The following is a transcript of His Holiness Younus AlGohar's speech (video above).
How should Muslims behave? What should Muslims do and should Muslims accept Deen-e-Ilahi or should they reject Deen-e-Ilahi?
If a Muslim truly believes in Islam and Quran, then he will have no problem accepting the Religion of God because it is the Holy Quran that spoke about the Deen-e-Ilahi. However, in the past, Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji also tried to unite [people of] different religions like Muslims and Hindus; but his attempts were not successful because this was not his job and he was not appointed by God to do it. He did not have the tools of the trade. The sacred book of Sikhism, the Guru Granth, consists of poetry from different Muslim Sufis like Baba Bulleh Shah, Baba Farid, etc. This was an attempt to unite different religions. The Indian-Muslim Emperor, Jalal Uddin Akbar, had many wives: a Sunni wife, a Shiite wife and he had a Hindu wife - and he wanted to please them all. So, he created a religion in which he could let his wives enjoy their school of thought and not fight, and he called it 'Deen-e-Ilahi' (The Religion of God). This was the time when Ahmed Sirhindi was appointed by God and he voiced against it and rejected it. So, he was arrested and imprisoned and since then Muslims have started to suspect anything that has to do with Deen-e-Ilahi. The moment you talk about Deen-e-Ilahi, they will give you the reference of Jalal Uddin Akbar, Deen-e-Akbari.
I would like to draw their attention to what Quran has to say about the Religion of God and what the Hadith (Prophetic Traditions) have to say in relation to the implications of the Religion of God, in which the Religion of God will be brought into manifestation. Quran has repeatedly mentioned Deen-e-Haneef and Quran alarmingly and warningly tells us that, 'The Religion of God is the future religion and this religion is going to be established in the future.'
It is very ironic that the modern day Muslim scholars do not have a grasp on this subject and they do not seem to know anything about this future religion; however, it is mentioned in the Quran repeatedly. Some of the Muslim scholars - bear in mind that they have no knowledge of this - divert the attention of Muslims towards Islam and they say that Islam is the Religion of God. The Religion of God is God's religion and all prophets practised this religion. This has been known by different titles and a few of these titles have been mentioned in the Quran. However, some Muslim scholars get confused when God refers Islam to be Deen-e-Haq. Deen-e-Haq does not mean Deen-e-Ilahi, Deen-e-Haq means 'True Religion'; Islam has been named Deen-e-Haq.
The reason why Islam has been the best religion is because only Islam has the complete knowledge of spirituality.
There are five souls in the breast and all five Messengers were granted by God the knowledge of each soul in the breast. Adam Safi Allah was the first one and he was granted the knowledge of the heart (Latifa-e-Qalb). Ibrahim Khalil Allah (Abraham) was the second one and he was granted the knowledge of the soul (Latifa-e-Rouh). Subsequently, Moses being third was granted the knowledge of Latifa-e-Sirri, Subtlety of Sirri (the Secret). Then Jesus was given the knowledge of the fourth soul in the breast, the Hidden One (Latifa-e-Khafi). Prophet Muhammad being the last of prophets and the last of Messengers was given the knowledge of the fifth soul in the breast Latifa-e-Akhfa (the Obscure Soul). This is the culmination of knowledge; there are no more Lataif (subtleties) other than these five. Those who submit to Islam were able to learn all five types of knowledge, starting from the heart and then culminating on the fifth one. But that is not it; there is another soul which is not part of any prophet-hood. There is a soul that sits inside your head and this soul is called Latifa-e-Ana. This soul is responsible for empowering you and enabling you to see God. Prophet Muhammad was the only prophet who was given this knowledge by God; which simply means, before the advent of Prophet Muhammad, no Messenger and no prophet was able to see God - because they did not have any knowledge. Maybe they were not even aware of the existence of this soul in the head.
There is a school of thought among Sufis in Islam - the Sufi Order of Naqshbandi, they do not recognise this soul in the head. Now, if they do not recognise this soul in the head which is responsible for letting you see God, do you think any of their Sufi Order would have seen God? The Naqshbandi Sufi Order was initiated by Abu Bakr Siddique. If they do not have the knowledge of the presence of this soul in the head with the help of which you can see God, do you think Abu Bakr Siddique would have seen God?
There are only two Sufi Orders in Islam who are aware of the existence of this soul: the Sufi Order of the Chishtiya and the Qadiriyya family. The Sufi Order of Chishtiya was initiated by Hazrat Ali and Sufi Order of Qadiriyya was initiated by Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani. These two Sufi Orders in Islam are the most authentic Sufi Orders and these two Sufi Orders have gained enormous amount of popularity in the subcontinent. But I was amazed to know the Sufi Order of Qadiriyya was not confined to the sub-continent only - because the seat of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani was in Baghdad which was part of Arab (which was the real Arab). According to history, the mainstream Arab is Iraq; it was the seat of education. Now, the seat of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani was in Baghdad, which was Arab. So through Baghdad, it entered Syria, Egypt and it reached Morocco. There is a branch of Qadiriyya Sufi Order in Morocco these day and they are aware of the existence of the Latifa-e-Ana.
Muslims were fortunate enough to have Prophet Muhammad as their prophet. Because Prophet Muhammad was granted the knowledge and spiritual manual of Latifa-e-Ana, therefore, thanks to blessings of Muhammad SAW, many Muslim Sufis successfully saw God. This ability or spiritual calibre of being able to see God is what makes Islam stand out from the rest.
If you put this ability of seeing God aside, then Islam is no different than any other religion in the market. If you simply worship God and you do not have anything extra - Christians worship God in their churches, Jews worship God in their synagogues, Hindus worship God in their temples, and you also worship God in your mosques - if their worship is confined to their temples and churches and synagogue and your worship is confined to your mosque, then what is the difference between you and them? You become different from the rest of the world only when you pray and you see God; because when they pray, they do not see God. If you pray and you see God, then you are better than them. Those who were able to see God while they were praying, they were really the best Ummah (Nation). This divine facility was only available through Prophet Muhammad, therefore, anyone who wanted to see God had to become a follower of Islam; outside Islam it was not available.
After the departure of Prophet Muhammad from this world, this knowledge was dispensed to the deserving souls from one chest to another. This knowledge was spiritually transmitted from one heart to another; this knowledge was not written in any physical book. This spiritual knowledge was spiritually transmitted from one heart to another. This transmission of this special knowledge was served by a number of selected Sufis only. Not all Sufis in Islam were aware of this knowledge. As I earlier mentioned, the Naqshbandi Sufi Order: who not only do not recognise the existence of Latifa-e-Ana, but at the same time, they are severely against Dhikr-e-Jahhar (loud chanting of God's name).
Although there are references in Quran, some of these Sufis are so rigid in their belief against Dhikr-e-Jahhar that they almost hate people who engage in Dhikr-e-Jahhar. This practise of Dhikr-e-Jahhar was initiated by Prophet Muhammad himself.
There is a Hadith in Mishkat Shareef: Prophet Muhammad, after one prayer asked the companions, 'Is everybody in the mosque from our own circle? There is no stranger?' And they replied, 'Yes, everybody is from among us.' And Prophet Muhammad said, 'Okay, shut the door of the mosque.' The door was shut and then Prophet Muhammad started Dhikr-e-Jahhar of 'La Ilaha Illa Allah.'
You must have heard of Ashab-e-Suffa. The Ashab-e-Suffa were the individuals who quit their families and who left their homes. There was a special spot in front of the Prophet's Mosque (Masjid-e-Nabvi), they would sit there all day all night. What would they do all day, all night? They remained engaged in Dhikr-e-Allah (Remembrance of God) and this group of people was so fortunate that Prophet Muhammad was advised and instructed by God to allow them to be in the Prophet’s company - although they would stink. They wouldn’t take showers. 1436 years ago in Saudi Arabia, where you'd see rubble going across here and there, there was no shower and no facility available. It’s not like today where you can go for a quick shower and come back; they would sit there, sweat and then there was sand, so they would stink. But, God said to Prophet Muhammad, 'Don't worry about the bad smell of their sweat. What if they are dirty? What if they stink? Don't forget the fact that day and night, they engage themselves in Dhikr-e-Allah.' Prophet Muhammad was instructed to be patient with them (according to the Quran) and Prophet Muhammad would sit with them. Individuals like Omar bin Khattab used to get really frustrated, [he'd say] 'We are so brave, so clean and we come from good families; look at Prophet Muhammad. He is sitting with dirty people. They don’t even take a shower, they are so dirty.'
Then one day, one of his companions came to Prophet Muhammad and said, 'The rich people of Quresh want to see you, but the only reason they are not coming to see you is because they say that you are always sitting with dirty people. If you take some time out and meet these rich people from Quresh, maybe they would submit to you and Islam.' Now, don't forget even Quran said that Prophet Muhammad was an opportunist in terms of spreading Islam; he wanted everybody to become Muslim. He was over-ambitious about the message of Islam getting across different nations and tribes of Arabs. So, when it was said to Prophet Muhammad that these rich people from Quresh could become Muslim, 'Only if you part from these dirty people,' for a moment or two he thought, 'Okay, for a day or two, if I don't sit with them and meet these rich people from Quresh, there would be no harm.' He was just thinking about it and God sent a verse: 'No, no, no. What if they stink? What if they are dirty? They engage in Dhikr day and night. They don't seek anything, anybody, for except the pleasure of your Lord. How can you deprive them of your company? If anybody deserves your company, they are number one on the priority list, because they do not seek anything but the pleasure of your Lord.'
God said to Prophet Muhammad 'Let your Nafs (Self) be patient with these people. I know they are dirty, I know they stink. But so what? They do not seek anything but the pleasure of your Lord. These people are the most deserved ones of your company. Do not deprive them of your company.'
The reason why I have given you this whole preface is because the most important thing I wanted to mention is now coming. So, anything about Dhikr and anything about Tasawwuf (spirituality) that comes from this group is authentic. Why do Muslims want Abu Bakr Siddique to tell you about spirituality? He did not sit there. Why do you want Omar bin Khattab to tell you about spirituality? He didn't know spirituality, I doubt it if he knew about Islam! These are the people, Ashab-e-Suffa, who had expertise in Tasawwuf, in spirituality. They were living in the world, and within the world, there was no world. Their families would go by them and they would not recognise them. They were not living in the jungle. In front of the Prophet's Mosque, there was a special place - today maybe it is a part of the mosque, but then it was outside the mosque - and they would sit there all day and all night. Omar bin Khattab, Hazrat Ali and Abu Bakr Siddique would go home; they would sleep with their wives and stay with their children. But, they [the Ashab-e-Suffa] quit their families, they quit their jobs, their businesses, they quit everything.
Now, this is very important. The Ashab-e-Suffa are all gathered and Prophet Muhammad comes and sits with them. And the Prophet tells them, 'Do Dhikr with so much shiddah (intensity) and so loud, until Munafiqeen (hypocrites) start saying, "You are Munafiq." Until people start saying, "You are mad."' This instruction was passed to Ashab-e-Suffa. The next day, Omar bin Khattab was coming. Remember, Prophet Muhammad said, 'Do Dhikr with so much intensity and so loud that Munafiqeen start saying, "You are showing off."' Omar bin Khattab was the first one to see it; he came and said, 'Why are you showing off?' Now, what Prophet Muhammad said is in front of you. These are the words of Omar bin Khattab: 'Do you think God cannot hear you? Why are you making noise? Why are you showing off?' Here you go.
I am not saying Omar bin Khattab was Munafiq, Hadith-e-Mustafa reveals it. If you love him so much and you want to reject what Prophet Muhammad said, this is your own destiny.
Now, Imam Mehdi has come and Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi has revived the Sunnah (Custom) of Prophet Muhammad. Halqa-e-Dhikr were arranged, and only in Karachi there were more than 100 mosques in which followers of His Divine Eminence Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi would engage in Dhikr. Now, Jalal Uddin Suyuti, along with his teacher, compiled an interpretation of the Quran. This interpretation is called ‘Jalaleen’. He said that this verse below of the Quran belongs to the era of Imam Mehdi:
' وَمَنۡ أَظۡلَمُ مِمَّن مَّنَعَ مَسَـٰجِدَ ٱللَّهِ أَن يُذۡكَرَ فِيہَا ٱسۡمُهُ ۥ'
Who would be more Zalim (cruel) than a person who stops people from doing Dhikr of God's name in the mosque? Now tell me, these people who God said are cruel, do you think that the cruel people are from outside Islam? This is about Muslims. They would allow you to engage in Salat, recitation of Quran, but the moment you start doing ‘Allah Hu, Allah Hu’ they will stop you.
HDE Gohar Shahi said, 'If you want to know a real Munafiq, start doing Dhikr of ‘Allah Hu’ loudly in front of them; they will feel as if their heart is put in hell.'
And these Saudis, these Emirates - these Wahhabis, in simple words - they cannot take it. They rejected spirituality and they rejected the path of purification Dhikr-e-Ilahi (the Remembrance of God).
‘فَٱذۡكُرُونِىٓ أَذۡكُرۡكُمۡ وَٱشۡڪُرُواْ لِى وَلَا تَكۡفُرُونِ'
Is there any place in the Quran where God said, 'If you offer my Salat I will offer your Salat'? Or, 'If you recite my Kalima, I will recite your Kalima'? No. It is only about Dhikr!
HDE Gohar Shahi said, 'Dhikr is not part of a religion, it belongs to God; therefore anyone can engage in Dhikr and purify [themselves].'
At the time of Prophet Muhammad, Omar bin Khattab got angry when he saw people doing Dhikr loudly - but they were outside the mosque. One day, Abu Hurrera, after the departure of Prophet Muhammad from this world, went into the streets of Medina. And he started shouting, 'O' Muslims! What are you doing here? Go to Masjid-e-Nabvi, Meeras (inheritance) of Mustafa (Prophet Muhammad) is being given away to everybody!' And everybody went to the mosque. After a few hours, he came back into the marketplace in Medina and said, 'Didn't you go to the mosque?' They said, 'We've been there but there, but there was no Meeras being distributed.' Then he asked them, 'What did you see there?' They said, 'Some people were sitting in a circle and they were doing Dhikr Allah.' Abu Hurerra said, 'By God, this is Meeras-e-Mustafa.'
But I want to tell you that when Dhikr is performed by your heart, it becomes Meeras-e-Mustafa, not when it is done outside.
Quran said, 'Nobody is crueler than a person who stops people from doing Dhikr Allah in the mosque. And this person destroys the mosque by not allowing them to do Dhikr Allah.' The mosque is not deserted if Salat is not offered, but the mosque is considered as deserted if Dhikr Allah is not allowed to be performed. If Dhikr Allah is not allowed in the mosque, then God's stance here is that you are deserting the mosque. The life of the mosque is in Dhikr Allah. Salat is offered quietly sometimes; there is no trace of life when Salat is offered, but when you are chanting the name of God loudly, the entire mosque is lively.
HDE Gohar Shahi said, 'Any home, any mosque, any place, any heart which is engaged in Dhikr Allah, God's blessings (rehmat) instantly start falling on it.'
Muslims stopped doing Dhikr Allah in the mosques. Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi started it again. When Imam Mehdi started it again, within Islam, within Tasawwuf, people turned against this. They developed so much hatred! They cannot bear to listen to any of the speeches of HDE Gohar Shahi. They cannot bear to hear the name of HDE Gohar Shahi because they are Munafiqeen (Hypocrites).
The Quranic verse [2:114] is for Imam Mehdi. The story behind this, the reason why God said this is because when Imam Mehdi brings the Deen-e-Ilahi (Religion of God), all religions and all nations will engage in Dhikr Allah (Remembrance of God), not in Salat. Then the cruel ones will say to kick out those who engage in Dhikr. The time is not far when you will see Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Jews doing ‘Allah Hu, Allah Hu,’ and this is the miracle of Imam Mehdi. This is the Divine Power of Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi that shall engage people of all religions in Dhikr Allah. This will incite the Munafiqeen. They will say, 'Look, they are doing Dhikr.' But they will forget whose Dhikr they are engaging in!
This particular verse was for the era of Imam Mehdi, not for the era of Prophet Muhammad. In the era of Imam Mehdi, the mosques will be lively from Dhikr Allah only. Deen-e-Ilahi mentions Dhikr Allah only, not Salat. Now the Hindus, Christians and Jews do not offer Salat; but Imam Mehdi will gather them on one platform and will fill the hearts of Jews, Christians, Hindus, Muslim, Sikhs, all hearts with one word, 'Allah Hu'. When 'Allah Hu' is in every heart there will be no fight, there will be no Christian, no Muslim, no Jew; they will all be servants of God. This scenario in which all religions will follow the path of God’s love, this group would be known as 'God’s Group' and this is what God has referred to as 'Hisb Allah'.
You call the worship places temples, synagogues and churches, but God has called them Masajid Allah (Houses of God). God said, 'All the places of all the religions where my name is mentioned are Masajid Allah.' According to the Quran, if Dhikr Allah is banned from the Masajid, then they would become deserted.
Deen-e-Ilahi is the Religion of God and God has now opened the doors to his religion. Previously, only a few people were granted entrance into the Religion of God. But in this era, a great number of elite souls have come into this world; hence, doors to the Religion of God have been opened upon them. The publicity of the Religion of God is ongoing and we encourage you to not waste time here and there; come here and obtain your destiny.