Question :- What are the requirements of a Shaykh?
Answer :- “The Shaykh should be capable of fulfilling the objective and purpose of the Bai`at’. He should be aware of Quranic imperatives and Prophets ( sal-lal-lahu alaihi wa sallam) traditions and necessary Islamic Jurisprudence (rules) and most importantly should have been blessed with the companionship of an experienced Shaykh. The distinction of a good Shaykh is that when you think about him or look at his picture or see him personally, your evil considerations (wasaawis) and useless thoughts stop and you are reminded of Allah Subhana Wa Taala and Prophet Mohammad ( sal-lal-lahu alai hi wa sallam).“
“The difference between Sufi Shaykhs and Islamic Scholars”
“A Sufi Shaykh-e-Kaamil is the clean heart and spiritually illuminated person who, in theory and practice, is distinct in Prophet’s ( sal-lal-lahu alaihi wasallam) subordination and often enthroned with the legacy of unveiling (kashf – spiritual vision) and immanence ( meaning Allah’s – Subhana wa taaala signs are clearly visible to him in the Cosmos).
The Islamic Scholar is the person who impedes the assaults of the enemies of Islam with the shield of reasoning. He exposes the wrong beliefs of people with logical explanations and conclusive evidence from Quranic verses, Ahadith and Ijma rulings. Islamic Scholars are prolific speakers and are very popular among masses. They enjoy large followings because of their religious rhetoric and media coverage.
All Sufi Shaykhs are essentially the scholars of Islam, though they may not be knowing a few terms or not as popular as Islamic scholars because most of them try to keep away from public glare. Whereas most of the Islamic Scholars are not Sufi Shaykhs, though they prefer to be called ” Shaykh or Murshid or Peer or Hazrat”.
Sufi Shaykhs practically traverse spiritual stages ( Sharia – Tareeqah – Haqeeqah – Ma’arefa ) which cannot be visualized by Islamic Scholars.
Islamic scholars teach Islamic theory, whereas Sufi Shaykhs cleans people’s hearts with which their understanding capacity and wisdom in knowing Islam increase manifold.“