Quoting Tadhkirat al-Rashid (vol 1, p. 54), Mawlana Mahmud Ashraf ‘Uthmani (may Allah preserve him) writes: 

‘‘Hadrat Mawlana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi would say: ‘‘I accept bay’ah because I have strict instructions to do so from Hadrat Haji [Imdad Allah] saheb, otherwise I do not desire to do so.’’ 

Chalis Barey Musalman (Karachi: Idarat al-Qur’an, November 2000 ed.) Vol. 1, p.120

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