Croydon religious leader faces life in Pakistani jail for his beliefs

Croydon religious leader faces life in Pakistani jail for his beliefs

Croydon religious leader faces life in Pakistani jail for his beliefs

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The leader of an obscure religious organisation living in Croydon faces life in prison for blasphemy if he ever returns to Pakistan.

Younus Algohar, 40, was born in Karachi, southern Pakistan and is the leader of the Messiah or Medhi Foundation International (MFI).

Mr Algohar is a British citizen and left Karachi 16 years ago. He said if he went back to the Muslim state he would receive a life sentence for blasphemy.

He said: “There are so many complaints being lodged in Pakistan against me, in the police station.

“Because I talk about divine love they think I blaspheme against Prophet Mohammed and blaspheme against the Holy Koran but I don’t do that.”

Mr Algohar, who claims he can heal people of incurable diseases, follows the teachings of Gohar Shahi, who he met in Pakistan 20 years ago.

Gohar Shahi, who claimed to have met Jesus, is reported to have died in 2003. Mr Algohar said he merely disappeared.

He was charged with blasphemy in Pakistan in 1999 but fled to Britain. In 2000 he was given three life sentences in his absence.

Other MFI members who were persecuted for their beliefs in Pakistan fled to India where they were jailed in April 2007.

Mr Algohar said: “There are 70 people in jail in India. They were demonstrating in New Delhi against Pakistan. They burned effigies of many radical Islamists like Osama Bin Laden who have their roots in Pakistan and who persecute our members. They burned their passports so they were arrested in New Delhi.”

He said he had written to the United Nations and to the Indian government to ask them to grant asylum to the demonstrators.

He said: “If they are repatriated to Pakistan they will be persecuted or face the death penalty.”

He said they had many followers living in Pakistan who kept their religious beliefs secret.

Mr Algohar said MFI held meditation services once a week in its Purley office and also in people’s homes but has branches and members all over the world.

He said they welcomed people of all faiths: “We propagate divine love and global peace.”

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12:43am Thu 1 Oct 09

welcome03 says...

I've been to Mr Algohar's spiritual gathering. Its true that he has the power of healing. My 8 year old severe backache was cured in 3 sessions. He talks and teaches spiritual awakening and divine love. Quite interesting subjects. I suggest that all should attend this gathering at least once to see the proof of the pudding!!
I've been to Mr Algohar's spiritual gathering. Its true that he has the power of healing. My 8 year old severe backache was cured in 3 sessions. He talks and teaches spiritual awakening and divine love. Quite interesting subjects. I suggest that all should attend this gathering at least once to see the proof of the pudding!! welcome03
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1:50am Thu 1 Oct 09

chemlali says...

welcome03 wrote:
I've been to Mr Algohar's spiritual gathering. Its true that he has the power of healing. My 8 year old severe backache was cured in 3 sessions. He talks and teaches spiritual awakening and divine love. Quite interesting subjects. I suggest that all should attend this gathering at least once to see the proof of the pudding!!
It is delightful to see that Croydon guardian is getting to know this Great holy man who has saved my family from darkness of this world; He has changed our lives into a complete loving family. He abolished hatred from our inner beings and inserted the seed of Love in our hearts. His way of enlightening the souls is simple but effective; all it needed is trust and a willing heart. And today, we can see Love is prospering among us and we are more in controlling self desires and bring a peaceful atmosphere around us wherever we are.
What we liked about Him, He does not charge humanity anything, He does it all for the labour of Love. He said: ‘’my lord told me not to charge humanity for getting enlightened and becoming divine. What we do is priceless. All what we want, it is to shine every heart with light and make every heart a house of divinity’’. This Holy man is very kind and He is a true healer of the body and soul. I encourage everyone of you to meet him and experience his divine power. See and experience Him today for tomorrow you will be thankful to Him.
[quote][p][bold]welcome03[/bold] wrote: I've been to Mr Algohar's spiritual gathering. Its true that he has the power of healing. My 8 year old severe backache was cured in 3 sessions. He talks and teaches spiritual awakening and divine love. Quite interesting subjects. I suggest that all should attend this gathering at least once to see the proof of the pudding!! [/p][/quote]It is delightful to see that Croydon guardian is getting to know this Great holy man who has saved my family from darkness of this world; He has changed our lives into a complete loving family. He abolished hatred from our inner beings and inserted the seed of Love in our hearts. His way of enlightening the souls is simple but effective; all it needed is trust and a willing heart. And today, we can see Love is prospering among us and we are more in controlling self desires and bring a peaceful atmosphere around us wherever we are. What we liked about Him, He does not charge humanity anything, He does it all for the labour of Love. He said: ‘’my lord told me not to charge humanity for getting enlightened and becoming divine. What we do is priceless. All what we want, it is to shine every heart with light and make every heart a house of divinity’’. This Holy man is very kind and He is a true healer of the body and soul. I encourage everyone of you to meet him and experience his divine power. See and experience Him today for tomorrow you will be thankful to Him. chemlali
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2:30am Thu 1 Oct 09

goldstar says...

There is too much hatred in this world. It's nice to see someone who isn't just talking about love and peace, but rather working to establish it!
There is too much hatred in this world. It's nice to see someone who isn't just talking about love and peace, but rather working to establish it! goldstar
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2:44am Thu 1 Oct 09

goldenfalcon says...

Mr. Younus AlGohar is working hard to bring all the nations together through Goharian Philosophy of Divine Love. He is very Humble and kind to all.

Amjad Ali
United Arab Emirates
Mr. Younus AlGohar is working hard to bring all the nations together through Goharian Philosophy of Divine Love. He is very Humble and kind to all. Amjad Ali United Arab Emirates goldenfalcon
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3:23am Thu 1 Oct 09

omara123 says...

Personally I was impressed by Younus AlGohar and his teachings. After obtaining the prescribed heart meditation from Younus AlGohar, I felt like I was reborn, and the meditation made me feel peaceful. I was touched that he does not charge anything for his services and doesn't discriminate based on religion or nationality.

Its so terrible to hear how the Pakistani government could be so cruel against Younus AlGohar and those who have the same belief as him. I hope something is done to help these innocent people.
Personally I was impressed by Younus AlGohar and his teachings. After obtaining the prescribed heart meditation from Younus AlGohar, I felt like I was reborn, and the meditation made me feel peaceful. I was touched that he does not charge anything for his services and doesn't discriminate based on religion or nationality. Its so terrible to hear how the Pakistani government could be so cruel against Younus AlGohar and those who have the same belief as him. I hope something is done to help these innocent people. omara123
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7:01pm Thu 1 Oct 09

uzairg says...

I appreciate Mr. AlGohar's services for humanity, in this black age nobody has time to think about themselves
but Mr.Younus AlGohar is spreading the message of Divine Love, healing incureable disease.Blessings in disguise, what governments are doing just terrible. Inspite of supporting Him they are blaspheming and making false cases against him.UK government and United Nation Human Commission Rights should put this matter in their priority. Something must be done to help those innocent people.
I appreciate Mr. AlGohar's services for humanity, in this black age nobody has time to think about themselves but Mr.Younus AlGohar is spreading the message of Divine Love, healing incureable disease.Blessings in disguise, what governments are doing just terrible. Inspite of supporting Him they are blaspheming and making false cases against him.UK government and United Nation Human Commission Rights should put this matter in their priority. Something must be done to help those innocent people. uzairg
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11:57pm Thu 1 Oct 09

QPR4Me says...

I'm sorry but I must interrupt this love in. I feel sorry for Mr Algohar for being persecuted by religious fundamentalists, but at the same time, I cannot stand the idea that people, in the 21st Century, can still cling to silly medieval beliefs borne out of nothing but blind faith and ignorance. If there was such a thing as God, why do people belive so many different things about him/her/it? Is this thing caring? I don't think so. Is this thing vengeful? I don't think so. Does this thing exist? No!
I'm sorry but I must interrupt this love in. I feel sorry for Mr Algohar for being persecuted by religious fundamentalists, but at the same time, I cannot stand the idea that people, in the 21st Century, can still cling to silly medieval beliefs borne out of nothing but blind faith and ignorance. If there was such a thing as God, why do people belive so many different things about him/her/it? Is this thing caring? I don't think so. Is this thing vengeful? I don't think so. Does this thing exist? No! QPR4Me
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