“Verily, those who Swear Allegiance unto thee, O Muhammad (saw), in truth Swear Allegiance to Allah: The Hand of Allah is over their hands”
To take bayyah is a sunnah of our beloved Prophet (salallahu alayhi wasalam) which has been tightly held onto by the Shuyukh of Tasawwuf. Although there are several types of bayyah, the one implemented by the sufis is following the example of the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wasalam), where in speaking to his companions, He said:
‘Will you not make bayyah to the Rasul of Allah?’ We stretched our hands and inquired: On what shall we make Bayyah to you, O Rasul of Allah? He (saw) said. ‘That you make the Ibaadat of Allah,- that you associate nothing with Him,- that you perform the five Salaat; that you hear and obey.”
(Muslim, Abu Daawood, Nisaai)
Initiation into a path of ihsan (tariqa) is merely a means for one to strive in becoming a better, more obedient servant to their Lord. As Allah (swt) says:
“O you who believe, fear Allah and seek a means of approach unto him, and strive in His path so that you may attain success”
Below is a clip of my initiation into the Naksibendi Hakkani Way, through my shaykh, Shaykh Abdul Kerim al-Kibrisi, khalifa to Mawlana Shakyh Nazim al-Hakkani. This was taken on the night of Mawlid al-Nabi, March 20, 2008 (12 Rabiul Awwal, 1429). A truly incredible night.