Ten Conditions of Bai'at

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The Ten Conditions of Bai'at is a list of ten conditions required for a person wishing to become an Ahmadi Muslim, as stipulated by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the founder of the Ahmadiyya movement in Islam. About six years after he had claimed to be divinely commissioned for the renewal of Islam, he annouonced that God had instructed him to take a pledge of allegiance from his supporters and published 10 conditions of initiation for all who wished to join him with a covenant of allegiance.[1] The first such initiation took place in 1889 at Ludhiana, when forty of his companions pledged their allegiance to him. The occasion was a simple one where the initiate held the right hand of Ghulam Ahmad, repented of their sins, solemnly promised to give precedence to faith above all worldly considerations and to abide by the ten conditions. [2]


Number Conditions
I That he/she shall solemnly promise that he/she shall abstain from shirk (associating any partner with God) right up to the day of his/her death
II That he/she shall keep away from falsehood, fornication, adultery, trespasses of the eye, debauchery, dissipation, cruelty, dishonesty, mischief and rebellion; and will not permit himself/herself to be carried away by passions, however strong they might be
III That he/she shall regularly offer the five daily prayers in accordance with the commandments of God and the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him); and shall try his/her best to be regular in offering the Tahajjud (pre-dawn supererogatory prayers) and invoking Durood (blessings) on the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him); that he/she shall make it his/her daily routine to ask forgiveness for his/her sins, to remember the bounties of God and to praise and glorify Him
IV That under the impulse of any passions, he/she shall cause no harm whatsoever to the creatures of Allah in general, and Muslims in particular, neither by his/her tongue nor by his/her hands nor by any other means
V That he/she shall remain faithful to God in all circumstances of life, in sorrow and happiness, adversity and prosperity, in felicity and trial; and shall in all conditions remain resigned to the decree of Allah and keep himself/herself ready to face all kinds of indignities and sufferings in His way and shall never turn away from it at the onslaught of any misfortune; on the contrary, he/she shall march forward
VI That he/she shall refrain from following un-Islamic customs and lustful inclinations, and shall completely submit himself/herself to the authority of the Holy Quran; and shall make the Word of God and the Sayings of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) the guiding principle in every walk of his/her life
VII That he/she shall entirely give up pride and vanity and shall pass all his/her life in humbleness, cheerfulness, forbearance and meekness
VIII That he/she shall hold faith, the honor of faith, and the cause of Islam dearer to him/her than his/her life, wealth, honor, children and all other dear ones
IX That he/she shall keep himself/herself occupied in the service of God's creatures for His sake only; and shall endeavor to benefit mankind to the best of his/her God-given abilities and powers
X That he/she shall enter into a bond of brotherhood with this humble servant of God, pledging obedience to me in everything good, for the sake of Allah, and remain faithful to it till the day of his/her death; that he/she shall exert such a high devotion in the observance of this bond as is not to be found in any other worldly relationship and connections demanding devoted dutifulness

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  1. ^ "The Ten Conditions of Bai'at". alislam. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  2. ^ A. R. Dard. "Life of Ahmad: Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement" Islam International Publications, 2008 p 206

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