Our tweets are now reaching out to many different people, including those who practise a religion and also those who don’t practise any religion. The tweets reach out to those who don’t believe in God, they don’t believe in any religion. Those who think religions are responsible for promoting hatred.
Everybody has his and her own opinion and observation. Their point of view plays a very important role in their opinions. If you observe things without proper knowledge, maybe you will get confused.
For example, cars used to be very simple a few years back. The most features we would have in cars were air conditioning, good speakers, leather seats and a two-litre or three-litre engine. Now, cars are more advanced. They have satellite navigation systems pre-installed and built-in internet. Now, the cars can help the driver on long journey: if you are on the highway, you put it on autopilot and you can sit and relax. The car will do the job because there are sensors around the car which will keep looking from any object coming closer to them. If somebody is trying to jump into the lane recklessly and your car is autopilot, the car will slow down and let them pass.
Cars are coming with e-manuals and manuals. You have to go through every single detail. If you don’t read the manual, you will get confused. If you just look at a newer car, you might probably say, ‘There is no difference,’ but when you sit inside and use all the features, then you will praise it correctly.
Similarly, bad things are easily visible and publicised well, but good things are not publicised. That’s why people have begin to have a one-track mind. They begin to think that nobody is good in this world. Every time you turn on your television and you hear news that ten people were killed somewhere, three women were raped somewhere else and four children were snatched in another area, you will become crazy, because all your hear is bad news. You will develop a hatred.
One thing which is important is that you must be aware of everything before you pass your remarks.
Secondly, you can only blame people who are responsible for certain things. You cannot hold the entire community responsible for anything bad.
Currently, we have an ongoing problem in Islam. Wahhabi fanatics and extremists have taken the world by storm. Massacre, carnage and butchery – that is all we hear every day from a particular school of thought in Islam, Wahhabism. There are almost two billion Muslims all over the world and only 7-10% of them are violent Muslims. These violent Muslims come from [Wahhabism].
It is important to correctly and justly read the situation, without prejudice and without being biased. If you attack on the entire religion, it can’t be justified. Not everybody is bad.
For example, recently in Africa, Islamic militants came and attacked on a bus. Most of the passengers were Christians; however, there were some Muslims also. So when these Islamic militants came, they asked a Muslim man to identify the Christians and he didn’t do it. He said, ‘No. You cannot kill innocent people.’ He stood there and he held their gun. All the Christians were able to flee. Then he died.
We have an example of this good Muslim who lost his life in order to protect Christians. If Islam is teaching terrorism to some militant groups, then why is it teaching tolerance to another Muslim? It is not about the religion; it is about the individuals.
Let’s go through a realistic analysis of how these people are behaving themselves in a very bad manner; how they are killing innocent people and how they are completely different than others. Are they really different to others or are they doing something extraordinary? When I look at it, I come to conclude that these people are involved in rape, loot and plunder and killing people.
Let’s just forget that they are Muslims. If Islam is promoting terrorism and hatred, then non-Muslims, realistically, should not do the same crimes that these people are doing. However, there are many people who don’t even believe in any religion but they are paedophiles, serial murders and rapists. If Islam is teaching you to be a rapist, murderer, to promote hatred, then why are people who don’t follow any religion involved in the same crime as those who follow Islam? To my mind, it is understandable that it is not about the religion; it is about the individual.
Then, at the same time, what we hear today is that refugees who were taken in by Germany, Sweden, Denmark are raping girls, looting and plundering, attacking women and children. This is because this is how they are.
For example, if you are a student of a university, does it mean you are perfect in every subject? This is why they are given exams. When you pass the exam, you are awarded a degree; then you should test him.
In a similar way, these religions are schools, whether you are a Muslim, Christian or Jew. Don’t expect every Jew to be a perfect example of the teachings of Abraham and Moses. They may practise certain principles to a certain degree and they may be weak in modelling other principles of the religion. Not every Jew is a perfect model of Jewish teachings. Similarly, not every Christian is a perfect model of the teachings of Lord Jesus Christ. When they do something wrong, why do you attribute it to their religion? Does it mean they are modelling their religion by raping women or murdering innocent people? No.
The Inner Devil
Do not forget: it is not just the religion you follow. As a Christian, you follow Christianity. As a Jew, you follow Judaism. As a Muslim, you follow Islam. But all [religious people], whether they are Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Jews, they are closer to their inner devil than their religion.
It is very difficult to practise the religion; however, it is very easy to follow your inner devil, unaware that you are being misled by your inner devil.
You think this is your desire, your right. You find justification that you want comfort; but you are not aware of the fact that closer to you is not your religion. Closer to you is the inner devil. That inner devil is inside everybody, whether you are a Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Christian or Jew. This is why all these individuals, whether they practise a religion or not, you will see that they are rapists, murderers, and they are doing all sorts of bad deeds.
Religion will stop you only when you have some spiritual strength inside you, like you have evil power inside you.
Man is on the edge between God and the Devil. You have to struggle to find God, get familiar with the commandments of God. You will find it difficult to practise what God commands you to. But you will not find it difficult to follow your inner devil.
If you look at different religions today, whether they call themselves Jews, Christians or Muslims, realistically and practically, their religion is the Devil. If Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Jews and Christians are killing innocent people, then what religion is making them do all this?
There are ten main commandments in Judaism. One of them is, ‘You shall not murder,’ but we see even a Jew kills people. Are we justified to say, ‘He is killing people because he is trained by his rabbis’? Are we justified to say that Judaism is promoting hatred and massacre? He is a Jew, but he is closer to his inner devil than the religion of Judaism.
Those who don’t practise any religion have no shelter to become a hypocrite. They cannot lie. What they are doing, they are doing; they cannot put the blame on anybody else. Religions have corrupted all these people. However, if religion is the cause of all trouble, creating mischief, promoting hatred and instructing its followers to carry out massacre and carnage of innocent human beings, then why do people murder and become rapists who don’t follow any religion and who don’t even believe in God?
Whether you believe in God or you don’t, if you become a rapist, a murderer and you promote hatred, it is all because of your inner devil.
No religion promotes hatred. Christianity and Judaism are wonderful religions. There is nothing wrong with Islam. Prophet Mohammad did not kill any innocent people. In the Quran, God said, ‘If you kill one human being, it is equal to killing the entire humanity.’ Religions don’t teach people to become bad. Then why are they bad? If Islam doesn’t teach them to be bad, then why are Muslims bad? Because they don’t practise Islam. Simple.
Most Muslims do not know Islam. What every Muslim knows is that alcohol is haram (prohibited) – even though they drink it everyday. Why they know is that adultery is haram, though they do it every now and then. What Muslims know is that gambling is haram, though they frequent visitors of the casino. What they strictly follow from Islam is that they don’t eat pork. All Muslims practise this part of Islam only. Consuming alcohol is not a problem, but they cannot tolerate existence of non-believers – as if they have modelled their religion perfectly. This is the mischief of the end times.
What there was an uproar in the world about refugees, I spoke about it and I said it clearly, ‘If you want to protect your country, do not take any refugees.’ ISIS has all the machinery to make passports in Syria. They are issuing passports to their members. When you become a terrorist, you do not grow horns to become prominent among all other people. You can’t tell who is a terrorist. A lot of ISIS terrorists are being poured into these countries. Look what they are doing. It is a problem, but we need the right strategy to combat the problem. If you waste your time going in a wrong direction, humanity will continue to suffer. You will never be able to address the problem.
The problem is not with Islam. The problem is with Wahhabi doctrine of death and hatred.
His Divine Eminence Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi, who doesn’t talk about religions, rather who talks about love and spiritual sciences, says, ‘Whether you follow Islam completely and strictly, however, if your inner is not purified, you are vulnerable to becoming prey to the devil at any time.’
There are 30 000 layers of lust that surround your heart and 30 000 layers of jealousy that surround you heart. In total, there are 180 000 layers that surround your heart. Whether you stay in the mosque day and night, these layers are not removed. Whether you recite the Holy Quran 24 hours a day for any number of years, these layers of vices and evil traits will never be removed. The only way they will be removed is when your heart is initiated into spirituality and your spiritual master, with spiritual authority and power, removes those layers from your heart – and frees your heart from the shackles of the Devil. Purification of the heart is important.
Anybody whose heart is surrounded by these layers of vices can do any bad thing any time.
One man was arrested in Disneyland Paris recently. He had an automatic gun and a copy of the Quran. Do you think he understand the Quran, when the Quran says, ‘Do not kill anybody’?
Identify your enemy. Your enemy is within you. If somebody is promoting hatred and, in retaliation, you are doing the same, you are no different. It is just that the bad people are bringing out the worst in you. Your vices were not prominent, but when you encountered hatred and a problem, you started doing the same thing. This is because we have an inner devil inside us.
When Prophet Mohammad entered the city of Mecca, victorious, Jihad with the sword was abolished. The Companions of the Prophet asked him, ‘What will we do now? Our swords are getting rusty.’ He replied, ‘Let’s turn to the greater Jihad from the smaller Jihad.’ They were really surprised and they said, ‘O’ Prophet of God, we were in the battlefield. We were chopping heads of our enemies off and they were chopping our heads off. We were sacrificing our lives and taking theirs. Is there any greater Jihad than this?’ The Prophet replied in affirmation, ‘Yes. I tell you of a greater Jihad than this. In this Jihad that you’ve been doing, you can see your enemy. Now, in this greater Jihad, we are going to execute somebody we cannot see.’ The Companions asked him, ‘Where is he then?’ He replied, ‘It is within you.’ This is the greater form of Jihad.
What do you do in greater Jihad? You don’t need a sword or gun. You need man and his manhood. It is a manly job to negate himself.
All of you want to promote yourself. You say, ‘I am the best and the greatest. Nobody is like me. I should have no problems, I should not suffer for anything. I should have all the comforts.’ When a little calamity falls upon you, you begin to cry; you are so vulnerable and weak. You become a man because of your inner strength and willpower.
You’re a man if you are strong enough to stand against your own evil and you don’t give up.
This is something which people of Arabia were not able to do. In that region, there is a lot of showing off and jealously. Their contribution to Islam is about making beautiful mosques and then raping young children. If the greater Jihad was easy, you would have all become saints by now.
Let’s talk about General Pervez Musharraf, the former chief of army staff in Pakistan. He is a good soldier and he is very brave, but he is not brave enough to fight against his inner devil. A fakir who sleeps on the footpath who doesn’t have food to eat or proper clothes – but he has power to observe humility, to forgive people who humiliate him – is braver than Pervez Musharraf.
If somebody asks you to shoot yourself and you do, do you think this is an act of bravery? No. This is just one second of suffering. When you allow people to humiliate you every day, night, every second of your life and you are patient with it, that is an act of bravery.
Only those succeed and thrive to purify their inner devil who have strength.
If I call you names and in return you call me names, where is the act of bravery? When somebody says, ‘You’re really bad,’ then you have this itch inside to reply. If he said one word and you say two words, you’re weak. You have fallen to the plan of your inner evil. You should not be affected by what people say.
If you know you are good, you don’t need a certificate from others.
Only bad people want a certificate of goodness from others. That is just a show-off, not an act of bravery.
Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi says, ‘You are a brave man if you can fight against your inner devil.’
In purifying your inner devil, the first thing that you initiate into the path of purification is that you negate and nullify yourself. Telling yourself that you have no value in this world and that every other person is better than you are. Now, you think you are the best, but when you embark upon the path of spirituality, the first lesson is to nullify your importance. This is spirituality. This is why people don’t like spirituality. They talk about it, but they don’t want it; it is not easy. It is for men with great inner strength.
That is why HDE Gohar Shahi said, ‘God does not like people who give up and give in, because in the path of spirituality, you will encounter at least a hundred times a situation where you will say to yourself, “I’d rather not live in this world.”’
Taking revenge from people who insulted you is not an act of bravery. This is weakness. You are obedient to your inner devil.
The Quran says, ‘O’ Prophet Mohammad, have you not see the man who has appointed his inner devil as his creator?’
You can now understand how important it is. You want to follow a religion, but there is somebody inside you who will not allow you to follow that religion. However, your enemy inside you will only allow you to practise certain parts of the religion which will make you famous and further deteriorate your inner evil.
For example, many people today go to mosques for prayers. Their prayers are useless. When they first went into the mosque, they were pigs. After even ten years, they are still pigs because they are just showing off.
In Pakistan, ministers and politicians take with them many big, empty pots. They go to the camps of poor people, put fire underneath the pots and call the media to take pictures. The media says, ‘1000 pots are there a food is being cooked. They’re doing it for humanity.’ Pictures are taken, the media leaves and the pots are back in the truck. No food is served. The next day, you’ll read the news that 1000 pots were cooked for poor people. They took out blankets and photos were taken. After the pictures, the blankets were back in the truck. This is not an act of charity; such people are playing with God; they are playing with innocent people and their emotions.
You are bad not because of any religion. You are bad because there is a source of evil in you. You will not become good until you purify your inner evil.
I am not defending any particular religion; rather, I am projecting the truth. If a Christian does something wrong, it is very easy to understand he is not following his religion. If a Jewish person does an immoral, anti-human act, we understand that this is not what Judaism talks about. This hasn’t been the teachings of Judaism, it is the individual.
Before you follow or practise any religion, there is a silent preacher inside you. This silent preacher is so commanding that, in comparison, whether you should listen to this compelling voice inside you or you should listen to the directives and doctrine from your religion, you always happen to prove that you are obedient to the inner evil voice.
Now, it doesn’t matter who you are: you may be an atheist, a polytheist or a monotheist. These things remain to be a discourse of phraseology. It doesn’t become part of your character until the time when your inner devil is taken care of and the inner perpetrator has been detached from your spiritual regime. What people cannot see is the barrier between individuals and their religions. You are known by the religion that you claim to practise, but people don’t understand whether or not this person is truly and realistically following his religion.
Jesus was walking and he saw a mob of people. There was a big commotion. He asked somebody, ‘What is going on?’ He said, ‘There is a woman who committed adultery. We are stoning here.’ Jesus said, ‘Nobody is going to stone her before I ask you a question.’ Jesus then said, ‘Is there anybody in this mob today who has never committed a sin?’ They were all quiet. Jesus said, ‘She is a sinner and you are a sinner. What gives you the right to stone her?’
CNN, Fox News and other television channels say, ‘Islam is so cruel; they stone adulteresses,’ but Judaism does the same. Be reasonable and be just. Don’t forget: whether it is Islam or Judaism, all four books came from the same God. You can deny it, but it is not going to change the reality. You can say, ‘The Muslims’ God is somebody else and the Jews’ God is somebody else,’ but this is not going to change the fact that Jesus, Mohammad, Moses, Abraham and Adam – all these messengers, great people – were sent by the same God.
The Solution to Terrorism
[The problem is that Wahhabis, the members of ISIS, Taliban and Al-Qaeda are doing the same thing as the mob that was stoning the adulteress before Jesus intervened]. They are raping women; they are gay as well. But when somebody else does it, they stone them. Jesus halted the people who were pelting stones at the woman who committed adultery and said, ‘Don’t throw stones at her. The only one can stone her who has never sinned in his life.’ The same problem is here. They are doing every bad deed in the book, but when somebody else does it, they punish them. Islam and Sharia directs that adulterers and adulteresses should be stoned. But ISIS, Taliban and Al-Qaeda are killing innocent human beings.
Whether it is Judaism or Islam, stoning adulterers is part of every religion, because all these religions come from the same source. But no religion allows murder of innocent people.
What these violent, wild, unlettered Muslims are doing in the name of Islam is not projecting Islam. This is a bundle of their lustful, carnal desires. They are brutal enemies and barbaric animals. This is not radicalisation; this is even worse than that.
We need to understand that hatred cannot be tackled with hatred.
In order to take care of hatred, we need sincerity. We need love.
At the same time, not just love; but the elements of hatred who are stubborn and they don’t want to change, you need to take care of them and wage a war.
This war is not going to be initiated individually; it has to be waged by international leaders and their armies. If you pick up a gun, go out in the street and say, ‘These are hateful souls. I will kill them,’ again, you are making the same mistake. You are can’t play with the law; this is not your job. It is the job of the departments or individuals who are responsible for upholding the law. If an individual takes the law in his hand and starts taking revenge from people just because he thinks they are bad, this is going to create more problems.
What we need now in order to tackle terrorism is to make an international alliance of armies who have sincere intentions. Who can understand that ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Taliban murderers are not simply murdering Christians. They are murderers of humanity. More people are killed among Muslims by ISIS than any other religion. Muslims are also suffering at their hands. [ISIS] become enemies of Muslims who do not associate themselves with them and they cut their throats.
Look at their doctrine: all non-Wahhabis in their eyes are impure. To them, it doesn’t matter whether you are a Muslim, Christian or Jew. As long as you are a non-Wahhabi, you are, in their eyes, liable to death.
They’re not going to uphold the religion of Islam. They are hungry for power. It is not even about one country that they want to make a superpower; they want to rule the world. They want world dominion. Has there been any time in history that there was one religion, one man or one group who ruled the world, all alone?
World domination is for two only: the Devil or God. Either the Devil rules the world or God can rule the world.
The Devil doesn’t discriminate. You will see him in the mosque and if you go to a church, you will see him there too. He doesn’t hate anybody. If you go to a Muslim home, you will see he is making the husband and wife fight. If you go to a Christian home, you will see the same. From the church, if you go to a synagogue, you will see the Devil sitting there. If you go to a disco club, you will see he is dancing there. If you go to a bar, he is everywhere.
We say, ‘God is omnipresent,’ but nobody saw God anywhere. Realistically speaking, you will practically feel that the Devil is omnipresent, everywhere.
There was a Companion of Prophet Mohammad, Abu Huraira. After the departure of Prophet Mohammad, there were so many wars among Muslims. Soon, the Muslim nation was divided into two groups. One was led by Ali and the other was led by Amir Muawiya and Aisha. During the war between them, Abu Huraira would eat with the armies of Aisha and Amir Muawiya and when it was time for the prayers, he would join Ali. People asked him, ‘Whose side are you on? You eat there and for prayers you come here.’ He said, ‘I simply enjoy. The enjoyment of food is with Muawiya. Enjoyment of Salat (a form of prayer) is with Ali, so I come here.’
The Devil is doing the same. Wherever he has customers, he goes there. Right now, he is very busy with Muslims. A lot of Muslims are turning out to be his sincere, loyal customers. I don’t know when will God prove to the world that he is everywhere. Right now, practically speaking, what we see is that we cannot see the Devil, but we feel him everywhere. His doctrine is of a strange type. He will silently, quietly and very discreetly pour his doctrine of hatred into your heart. When you are completely demonised by him, then what happens? He will kiss your forehead and say to you, ‘Ok my friend, I am going now.’ You will ask him why. He will say, ‘You don’t need me anymore. My job is done. What I do, from now on, you will do it in this area.’
After they shunned the practice of spirituality, maybe the Devil is just enjoying himself somewhere. These Muslims who call themselves Muslims, if you look at their character and behaviour, I think the Devil will feel ashamed of himself. He would maybe complain to God, ‘You said I was the ugliest one. You are wrong. I am not the ugliest one anymore.’ God would say, ‘Why?’ He would say, ‘Please visit Saudi Arabia and then you would change your mind about me. In front of them, I am a little, innocent devil. They are far worse than me. They do things which even I don’t want to do.’ That may the only time the Devil will think, ‘Thank God I’m not that bad.’
I honestly believe the Devil is not as bad as Wahhabis, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, etc.