Reality of Bay’ah in Sufism

Shaykh-ul-Islam said that it is wrong to consider the concept of holding of hands necessary at the time of taking allegiance is as per the teachings of spiritualism. Everything and every step in spiritualism is meant for Allah Almighty. Allegiance, he added, is a covenant between Allah and His subject. It is not mandatory to hold hands to mark allegiance. It is one of the customs, which has been followed but there is no definitive way of doings prescribed in the Islamic legal system.

Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that there was a culture of pledging allegiance at the hand of someone in the days of holy Companions, which is proven by Allegiance of Rizwan mentioned in the Holy Quran. The Holy Prophet (SAW) and the Companions took allegiance from people in different seven/eight forms. Not every allegiance of them was meant to become a disciple. Rather it was a covenant and if one holds the hands of other for this, there is no problem with this method as well. But if one does not do that and does not hold the hands, it would not be wrong either. A person who does not do so can also become a disciple and a Shaykh. No uniform mandatory method has been prescribed in this regard.


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