Younus AlGohar answers a viewer's question about how God and the Spiritual Guide communicate with the aspiring Sufi.
- In order for God to speak to you, you have to be able to hear him. To be a worthy recipient, you have to go through certain years of spiritual training.
- If God says something to you, you may receive it as words or as a voice; both things are different. If it is just a conversation, a voice is heard. If God is dispensing wisdom or knowledge, it comes in the form of words.
- Only the enlightened hearts receive messages from God. An enlightened heart is able to recognise whether a message is from God or from the Devil.
- If the message is from the Devil, the divine energy in the heart will delete it the majority of the time. If the evil message is particularly strong, the subtlety besides the heart will delete it. If it is too strong for that subtlety, the Ikhfah (the subtlety linked to the tongue) will eliminate it. If all else fails and the evil message manages to reach the tongue of an enlightened person, the tongue will not utter it.
- If the message received by the heart is from God, then it will increase in intensity as it passes through the subtleties onto the tongue. This is how God speaks through his servants. This is the method of Ilham, Ilqa and Wahi (Divine Revelation).
- The Ikhfah has two functions when it comes to speech: it can either make the tongue speak in a dense voice or it can communicate with its ethereal voice. Saints can communicate with each other without verbalising a word; they simply converse through their Ikhfahs.
- Some special elite of God may even hear God's voice in their ear. If an ordinary spiritual person hears a voice in their ear, it will either be the voice of the Spiritual Guide or Gabriel.
- The Quran 39:22 instructs people who want to follow Islam to enlighten their hearts.
- It is harder for you to receive messages from God than it is for you to send messages to God. When your heart is activated, it remembers God and its voice reaches the Empyrean of God. If you have any thoughts, desires or worries during that time, they will also reach God and God arranges for the angels to help you with your problems.
In honour of the new year, Sufi Shakeel introduces the Universal Sufi Order in Mandarin. The Universal Sufi Order is a global movement with members from all religious, cultural and national backgrounds united through the spiritual sciences.
As the name suggests, we share and pursue divine, universal and immersive spirituality in which one is bridged with God.
Be sure to watch ALRA TV for discourses in other languages by Sufi Masters from around the world!
In this video, Younus AlGohar answers a viewer's question, 'Which translation of the Quran should I study?'
- Do not rely on translations. Rather, learn the method of producing divine energy from the Quran. Once you have divine energy of the Quran in your heart and you have established a connection with God, God will grant your heart understanding of the religion and holy scripture.
- Ordinary people are guided through the books. The elite are guided by divine energy. The elite of God bring God's Personal Name - the core of the Quran - in their hearts which generates divine energy.
- The Quran is the Word of God; it is from an attribute God. On the other hand, God's Personal Name encompasses all his attributes; therefore, when God's Personal Name is inserted in somebody's heart, the divine energy of God's attributes come along with it.
'Do not follow those whose hearts I have kept heedless of my remembrance'. - Quran 18:28
In this astounding documentary by the Universal Sufi Order and ALRA TV Productions, Shaykh Irfan Syed takes us on a journey as he deciphers the role the Moon has played in our lives and what the holy scriptures foretell about the Moon in the end times. Why has the Moon been revered for centuries? Who is the Man on the Moon? What secrets does the Moon hide - and does your future depend on you knowing them?
In response to a viewer-submitted question, Younus AlGohar explains the difference between Zohad (asceticism) and Taqwa (piety) in light of spirituality.
- The first step which is compulsory and obligatory in the religion as an ascetic is to refrain from all the deeds, actions and words which have been declared unlawful in the religion. If they fail to do this, they will no longer have any real association with the religion in the eyes of God. The first stage of asceticism, in simple words, is obedience to God.
- In the second round of asceticism, the ascetic volunteers to refrain himself from lawful and unlawful things, both. When the ascetic reaches this stage, it becomes known as Taqwa (piety). When God's love is added to the second stage of asceticism - piety - it becomes sainthood.
- In order to practise asceticism initially, you have to consider what it is that your Lower Self is most inclined towards - and then refrain from that. It is not necessarily about wearing simple, low-quality clothes.
'You shall not please God until you sacrifice what you love the most for his sake'. - Quran 3:92
- Jesus Christ practised a profound form of asceticism and austerity in which he hid his true eminence and origin from the world. No one else among human beings can follow this extreme form of asceticism.
In this very special lesson of the Elementary Sufi Course, Younus AlGohar shares the details of his personal journey transforming and purifying his Lower Self. In this video, he describes how His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi led him through this treacherous process He also explains how he managed to successfully reach the stage of complete purgation of the Lower Self.
In Lesson 22 of the Elementary Sufi Course, Younus AlGohar explains why it is important to break the idol of the ego and how the Spiritual Mediator does it.
- In the light of the Quran, there are four sub-spirits of the Lower Self: Nafs e Ammarah (The Commanding Self, Quran 12:53), Nafs e Lawamma (The Blameworthy Self, Quran 75:2), Nafs e Mulhima (The Inspired Self, Quran 91:8) and Nafs e Mutmaina (The Contented Self, Quran 89:27).
- The first step in the purgation of the Lower Self is to crush the ego, to break the idol of the Ego and the rigidity of the Lower Self.
A Prophetic Tradition states, ‘When God intends to bestow a favour upon someone, he reveals the flaws of his Lower Self upon him’.
- This is done through the Spiritual Mediator on behalf of God. The Spiritual Mediator is the Nafs Shikan (Lower Self Demolisher); he will either tell the aspirant of his flaws or reveal the flaws of the aspirant's Lower Self to him.
- The Spiritual Mediator will bring all the negative vices to the surface of an aspirant and the aspirant will feel humiliation, thus leading the Lower Self towards the purgation from those evil vices.
- Purgation of the Lower Self is not easy nor is it difficult, it is, however, such a dangerous task that only the Spiritual Mediator can guide and save the aspirant during the process.
In Lesson 21 of the Elementary Sufi Course, Younus AlGohar discusses how the Lower Selves can revert even after purgation and explains how to reach the stage a stage of purity where reversion is no longer possible: Nafs-e-Mutmaina (The Contented Self).
- In the physical company of the Prophet (saw), the Lower Selves of the Companions were purified. However, when Prophet Mohammad (saw) left this world at the age of 62, that physical company was no longer available. As long as they had the physical company of the Prophet (saw), they never had to work hard or engage in extensive worship to wash away their sins because in his company, their sins would be washed away.
- Only the Companions who had obtained the Activation of the Heart were safe spiritually after the Prophet Mohammad's departure. The level of purity in their Lower Selves that they attained in the company of the Prophet (saw) was not negatively affected as the divine energy in their hearts continued to wash away any sins.
- Many Companions had not obtained Activation of the Spiritual Heart. Their source of divine energy was the physical company of the Prophet (saw). When the Prophet (saw) left the world, their supply of divine energy was terminated. Hence, when they continued to sin, their sins were not washed away as their heart was not producing divine energy. As a result, their Lower Selves, which had reached the stage of Mulhima (The Inspired Self), reverted to Lawammah (The Blameworthy Self) and then back to Ammarah (The Commanding Self).
- When the hearts of certain Companions were completely darkened due to an abundance of sins, they became the rebellious ones who took up the sword against Moula Ali (ra). Yet they had been the Companions who sat in the physical company of the Prophet and had their Lower Selves purified. This happened because they did not have a supply of divine energy coming from God, as mentioned in Quran 39:22.
- Once the Lower Self reaches the fourth and final stage, Nafs e Mutmaina (The Contented Self), it does not revert. However, this stage is not for the Devout Believers; it is for the saints of God. The Lower Selves of the Companions of the Prophet (saw) were just purified, whereas the People of the Bench (As’hab e Suffa) reached the stage of Nafs e Mutmaina.
According to the Quran 2:257, ‘God chooses his friends from among the Devout Believers. He takes out them out from the darkness and brings them into the light'.
In Lesson 20 of the Elementary Sufi Course, Younus AlGohar explains the process of purifying the Lower Self.
- God has taken responsibility for the spiritual training of the prophets and messengers. However, God has not taken the responsibility to purge the Lower Self of anybody else. Everybody else must find an intermediary - a Spiritual Mediator - to purify the Spiritual Heart and purge the Lower Self through spiritual knowledge.
- The first thing one must do is to purge the Lower Self as per the Sharia Law. There are two aspects of Sharia: the Exoteric Sharia (Shariat-e-Naqisa) and the Esoteric Sharia (Shariat-e-Kamila/Mutahara). Through the Esoteric Sharia, the purgation of the Lower Self is possible.
- According to the Quran, nobody is born pure.
- The Lower Self of the Prophet Mohammad (saw) was purified in his own company, within his being. This process began at the age of seven when Gabriel took out the Spiritual Heart of the Prophet Mohammad (saw), purified it and implanted the seed of God’s Personal Name (Ism e Dhaat) therein.
In Lesson 19 of the Elementary Sufi Course, Younus AlGohar discusses how the prophet and saints of God dealt with their Lower Selves and whether or not they had to go through the process of purification.
- The Lower Self gave all prophets and saints a hard time, including Ali (ra) and Imam Hussain (ra).
- The Quran mentions the incident of Joseph and Zulekha. In Quran 12:53, Joseph says, '‘I do not think my Lower Self is exempt from sin, because verily, the Nafs e Ammarah (Commanding Self) compels one to do bad'. So in the light of the Quran, it is not just important for ordinary human beings to purify the Lower Self. Even the Lower Selves of all the prophets and saints were impure when they were born into this world.
- According to Prophetic Tradition, Prophet Mohammad (saw) said, ‘When a person is born, a Satanic Jinn is born alongside him’. The Companions asked, ‘O' Messenger of God, was that Jinn born with you?’ Prophet Mohammad (saw) said, ‘Yes, it was born with me, however, it was purified in my company'.
- When it is proven in light of this Prophetic Tradition that the Lower Self is born with a common man and with the Prophet (saw), how is it possible to say that the great saints and Companions of the Prophet never sinned? Or that the descendants or Household of the Prophet never made a mistake?