Contents > Chapter 11: Blind Following of Sufi Shaikhs > Bai’ah, the Deobandi Scholars and the Jamaat Tableegh
Moulana Zakariyah says, “Throughout the years, ‘Tasawwuf’ (Sufism) had remained the very life-blood and essence of the lives of the elders of Mazahirul Uloom and Darul-Uloom Deoband. Among the elders of both these places, I do not think there is anyone who was not attached in ‘ba’yt’ (taking a pledge at the hands of a spiritual guide) to some Shaikh. And you will not find one who was not involved in the practices of Dhikr.”
A Bai’ah (pledge) is given by all regular workers of the Jamaat Tableegh at their international headquarters in Hazrat Nizamuddin in Delhi, India or at Raiwind, Pakistan. The current Amir of the Jamaat Tableegh takes the oath of allegiance from the workers of the Jamaat Tableegh on behalf of Moulana Ilyas the founder of this Jamaat – even though he is now dead. The proof of this is available in the form of an audio recording in the voice of the former Amir, Moulana Inamul Hasan.