Nobody has ever gained sainthood, gnosis of Allah and observation of Divinity without taking oath of allegiance at the hands of the perfectly accomplished spiritual guide and taking Divine guidance and persuasion from him. Had Imam Ghazali not left pedagogy and teaching to take oath of allegiance at the hand of Yusuf al-Nassaj, he would have remained unknown in the world. Similarly, had Rumi not entered the circle of slavery of Shah Shams Tabrez, he would not have reached his high spiritual status. The crux of the matter is that in the history of Faqr and mysticism no one has ever reached Allah without the guidance and taking oath of allegiance at the hands of perfectly accomplished spiritual guide.

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