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Wahdat Al Wajood Aur Wahdat Al Shahood | HH Younus AlGohar | ALRA TV

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Sayyidi Younus AlGohar explains the difference between two philosophies in Sufism, Wahdat al Wajood (Unification in Existence) and Wahdat al Shahood (Unification in Witnessing).

Main points:

- Wahdat al Wajood and Wahdat al Shahood do not have anything to do with Sharia.

- Wahdat al Wajood is the tenet that all existence comes from God. In plain words, it involves the divine energy of the names of God's Attributes (Sifaat). This is the tenet of the saints who receive the benevolence of the names of God's attributes. God created the universe with the divine energy of his attributes.

God said in the Koran 24:35, 'God is the light of the heavens and the earth.'

- Whatever you see on Earth and in the skies is related to the various attributes of God. Therefore when this type of divine energy enters saints, they are able to see it all around them among the creation of God. For example, they will see a spark of divine energy in mothers owing to the fact that God has given them the attribute of motherly love (which relates to his mercy). They look at mountains and see the expression of God's attribute 'Rehman'.

- Wahdat al Shahood relates to experience; becoming an eyewitness of the divine splendour. This philosophy relates to the divine energy of God's Personal Name. When you have the divine energy of God's Personal Name in you, you will close your eyes and look for that divine energy in the world and all you will see is darkness. God only granted the divine energy relating to his personal being to one prophet: Prophet Mohammad. Wahdat al Shahood is established when a person receives the benevolence of the Personal Name of God and manages to eventually reach the higher realms to witness the divine splendour.

- Both Wahdat al Wajood and Wahdat al Shahood are correct in their own right. If you ask what group I, myself, belong to, I will say Wahdat al Shahood.

- Among the Wahdat al Wajood saints, the disciples see divine energy in their Spiritual Guide, so they consider the Spiritual Guide to be the Lord. It is the disciples in Wahdat al Wajood who perform Sajda-e-Tazeemi (Prostration Out of Respect) to their Spiritual Guide - this is permissible in Tariqat, but not in Sharia. The practice of Tassawur-e-Sheikh (Visualisation of the Spiritual Guide) is carried out in the circles of Wahdat al Wajood as well. His Divine Eminence Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi introduced us to God's personal divine energy, therefore HDE Gohar Shahi never had people engage in Tassawur-e-Sheikh.


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