God is imageless – but if someone still prays to ‘Idols’ will his prayers be accepted?
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Do we have on any of the other mics? Whether it be from the brothers or the sisters, any non Muslims? Who would like to ask a question? Yes, we have one from the brothers. Go ahead.
Mr. Paul, thanks God given this opportunity for me.
My name is Sundararajan basically from Hindu religion, but I am not differentiating Muslims and Hindu or any other Christian, but one small doubt, God doesn't have shape.
But even if we are going temple in Hindu, we are you know very well. There are different names of gods and different pitchers under statues, you know very well.
My question is, if I am going temple if for example, if I am suffering something, problem, if I am going temple, if I pray for me, God will accept or not this My question
was the question that God does not have shaped. What if I go to a temple and if I worship idols, does God listen to me? Does God answer my prayer not? Whether if you read Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavad Gita is the most widely read book amongst all the scriptures of Hinduism.
But have you heard of Bhagavad Gita?
I know some of them, but not all. If you read Bhagavad Gita, chapter number seven, verse number 20 says, all those intelligence has been stolen my material desires, they worshipped me gods, they worship false god. That means, if your materialistic person, you worship false god, you worship demigod. And further it says, that those who worship false God, Almighty God through God yet answers your prayer, but you go to the kingdom of God.
That means even if you worship falls, God, God many times, answers your prayers so that you go to the kingdom of falls God, same thing you mentioned in the Quran in surah baqarah. Chapter number two was the month 15. That Allah gives them rope. So that they may go through and fro. Allah says Surah Baqarah, to the pocket, so the manufacturer the gaffer, that Allah gives them rope, to go to and fro, so that they will understand
so many a time, many a time, even if you worship the false god, your prayers are answered, that does not mean that you are worshipping the correct God. Because many people think, for example, many of the people who are non Muslims, there will be
now leading a luxurious life. Now wealth is not the criteria for you to go to Ghana, it's not the criteria for you to go to paradise. The Quran says wealth is a test
anything which good befalls you, it can be two things. It can either be a reward from God, or it can be a test from God.
Any calamity that befalls you, it can either be a punishment, or it can be a test. So suppose you worship a false god, you go to a temple, and you worship the idol. Just because your prayer is answered. That does not mean you're worshiping the true God. God is testing you.
You are for when God gives you well, God is testing you. That do you follow the true path or not? Because if you read the Hindu scriptures, Bhagavad Gita is called as the nectar of the Vedas, the most superior scripture amongst all
the Scriptures or the Vedas, the two types of scriptures, one are Shruti. The other is pretty Shruti is the word of God and spirit, the is the word of human beings. So amongst the Sruthi, you have the Vedas and the Upanishads. These are the highest when you read the Chicago Punisher chapter number six, section number two was number one, it says it comes with a theme. It's a Sanskrit quotation, which means God is one without a second.
If you read this with a Citaro Punisher, chapter number six was the mundane, not just a passage. Janita is a diva of that God. There are no Lords. He has got no parents. Almighty God has got no superior. He has got no mother. He has got no father. It's mentioned with us as our Upanishad chapter number four was summer 19, nurturer sympathy, majesty of that God, there is no prathima prathima The Sanskrit word which means an image, a photograph, a painting a picture, an idol, it means a portrait, it means a statue. So Cetara Punisher chapter number four summer 19 says no test about the majesty of that God, there is no image there is no photograph, there is no painting there
is no portrait there is no Iris, there is no statue, there is no sculpture.
The same message repeated even in graduate. Chapter number 32 was number three nervous apathy master
I have that God, there is no image, there is no picture. There is no painting, there is no portrait, there is no idle. There is no sculpture, there is no statue.
So if you go back to the scriptures, you realize that according to the Hindu scripture, Almighty God has got no image that goes no statue. So if you worship, an image of going against the Vedas, or going against the Punisher
so just because you're going and praying sometimes, as the Bhagavad Gita says, God may answer your prayer to test you.
The do you follow His commandment or not? That does not mean that who you're worshiping is correct.
But that's the reason you should follow your scripture. And you're Hindu scripture says that Almighty God has got no idol has got no image has got no photograph has got no sculpture. So making an idol of God an image of God, a photograph of God, a statue of God is prohibited in Hinduism.
Does that answer your question? Brother? Okay, thank you. So do you believe that God has got an idol?
Do you believe God has what an idol?
You mean? What clearly do you believe in idol worship? Yes, I want to go through Scripture. Under going against the Vedas, my point of view faith only
brother You said that your Hindu correct yes. So do you believe in the Vedas or not? Yes. So I quoted the references from Hindu scripture that your Hindu scripture your way Chapter Three it was number three says that God has got no image has got no portrait has got no idol. So is an idol worship wrong?
No, I don't have much communication skills. So that's why I could not express more. You don't have to have communication skills you have to read you have to read your scripture I'm quoting I'm giving references from your scripture you don't have to hunt you have to go back home or we have a library in Bombay Islam is the foundation library which we have translations of all the major scriptures in the world or you go on the internet and type
one chapter three was the movie and read the translation. It says Almighty God has got no image has got no photographs, no printing. So do you believe in the Vedas or not?
Yes, I believe so. If your VEDA says God has got no idols, will you yet go to a temple?
But from my childhood onwards, I'm going there. Suppose your father believes from childhood two plus two is equal to five would you believe today if they teach it from the first standard onwards then I will also same thing, so if someone teaches in the village two plus three is equal to five from first 100 And he comes to you So will you say two plus two equal to five? That is the first case of my knowledge then that is the way I will accept to support your son goes to school and the teacher
will you say sir no problem continue? Will you say that? No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no no CCSE what you will tell your son My son that teacher taught you wrong? See already I studied two plus two is four so I cannot put my son to plus the two is fine. No, but if he goes to school before admission, do you interview the math teacher? No, no. So suppose a maths teacher teaches him wrong to want to correct your son? Yeah. Karen so that very them correcting you.
I love you brother. Thanks because I love you I want to correct you that what you're saying is against your scripture. Forget what the Quran says forget what the Bible says. If you read your Hindu scriptures or Hindu scripture says that God has got no image has got no picture has got no painting has got no idol. So if you're doing idol worship or going against your scripture, so what I request you brother today when you go back home, go on the internet type UGV chapter 30 Verse number three. So it has an opening chapter for summer 19 entitled The translation and tomorrow, inshallah come again we are having a questionnaire session tomorrow nine o'clock, same time, and inshallah
we'll give you the first opportunity