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Should I take baiah with my Shaikh despite my family not following Shariah?

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Alhamdulillah I attend regularly the majalis and bayans of a Shaikh who is majaz of Hakeem Akhtar Sahib Damat Barkhatuh and Alhamdulillah gaining a lot of benefits in self reformation. But I am still not baiah with him and I want to be baiah with him. My main concern is my family both mine and my wife’s because they do not follow Shariah in every day life. But after I do baiah I will make a pledge to follow Shariah. Please guide what should I do as in-shaAllah I want to gain maximum benefits from my Shaikh.


(Fatwa: 750/D=172/File-D=1433)

Reformation is of nafs, by which bad morals are removed and good morals are developed and it becomes easy to follow sunnah. It is not necessary to do baiah but it is necessary to have reformative relation with any Shaikh who follows sunnah and Shariah. Then after complete satisfaction it is better and sunnah to do bai’ah.
Hence first you should establish reformative relation with him, listen to his speeches and whatever external and internal hindrance you face in following Shariah discuss it with him and get your reformation done and follow his advice and guidance.
When your inclination increases then request him for bai’ah. Also do istikharah before doing baiah. Purchase the book Talimuddin written by Hakimul Ummah Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (رحمة الله عليه) from market and study it.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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