Question: What does it mean to take beyat?
You make a promise to follow. You make a promise to follow a guide. This is what it means. The first beyat was the Beyat-ul-Ridwan that the Sahabis they took beyat with the Prophet (AS). Why was that necessary? They already took shahadat. So many of them they sacrificed everything, correct? They did everything. Still the Prophet (AS) says, ‘no, no, you have to take beyat. And from now on when you take the beyat, you must obey. You cannot question, because you have discovered, this is right, this is good, this is good, this is good,’ as they followed the Prophet.
So the first beyat, the Beyat-ul-Ridwan, that was before they entered into Mecca, they wanted to enter into Mecca to make the Hajj, and they really wanted to go back, they were strong, they had victory after victory, they were all there, but the unbelievers they blocked it. Prophet (AS) knew this, but he says, ‘okay, now we’re going to enter but before that everyone take beyat, now you’re going to trust me more, you may not understand everything but you’re going to trust, because you have trusted me all this time and I have never failed you.’ So they all took beyat, then later when Hz Osman came with the news that they’re not letting them to enter into Mecca, so many of them they stood up and they say, ‘this is unfair, this is wrong, we can take them down, we can do this, we can do that,’ Prophet says, ‘you took beyat. And I’m saying you’re not going.’ So they decided, they said okay, they put their heads down, there must be a reason for that. He said, ‘it doesn’t matter, you’re going to change your ihram, you’re going to cut your hair, it is accepted as a Hajj too.’ Then what happened? One year later they took Mecca without a drop of blood. Unheard of, that time and today.
So that is how it is. So who do you give beyat to? The one who is authorized, the one who has the authority, the one who has the permission, the one who has the ijazat, the one who has been trained, and you follow as much as you can. Of course these days it doesn’t mean anything when you say, ‘I promise,’ it doesn’t mean anything. People in the old days they would rather die than go back on their word, they would rather die. Ah, these days people, so easy, one day they say, ‘I love you,’ next day they say, ‘I don’t like you any more.’ One day they say, ‘ah, I kiss your hand, I kiss your feet,’ next day they say, ‘I spit on you.’ What can we do? We’re living those days. It is real. So, it doesn’t matter. We have more work to do. Those things, Allah is watching. That’s all. May Allah make our beyat to our Sheykh sincere insyaAllah and strong, may Allah give us that strength to be able to hold on to it dunya and ahiret, and to forgive us for our weakness insyaAllah, al-Fatiha.
Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
20 Jamada al-Ahir 1441
February 14, 2020