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As-salamu 'alaykum dear Mufti Muneer sahib,I am a Danish brother who embraced Islam in 1998, al-hamdulillah.I am writing you regarding a brother who has ended up with a shaykh (murshid) of dubious beliefs and needs a solution. I have described the situation below:A scholar (faqih) and shaykh of tasawwuf (murshid) - from a non South Asian background (i.e. a "non-Desi") agrees with beliefs and practices that are similar to barelwi beliefs, for instance he believes that:1. Bid'a refers to 'innovation' in both the literal and religious sense and can be: hasana and sayyi'a2. The Prophet (salla Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam) is both Nur and Bashar - in the way the Barelwis believe so.3. The Prophet (salla Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam) is hadir and nadir (hazir-o-nazir).4. "Allah gave him (salla Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam) knowledge of the five things mentioned at the end of Surat Luqman: (Aya in Arabic: http://c0022506.cdn1.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/31_34.png)("Lo! Allah! With Him is knowledge of the Hour. He sendeth down the rain, and knoweth that which is in the wombs. No soul knoweth what it will earn to-morrow, and no soul knoweth in what land it will die. Lo! Allah is Knower, Aware." - Pickthall) [Surat Luqman, 31:34]The Prophet (salla Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam) was given this knowledge..."5. The barelwi view on celebrating mawlid is correct.And so on and so forth...My questions are:1. Can such a shaykh be considered within the Ahl us-Sunna wal-Jama'a?2. The brother gave bay'at to the shaykh (not knowing about the shaykh's beliefs in these matters) - is his bay'at valid or not? In case it is valid - what should he do (to get out of it, as he would would like to become the mureed of a shaykh of sound beliefs?Please advice.In need of your du'as.

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