The Necessity of Bai'at

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In reply to a question as to whether complete islaah (reformation and inner-self purification) can take place without becoming associated with a sheikh-e-kaamil, Hazrath (rahmatullah alaihi) writes:

“Firstly, without associating oneself with a wali-ekaamil, generally one does not manage to practice fully on all aspects of the Shariah. Secondly, without such an association, true sincerity is not attained in one’s actions. It is for this reason that after the demise of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) the Sahaaba (radhiallahu anhum) took bai’at on the hands of Hazrath Abu Bakr (radhiallahu anhu), thereafter on the hands of Hazrath Umar (radhiallahu anhu) and so on. This bai’at was not only for allegiance to the khilafah. It was also for strengthening the purification of the inner-self. It is also for this very reason that all senior Ulama of every era, despite being masters in the field of Deeni knowledge, felt the necessity to take bai’at on the hands of a spiritual mentor.....” (Fatawa Mahmoodiyya - vol. 1, pg.134)

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