The Purpose of Ramadan

9 years, 4 months ago


The following is a transcript of His Holiness Younus AlGohar's speech. To see the original video, click here.

Democracy is like a social science; the way you want to live your life, what you want in your life. On what lines do you want your country to be shaped and what kind of society do you want to have in your country? Democracy is basically the aspect of your outward life, and if you want to talk about the inner aspect of your life, in that aspect what you need is spirituality. The social structure is destroyed in Pakistan, therefore the spiritual structure is also destroyed. Democracy is not suitable to a nation that which is not educated, and its citizens are dishonest. The Pakistani nation is all corrupt in sociology and religiosity. One person is a unit of a society, and its reformation begins at one person's reformation, and reformation of a person is directly and totality dependent upon correction and purification of his heart. The hearts of Pakistani nation are corrupt, thus, they are following shadows. 
When ignorant individuals like Tahir Ul Qadri became Sheikh al Islam in this country, the religion was destroyed, thus, its citizens became corrupt. Pakistan does not need a democracy nor do they need such ignorant scholars. What Pakistan needs is spiritual reformation. They need HDE Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi to awaken and enlighten their hearts and turn them into Momineen. When the Divine Light (Noor) enters the heart, the negative attributes in one’s character begin to diminish, thus reforming the person from the inside out. When all hearts are purified and cleansed of such negativity, the society shall automatically be reformed of corrupt and negative vices. 
The Muslim Clerics say, 'According to a Hadith, the Shaitan is locked up in the month of Ramadan.' That is wrong; if the Shaitan was locked up why do you continue to engage in bad deeds? This Hadith refers to the Shaitan within you (Nafs); to lock up, tame and purify the devil residing in you. All Muslims, whether they are Pakistan, Indian, Bangladeshi or Arab are unaware of the true purpose of Ramadan.
Prophet Mohammad said: Fasting is for God and God shall reward you. 
You never do anything in this world without a purpose, why then do you fast without knowing the true purpose behind it? Muslims say they fast because God has ordered them to do so. But why has God ordered you to do so? What is the purpose and what is to be obtained through this practise? There is a purpose behind every act that has been prescribed by God. 
For Dhikr God has said: There is a means to cleanse everything. For the heart, it is the Divine Light produced from the repetition of God’s name (Dhikr Allah). 
For Salat God has said:
إِنَّ الصَّلَاةَ تَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنْكَرِ
Salat refrains from bad deeds.
Similarly, the purpose of fasting is to obtain purity (Taqwa) however it is only beneficial to the Momineen. The diet of the Nafs is Naar (negative energy) and the consumption of food leads to an intake of Naar; and the fire of Naar strengthens the Nafs and weakens the heart. Fasting during Ramadan restricts the Nafs from obtaining Naar and because a Momin has an enlightened heart, his heart is constantly producing Divine Light, purifying the heart and taming the Nafs. Worship, Salat, Taraweeh and recitation of the Quran further help to purify the heart and Nafs. This is obligatory upon Momineen and fasting for 30 days regularly over a period of 12 years, alongside worship and austerities leads one to piety (Taqwa).
The question is you have been fasting for 30 years, but have you become a Mutaqee (one who has obtained piety)? Does your Salat refrain you from the committance of sins? The entire nation is in a heedless trance.
They do not have the ability to bring order to their social structure how can they be expected to have the unseen esoteric knowledge? These so called scholars, Sheikh ul Islam, represent this heedless and ignorant nation. Muslims fast because it’s obligatory. But why is it obligatory and for whom is it obligatory? What should be achieved from this practise? Do they see an improvement in their character? Their consciences are asleep! They do not know why they are fasting or that fasting does not serve the purpose if one fails to attain purification through fasting. 
Only the teachings of Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi can save this nation; otherwise this nation is destroyed!


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