A young brother requested to be initiated in the path.
Shaykh Mawalana Abdul Hafeez al-Makki (may Allah preserve him) one of the senior khulafa of Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Zakariyah (may Allah have mercy on him) inquired,
‘Have you ever previously entered the path via any of the living genuine Shuyukh?’
The aspirant hesitantly replied in negative.
Shaykh repeated his question again.
This time the seeker answered more confidently and only then Shaykh proceeded to initiate him.
It was a lesson to all present in the Makkah mukaramah khanqah.
‘Do not consider this initiation (baiyah) to be a trivial thing.’