The first International Baiat (initiation ceremony) took place in 1993. This is now held every year on the occasion of the UK Annual Conference in July. It is watched by millions of members all over the world. New converts who join the Jamaat during the year take a pledge of allegiance at the blessed hand of Huzoor.
The Baiat is performed in the following manner. Huzoor stretches out his right hand; persons sitting immediately close to him put their hands on his sacred hands while others put their hands on the shoulders of these persons to make a continuous link with Huzoor. Everyone in the assembly puts his/her hands on the backs of others, thereby the entire gathering is connected with each other leading up to Huzoor. Huzoor recites a portion of the words of Baiat in English, he then pauses so the portion is translated into various languages. When the whole text of the Baiat is completed, Huzoor recites the Istighfar. At the end everybody prostrates along with Huzoor.