Doing Bayah on a Second Sheikh

Fatwa ID: 04158

Answered by: Alimah Sabrina al-Faarsiyyah

 

Question:

 

Salam. If a person had a spiritual guide who then passed away, and due to lack of knowledge at the time they ended up giving bay'ah to someone else, whose mureed are they now? The first sheikh or the second sheikh? After learning that you can't give bay'ah to someone else after already being mureed to one sheikh (as the heart lies with the first sheikh) where does that leave the mureed?

 

 

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 

Answer:

 

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,

Unfortunately, your question did not seem clear to me. From a juridical perspective, it is not prohibited for someone to seek help and advice from someone else who is more knowledgeable, experienced, elderly or God-conscious to guide them in their spiritual affairs. In fact, from various Qur’anic verses, we understand that it is encouraged for all Muslims to help one another in enjoining good and forbidding evil.

 

Allah Ta’ala says: {And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is severe in penalty.} [Maidah: 2] He also says: {You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah.} [Al Imran: 110]

 

If someone’s spiritual mentor passes away, then it is not wrong for them to seek help from someone else. It is not clear what you mean by ‘their heart lies with the first sheikh’.

 

 

Only Allāh Ta’ālā knows best

 

Written by Alimah Sabrina al-Faarsiyyah

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 

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