Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi (Allah have mercy on him) said,
‘Encouraging others for bayah (by a Shaikh himself) is against the way of our pious elders.
The acceptance and repudiation is from Allah. Means and effort (to acquire or remove them) do not play an active role in this regards.’
Tarbiyet us Salik, volume 3, page 27