Misaaq / Bai’at | The path towards salvation

The kingdom of heaven belongs to Allah. It is created for those who answer his Dawat (his call) which is established by his Prophet on earth: the Imam, and in his seclusion, the Dai. The one who enters his Dawat and fulfils the promise of misaaq will surely enter his heaven, and the only door through which one enters the Dawat is “misaaq” i.e, through pledging the oath of allegiance to Allah’s wali, the custodian of his Dawat. Only Maula has the right to take misaaq of mumineen.

Misaaq, as mentioned in Quran is a deal in which Allah acquires the property of a mumin’s life and his possessions in return for Jannat and only Allah’s wali is entitled to transact this spiritual deal.

One is not entitled to this faith by birth. Giving misaaq upon reaching puberty, i.e. physical and intellectual maturity, is mandatory on every individual seeking salvation by entering the fold of Dawat. It is the second birth, the spiritual one which enables the believer to enter the heavenly abode, as the Prophet Isa said, “The one who is not born twice will not reach the Heavenly abode.”

So, how does misaaq empower a mumin to be worthy of the celestial abode? Upon giving misaaq to Allah’s wali, his soul is charged with a point of noor. The noor keeps on glowing and spreading in his soul as long as the mumin seeks ilm (true knowledge) and does amal (good deeds). Ultimately, a day comes when his entire soul becomes radiant and worthy of joining the world of angels. Therefore, it is extremely important to fulfill the promises one pledges in the misaaq: about carrying out the duties of deen and shariat and abstaining from everything forbidden and haram.

Misaaq is given to the Dai, and not to anyone else. The Dai is the master of all mumineen and he has the right to elevate whom he desires and demote whom he wishes. His command is final, and its acceptance is incumbent upon every mumin. Allowing doubts to enter one’s mind about his actions and harboring denial to his decisions is a sin which leads to the breach of misaaq.

It is desirable for a mumin to renew his misaaq whenever the opportunity presents itself. However, when a Dai passes away and another Dai takes his place, then the renewal of Safaqat becomes compulsory on every mumin and muminah. The fourth of Rabi ul Akhar, the milaad of Imam uz ZamanSA was witness to a historic event, as the 53rd Dai al Mutlaq Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS took the misaaq of mumineen for the first time. Mumineen who had given their misaaq to the 52nd Dai, Syedna Mohammed BurhanuddinRA renewed their misaaq, and pledged their oath of allegiance to his mansoos, Dai a Zamaan. May Allah grant our Maula and Aqa Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS a long and healthy life till the day of Qayamat.

Safaqat (which is in effect a pact) of mumeneen in Mumbai will be taken by Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS and Ummal around the world have been granted raza to take misaaq on behalf of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS. As followers and ones bound by the misaaq of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, it is our duty to renew our oath of allegiance to his successor Syedna Mufaddal SaifuddinTUS. As Maula himself stated in his bayaan that this misaaq is as mandatory as namaz.

May Allah grant our Maula Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS a long and healthy life. And, may he grant us the resolve and strength to fulfil the duties of our misaaq and keep us faithful withholders of our allegiance to the Dai ul Haq.

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