“BAYYAT” (Initiation)/Swearing Allegiance
“Allah was very pleased with the believers (the companions of the prophet) when they swore allegiance beneath the tree.” (QURAN 48:10)
Relating to this verse of the Holy Quran, Initiation (Bayyat) is a practice given to us by our Beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaih Wasallam. The aim of taking “bayyat” or swearing allegiance and becoming a ‘mureed’ is that the Sheikh re-enacts the covenant between man and his Lord: Through his Beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alaih Wasalam to know and understand the true direction towards Allah as instructed by the Sheikh. The goal of the Mureed is to walk patiently on this path holding tightly to the aspiration of pleasing Allah and at the same time becoming closer to him.
Taken from a different angle, the initiation process symbolizes the death and rebirth of the human ego. When the Mureed meditates upon the Almighty Allah with total concentration, he should reach the stage where he forgets his physical anatomy and submerges himself into the ocean of light and ecstacy of his Lord. As such, the Mureed develops good qualities such as piety, fear of Allah (taqwa), trust, patience, sincerity, satisfaction of what Allah has given him and many other positive qualities.
When a person takes “bayyat” and becomes a Mureed, he should ask Allah with a sincere heart for pardon from his sins. The Mureed should be confident that Almighty Allah has accepted his plea for forgiveness and that he will shelter him from any future evil. If in any event you have done wrongly upon a person, ask that person for forgiveness because in this path, it is important that this person offers you his forgiveness. On the other hand, if you hold any resentment or grudge for a believer, then it is necessary to rid your heart of this self-destructive feeling, as it is very difficult to become close to Allah if you are not at peace with others and yourself.
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