The Purpose of Bai'at

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Explaining the various reasons for bai’at, Hazrath Mufti Saheb (rahmatullah alaihi) mentioned the following:

“Among the reasons for taking bai’at is to tread the path of sulook. What this means is that a person wishes attain ma’rifat (the recognition of Allah Ta’ala) and gain Allah Ta’ala’s pleasure. Hence he makes an effort to rid himself of all evil actions and habits and adopts good character and noble actions. Also, in the pursuit of this goal he wholeheartedly follows the advice of the sheikh and happily undertakes whatever mujaahadah (striving against the nafs) the sheikh prescribes for the purpose of islaahe nafs (inner-self purification). As a result he eliminates from himself the desire for the perishable things of this world. Rather, he develops a strong and deep connection with Allah Ta’ala and becomes forever concious of his Creator. In order to guide him on this path, the sheikh, by the medium of his mashaikh [who link up in an unbroken chain right upto Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)], act as the deputy of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) .”(Fatawa Mahmoodiyya - vol.1, pg. 33)

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