The Reality of Spiritual Allegiance - "Haqiqat-i Bay'at" *[A5] Paperback - 74 pages, New Release,by Imam Ahmad Rida Khan [d.1340h],Translated by Yusuf MurrayForeword by Shaykh Ismaeel de Silva,Published by Kutubic.Description :Kutubic is proud to announce the release of the English translation of Haqiqat-i Bay'at "The Reality of Spiritual Allegiance" by Imām Ahmad Ridā Khān, may Allah be pleased with him.This work is a masterful analysis of the topic of pledging spiritual allegiance [bay‘ah] to a spiritual guide or mentor. Whilst oft misunderstood and misrepresented in our times, the roots of this practice undeniably spring from the Prophetic era. Bringing together in one work countless citations from the Qur’an and sunnah as well as the early and latter day scholars of the Muslim nation, the Indian scholar-sage of the twelfth hijri century, Imam Ahmad Rida presents a robust argument for the preservation of this beneficial practice in modern times whilst at the same time highlighting various damaging trends that have sullied it in recent times.Topics covered include the categories of salvation and how they are attained, types of spiritual guides and pledges of spiritual allegiances to them, and much more. Translated into English by Yusuf Murray with a beneficial foreword by Shaykh Ismaeel de Silva, the combination of scholarly erudition, spiritual insight and relevant citations in this work combine to grant the reader a unique glimpse into ‘The Reality of Spiritual Allegiance’.Imām Ahmad Ridā Khān, (b. 1272 AH/1856 CE), alayhi ar-Rahman w'al-Ridwan, was a renowned Hanafī jurist,
hadīth expert and theologian par excellence, recognized by scholars
from the Islamic world to be a reviver of his era. He was a prolific
writer whose legal edicts were gathered into twelve encyclopedic volumes
and covered almost every science of his day. Table of Contents :---Transliteration Key,---Dedication,---Foreword by Shaykh Ismaeel de Silva,---Translator's Preface,---About the Author,"Haqiqat-i Bay'at" The Reality of Spiritual Allegiance :---Query,------Answer,---1. General Guide [Murshid 'am],---2.1. Shaykh of Transmission [Shaykh al-Ittisal],---2.2. Shaykh of Deliverance [Shaykh al-Isal],---Pledges of Spiritual Allegiance:---1. Pledge of Blessings [Bay'at al-Barakah],---2. Pledge of Aspiration [Bay'at al-Iradah],---Conclusion.---Bibliography------Arabic Sources,------English Sources,------Urdu Sources.More works by/related to Imam Ahmad Rida,More works on tasawwuf.
I am always left amazed whenever I read the work of this great mujjadid and one can really see his seniority every time one reads his material. I really benefited from his guidance through this book and I would really recommend every Sunni to read this before giving allegiance to any shaykh. the paper quality is good, pages and topics well laid out.