BLIND OBEDIENCE TO SHEIKHS
One of the most important principles of religious orders is the complete abandonment of the novice to the sheikh in the state in which his dead body would be at the mercy of the person who will wash him. Despite the fact that it explicitly states in the Quran that we must use our intelligence and revert to our discourse of reason, the religious orders are categorically about the blind obedience to one’s sheikh. The person who is willing to adopt such an attitude is easily convinced that his sheikh is the Mahdi or Messiah awaited, and that he is an all-powerful superman. The novice often becomes an object of material exploitation and candid enough to believe whatever he is told about religion disregarding all additions and removals made to and from the invented religion. Once a person accepts leaving reasoning aside, there is no longer any difference between a university graduate and an illiterate.
These people have abandoned their will indiscriminately to their sheikh. Deception instead of intellectual curiosity, slavish imitation instead of reasoning would certainly render all novices the exact replica of their sheikhs in the interpretation and practice of religion and in their outlook on life in general. It often happened that a person who had been willing to abandon reason in total disregard of his intellectual background readily denied his learning and acknowledged the erudition of his sheikh in all matters. An instance of this may be the case in which the novices proudly claimed that their sheikh, furious at the USA, had caused the space-shuttle to come down. A second incident was the inexplicable noise heard in Cyprus, which the sheikh had declared to come from a monster to which all his novices had given credence. There was another sheikh who had his penis kissed by novices under the pretext of training them in self-mastery. It is inconceivable to see that even the learned intellectual novices, who do not know the philosophy of dependence on a sheikh and the makeup of the orders, believe in such absurdities. However, if one considers that these novices had from the very start been willing to forego the reasoning faculty and preferred to remain mere imitators, such acts may be understood. You have below a list of seven principles that a novice is required to abide by:
1- To pledge unswerving allegiance to one’s sheikh and to acknowledge the superiority of no one over him.
2- To be intelligent and perceptive.
3- To serve his sheikh actively with might and main.
4- To be honest and reliable.
5- To put one’s assets at the disposal of his sheikh.
6- To keep his sheikh’s and his order’s secrets and divulge them to no one.
7- To be ready to sacrifice his life for his sheikh.