Hadhrat Maulana Maseehullah (Rahmatullah Alayhi) explains,
“On the train of Islam Nabi (Sallallâh alayhi wa sallam) is the engine. As long as your silsilah is correct no matter which coach you get on to, be it the third class too it does not matter. The fans are broken, the lights are not working, the seats are torn, tattered and are squeaking incessantly. As long as you are on the train you will reach your destination.
This is the silsilah of Bay`at on the hands of our Sheikh who took Bay`at on the hands of his Sheikh who took Bay`at on the hands of his Sheikh. The silsilah goes on all the way up to Hadhrat Hasan Basri radhiallahu anhu to Hadhrat Ali (radhiallahu anhu) to Nabi (Sallallâh alayhi wa sallam). Hadhrat says when a person takes Bayat and gives his hand in the hand of his Sheikh Allâh`s hand is above that hand.
So the hand goes up from Nabi (Sallallâh alayhi wa sallam) to Allâh. This is that mubârak silsilah wherein a person is, so to say, making Musâfah (shaking hands) with Allâh that is on the hands of Nabi (Sallallâh alayhi wa sallam) coming down the chain of Mashâikh till it reaches us. Thus through these means our hands are blessed.”