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216 What does the word Pir Mean, and why is it recommended to follow one?
The word Pir means a guide in Persian.

It is mentioned in a Hadith that; if a person has no guide shaitan (Devil) is his guide. Ala Hazret Imam Ahmed Raza Khan has mentioned conditions for a guide (Pir) to do bayah to:

1) He has to be an Alim (knowledge of Quran Pak and Hadith Shareef)
2) Acts upon his knowledge.
3) Does not do anything contrary to teachings of Islam.
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