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Taking Bayah – Allegiance

Q:

Is a female allowed to take bayah from a male ? who can u take bayah from ? does the person you are taking bayah from have to be an alim or someone with a lineage of teachers?

A:

Salaam Alaykum,

Thank you for your question. The only person that you can make bayah to is the Imam of your time (af).

In some mystical circles bayah is taken from the murid by his or her murshid. This is a different type of bayah which is outside the scope traditional religious guidance as it is a tradition of the mystics rather than something which has a religious basis. There are no conditions in terms of gender or knowledge in this kind of bayah as it is a pact of obedience between murshid and murid.

May you always be successful.

Zoheir Ali.