Concept Of Shaykh
Shaykh is the one, who practice sufism and follow Islam perfectly, as well as he is a working professional. He has essential knowledge of Islamic laws and Sufi Tariq’ah. He is conscious about his chastity and avoids from sins and also conveys same message to his followers. He has permission to practice sufism from his Grand Shaykh and also has permission (ijaza’h) to take an Oath( Bay’ah) from his disciples.
The seeker must follow a perfect Master able to guide him to the way of Allah, Almighty and Exalted, and to illuminate for him that way until he reaches the State of Annihilation. The seeker must give his oath and his promise to his guide, to learn from him how to leave his bad manners and to lift himself to better conduct in order to reach the Perfect Knowledge of Spirituality.
The meaning of initiation and its conditions have been mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, in the Sunnah of the Prophet and in the life of the Companions.
1. In verse 10 of Surat al-Fath, “Verily those who swear allegiance to thee indeed swear allegiance to Allah. The hand of Allah is over their hands. So whoever breaks his oath, breaks it to his own loss; and whoever fulfills the covenant that he has made with Allah, He will surely give him a great reward.” [48:10]
2. In verse 91 of Surat an-Nahl, “And fulfill the Covenant of Allah when you have made it; and break not your oaths after making them firm, while you have made Allah your surety. Certainly, Allah knows what you do.” [16:91] 3. In verse 34 of Surat al-Isra’, “and fulfill the covenant, for the covenant shall be questioned about.” [17:34]
According to the Sunnah of the Prophet (s), the oath was taken from men, as a group, or as individuals; from women, as a group or as individuals, and even from children. Bukhari and Muslim narrate that Ubada ibn as-Samit said, “The Prophet (s) said, ‘Give me your pledge and oath not to associate anything with Allah, not to steal, not to commit adultery, not to kill your children, not to backbite, not to fall into sin; and who keeps his promise, then his reward is from Allah, Almighty and Exalted.’ And then we gave our pledge to the Prophet (s) and our oath.”
We see the Qur’an encouraging the people to give their oath and to keep their oath to the Prophet (s), who leads them to the presence of Allah, Almighty and Exalted. That initiation was done in the time of the Prophet (s) and after the time of the Prophet (s).
The Prophet (s) used to give initiation (bay’ah) to all people and urged them to take it. Bukhari and Muslim narrated in their books that ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar said, “When we pledged to the Prophet (s) to listen and obey, the Prophet (s) used to say, ‘To the limit that you can carry.’”
Sufis Gathering (Halqa)
The rust of greed and evilness spreads over the hearts of disciples, when disciple of sufism work as professional in different societies and areas of life. Where man and woman work together which is prohibited in religion. Non-islamic acts performed by people in our surroundings makes our heart and faith weak. Evilness of culture impacts our hearts and minds and we get distracted. Most of us suffer from sickness and problems.Shaykh is a perfect practitioner and a sharp observer that is why he has control over them and he also arranges spiritual and Islamic gatherings in special days at his lodgement for blessings of Allah for his disciples.In this gathering people learn much from Shaykh and have discussions about their problems. Halqa is type of remedy and solution for every problem of believer.
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