Initiation Into The Way

“Verily, those who Swear Allegiance unto thee, O Muhammad (saw), in truth Swear Allegiance to Allah: The Hand of Allah is over their hands”
Qur’an (48:10)

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”
Qur’an [4:38]

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.


2 responses to “Initiation Into The Way

  1. Suhaib Jobst

    As Salam Alaykum,

    I found this page via the Marifah forum, while undertaking some research on bay’ah. After about two years of researching Tasawwuf (after having earlier made the transition from Wahhabi), I have decided to give bay’ah to a Shaykh and recently found a nearby representative of a well-known Sufi shaykh.

    Your article was beneficial and your video was most helpful in demonstrating the exact ritual (although I realize there are some variations according to the shaykh). May Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) reward you.

    I have one question: Those Wahhabi or Wahhabi-influenced people who oppose Sufism, always claim that bay’ah is not permissible except to the imam of all the Muslims.

    I know in my heart that this is not true, but what evidences can be given to refute them. I am already anticipating that I will have to answer these people after my bay’ah, insha’Allah. Jazakallah khair.

    Wa Alaykum as-Salam

  2. When dogs bark at you either you continue your way or else you will see yourself barking…
    So my brother since Allah gave you knowledge have your Trust only in Him and follow the true path.
    Do not give any answers if they cant bear the truth…
    We’ll give them answers as much as they like on the day of Judgement … until that Day leave them and continue your way…Allah are with those who have patience…
    Allah Hafiz

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