Q&A with His Holiness Younus AlGohar
There are more atheists in England than there are Christians for the first time in history. What is the reason?
For the first time in the history of England and Wales, the graph of atheists has gone higher than those who believe in Christianity and God.
The reason behind this is that the religion is not able to connect people to God.
When they call upon God, they do not receive help from God and the practice of religion is not benefiting them at all. Due to the lack of connection with God, people are distancing themselves from religion and God.
Then, they have seen what religious people are doing. Religion has been dragged through the mire by the actions of religious people.
Whether they’re Christians, Hindus, Muslims, it is so ironical and sad that people who represent religion today are not trustworthy.
The practice of religion is not benefiting anybody; rather it is polluting hearts of people and making divisions among human beings.
Therefore, when you don’t reap benefits of any faith that your practise, at the end of the day, you ask yourself, ‘Why should I waste my time and restrict myself from so many good things that I am not allowed to do by the religion?’
If Christianity in contemporary times had the calibre to connect people with God, and they would have felt God’s presence in their heart, they would have never rejected God or said that God does not exist.
So this is happening because spirituality has become extinct in Christianity, as it has with Islam. The impact of this is different for the two religions: Christians do not have spirituality today, so they are becoming atheists and Muslims do not have spirituality today, so they are becoming terrorists.
It is about the ideology, it is not about individuals.
The filth will stay in this world as long as the ideology of filth is there. Any philosophy or ideology that generates violence, hatred, killing, turns you against humanity or motivates you to kill people is unholy. It cannot come from God.
It is so unholy to attribute terrorism to God. God doesn’t support terrorism. Although terrorism is being supported in the house of God, God is not a participant.
Many people across social media are now passing derogatory remarks about Prophet Mohammad and this trend is on the rise. What do you have to say about this?
The way I look at it is different.
If you say, ‘Prophet Mohammad is bad and Moses, Jesus and Adam are good,’ it doesn’t serve the purpose because it is God who sent all of them. God sent Adam, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad. So don’t think just because you are Christian, that your prophet is good and their prophet is bad.
If you say, ‘Their prophet is bad,’ you’re distancing yourself from God the same way as you would have, had you been going against your own prophet. They all come from God.
If you say, ‘The Muslim God is bad,’ what do you mean? God is only one. There are different names in different religions, but God is one. There is not such thing as the Muslim, Christian, or Hindu God.
How do we properly raise our children with the teachings of Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi?
You should tell your kids, ‘They’re all good. Christianity, Hinduism and Islam are from God, so don’t think anybody is your enemy. Do not hate anybody.’
Teach your children this one point and at the very least, they will become tolerant. Just due to their tolerance, people will appreciate the way they have been raised.
Lord Ra Riaz’s main teachings are, simply put, to not hate anybody; to love all. You should love God and humanity; don’t hate anybody. Everybody is God’s creation: don’t think bad of anyone. If a Hindu and a Sikh go to their temples, that is alright. If a Christian goes to the Church, that is fine too.