The following is an excerpt from a speech by His Holiness Younus AlGohar, the Official Representative of Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi.
Faith is a combination of your external dimension of the religion and inner enlightenment of the heart.
Faith is the combination of two: inner and outer purification. It is servitude by the body and the truth settling in the heart as a result of enlightenment.
Thousands of people convert from one religion into another. You will see a lot of people converting into Islam. They are invited to study Islam and the preachers of Islam give lectures. As a result of their study or understanding, people make a choice and convert into Islam. But their conversion is based on their decision and choice; this conversion is not endorsed by God. God is not aware.
Let’s assume you converted into Islam from Christianity. When you were Christian, God was not aware of you being a Christian. And now, when from Christianity you converted into Islam, still, God is not aware of your conversion.
The only time God will be aware of who you are and what you are doing is when you find a spiritual guide who takes you to the court of God seeking permission from him to initiate your heart into spirituality.
The only time God will be aware of you and your actions is when you find a proper spiritual guide who has seen God and has been appointed by God to represent him. He is permitted and delegated by God to initiate hearts of people.
He works like a bridge between man and God. The Quran describes such a man to be a divine agent.
Once the spiritual guide has taken your file and your photograph to Bait ul Mamour (The House of the Appointed One), His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi said, ‘God asks, “Why have you brought him here?” The spiritual guide says, “To make friends with you.” Then God says, “Does he have a guarantor? If he runs away after he has been accepted, who will be responsible?”’
In the past, people respected the Auliya Ikram and Fuqra (saints). All orthodox Sunni Muslims believed in Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani and also believed he is the head, the leader of the saints. I personally believe that and His Divine Eminence taught me to believe that.
So people would believe in the chain of saints and in the authority of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani. They would celebrate his Urs and birthday. The only one who would be accepted by God as guarantor was Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani. When a guarantor is needed and he steps forward to take responsibility, only then is God satisfied and commands the angels to initiate the heart of the aspirant.
But that was the case prior to the advent of His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi. When His Divine Eminence came, the key of Ism-e-Dhaat Allah (God’s Name) was handed over to HDE by Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani and he retired.
Only after exhaustive scrutiny and careful consideration was a man granted to be accepted in spirituality. As a result of the Initiation of the Heart, you would become a Momin (devout).
You have a guarantor and then you have another two saints who will guard upon you. You have endorsement of the Prophet Mohammad and then sanctions of God. There are so many things involved in your initiation to make sure that you don’t run away.
The question is: after everything has been done to ensure that you stay on the guided path of spirituality, why at one stage would you want to quit your religion? How would you become an apostate?
The Quran says, ‘A time will come when Momineen (devotees) of all religions will quit their religions.’
How would they quit their religions? We understand you cannot become a Momin without a guarantor, sanctions and permission of God, endorsement of your prophet [and your spiritual guide]. When you have so many people roaming about your heart making sure you do not fall astray, the chances are you would not be misguided even in your dreams. What will happen to their guarantors?
If a person who was a Christian converted into Islam [or any other religion], it is not notified to God because God is not bothered.
God gets involved with a man only when somebody applies to him to grant his friendship to that particular seeker of the path.
If you practise Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, etc. it has nothing to do with God. It has to do with the religion and the prophet of the religion.
This is not something that we have derived from some imperative commands of God. It is mentioned in the Quran.
The Quran says, ‘The Bedouins (Arabs) say, “We are Momineen.” Tell them that they are not Momin. They should rather say, “We have become Muslims.” Yet faith has not entered their hearts.’
Once faith enters your heart, only then will you become Momin. Recitation of the Kalima (Declaration of Faith) by your tongue doesn’t make you a Momin.
For a person who is not Momin, his conversion into any religion is not notified to God. So God is not bothered.
Today you are a Muslim. Tomorrow you may become a Christian. Day after tomorrow you may decide to become a Jew. And the day after that, you may want to convert into Sikhism and then Hinduism. You can keep changing your religion every day, but don’t think God is concerned.
God becomes concerned when somebody has been sanctioned and admitted into his friendship by God and then he has a guarantor, a spiritual guide and the caretaker as the prophet. So much is done before you are accepted to ensure that you don’t run away. It is highly unlikely that when you have so many caretakers and guardians guarding you that you run away and quit your religion.
The Quran says, ‘A time will come when Momineen (note: God did not say “Muslims”) in all the religions will quit their religion.’
How will it happen?
For example, you are a Momin in Islam and you came to Mehdi Foundation International.
We told you about the secrets of God and about the secret of the Grand God. We told you that if you are accepted by Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi, Lord Ra Riaz allows your soul to blend with one of His reflection of being; you become united through spiritual transformation and fusion. You will be then transporting from humanity to divinity. You will be entering the Unseen World.
When you have got this message and the new name of God, ‘Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi’ enters into the perimeters of your Batin (Inner Dimension) and changes everything inside you, is there any guarantor who can then become a hurdle in between a man and the Grand God?
Is there any prophet who would say, ‘Where are you going?’
The moment they find out that one of the men from their religion has been given to transport to the Unseen World which was restricted to God-being only, he would want to go there too rather than stopping them. This is how all the guarantors would quit and say, ‘I can’t stop you.’