until you are dissected. A physician cannot do it. If something is wrong in your stomach then most probably they will put in your stomach a camera and they will manoeuvre the camera in your stomach and they would want to see what is wrong inside your stomach. That is the inner aspect of your body. 

In a similar way there are two aspects, physical aspect of your existence and spiritual aspect of your existence. Whether it’s a Jew, a Christian or a Muslim, whether they believe in spirituality or they do not believe in spirituality they will have to admit the fact that there is a body and there is a soul and human being is a compound of both. But before the body was created your soul already existed so your Batin (inner dimension) is much older than your body, which means it is more important to teach your soul your religion rather than teaching your body your religion because your body is in your possession momentarily. But what will continue to be in your possession is your soul. You will never get rid of your soul no matter you live here or you die. Even when you have died you will continue to exist because of your soul. The soul is the source of your eternal existence. When a religion is sent, the religion is to address the theosophical needs of your body and also the spiritual needs of your soul. What happens when the religion is destroyed? A religion is destroyed when the outer aspect of the religion is fine but the religion cannot reach and cannot cater for the spiritual needs of the inner dimension of our existence. That is exactly what has happened to the religions today. 

In other words spirituality is the core of the religions. If there is no soul in the body the body is dead. If there is no spirituality in the religion, the religion is dead. If the soul leaves your body your body cannot move, cannot talk and cannot digest food. When somebody dies and they carry him into the graveyard they insert something into his nose, his mouth, etc. because there is no soul there is no power, there is no light, there is no energy and anything that could have been left out in his stomach could now release. Life sustains your body and that life stays inside your soul so your soul is the ‘Sustainer of Life’ in an actual and factual way. Your body does represent your presence in this world but it doesn’t represent your existence. If you cannot see something you cannot say it doesn’t exist but you think what you can see only that thing exists. For example if you cannot see Jesus and you say Jesus is here but we cannot see him, the pathetic thing is if you cannot see something you cannot convince yourself to believe the fact that, that thing is existing. 

God says, ‘I am everywhere.’ But he is nowhere to be seen. When I was a child I asked my teacher is he in the toilet as well and he said no shut up. 

Spirituality is the core of all religions and no religion can exist without spirituality. Spirituality caters for the needs of the soul. Your soul is your permanent, eternal and factual existence. There is a very deep and heavy emphasis on factual. Your soul is the factual evidently existence and your body only represents your presence in this world. You existed through your soul before you came into this world. But when you die that will be the death of your body. You must understand this point. What is death? When you die you do not stop living. The process, the cycle of existence continues. What is death? Before you came into this world you existed and your existence was through your soul and after your death you return to the same previous state of life. So this body is a fake existence, a momentary existence. Your real existence belongs to your soul how and why? Before your birth into this world your soul existed and after your demise in this world it will be your soul through which you will exist. So religion is sent to teach your existence, to teach your reality, to teach the essence of your being and the essence of your being is not your body. The essence of your being is what will continue to exist when you stop living in this world. It’s not your body. The essence of your being is your soul because that will continue to exist even when you stop living in this world. Our actual and factual being is our soul not our body, therefore we also understand any religion, any spiritual, any divine medicine or divine help which is extended to humanity is meant to cater the needs of the true and factual existence of mankind which is not the body, it is the soul. The knowledge that we cater for the needs of the soul is called spirituality. It is the teachings of spiritualty which will in reality address and cater the needs of your soul not the body. If the religion does not reach out to your soul that religion is not fit to take care of your theosophical needs.

Today the religions have become invalid, disabled because these religions do not have a valid Spiritual System and if a religion cannot cater anymore the needs of the soul that that religion in factual sense does not exist anymore. Religions were made but nothing can be obtained by the soul without spirituality. The word spirituality has word called spirit which is referred to the soul. You need to understand that the factual existence is not your body it is your soul. On the day of anointment, on the Day of Azal when God gathered all the souls and they assembled in the presence of God, was there any body? No. Then God showed them modelled luxuries of the world, modelled luxuries of the paradise and at that point in time the choice was made by the souls because your bodies did not exist at that time. You are sent into this world now and you are following a religion, Judaism, Christianity, Islam but the choice was made by your soul. If this religion does not reach out to the soul there is no coordination between the choice that you made and what you are doing here because the choice you made was made by your soul. Your body needs comfort luxury, that’s it. The religion of the body is comfort and luxury and if your body has comfort and luxury you are happy. If your soul is a loving soul and your body has all the luxuries and comforts of the world available to it but fortunately you have a loving soul in that body then you will feel uneasy with all those luxuries and all those comforts. You will always feel something very vital in my life is missing. You will have so much money yet your heart is not at peace because your soul is hungry, because your soul needs a doctor, because your soul is diseased. 

Your soul is inside you. Your body cannot see your soul. Who would be blinder than a person who cannot see his own existence and he talks about the world? If you talk about insight how far can you see? To me you cannot see beyond your nose. If you cannot see yourself forget about seeing the rest of the world. Perhaps this is why God cleverly said, ‘One who has recognised himself has recognised his Lord.’

What does it mean? Has there been a span of time in which I have been unaware of myself? Why do I need to recognise myself? Do I not know myself? You think your body is yourself but that is not true. The primary source of your life is not your body it is the secondary source, the primary source of existence is your soul and your body does not know that. You cannot see your soul. Spirituality is not something on top of an orthodox set of beliefs like a luxury in theosophical circles but rather a basic necessity without which there is no concept of becoming good or divine. There is no concept of goodness. 

Our body is filled with life. Every part of our body has life. But if we chop your hand off will you die? So, your hand is not very important to your life. If we cut your nose off will you die? No. Forget about cutting your heart off, just put a knife in your heart and you will die. So your heart is the centre of your life. Without eyes you will continue to live on. There are so many blind people they are living aren’t they? The quality of life is not the same but still they are living. There are so many people who do not have the organ to produce children but they are still living. 


Religious Spirituality & the Brand of Spirituality Introduced by His Divine Eminence Ra Gohar Shahi
Similarly, if the religion does not teach your body but it teaches your soul, you are okay because on the Day of Judgement it is not your body that will be asked questions. It will unfortunately be your soul. What has gone wrong with people in this day and age is that people have either ignored or forgotten or have become oblivion of the importance of spirituality because apparently they do know after their death the soul will be taken to the skies and celestial realms but it will be silly to ignore the fact that the questions by God will be put to your souls because you are leaving your body behind. Either the body is going to be cremated or put in the grave. Almost everybody in this world believes the soul will be taken to the celestial realms but of course the questions from God will be put to your souls because you will not have your body with you. Then why are you ignoring in the religion the knowledge that will enlighten your soul? When you know the fact that due to your demise your body will be left in this world and only your soul will be taken by the angels in the celestial realms and all the questioning and examination by God will be carried on your soul not your body. Why do you ignore the core of the religion, spirituality, when you know that you will be left with the soul in the end and you will have your body no more? Don’t you think it is foolhardy to confine the knowledge of the religion to your body only that is no the permanent abode of your soul? Spirituality is the core of every religion and those who think that it is not an orthodox set of beliefs they are fooling themselves. They are idiots. What else could be orthodox if not spirituality? Spirituality is the spot on teachings; it is directly addressing your soul. You will be present before God in your soul not with your body. At the end of the day the questions asked by God will be put to your soul because your soul will be representing you. In this world your body is representing you but on the Day of Judgement your soul will be representing you. Now it will be judged what you did while you were present here. Did you take the knowledge of the religion to your soul? 

Spirituality is the core of every religion and those who say spirituality is not an orthodox mainstream aspect of the religion they live in fool’s paradise and they are actually misleading the humanity. When religions were sent spirituality was made the core of the religion. But it doesn’t mean spirituality by itself cannot be sent as a set of beliefs without accompanying any religion. The awaited One Imam Mehdi/Messiah/Kalki Avatar Ra Gohar Shahi is the pioneer of non-religious, secular spirituality. The Spiritual Sciences that I represent and HDE Gohar Shahi has introduced are the spiritual teachings which are non-religious and secular but purer than religious spirituality because now anybody can reach God without entering or coming into the fold of any religion. You do not have to embrace a set of beliefs of a religion in order to reach God. HDE Gohar Shahi is giving you a short-cut. When you apply for a passport a normal delivery will take 4 weeks and premium service within 2 hours. HDE Gohar Shahi teachings are like premium service. For example in the morning you are like alien to yourself, in the afternoon you met HDE Gohar Shahi and by the evening you know God. This is how quick this newly introduced process of Spirituality introduced by HDE Gohar Shahi is. 

HDE Gohar Shahi says a human being has two religions, one is the religion of his body and one is the religion of his soul. However many religions were sent into this world, they all had two dimensions of the religion with teachings for the outer body and teachings for the inner soul. However most followers of the religion are those who follow the outer dimension and the percentage of those following the religion of the soul is much lower. In the past the religion of the soul was partly introduced and HDE Gohar Shahi has introduced a full-fledged version of the Religion of God (Religion of the Soul). 

When spirituality is adopted as part of a religion it is adopted through religious principles, worship, customs and methods. In Islam there are many forms of worship and austerities. There is Dhikr, Salat and fasting. Fasting is related to the purification of the Nafs however it is only done one month out of a year, therefore, the percentage is decreased whereas Salat is offered every day. The teachings of spirituality within the religion must be adopted according to the religious method. If you are in the religion and you try to obtain the teachings of spirituality within that religion without the religion you will not be successful. This is why it is said there is no Tariqa without Sharia. It is very important to understand this. 

When spirituality as part of the religion is practised, it is practised via conventional methods of worship and any person in that religion if wanting to adopt spirituality without fulfilling the requirement of the religion will always fail. Spirituality in that religion has to be practised according to the principles of that religion. No wonder in Islamic circles they say there is no Tariqa without Sharia because whatever portion of spirituality in that religion that is part of that religion and you have to go by the book. Muslims becoming Sufis have to strictly follow Sharia and by virtue of the Law of Sharia they get to the core of the truth. That is the case in every religion. Now we have HDE Gohar Shahi’s brand of Spirituality. Spirituality which is to be found in religions is not very profound teachings of spirituality. It is surface level spirituality and it’s not very deep. It just touches upon a few important, essential parts of spirituality. For example, the Islamic spirituality consists of two main points, purification of the heart and mortification of the Self. That will do and a Muslim will turn into a Sufi. But that is not the hard core spirituality. We understand that spirituality which is part of any religion is acquired by virtue of the practise of the principles of that religion. Without embracing and performing the principles of that religion you cannot acquire the spirituality within that religion. 

But the form and brand of spirituality that HDE Gohar Shahi has introduced is self-standing Spiritual Sciences. It is not part of any religion. It is the core of spirituality and attainment of this new brand of spirituality is obtained without adopting any religious passage. You do not have to follow a religion in order to learn this spirituality and this message from HDE Gohar Shahi goes out to the entire human race. 

HDE Gohar Shahi says, ‘In order to recognise God and reach God learn Spirituality no matter what religion or faith you practise.’ 

HDE Gohar Shahi’s message is self-evident and very vocal about its nature. If you read Sufi books you will find out that without adopting the Sacred Law of Islam one cannot become a Sufi. But then when you come to the realm of HDE Gohar Shahi, the message put across your mind is that you may belong to any religion because this spirituality is not part of any religion. It is an independent essence of Spirituality. How is it obtained and upon what principality? There is only one principle and that principle is HDE Gohar Shahi. In religious spirituality one has to wait until he or she obtains permission from God, until God permits him or her to become a spiritual person and then having been submitted to God, one cannot be 100 per cent sure whether he or she will definitely be accepted by God. When God responds to your Spiritual Guide he may simply turn down your request of becoming a spiritual person and he will never furnish your request with a valid reason as to why he rejected you because God doesn’t recognise furnishing your request and the rejection he makes with any reasoning. You cannot question God’s authority, unfortunately. In religious spirituality of Judaism, Christianity and Islam you have no control over your choice. For example you have a desire of becoming a spiritual person but it doesn’t depend on your choice. You have to wait until you are permitted by God only then you are initiated into spirituality and if God says I do not want to see your face, then it’s over. In religious spirituality for example, Kabala in Judaism, Gnosticism in Christianity and Sufism in Islam, it is not like you would want to become a Sufi and without any hindrance you will become a Sufi by reading a couple of Sufi books.

Sultan Haq Bahu said he sought a Spiritual Guide for 30 years until he found one and having become a Saint of God he looked for a true spiritual disciple for 30 years and he didn’t find one. So in religious spirituality, there is very limited space to manoeuvre. Sultan Haq Bahu said the Sacred Law is like a big palace and the hole of spirituality is very narrow. The Sacred Law of Sharia has mighty palaces and the fact is when he said the palaces of the Sacred Law of Sharia are huge, you can easily enter them but if you want to enter spirituality, the entrance is very narrow and on that narrow entrance of spirituality there are Islamic clerics standing guard, they will never let you in. Only those succeeded to enter that narrow hole of spirituality, who did it in a very secrete way, meaning they found a Faqir/Spiritual Guide outside of the religion and through his Merciful Glance they entered spirituality. The Faqir will not ask you to find spirituality through Soum or Salat; he will simply fall a glance of his Spiritual Sight upon your heart and take you to the court of the Lord. 

In religious spirituality there are so many problems, so many things to do and then you wait for the permission from God. If today somebody wants to become a Sufi, do you think it is possible that you make a desire of becoming a Sufi and with your effort you become a Sufi? Without prior permission from God you cannot be admitted into Spirituality but the good news is HDE Gohar Shahi has come. HDE Gohar Shahi said that Ba Yazeed Bastami remained engaged in extensive austerities in the jungle for 14 years waiting for the permission from God, permission of initiation. He remained in the jungle for 14 years so that God accepts him and let him in Spirituality. 

HDE Gohar Shahi said, ‘The one who comes to me and seeks Spirituality and my help, that person is instantly, immediately and on the spot admitted, permitted, accepted and initiated.’ 

In other words in the Spirituality introduced by Abraham, introduced in Christianity, introduced by Prophet Mohammad you can make a choice but you are not able to turn it into reality. In this brand new spirituality introduced by HDE Gohar Shahi if you wish to become a spiritual person HDE Gohar Shahi is ready to embrace. In this form of spirituality all you need is an aspiring and a willing heart. The rest will be taken care of by HDE Gohar Shahi, simple as that. Here at Gohar Shahi’s doorsteps there is no disappointment for anybody, there is no rejection for anybody because the applications for spirituality are dealt here in HDE Gohar Shahi’s office. It is not sent to God for permission.  

What are the points upon which HDE Gohar Shahi accepts you and permits you to be initiated? What must be seen before HDE Gohar Shahi admits you? Only one point, if you have a willing heart, you are accepted. Was it ever that easy? People are vigilant day and night in the churches, mosques, synagogues and temples, yet they do not find a trace of God and here God’s love is on sale; a closing down sale, 99% reduction, liquidation. Was God ever obtained this way? Was God ever obtained so easily? You don’t have to go to a church, mosque, synagogue or any other worship place. You don’t have to do anything. You do not have to make any effort at all. Just close your eyes the rest will be done by HDE. 

This is why I call it the Goharian Philosophy of Divine Love. You do not have to practise any religion to be a spiritual person now. You will obtain spiritual power, spiritual knowledge and the spiritual principles without performing any religious principles. The main difference between HDE Gohar Shahi’s Spiritual Philosophy and the religious spirituality is that here all you need is a willing heart and you do not have to follow any religion at all; it is strictly spiritual.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

The Purpose of Ramadan

Democracy is like a social science the way you want to live your life, what you want in your life. What lines do you want your country to be shaped and what kind of society you want to have in your country. Democracy is basically the aspect of your outward life and if you want to talk about the inner aspect of your life in that aspect what you need is spirituality. Social structure is destroyed in Pakistan therefore the spiritual structure is also destroyed. Democracy is not suitable to a Nation that which is not educated, and its citizens are dishonest. The Pakistani Nation is all corrupt in sociology and religiosity. One person is a unit of a society, and its reformation begins at one person's reformation, and reformation of a person is directly and totality dependent upon correction and purification of his heart. The hearts of Pakistani Nation are corrupt, thus, they are following shadows. 

When ignorant individuals like Tahir Ul Qadri became Sheikh al Islam in this country, the religion was destroyed, thus, its citizens became corrupt. Pakistan does not need a democracy nor do they need such ignorant scholars. What Pakistan needs is spiritual reformation. They need HDE Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi to awaken and enlighten their hearts and turn them into Momineen. When the Divine Light (Noor) enters the heart, the negative attributes in one’s character being to diminish, thus reforming the person from the inside out. When all hearts are purified and cleansed of such negativity the society shall automatically be reformed of corrupt and negative vices. 

The Muslim Clerics say according to a Hadith the Shaitan is locked up in the month of Ramadan. That is wrong if the Shaitan was locked up why do you continue to engage in bad deeds? This Hadith refers to the Shaitan within you (Nafs), to lock up, tame and purify the devil residing in you. All Muslims, whether they are Pakistan, Indian, Bangladeshi or Arab are unaware of the true purpose of Ramadan.
Prophet Mohammad said: Fasting is for God and God shall reward you. 

You never do anything in this world without a purpose, why then do you fast without knowing the true purpose behind it? Muslims say they fast because God has ordered them to do so. But why has God ordered you to do so? What is the purpose and what is to be obtained through this practise? There is a purpose behind every act that has been prescribed by God. 

For Dhikr God has said: There is a means to cleanse everything.  For the heart, it is the Divine Light produced from the repetition of God’s name (Dhikr Allah)  


For Salat God has said:

إِنَّ الصَّلَاةَ تَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنْكَرِ
(29:45)

Salat refrains from bad deeds


Similarly, the purpose of fasting is to obtain purity (Taqwa) however it is only beneficial to the Momineen. The diet of the Nafs is Naar (negative energy) and the consumption of food leads to an intake of Naar and the fire of Naar strengthens the Nafs and weakens the heart. Fasting during Ramadan restricts the Nafs from obtaining Naar and because a Momin has an enlightened heart, his heart is constantly producing Divine Light, purifying the heart and taming the Nafs. Worship, Salat, Taraweeh and recitation of the Quran further help to purify the heart and Nafs. This is obligatory upon Momineen and fasting for 30 days regularly over a period of 12 years, alongside worship and austerities leads one to piety (Taqwa).

The question is you have been fasting for 30 years, but have you become a Mutaqee (one who has obtained piety)? Does your Salat refrain you from the committance of sins? The entire nation is in a heedless trance. They do not have the ability to bring order to their social structure how can they be expected to have the unseen esoteric knowledge? These so called scholars, Sheikh ul Islam, represent this heedless and ignorant nation. Muslims fast because it’s obligatory. But why is it obligatory and for whom is it obligatory? What should be achieved from this practise? Do they see an improvement in their character? Their consciences are asleep! They do not know why they are fasting or that fasting does not serve the purpose if one fails to attain purification through fasting. 

Only the teachings of Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi can save this nation otherwise this nation is destroyed!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The Teachings of Imam Mehdi a Gift for Humanity

The spiritual knowledge is being propagated from the platform of Mehdi Foundation International for every individual, regardless of religion, colour, cast or creed and this is a gift from His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi.

According to Prophet Mohammad, books are not the ultimate source of knowledge but rather the chest of Prophet Mohammad is the divine institute of Esoteric (inner) Knowledge; we proudly announce that this knowledge that we (Mehdi Foundation International) are dispensing is being received from the chest of Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi. Mehdi Foundation International dispenses the Spiritual Grace of Ilm-e-Laduni (knowledge pertaining to the Essence of God), Ilm-e-Faqr (Spiritual Poverty), Ilm-e-Batin (Esoteric Knowledge) and Moujizat-e-Ishq (Wonders of Rapturous Love).

According to the nature of HDE Gohar Shahi and in the light of HDE’s teachings, our aim is not to dishearten or criticise any sect nor is our aim politics, rather, our aim is to convey the message of Divine Love to every aspiring heart.

There was a time when five out of 10 people were Zakir-e-Qalbi (enlightened hearts) but that is no longer the case.  

Who does this era belong to for whom Alama Iqbal said, ‘The time of unveiling has come, all will be able to see the manifestation of the Lord. The secret will be unfolded that the silence concealed’?  

For this era Prophet Mohammad said to his companions, pointing towards the Moon, 
‘A time will come when you will see your Lord just as clearly as you are seeing the Moon and you would have no difficulty in recognising that this is indeed your Lord.’

In the previous eras this special knowledge was confined to the Spiritual Orders. Today these Spiritual Orders, such as Chishti, Soharwardi, Naqshbandi, and Qadri have lost their spiritual grace. Presently there is no Spiritual Order on this earth that can offer enough spiritual grace to elevate a Muslim into a Momin.


Why do Saints emerge from the Indian sub-continent region only?
On many online forums, people have begun to ask the question, 'Is HDE Gohar Shahi not Imam Mehdi?'. Many people have this thought that if they were able to communicate with God or Prophet Mohammad, they would ask them questions. Whether you have questions for God or Prophet Mohammad, we will ask them for you and if we are unable to answer your questions we will shut down Mehdi Foundation International!

Somebody on the forum asked, 'Why do Saints only emerge from the Indian sub-continent? Is Islam only in this region?' To answer this, let me give you example: in the area of Croydon there are many different car showrooms, however, there isn’t a Ferrari showroom and if you go to Central London, you will not find a Toyota or Volkswagen showroom. Why? Because, if someone opens a Ferrari showroom in a middleclass area, his cars will not sell, because expensive cars are sold in areas where people have the ability to buy them.

Similarly there was an era when Saints frequently emerged from the Arab region. Hassan Basri was a Sultan ul Fuqra, he was from Medina and he was from the era of Prophet Mohammad. Rabia Basri and Mansoor Hallaj were from the city of Basra, Iraq. Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani was from Iran, then he migrated to Baghdad, Iraq where he made his spiritual retreat (Khanqah). Ibn-e-Arabi was from Spain. Imam Busiri was from Egypt. Then suddenly Saints of God began to emerge from the Indian sub-continent, which includes the areas known as Bangladesh and Pakistan. Why did this happen? 

It is not surprising, because when the tenet of the Arabian region became corrupted and Sufism became null and void, God directed Habl Allah (Divine Rope) towards the region where Sufism was being practised. Because God provides guidance to those whom he wants to guide, therefore God sends the ones to give guidance in the same region where there are people whom he wants to guide.

The belief system of the Arab region had become corrupted and Wahhabism had gained popularity. Previously, Wahhabism was not as common as it is today. And until 1921, when the soil of Hijaz (Arabian region) was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, the celebrations of Prophet Mohammad’s birth took place in the Kaaba. Then an Army General from Britain went to the region and was known as Lawrence of Arabia. Members of the Saud family formed an alliance with pirates and Lawrence of Arabia and defeated the Ottoman Empire, and the soil of Hijaz became Saudi Arabia. The Saud Family declared Sufism to be omitted from the Quran/Islam and destroyed the faiths (Emaan) of many people. Not only this, but they tried to impose their tenet upon all those who came to perform Hajj (Pilgrimage). Many Islamic countries were banned from performing Hajj; sometimes Indonesia was not permitted and sometimes Iran and Egypt.

The Saud Family has a lot of oil money because of which they have created their network throughout the world. A common man cannot understand their cunningness. They built mosques and nobody had any objections. They printed and distributed Qurans for free and people took them. Nobody tried to find out whose tenet was being promoted through their translation of the Quran. On one hand they distributed their translation of the Quran according to their tenet for free and on the other hand, they bought a religious scholar named Mohammad Ilyas Kandelvi, who laid the foundation of the Tableeghi Jamat (Wahhabism) in India. This Wahhabism spread from India to Pakistan and with the support of Saudi Arabia they opened their centres and established themselves. Saudi Arabia is responsible for creating Wahhabism and Tahafuz-e-Khatam-e-Naboowat, whose job is to make sure nobody is promoting Sufism in the society. They threaten and quieten anyone who promotes Sufism, or if people believe him to be a Saint and if he continues, they file cases of blasphemy against Prophet Mohammad, blasphemy against Quran, and blasphemy against Islam, against that person and put him in jail. They even go as far as getting him killed so that the Sufi Circles are quietened.

The foundation of Sufism was based upon the tenet of the Companions of the Prophet and now this tenet and the Sufi Orders are terminated because of Saudi Arabia.

Until 1921, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad was celebrated with zeal and fervour in the Kaaba, but after 1921 the entire system was changed. All the surrounding Arab countries, especially the Middle Eastern countries such as Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain were greatly influenced by the tenet of Saudi Arabia. There are still areas in the Arab region such as Syria where people practise Sufism. Ahmed Rafayi was from Syria and the Rafayi Order emerged from there. If we take a look at Egypt, the religious and political circles have conflicts among each other. The government tried to keep the religious people from coming into power and the religious circles of Egypt became influenced by Saudi Arabia. Therefore Saints no longer emerge from this region also.

If all men in a city or country were impotent, no children would be born. In a similar way, if the knowledge by which a common man becomes a Saint disappears and the belief in Sufism no longer exists, then where would Sainthood and Spiritual Poverty arise from?

It is very easy to criticise and say that the emergence of Saints in the Indian sub-continent is a mischief spread by the people of that region. These people also say, 'If Sainthood was truthful, then why do Saints not emerge from every Islamic country?' This is sheer ignorance because if there is no school, institute or means of education in a region and somebody objects, 'Why is nobody educated here?' this objection is baseless. Saints emerged from the Indian sub-continent because there are people there who believe in and practise the teachings of Sufism. When the knowledge of Sufism, the knowledge that purifies the Nafs and enlightens the inner faculties, was terminated in the Arab region, why would Saints emerge from that region? Importance does not lie in the region, whether it is Europe, Africa, Medina or Kotri, importance lays in the knowledge through which a common man becomes a Believer (Momin) and from a Believer a Saint and from a Saint a Lover of God (Aashiq).

There is enough awareness in a human not to permit his children to play in an environment where the children are illiterate. He would not send his children to a school where there is barely any education being offered or where bullying is common and where the children are engaged in immoral activities. God has some laws also. Why would God send the souls of predestined Momins or predestined Saints to a region where Sufism is not being practised? He would send such souls to a region where they would not face any difficulties in becoming a Momin or a Saint. When Sufism was no longer practised in these regions and was declared as an innovation in the religion and Shirk, God changed his method also. He began to send the Momin souls to those regions where Sufism was practised.

After the era of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani, when the knowledge of Sufism was no longer available, God directed the souls of the predestined Momins and predestined Saints towards the region of the Indian sub-continent. Why do you bear hatred for this region? Do you not know what Prophet Mohammad has said about this region?

Prophet Mohammad said, “Hind (Indian sub-continent) is from me” and he also said that “I smell my fragrance from Hind.” 

Did you know that the corner in which the Hajre Aswad is situated in the Kaaba is facing towards India/Pakistan, and Prophet Mohammad used to stand in that corner in front of the Hajre Aswad and cry in the remembrance of Imam Mehdi?


Analysing different nations in the light of Esoteric Knowledge
To understand the nature of a certain nation or to see how blessed a certain nation has been, look at the number of Saints that have emerged from that nation. For your information, before the arrival of Prophet Mohammad when Islam did not exist, even then Sufism was practised in the region of Iran. But after Abdul Qadir Jillani, no known Saint emerged from Iran. Now many hundred years have passed by and no Saint has been sent there because the tenet of the people in Iran is corrupted, and nobody practises the teachings of Sufism. There are also no Sufi Circles in Afghanistan, and because Sufism is not practised, therefore no Saints emerged from there. There was a time when Saints emerged from Samarqand and Bukhara. Imam Mohammad Ismail Bukhari had ties to Bukhara; because of this connection his compilation of Ahadith is called ‘Bukhari Shareef’. Today the region of the city of Bukhara is within Uzbekistan, but now Saints no longer come there. Saints have emerged from those areas where people who practised Sufism were present. As long as Sufism was practised in the Arab region Saints continued to emerge from there.

Imam Mehdi will bring the Esoteric (Batini) Knowledge and therefore Imam Mehdi’s advent will take place on that soil where Sufism is practised on a large scale.

For Imam Mehdi, the Quran has said:

وَكُلَّ شَيْءٍ أَحْصَيْنَاهُ فِي إِمَامٍ مُبِينٍ
 (36:12)

Dr. Tahir ul Qadri
Sainthood is not an inheritance. It is not necessary that a child of a Saint is a Saint also. When prophet-hood is not inherited, then how could sainthood be when sainthood is the alternative of prophet-hood? In the Indian sub-continent, the emergence of Saints and the practise of Sufism continued, but at the same time a new trend began. After the passing of a Saint, his offspring who had no awareness of Sufism, took up the guise of a Saint only because their father was a Saint.

The common folk did not have a criterion to recognise a true Saint. They only recognised the name 'Sufism', but nobody was aware of the teachings of Sufism.

In 1979, His Divine Eminence Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi laid the foundation of a Spiritual Organisation and in 1980 Tahir ul Qadri laid the foundation for his organisation by the name of Minhaj ul Quran. Tahir ul Qadri was initially determined to run the movement of ‘Mustafavi Inquilab’ (Revolution of Prophet Mohammad) to establish the system of Prophet Mohammad. Later he began to deliver lectures on spirituality and the teachings of Saints. In the beginning people enjoyed listening to him, however, none were able to reach the essence of Spirituality. On the other hand the message of HDE Gohar Shahi slowly began to reach the masses. Many of those people who had simply heard about spirituality from the lectures of Tahir ul Qadri but were unable to obtain anything from him, were able to practically obtain Spiritual Grace from HDE Gohar Shahi. They obtained Zikar-e-Qalb (Initiation of the Heart with God’s Name) and experienced spiritual ecstasy and pleasure.

Tahir ul Qadri said, ‘We have the knowledge of spirituality but whosoever desires to obtain its grace should do so from HDE Gohar Shahi.’ The motive behind this statement was a political one, as one of his close followers had obtained the Initiation of the Heart from HDE Gohar Shahi and changed his loyalties.

Tahir ul Qadri released this statement out of fear of losing followers. After some time, Tahir ul Qadri entered politics, but being unsuccessful he returned to the religion. By this time Ghaibah (Occultation of HDE Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi) had occurred. Tahir ul Qadri listened to Mehdi Foundation International’s message very keenly. To gain fame, popularity and to be influential in the West (America, Britain, Europe and Australia) he began to copy Mehdi Foundation’s slogan, message and teachings. MFI’s claim is not verbal, rather, MFI practically propagates that HDE Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi’s image is visible on the Moon and the Divine Signs manifested by God.

HDE Gohar Shahi made the symbol of His spiritual organisation a heart with ‘Allah’ written on it and Tahir ul Qadri made his symbol a heart and wrote ‘Mohammad’ on it. The purpose of Minhaj ul Quran was initially the second revival and glory of Islam, but upon seeing Mehdi Foundation’s objective they changed their ideology and now Tahir ul Qadri tries to mingle with all religions. The question arises, how would reciting hymns of Prophet Mohammad in the churches and temples benefit Islam? If you believe the teachings of all religions to be truthful and you believe Hinduism is a truthful religion, then why don’t you recite their mantras in the temples as well? Tahir ul Qadri only aims to show the western world that Minhaj ul Quran is working for global peace and that it is an inter-faith religious organisation, however, they are incapable of uniting all religions on one platform.

There was a time when followers of the Abrahamic religions lived in close association and were permitted to wed each other, but after some time this ended because their acceptance of each other was verbal. Unity is destroyed when the hearts are no longer united and followers of different religions enter into a brotherhood only when all of their hearts possess the same Divine Light (Noor). If some possess Divine Light and some do not, then unity can never be established.

Tahir ul Qadri made many false claims, continuously engaging in self-promotion. He began to call himself a Sufi Scholar and later took up the title of ‘Sheikh ul Islam’. He was unable to fully enjoy this title when he promoted himself to the title of ‘Reviver of the Era’ (Mujaddid-e-Rawan Sadi). He was not even able to revive Islam when he was promoted to another rank known as ‘Ghous-e-Waqt’ or ‘Ghous us Zaman’ (a type of Saint of God) of which he certainly does not know the meaning. Ghous means 'Helper', however in spirituality ‘Ghous’ is the state for the elite Saints of God. Prophet Mohammad has a cabinet of 360 Saints in every era and the most elite, the leader of the cabinet is known as the ‘Ghous’. In the entire world only one person had the authority to take the pledge of allegiance (Bayt) and that was the Ghous of the time. There are 3 Saints underneath the Ghous who are known as Kutub, then 40 Abdaal, then 150 Abrar, then 100 Akhyar, Zunjiba, Nuqba and all of these together make up the cabinet of the Prophet.

The question for Tahir ul Qadri is: now that you have become Ghous and without any knowledge and without performing any pledges of allegiance, you have declared all your followers to be disciples of Abdul Qadir Jillani. When everybody has already become the disciples of Abdul Qadir Jillani, upon who will you perform Bayt as the ‘Ghous-e-Waqt’? Who would they follow, Abdul Qadir Jillani or Tahir ul Qadri?

This proves when somebody acquires too much of the bookish knowledge they become senseless. If you care for your afterlife and the afterlife of today’s Muslim, you have to stop this absurdity. You tried to fool people by relating your false dreams to Prophet Mohammad and attributing false statements to the Prophet to convince people that you are connected to him. Tahir ul Qadri claims he had a dream in which Prophet Mohammad asked him to send a plane ticket for Pakistan and he claims the Prophet said to him that the he is upset with the people of Pakistan, however, he is pleased with Tahir ul Qadri and while crying the Prophet said, 'If you arrange an accommodation for me, only then I will come, otherwise I will return disappointed.' At the time when Prophet Mohammad was in Medina with his physical body, he used to tie three stones to his stomach and never worried about food. And when he travelled from Mecca to Medina, he never took such promises from anyone to arrange for his accommodation. But upon the Prophet’s arrival in Medina, people stood outside their homes in hopes they might have the privilege to serve Prophet Mohammad and it became a dilemma for the Prophet to choose where he should stay. The Prophet said, ‘God has commanded that wherever my camel should sit down is where I shall stay.’ Prophet Mohammad’s camel sat down outside the home of Abu Ayoub Ansari. What Tahir ul Qadri is saying suggests that the Prophet now cares about his accommodation whereas when he was physically present in Medina, it was the least of his concern. Now that he is present spiritually, do you really think his spiritual body is in need of a place to stay?

Presently Mehdi Foundation International’s propagation of His Divine Eminence Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi is not based on verbal claims. It is based on the facts. We are not asking you to simply accept what we are saying; rather, we want you to research the Divine Signs manifested by God and obtain Spiritual Grace. When you can reap Spiritual Grace from the buried belongings of the Saints of God, would you not receive any Spiritual Grace from something related to Imam Mehdi?
Even the Quran indicates this.


سَنُرِيهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي الْآفَاقِ وَفِي أَنْفُسِهِمْ حَتَّىٰ يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ

'In the near future we shall manifest our signs in the horizons and in your Selves (Nafoos) until you are convinced this is the truth.'
(41:53)


Here ‘our signs’ refers to the one appointed by God to represent God on earth; and whosoever shall obtain Spiritual Grace from him shall reach God.

Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Qadiyani
Many people claimed Mehdi-hood, but how many of them revived the hearts of people? How many of them took people to the court of Prophet Mohammad and how many people became Momin (Enlightened Ones)? Whenever somebody made this false claim, it resulted in bloodshed and the formation of a new sect. For example, the false claim of Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Qadiyani brought forth the Qadiyani sect. Not one of the previous claimants of Mehdi-hood mentioned the Divine Signs nor did Jesus Christ return in their era. The most significant signs of the era of Imam Mehdi would be the return of Jesus Christ. And Muslims should ponder: if Jesus Christ has returned, then this must indeed be the era of Imam Mehdi. Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Qadiyani was a clever one. He could not force Jesus Christ to come down from the higher realms, nor could he access the higher realms, and on the other hand he had claimed to be the Imam Mehdi. Therefore he spread the negative propaganda that the grave of Jesus Christ is in Kashmir and that Jesus has returned in his form. He said, ‘I am Jesus and I am Mehdi.’

The Spiritual Laws Pertaining to the Celestial Soul
According to the Spiritual Laws, a celestial soul is confined to one body only and cannot enter another body. After spending 40-50 years in one body, if the celestial soul were to return in another body, how would accountability be held on the Day of Judgement? For example, the body in which the soul was placed for the first time adopted a lifestyle that leads to hellfire, and the body in which the soul was placed for the second time adopted a lifestyle that leads to heaven. But both the bodies remained in this world and only one soul ascended to the higher realms, now would the soul be sent to the heaven or hellfire?

Therefore, His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi declared, ‘The celestial soul is confined to one body only.’ Then, why would Jesus Christ return in another physical body?

Just as Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Qadiyani had a misunderstanding, one of our Zakir friend had a misunderstanding also. He claimed that the soul of HDE Gohar Shahi had entered in him. We explained to him that this is not possible as written in the Deen-e-Ilahi (The Religion of God) but he failed to understand.

Why can't the soul of Jesus Christ enter another body?
When God sent Jesus Christ into this world, he gave Jesus a purified body in accordance with his soul. All the other prophets, Joseph, Jacob, Abraham, etc. were born on this earth. Jesus was born on this earth also, but according to the Quran, his body was made with Amar-e-Kun (Power of the Command Be). God said, 'Be' while facing towards the womb of Mother Mary and she became pregnant. The Jamadi Rouh (Mineral Soul) arrived.

God did not create the body of Jesus Christ with human sperm, because the soul of Jesus is ‘Rouh Allah’ (soul of God). A body made from human sperm was incapable of being the abode of Jesus’s soul, because of it did not have the capacity to forbear the majesty of his soul. Due to the majestic nature of the soul, God did not choose a body made from human sperm as the soul would have scattered the body to pieces. Now how could this soul known as the ‘Soul of God’ enter the body of this sinner, Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Qadiyani? This is sheer misguidance!

The Reality of the Body of Prophet Mohammad
The Muslims have this conjecture that Prophet Mohammad is the son of Abdullah, but in reality the body of Prophet Mohammad was not made with human sperm. Abdullah had died two years before the birth of Prophet Mohammad. Gabriel had mixed a milk-like substance with the seed of Shajarah tul Noor (a tree in the higher realm) and gave it to Bibi Amna, the mother of the Prophet, to drink. Adam’s body was made with the clay of heaven, and the body of Prophet Mohammad was made from the seed of the Shajarah tul Noor. His body has no relation with any type of clay. When the Arzi Arwah (terrestrial souls) of Prophet Mohammad left his body to form the body of Imam Mehdi, the Sifaati Noor (Divine Light of Attributes) became dispersed, as there was no clay. And now, the tomb of the Prophet in Medina is empty.

The Reality of the Body of Jesus Christ
The human souls are made with the power of ‘Command Be’ whereas the body of Jesus was made with the power of ‘Command Be’. Therefore, it does not have any relation with any type of clay. The celestial soul of a prophet cannot be transferred to another body. Similarly, the soul of a saint cannot be transferred to another body, nor can the celestial soul of any human be transferred to another body. Remember: according to the spiritual laws, the celestial soul is confined to one body only!

God has the power and authority to do as he wishes. However, he has made some rules which he does not go against; because otherwise, his entire system would be in turmoil. Therefore God would not do anything to contradict himself. Even though God may do as he pleases, he will not do anything by which his actions contradict his words.

The celestial soul may not be transferred from one body to another; however the subtleties (Lataif) and their sub-spirits (Jussas) may be transferred from one body to another. Upon acquiring special Lataif or Jussas, a common man may obtain the status of a Fana Fee Sheikh (Pentecostal), Fana Fee Rasool or Fana Fee Allah. For the purpose of dispensing spiritual knowledge and grace, these special Lataif/Jussas are sent temporarily into the body and then return. Occasionally, God becomes pleased with a person and permanently grants the Jussa to him. To such a person God says, ‘I am yours and you are mine.’

All those who claimed to be Imam Mehdi did not have any knowledge, meaning they did not have the spiritual knowledge to revive the dormant hearts with the Divine Light (Noor) of God’s name. This particular knowledge turns a Muslim, Jew, Christian or Hindu into a Believer (Momin). Previously, no one possessed this spiritual knowledge nor were divine signs manifested for anyone. Jesus Christ did not appear in the era of any other personality nor did anybody possess the Seal of Mehdi-hood. Nobody had the name ‘Allah’ or ‘Mohammad’ inscribed on their fingers nor was ‘Allah’ inscribed on anybody’s knee.

His Divine Eminence Ra Gohar Shahi is the only Personality on whose palms Surah al Yaseen and Ayat al Kursi are inscribed, on whose forehead the name of God is inscribed, upon whose back the Seal of Mehdi-hood along with the Kalima is inscribed, and whose image is shining on the Moon and enlightening the hearts of humanity. This is not something we have invented. Imam Jaffar Saddiq said, ‘The face of Imam Mehdi shall shine on the Moon.’
The question is why don’t the followers of Imam Jaffar Saddiq accept what he says? Rejecting these signs is the Muslims’ rebellion, Kufr and hypocrisy. It has been decided that everyone young and old is destined to submit to the feet of Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi.

For those who aspire for Emaan (faith), we have the knowledge and method through which a dormant heart is awakened in accordance with the Sunnah (tradition) of Prophet Mohammad.

Prophet Mohammad said, 
‘My eyes sleep, my heart does not sleep.’

When your heart has been enlightened it shall continue to remember God while you sleep. For this knowledge of the heart Maulana Room said, ‘When the name of God has entered your heart, for every heartbeat you shall obtain rewards equivalent to Hajj-e-Akbar.’

Quran:

وَمَنْ يُؤْمِنْ بِاللَّهِ يَهْدِ قَلْبَهُ
‘God shall provide guidance to the hearts who have faith in him.’
(64:11)


Every cleric refers to this verse of the Quran for guidance, but the question is how would this guidance be obtained? People no longer require the scholars and their bookish knowledge; rather, they need one who can provide practical spiritual knowledge (Irfan). People do not simply need to know the bookish knowledge, rather they need to enlighten their hearts with the Spiritual Grace of guidance. This Spiritual Grace and guidance may be obtained from His Divine Eminence Ra Gohar Shahi alone.