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The Muslims and the Christians we are going together  – But there are some Christians who say… that Jesus Christ (pbuh), he claimed Divinity.’ In fact if you read the Bible, there is not a single unequivocal statement in the complete Bible, where Jesus (pbuh) himself says that he is God, or where he says… ‘Worship me.’ In fact if you read the Bible Jesus (pbuh) himself says  – it mentioned in the Gospel of John, Ch. No. 14, V. No. 28, ‘My father is greater than I’; Gospel of John, Ch. No. 10, V. No. 29, ‘My father is greater than all’; Gospel of Mathew, Ch. No. 12, V. No. 28, ‘I cast out devil with the spirit of God’; Gospel of Luke, Ch. No. 11, V. No. 20, ‘I cast out devil with the finger of God’; Gospel of John, Ch. No. 5, V. No. 30, ‘I can of my own self do nothing, as I hear I judge, and my judgment is just, for I seek not my will, but the will of my Father.’ Anyone who says that… ‘I seek not my will, but God’s will’  – it means ‘Submitting his will to Almighty God.’ And if you translate into Arabic it means ‘Islam’   – and anyone who submits his will to Almighty God, is called as a ‘Muslim’. Jesus (pbuh)   – he never came to destroy the law or the Prophets  – In fact he came to confirm them. And Jesus (pbuh) he says  – it mentioned in the Gospel of Mathew, Ch. No. 5, V. No. 17 to 20, he says that… ‘Think not that I am came to destroy the law or the Prophets’  – All these quotations are from the Bible, from the King James Version. Jesus (pbuh) says that… ‘Think not that I am come to destroy the Law and  the Prophets. I am come not to destroy, but to fulfill; for verily till the heaven and the earth pass, not one jot or title shall pass away form the law, until all be fulfilled. And whosoever shall break one of the least commandments and teach men to do so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; and whosoever shall keep them, and teach the same, shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the Scribes and the Pharisees, in no way shall you enter the Kingdom of Heaven.’ Jesus (pbuh) says, that if you want to go to Paradise, you have to follow each and every law of the Old Testament  – including that… ‘God is one; He has got no partners; you cannot create any images of God.’ And Jesus (pbuh), he never claimed that he was Almighty God  – In fact he says that he was sent by God. It is mentioned in the Gospel of John, Ch. No. 14, V. No. 24, Jesus (pbuh) says that… ‘The words that you hear are not mine, but my Father’s, who has sent me.’ It is mentioned in the Gospel of John Ch. No. 17, V. No. 3… ‘This is life eternal; so that you may know there is only one God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent.’ It is mentioned in the Book of Acts Ch. No. 2, V. No. 22. that… ‘Hear O Israel, hear these words  – Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God amongst you, by wonders and miracles, which God did by him, and you are witness to it.’ It says… ‘Jesus of Nazareth (pbuh), a man approved of God by wonders and miracles which God did by him, and you are witness to it.’ And When Jesus (pbuh) was asked that…‘Which is the first of the commandment?’  – he  repeated what was earlier said by Moses (pbuh). It is mentioned in the Gospel of Mark, Ch. No. 12, V. No. 29… (Hebrew)…  ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, is one Lord.’ So if you read the Bible, you shall understand the concept of God in Christianity. Let us analyse the concept of God in Islam. The best reply that any person can give you regarding the concept of God in Islam, is quote to you Surah Al Ikhlas, Ch. No. 112, V. No. 1 to 4, which says ‘Say: He is Allah, One and only. Allah the Absolute and Eternal.  He begets not, nor is He begotten. There is nothing like Him.’ This is a four line definition of Almighty God… of Allah (swt) – Any person saying that he is Almighty God –  if that person fits in this four line definition, we Muslims have got no objection in accepting that person as Almighty God. The first is ‘Say: He is Allah, One and only. Second is ..(Arabic)… Allah the Absolute and Eternal. He begets not, nor is He begotten. and the fourth is …(Arabic)… And there is nothing like Him.’ This Surah Ikhlas, Ch. No. 112, is the touchstone of theology. ‘Theo’ means ‘God’ – ‘logy’ means ‘Study’. Surah Ikhlas, Ch. No. 112, of the Glorious Qur’an, is the touchstone of Theology. Anyone claiming to be Almighty God  – if that candidate fits in this four line definition, we accept him to be Almighty God. And for the Universal Brotherhood to prevail, it is compulsory that you believe and worship only one Almighty God. So anyone claiming to be Almighty God  – If that person fits in this four line definition, we have no objection in accepting that candidate, as Almighty God. You know there are many false people who claim to be Almighty God .

Let us analyse whether they pass the test or not. And one among such persons, is Bhagwan Rajnish  – You know there are some people who claim that he was Almighty God. During one of my lectures…Question-Answer time, there was a Hindu friend of ours, who told that…‘The Hindus do not believe in Bhagwan Rajnish, as God.’ I told him…‘I do agree, and I have read the Hindu Scriptures  – No where does the Hindu Scriptures say that Bhagwan Rajnish is God’  – What I said… ‘Some people say that Bhagwan Rajnish is God.’ I know very well that Hinduism does not consider Bhagwan Rajnish, to be God. Let us analyse the claim of such people who way that Bhagwan Rajnish is Almighty God. The first test is …(Arabic)… ‘Say: He is Allah one and only ?’ Is Bhagwan Rajnish, one and only? We know that are several human beings who claim to be Almighty God, specially in this country  – there are several such people claming to be Almighty God. Is he one and only? But his followers, they say…‘No, he is one and only.’ Let us go to the next test …(Arabic)… ‘Allah the Absolute and Eternal.’ Was Bhagwan  Rajnish, ‘Absolute and Eternal?’ We know from his Biography that he was suffering form Asthma, from chronic Backache, from Diabetes, Malitis. And he says that… ‘The American government, when they arrested him –  they gave him slow poisoning’ – Imagine, Almighty God being slow poisoned. The third test is …(Arabic)… ‘He begets not nor is He begotten.’ And we know from his biography, that Rajnish was born in Madhya Pradesh, he had parents… mother and father, who later on became his own disciples. And in the year 1981, Rajnish goes to America, and takes thousands of Americans for a ride. And in the state of origin, he starts his own village, known as Rajnishpuram –  Later on the American Government, they arrest him and they put him behind bars –  and in 1985 he is deported… he is sent out of the country. He comes back to India in 1985, and in the city of Poona, he starts his own center  – the Osho Commune. And if you go there, it is mentioned on the stone there, that… ‘Bhagwan Rajnish, Osho Rajnish never born, never died –  But, visited the earth from the 11th of December 1931, to the 19th of January 1990.’ They forgot to mention that he was not given visas to 21 different countries in the world –  Imagine Almighty God –  He is visiting the earth, and He requires visas. And the last test …(Arabic)… ‘There is nothing like Him’  – It is so stringent that no one besides Allah (swt)… Almighty God can pass. The moment you can compare Almighty God to anyone in the world… to anything in the world, he is not God. For e.g. if suppose someone says that…‘Almighty God is a thousand times as strong as Arnold Schwazzenegar’  – You know Arnold Schwazzenegger – the person who was given the title ‘Mr. Universe’  – the strongest man in the Universe –  If someone says at the ‘Almighty God is a thousand times as strong as Arnold Schwazzenegar.’ The moment you can compare Almighty God to anything in this world – whether it be Arnold Schwazzenegger, or King Kong, or Dara Singh –  whether it be a thousand times, or million times –  the moment you can compare Almighty God to anything in this world, He is not Almighty God. …(Arabic)… ‘There is nothing like Him.’ This is a four line definition of Almighty God, given in the ‘Glorious Qur’an, which is the touchstone of theology. Otherwise the Glorious Qur’an says in Surah Isra Ch. No. 17 : V. No. 110 …(Arabic)… ‘Say call upon Him by Allah, or by Rehman – by whichever name you call upon Him, to Him belongs the most beautiful names.’ You can call Allah (swt) by any name  – but it should be a beautiful name  –  it should not conjure up a mental picture. And there are no less than 99 attributes given in the Glorious Qur’an, for Allah (swt)  – Ar-Rahman, Ar-Rahim, Most Merciful, Most Beneficent  – no less than 99.  We Muslims, we call Almighty God, by the Arabic name ‘Allah’  – and the reason we prefer calling Almighty God, by the Arabic name ‘Allah’, instead of the English word ‘God’, is because the English word ‘God’  – you can play mischief with that word. For eg. If you add ‘S’ to God  – it becomes ‘Gods’  – plural of God   – There  is no plural of Allah. …(Arabic)… ‘Say… He is Allah one and only ?’ If you add ‘dess’ to God…it becomes ‘Goddess’…that means a ‘female God.’ There is no gender to Allah (swt)  – He is neither male neither female… Allah (swt) has got no gender…Allah is a unique word. If you add a ‘father’ to ‘God’…it becomes ‘God-father’  – he is my ‘God –  father’, he is my ‘guardian’  – There is nothing like ‘Allah-father’ or ‘Allah-Abba’ in Islam. If you add a ‘mother’ to ‘God’, it becomes ‘God-mother’.  There is nothing like ‘Allah-mother’ or ‘Allah-Ammi’ in Islam  – ‘Allah’ is a unique word.  If you prefix ‘Tin’ before ‘God’…it becomes ‘Tin-God’…meaning ‘fake-God’ –  There  is nothing like tin-Allah in Islam. That is the reason, we Muslims   – we prefer calling Allah (swt) by the Arabic word ‘Allah’, instead of the English word…‘God.’ But if some people, some Muslims, use the word ‘God’ for ‘Allah (swt)’, so that those who do not know the concept of ‘Allah (swt)’  – if they can understand, I have got no objection –  But the appropriate word is ‘Allah’… it is much more preferred than the English word ‘God.’ In Islam, the Universal Brotherhood does not only spread horizontally –  i.e. it does not only cover all the regions and all the people of the whole world and universe –  it even goes vertically. The Universal Brotherhood in Islam… the Universal Brotherhood of faith, includes vertically, even the generation that came before you, that went in the past. The Universal Brotherhood in Islam, includes the people living, and the people of past   – You are a single race… or a single people. This Universal Brotherhood… that is the Brotherhood of faith –  it spreads horizontally as well as vertically –  and the corner stone of this faith in all the Religions, if you analyse –  it is the belief in One Creator… one Almighty God. It is only because of this that Universal Brotherhood can prevail in the whole Universe   – and this Universal Brotherhood  of faith…it is far superior to the Brotherhood of blood relationship. The Qur’an says as I mentioned… ‘You should respect your parents’. The Qur’an says in Surah Isra Ch. No. 17, V. No. 23 and 24, that… ‘Allah (swt) has ordained for you, that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to your parents. And if any of them or both of them reach old age, do not say a word of contempt   – do not  even say ‘uff’ to them; But lower to them your wing of humility, and address them with honour. And pray to thy Lord: that cherish them, as they cherished me in childhood.’ That means, you have to love and respect your parents –  and give them all honour and respect. But at the same time the Glorious Qur’an says in Surah Luqman, Ch. 31, V. No. 15  – After saying that ‘you have respect the parents’   – the Qur’an says… ‘But if they strive in making thee join partners  with Me   – who you have no knowledge of   – that means of your parents force you to join partners with Almighty God, you do not obey them  – but in this world deal with them with justice and compassion.’ That means your parents   – you have to obey them, as long as they do not go against Almighty God… against the commandment of Allah (swt)  – we have to obey them. If they go against the Commandment Allah (swt)  – Almighty is more Superior. The Brotherhood of faith is Universal   – It is for superior than Brotherhood of blood relationship. And the Qur’an says in Surah Al Tawbah, Ch. 9, V. 24,  ‘Say whether it be for your father or your sons or your brothers or your spouses, your husbands and wives or your relatives. Allah is asking ‘What are your considerations?  – Is it your fathers, are they your sons, your brothers, your spouses, husbands and wives, are they your relatives –  of all these things for example, your fathers, or your sons, or your brothers, or your spouses, or your relatives ? And Allah continues ‘The wealth that you have amassed, the business in which you deal, the houses in which you live.’ Allah says… ‘What are your consideration? What are your consideration?’ And Allah continues If you love all these eight things more than Allah, His Rasul and doing Jihad… striving in the way of Allah  – Allah says… ‘If your parents tell you to go against Allah (swt)  – they may tell you to rob, they may tell you to cheat, they may tell you to bribe, they may tell you to kill people unnecessarily  – if your parents give you guidance against the commandments of Allah (swt)  – whether it be your sons, whether it be your brothers of your spouses, or your relatives, or you do deeds against Allah (swt), for the wealth that you are collecting, the businesses in which you deal, the houses in which you delight … Allah says…‘If you love all these eight things more than Allah, His Messenger, and striving in the way of Allah   – Allah says ‘Wait’ Wait until Allah brings about His decision unto you, until Allah brings about destruction unto you and Allah guides not the perverted transgressors. When it comes to brotherhood  of faith, it is far superior to brotherhood of relationship. And further the Glorious Qur’an says in Surah Nisa, Ch. No. 4, V. No. 135, that …(Arabic)… ‘O ye who believe, stand out firmly for justice, as witness to Allah (swt), even if it be against your self, against your parents, against your relatives, whether it be rich or poor, for Allah protects both.’ That means, if you have to stand for justice, as giving Shahadah, as giving witness to Allah (swt)   – Allah says… ‘Stand for justice even if you have to speak against your self, against your parents, against your relatives, irrespective whether the people are rich or poor, for Allah protects all? That means where it comes to justice, where it comes to truth… justice is far superior to blood relationship. The brotherhood of faith supersedes all the other brotherhoods  – And the brotherhood of faith… the Universal Brotherhood is based on the basic concept of belief in One Creator… One Almighty God… One Allah (swt), which is preached by all the Religions. And the Qur’an says, as I mentioned earlier in Surah Imran, Ch.3, V. No. 64, that ‘Come to common terms as between us and you.’Which is the first term? ‘that we worship none but Allah.’ Only believing in One Almighty God, is not sufficient – You should also worship only One Almighty God. And only if you believe and worship Almighty God, Who is One, will Universal Brotherhood prevail. Without the concept of one Almighty God, brotherhood and humanity cannot prevail, in the full world. And the Glorious Qur’an says in Surah Anam, Ch. No. 6, V.108 that… ‘Revile not those people, abuse not those people who worship gods besides Allah, lest in their ignorance, they will revile Allah (swt).’ I would like to end my talk by the giving quotation of the Glorious Qur’an,  from Surah Nisa, Ch. No. 4, V. No. 1 which says that… ‘O human kind reverence your guardian Lord, Who has created you from a single person, and created like nature his mate, and has scattered like seeds countless men and women.’

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