I would like to introduce the divine writing of His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi.
The Religion of God (Divine Love) is the ultimate textbook on spirituality. This book was published by the Balboa Press in the United States of America. On the title page of the book is a piece of advice that reads, ‘This book requires unruffled concentration, attention, pondering and research from all religions, sects and every man. It poses a challenge to those who deny the existence of spirituality.’
This book not only talks about spirituality in unprecedented details, at the same time, it tells us the future.
It is so concise yet covers everything about God, prophets, saints, religions, you and me. There is nothing that exists that doesn’t exist in this book. It contains the untold mysteries and secrets of God.
Some books are just pastime; you read it, enjoy it and forget it. Some books guide you on how to live. But The Religion of God covers the past of God, the past of humanity, the present of humanity, the present of God, the future of humanity, and the future of God. It covers every single topic that can’t even be imagined; this is a super textbook on spirituality.
There may have been questions in your mind for many years for which you searched for answers, but realised that finding an answer is not possible. When you read this book, you will come to know that those questions which were stored in your mind are answered in The Religion of God.
The most important aspect of this book – which, of course, is the case of a divine book – is that when you read it, you feel as if you are connected with the author. You feel as if questions are popping up in your mind, but at the same time, answers are also popping up. The taste of the pudding is in eating it.
This book is the most valuable asset in the field of theology, spirituality and mysticism. No mystical truth is complete without it.
The universality of this book is such that a Jew and a Hindu will read this book and feel like [they are personally] being addressed. A Muslim will read this book and he should feel, although he hides it, that he is being addressed. An atheist will read this book and he will feel comfortable reading it; he will feel as if somebody is trying to sell him the idea of believing in God again.
An atheist will develop an attitude within himself that he is giving in to the truth that God exists; not because somebody is going to put forward a very solid argument, but because there are answers in this book which no religious scholar can come up with regarding the reasons why atheism came into existence. These people must have gone through an enormous amount of pain and turmoil; at the time of need, they called upon God and he didn’t reply to them or help them. So, as a result of this disappointment and feeling of being let down, they became rebellious and they completely denied the existence of God.
HDE Gohar Shahi has discussed sensitive issues and points in this book which may appear to be taboo subjects to a religious scholar.
HDE Gohar Shahi has been pretty much fair. When religious scholars write about God, it is like the have been bribed by God. They will keep praising God; they are biased. Being a human being, you will definitely be biased to God and prejudiced to a sinner. The Religion of God tell you about the existence and nature of God; it also tells you where God was not himself and people who were looking up to God were let down or disappointed.
So, when an atheist reads this book he will think, ‘Whoever this person is, he is not an advocate of God; he is a fair mediator, trying to make a bridge between man and God and in trying to do so, he is impartial.’ HDE Gohar Shahi is such a unique mediator between man and God that he pinpoints God when he is wrong and pinpoints man when he is wrong. The reader, if he is an atheist, will feel, ‘I am in a court which is unbiased, where the judge is impartial – and this judge is not just impartial, he is a universal mediator.’
If HDE Gohar Shahi convinces you to believe in God, you can simply call him the advocate of God.
In this day and age, a person alleged of a crime will need a lawyer, advocate or barrister to convince the judiciary system. Similarly, God needs a barrister today. Religious scholars who were meant to be advocates turned out to be pimps. HDE Gohar Shahi sees both parties, man and God with an equal eye.
The Reason Man Becomes a Terrorist
Oftentimes, we hear in the newspapers, on TV, or on the radio that some people are being radicalised with some kind of hateful doctrine.
It is really interesting to know that in order for a person to become radicalised, they do not need a special hateful knowledge or doctrine.
According to God, God created everything in pairs: men and women, day and night, truth and falsehood, light and darkness, inner and outer, etc.
In a similar way God created knowledge and paired it up: the outer knowledge and the inner knowledge. It is the knowledge of the exterior and the knowledge of your interior, the inner dimension and the outer dimension.
His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi says, ‘The outer knowledge is incomplete without inner knowledge.’
A man is incomplete without a woman and a woman is incomplete without a man. The case is the same for outer knowledge without the inner.
HDE Gohar Shahi explains, ‘The outer knowledge hardens the heart. The inner knowledge softens the heart.’
When you are in pursuit of knowledge, you must obtain both types of knowledge. If you obtain outer knowledge and ignore inner knowledge, you will become [another] Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, you will become Wahhabi, Shiite or Sunni.
Words are very dangerous because when you speak words, your intention are not included in those words. Your words come out and the intention of using those words remains in your heart.
For example, someone is a prophet, the door is open and it is cold outside – so they say to their companion, ‘Shut the door.’ At the same time, another person is coming and wants to come in the house, but he thinks, ‘When they saw me, they shut the door.’ Nobody knows why the door was shut. The prophet asked his companion to shut the door because it was cold, not because he did not want anybody to come in. But people will just repeat the words said.
This is how the Quran is without Mohammad. You only have the words of God, not the intentions of God; this is outer knowledge. You have the spoken word of God but you do not know the reason and intention of God.
If you had the interior knowledge as well, that knowledge would have connected your heart with God; whenever you would read God’s words, God intention would fall upon our heart and you would know the real interpretation of God’s words.
You do not need a special doctrine of hatred to become hateful like ISIS.
If you have outer knowledge of any religion but lack the spiritual knowledge which connects the heart with God, one day, you will become Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. You are on the way to becoming [part of] ISIS.
Without Sufism and spirituality, you are on the autopilot. The inner knowledge is very important. If you do not have inner knowledge, no matter who you are, whether you are Shiite, Sunni or Wahhabi, one day, you will become a terrorist. There are Shiite organisations involved in terrorism, but Wahhabis have gone one step ahead of everybody else; they are professional killers. Iran is a terrorist country as well.
Terrorism is not just about killing people. The fundamental definition of terrorism is to keep people under terror and badly affect and disturb their quality of life.
There was a time when you could travel in a car with your wife and children and the police wouldn’t bother you. At the airports, if you are with your children and wife they wouldn’t bother you too much. They thoughts, ‘If he is travelling with his wife and with small children, he can’t be a terrorist.’ But then, even women became terrorists and they used even children. So now, whether you’re travelling with your family, there’s no exemption. Times have changed.
If a woman was wrapped up in veiling, you would be scared that she can explode anytime. If a girl or woman would pass by you wearing jeans, you were relaxed, and did not think she was radicalised. But now, it is different. Terrorists are now giving new recruits a new manual in which they say, ‘Don’t change your name. Wear outfits like westerners. Don’t grow beards. Drink alcohol, sleep around.’ There’s no mark of distinction between the two. You’ll never know [who has been radicalised].
What happened in Paris on two occasions was death. But terrorism is that people are afraid of visiting Paris. They are under terror.
When you want to go somewhere and you sense a threat, you postpone it. After the events in Paris and San Bernardino, there were so many hoaxes on airplanes; it was terror.
You don’t need a bomb or gun to terrorise people. It’s a psychological battle and it is very easy.
So terrorists have been successful. We say, ‘We are not afraid, we stand united,’ but these are just words. Human beings have a psychological weakness in them: when they spot a danger, the first thing that comes to them is fear or attack.
To spread terror is in your nature. On a local level or larger level, you are a terrorist. The only way you can overcome your ugly nature is to adopt spirituality which will soften your heart and transform you into a good human being.
Utterances of HDE Gohar Shahi:
In the End Times, God will send forth one of the above mentioned souls. He will find and unite them together. And He will remind them that they also once loved God. All such souls whether or not they are religious will attend to his call, and flock around Him. He will grant them a unique name of God, which will pass through their hearts and settle in their souls. The souls will constantly engage with the repetition of that name (the soul will become a permanent Dhakir). The unique name of God will confer on them a brand new enthusiasm, a new power and a new definition of love. The Noor (Divine Energy) of the unique name of God will reconnect the soul with God.
Dhikr Qalb serves like an intermediary ladder to obtaining Dhikr Rouh (invocation of the soul), just as the rituals of Salat (a form of worship) and fasting are means of obtaining the invocation of the heart. If the soul of an individual has learnt to invoke God, he is among those who shall have no fear of accountability and the Divine Scale on the Day of Judgement. The advanced stages of invocation and worship of soul confirm his elevated rank.
Individuals that are progressing in spirituality from the heart towards the soul are among those who have entered the Religion of God or are about to enter it. Their means of guidance is God’s Light, not the books. God’s Light, itself, keeps them away from committing sins. And those who, even by striving or by learning about it, are deprived of this spiritual status, are not included in this Spiritual League. Heretics are those that, without invocation of the heart and the soul, consider themselves among those in this Spiritual League or imitate them. The means of salvation for common folks is worship and religion. The means of guidance are the celestial books. The means of intercession are through the Prophets and the Saints. Many Muslims do not accept the fact that the Saints can provide people with intercession to God. However, Prophet Mohammad advised his companions to request Owais Qarni to provide his Ummah (following) with intercession to God.
If the body of a car is beautiful but the engine is useless, the entire thing is useless. There used to be a British car known as a Rover. It was not a reliable car, but they replaced the engine in that car with a Honda engine. After this, sales soared. Basically, it’s about the engine, not the body. One who fixes the body of the car is like a person who has the outer knowledge; one who fixes the engine is like somebody who has the inner knowledge.
Similarly, outer knowledge tells you how to keep your body clean, behave yourself and perform rituals of the religion.
But the inner knowledge will awaken the human instinct in you. The inner knowledge will bring out to the surface all the humanly attributes which have been granted to your soul by God.
From childhood, we heard that being a man is greater than being an angel. But all our lives, in all our societies, we have regarded angels as greater than us. In books we are greater, but in practical life they are greater. When we came to see HDE Gohar Shahi and HDE told us about this, we realised that there is a special knowledge which will make man greater than an angel.
If you do not have that knowledge, you are not even great – forget about being greater than an angel. This is the knowledge of the heart, the knowledge of the soul and this knowledge connects you to God.
Utterances of His Divine Eminence Ra Gohar Shahi
There are three parts of exoteric knowledge and one part of esoteric knowledge (inner knowledge).
One has to find a Moses to obtain exoteric knowledge and a Khidr to obtain esoteric knowledge from.
The inspirational voice that one hears without the presence of Gabriel is known as Ilhaam. The knowledge that one obtains without Gabriel accompanying it, is known as Sahifa (Divine Scroll) and Hadith Qudsee (conversation with God without a medium). The knowledge conveyed through the Gabriel is known as the Koran, whether it contains exoteric knowledge or esoteric knowledge, whether you call it the Torah, the Psalms of David or the Bible.
The religious scholars get away with their faults and errors by labelling it as politics. Faults and errors by the Saints are regarded and ignored as acts of wisdom. Faults and errors by the Prophets are not regarded as faults and errors.
The concerned souls inside the human body gain strength with whatever type of spiritual practice they are engaged in. And those that are not engaged in any spiritual practice are dormant and senseless. And those that, through any means, have absorbed God’s name in their souls, their hobby is then constant remembrance of God (Dhikr-e-Sultani) and Rapturous Love of God (Ishq-e-Allah).
No wonder Iqbal said, ‘If you possess Rapturous Love of God, your kufr (ingratitude) is Islam (submission to God).’
Imam Mehdi will rejuvenate all the religions!
Mujaddid (the revivers) emerged within Muslim Ummah in the post-Mohammadan era, and they revived the religion. The amendment of these Mujaddid will become ineffective after the advent of Imam Mehdi. And Imam Mehdi will rejuvenate all religions in his very own way. It is mentioned in several books that Imam Mehdi shall found a brand new religion.
If an individual worships all his life, but in the end, he happens to oppose Imam Mehdi and Jesus Christ (return of both the Personalities to this world is imminent; Jesus Christ appears with the same body as he was raised up with, and Imam Mehdi in the body with the terrestrial spirits of Prophet Mohammad), such an individual is hell-bound in the similitude of Balyim Ba’our, and he is as rejected by God as Iblis (the Devil) was.
On the contrary, if an individual lives all his life like a dog, but in the end, he happens to support and love Imam Mehdi and Jesus Christ, such an individual shall enter paradise in the similitude of Qatmir.
Some of the religions and sects say, ‘Jesus had died, and his tomb is situated in Afghanistan.’ This is a misleading propaganda. The tomb in Afghanistan is not that of Jesus Christ, but of a Saint whose name also is Isa. In that primitive age, what could have been the purpose of burial at such a far off place? They argue, ‘How was Jesus raised to the skies?’ We say, ‘How was Adam descended on Earth?’ Remember: Idrees (Enoch) still lives physically in paradise. Khidr (A mystical figure) and Ilyas (Elias) are present on Earth, and they haven’t tasted death yet.