The Bayʿa (Pledge) of Ṭarīqa Kasnazaniyya

The Bayʿa (Pledge) Ṭarīqa Kasnazaniyya

Ṭarīqa is “the spiritual side of Islam,” as Shaikh Muḥammad al-Muḥammad al‑Kasnazān describes it, because it is the way of relating spiritually to the Prophet of Islam (ṣallā Allah taʿālā ʿalayhi wa sallam). This spiritual connection is established by the practice of “bayʿa” or “pledge of allegiance” to the Prophet (ṣallā Allah taʿālā ʿalayhi wa sallam) by hand as, the Qur’an tells us, early Muslims did: 

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُبَايِعُونَكَ إِنَّمَا يُبَايِعُونَ اللَّـهَ يَدُ اللَّـهَ فَوْقَ أَيْدِيهِمْ فَمَنْ نَكَثَ فَإِنَّمَا يَنْكُثُ عَلَى نَفْسِهِ وَمَنْ أَوْفَى بِمَا عَاهَدَ عَلَيْهُ اللَّـهَ فَسَيُؤْتِيهِ أَجْرًا عَظِيمًا. (الفتح: 10)

Those who pledge their allegiance to you [O, Muḥammad!] are in fact pledging their allegiance to Allah; the Hand of Allah is above their hands. So whosoever breaks his pledge he breaks it only to his soul’s harm, and whosoever keeps his covenant with Allah He will bestow on him a great reward. (48.10)

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Allah revealed in this verse the spiritual dimension of bayʿa. He stressed that His hand was above the hands of the Muslims who put their hands in the hand of the Prophet (ṣallā Allah taʿālā ʿalayhi wa sallam) when they pledged their allegiance to him and that it was ultimately an act of pledging allegiance to Allah Himself. Therefore, Shaikh Muḥammad al-Muḥammad al‑Kasnazān calls the practice of having bayʿa with the Prophet (ṣallā Allah taʿālā ʿalayhi wa sallam) “the spiritual touch.” This practice continued after the departure of the Prophet (ṣallā Allah taʿālā ʿalayhi wa sallam) from this world through his spiritual heirs, the Sufi Shaikhs. The dervish would have bayʿa with a Sufi Shaikh who is himself attached to the Prophet (ṣallā Allah taʿālā ʿalayhi wa sallam) through the silsila of Shaikhs.

In Ṭarīqa Kasnazāniyya, the seeker pledges allegiance to the Prophet (ṣallā Allah taʿālā ʿalayhi wa sallam), and ultimately to Allah, by putting his hand in the hand of the Shaikh or, as usually the case, one of the deputies of the Shaikh, known as khalīfas, and reciting after him the following oath:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم.

Bismi Allahi ar‑Raḥmāni ar‑Raḥīm (In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful).

اللهم صل على سيدنا محمد الوصف والوحي والرسالة والحكمة وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم تسليما.

Allahumma ṣallī ʿalā sayyidinā Muḥammadi ’l‑waṣfi wal‑waḥyi war‑risālati wal‑ḥikmati waʿalā ‘ālihi waṣaḥbihi wasallim taslīmā (O Allah! Send ṣalāt on our Master whose quality, revelation, message, and wisdom are most praised [Muḥammad), and on his lineage and companions, and salute him with a perfect salutation).

بِسْمِ اللَّـهَ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ. أشهَدُ ان لا الهَ الا اللَّـهَ وأشهَدُ ان محمداً رسول اللَّـهَ صلّى اللَّـهَ تعالى عليه وسلّم. آمنتُ باللّه وحده، وملائكتِه، وكُتُبِه، ورُسُلِه، وباليومِ الآخر، وبالقَضاءِ والقَدَرِ خَيره وشره من اللَّـهَ تعالى، وبالبَعْثِ من بَعدِ الموتِ وبالطَريقَةِ التي أنْزَلَها الى سَيِّدنا مُحَمَّد صَلى اللَّـهَ تَعالى عليهِ وسَلَّم. وآمنتُ بأن سَيِّدنا مُحَمَّد صلّى اللَّـهَ تعالى عليهِ وسلّم خاتَم النبيين والمرسلين. يا ربي تُبْتُ ورَجَعْتُ اليك نادِماً من الذُنوبِ والخَطايا. يا ربي توبة.

Ashhadu an Lā ilāha illā Allah (I bear witness that there is no God save Allah). Wa ashhadu anna Muḥammadan rasūlu Allah (and I bear witness that Muḥammad is the Messenger of Allah) ṣallā Allah taʿālā ʿalayhi wa sallam. Āmantu biLlahi waḥdihi (I believe in Allah alone), wa malā’ikatihi (and His angels), wa kutubihi (and His books), wa rusulihi (and His Messengers), wal‑yawm al‑Ākhir (and the Last Day), wa bil‑qadā’i wal‑qadari (and that destiny), khayrihi wa sharrihi (good or not), min Allah taʿālā (is decreed by Allah, the Sublime), wa bil‑baʿthi min baʿdi al‑mawt (and Resurrection after death), wa biṭ‑Ṭarīqati allatī anzalahā ilā sayyidina (and Ṭarīqa which He revealed to our Master) Muḥammad ṣallā Allah taʿālā ʿalayhi wa sallam. Āmantu bi anna sayyidina (I believe that our Master) Muḥammad ṣallā Allah taʿālā ʿalayhi wa sallam Khātam an‑nabiyyīn wal‑mursalīn (is the Last of the Prophets and Messengers). Yā rabbi tubtu wa rajaʿtu ilayka (O my Lord, I repent and return to You) nādiman min adh‑dhunūb wal‑khaṭāyā (full of regret for my sins and guilts)! Yā rabbi tawba (O my Lord, I ask for forgiveness!). 

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّـهَ العَظيم مِن كُلِّ ذَنْب. تُبْتُ وبايَعْتُ وعاهدت على يَدِ قُدْرَتِكَ يا رَبَّ العالمين.

Astaghfiru Allah al‑ʿAẓīm min kulli dhanb (I ask Allah the Great for forgiveness for every sin). Tubtu wa bāyaʿtu (I repent and pledge allegiance), ʿalā yadi qudratika (by the hand of Your power), Yā rabba al‑ʿālamīn (O, the Lord of the peoples!). 

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّـهَ العَظيم مِن كُلِّ ذَنْب. تُبْتُ وبايَعْتُ وعاهدت على يَدِ سيدنا محمد صلّى اللَّـهَ تعالى عليه وسلّم.

Astaghfiru Allah al‑ʿAẓīm min kulli dhanb (I ask Allah the Great for forgiveness for every sin). Tubtu wa bāyaʿtu (I repent and pledge allegiance), ʿalā yadi sayyidina (by the hand of our Master) Muḥammad ṣallā Allah taʿālā ʿalayhi wa sallam

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّـهَ العَظيم مِن كُلِّ ذَنْب. تُبْتُ وبايَعْتُ وعاهدت على يَدِ سيدنا علي بن أبي طالب كرم اللَّـهَ وجهه.

Astaghfiru Allah al‑ʿAẓīm min kulli dhanb (I ask Allah the Great for forgiveness for every sin). Tubtu wa bāyaʿtu (I repent and pledge allegiance), ʿalā yadi sayyidina (by the hand of our Master) Imām ʿAlī bin Abī Ṭālib (karrama Allah wajhah)

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّـهَ العَظيم مِن كُلِّ ذَنْب. تُبْتُ وبايَعْتُ وعاهدت على يَدِ جناحي سلسلة مشايخ الطريقة ومنهم يدا بيد الى يد الشيخ معروف الكرخي.

Astaghfiru Allah al‑ʿAẓīm min kulli dhanb (I ask Allah the Great for forgiveness for every sin). Tubtu wa bāyaʿtu (I repent and pledge allegiance), ʿalā yadi (by the hand of) janaḥay silislat mashâyikh aṭ‑Ṭarīqa (the two lines of the chain of Shaikhs of Ṭarīqa), wa minhum yadan biyad ʿalā yadi ash‑Shaikh (and from them, hand in hand, by the hand of Shaikh) Maʿrūf al‑Karkhī

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّـهَ العَظيم مِن كُلِّ ذَنْب. تُبْتُ وبايَعْتُ وعاهدت يَدا بِيَد عَلى يَدِ السيِّد الشَّيْخ الغَوْث عبد القادر الكيلاني.

Astaghfiru Allah al‑ʿAẓīm min kulli dhanb (I ask Allah the Great for forgiveness for every sin). Tubtu wa bāyaʿtu (I repent and pledge allegiance), yadan biyad ʿalā yadi (hand in hand by the hand of) as‑Sayyid ash‑Shaikh al‑Ghawth (Sayyid Shaikh Ghawth) ʿAbd al-Qādir al‑Gaylānī

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّـهَ العَظيم مِن كُلِّ ذَنْب. تُبْتُ وبايَعْتُ وعاهدت يَدا بِيَد عَلى يَدِ السيِّد الشَّيْخ الغَوْث اسماعيل الولياني.

Astaghfiru Allah al‑ʿAẓīm min kulli dhanb (I ask Allah the Great for forgiveness for every sin). Tubtu wa bāyaʿtu (I repent and pledge allegiance), yadan biyad ʿalā yadi (hand in hand by the hand of) as‑Sayyid ash‑Shaikh al‑Ghawth (Sayyid Shaikh Ghawth) Ismāʿīl al‑Wilyānī

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّـهَ العَظيم مِن كُلِّ ذَنْب. تُبْتُ وبايَعْتُ وعاهدت يَدا بِيَد عَلى يَدِ السيِّد الشَّيْخ الغَوْث عبد الكريم شاه الكسنزان.

Astaghfiru Allah al‑ʿAẓīm min kulli dhanb (I ask Allah the Great for forgiveness for every sin). Tubtu wa bāyaʿtu (I repent and pledge allegiance), yadan biyad ʿalā yadi (hand in hand by the hand of) as‑Sayyid ash‑Shaikh al‑Ghawth (Sayyid Shaikh Ghawth) ʿAbd al-Karīm Shāh al‑Kasnazān

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّـهَ العَظيم مِن كُلِّ ذَنْب. تُبْتُ وبايَعْتُ وعاهدت يَدا بِيَد عَلى يَدِ السيِّد الشَّيْخ الغَوْث عبد القادر الكسنزان.

Astaghfiru Allah al‑ʿAẓīm min kulli dhanb (I ask Allah the Great for forgiveness for every sin). Tubtu wa bāyaʿtu (I repent and pledge allegiance), yadan biyad ʿalā yadi (hand in hand by the hand of) as‑Sayyid ash‑Shaikh al‑Ghawth (Sayyid Shaikh Ghawth) ʿAbd al-Qādir al‑Kasnazān

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّـهَ العَظيم مِن كُلِّ ذَنْب. تُبْتُ وبايَعْتُ وعاهدت يَدا بِيَد عَلى يَدِ السيِّد الشَّيْخ الغَوْث حسين الكسنزان.

Astaghfiru Allah al‑ʿAẓīm min kulli dhanb (I ask Allah the Great for forgiveness for every sin). Tubtu wa bāyaʿtu (I repent and pledge allegiance), yadan biyad ʿalā yadi (hand in hand by the hand of) as‑Sayyid ash‑Shaikh al‑Ghawth (Sayyid Shaikh Ghawth) Ḥussein al‑Kasnazān

أَسْتَغْفِرُاللَّـهَ العَظيم مِن كُلِّ ذَنْب. تُبْتُ وبايَعْتُ وعاهدت يَدا بِيَد عَلى يَدِ السيِّد الشَّيْخ الغَوْث عبد الكريم الكسنزان.

Astaghfiru Allah al‑ʿAẓīm min kulli dhanb (I ask Allah the Great for forgiveness for every sin). Tubtu wa bāyaʿtu (I repent and pledge allegiance), yadan biyad ʿalā yadi (hand in hand by the hand of) as‑Sayyid ash‑Shaikh al‑Ghawth (Sayyid Shaikh Ghawth) ʿAbd al-Karīm al‑Kasnazān

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّـهَ العَظيم مِن كُلِّ ذَنْب. تُبْتُ وبايَعْتُ وعاهدت يدا بيد على يد استاذ الطريقة الحاضر حضرة السيد الشيخ الغوث محمد المحمد الكسنزان، وقبلته استاذي ومرشدي في الدنيا والاخرة ، واللَّـهَ على ما اقول شهيد.

Astaghfiru Allah al‑ʿAẓīm min kulli dhanb (I ask Allah the Great for forgiveness for every sin). Tubtu wa bāyaʿtu (I repent and pledge allegiance), yadan biyad ʿalā yadi (hand in hand by the hand of) Ustādh aṭ‑Ṭarīqa al‑ḥāḍir (the present Master of Ṭarīqa) as‑Sayyid ash‑Shaikh al‑Ghawth (Sayyid Shaikh Ghawth) Muḥammad al-Muḥammad al‑Kasnazān. Wa qabiltuhu ustāthī wa murshidī (and I accept him as my Master and guide) fī ad‑dunyā wal‑ākhira (in this life and the hereafter) wa Allah ʿalā mā aqulu shahīd (and Allah is the witness on what I have just said). 

Then the khalīfa says to the dervish: “I have given you this bayʿa on behalf of Shaikh Muḥammad al-Muḥammad al‑Kasnazān, do you accept it” the dervish replies: “Yes, I do.” Then the khalīfa and the dervish recite the “sūra of al‑Fātiḥa” [the first sūra of the Qur’an].

PS. If you would like to take the bayʿa but there is no khalīfa living near to you, you can still take the bayʿa over the phone (Skype/Viber/WhatsApp). To do that, write to us giving us your contact details and times of availability and we will get back to you.

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