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Your questions

Question: I stopped reciting the Tidjani litanies and now want to resume, what shall I do?

 

Answer: 

As regards neglecting Tidjaniya compulsory litanies, you need to know that:

- Giving them up in the case of rejecting Tariqa Tidjaniya, or being sceptical about it (thinking that Tijaniyya is not a straight path...), needs re-affiliation.

- However, if this is due to laziness --so without rejecting the way-- then your affiliation is still valid but you have to make up all the missed compulsory litanies i.e. 2 lazim and 1 wadhifa per day (hadhra of the Friday can't be made up, so missing it is a loss of great benefits and blessings), at your own pace.

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Question: Is it authorized to appoint women Muqaddam in the Tidjaniya Tariqa?

 

Answer:

Taqdim for women has indeed been the object of diverging opinions. Some forbid it, others allow it, although their role may be limited to women; however others authorize their role to include both women and men unconditionally.

This divergence is due to the fact that there does not seem to be any clear and precise example of a woman being appointed to this role at the time of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). However, an allusion is to be found in a letter from Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) written by Sidi Muhammad ibn Mechri (may ALLAH be pleased with him). In this letter, he greets a group of disciples from Fez, including a woman. Here is the relevant passage: “[…] Our words are addressed to our beloved, to those who are most dear to us, holders of pure qualities and enlightened states, our dear friend and sincere beloved Sidi Hajj Tayeb Qabab, his son, our beloved Abu AbdALLAH Sidi Muhammad and his children, and the pure, eminent and noble lady, The Muqaddima Fatima […] (Kashf el Hijab - Sidi Hajj Tayeb Qabab)

Among the companions of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), Sidi Muhammad El Hafiz Shinguitti (may ALLAH be pleased with him) who had been educated in the palms of his noble hands for two consecutive years, was the only one to appoint his wife to the role of Muqqadam. She was a saintly woman, renowned for her spiritual opening, and she was among the ten Muqaddam that her husband was authorized to appoint. This does not mean that others did not do so, but there are no precise references. Sheikh Umar Futiyu (may ALLAH be pleased with him) appointed his eldest daughter, the pious knower of ALLAH, Fatima Madaniya to this position.

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Is it true that Tidjani disciples should visualize the Sheikh when performing their litanies, and why?

Answer:

This is one of the two conditions required to perfect the accomplishment of the litanies in order to reap as many of the lights that descends during the performance of the litanies.

On this subject, Sidi Arbi ibn Sa-ih (may ALLAH be pleased with him), eminent scholar of Morocco who was aquainted with the companions of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and who was affiliated to the Tariqa by their intermediary said:

The requisite conditions for the perfection of the litanies include being conscious of the presence of the guide, and that we are sitting before him drawing his irrigation. This should put into practice from the beginning of the zikr until the end. He who is not able to visualize perfectly should try his best from the beginning and then return to the visualization according to his capacities and possibilities. This presence should be practiced by visualizing his physical aspect, for he who has seen him. Otherwise, he should visualize the image of his perfection cloaked in fear and reverence. This visualization should be accompanied by utmost decency.

The other condition is to be as aware as possible of the meaning of our recitation, if we are able to understand it. If not, we should listen carefully to our diction while reciting the zikr. The perfection of this condition is reciting distinctly (tartil).

Text of Zawiya Tidjaniya El Kubra of Europe, in Lyon, France

 

 

First and foremost, allow me to glorify your great work that you are accomplishing for the development of the Tariqa Tidjaniya. Please allow me to make several remarks: reading your articles, we notice that you favour the descendants of the sheikh over other muqaddam. May I remind you that when the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) spoke of his family, he was not referring to the blood relationships. He was speaking of all people who followed his path. These are the people who belong to his true family. Nowhere have I seen written the names of Abdulay Niass or El Hadj Malick Sy or even Sheikh Ibrahim Niass who is actually the holder of the Faydu Tidjaniya. And yet, we have noticed in your articles that Sheikh Tidjani had indeed spoken of the Faydu Tidjaniya. It is not possible to be Tidjani while refusing to admit that Sheikh Ibrahim Niass is the “Sahibul Fayda”. Thank you in advance.

Answer:

First of all, we are grateful for your encouragement and we request ALLAH to accept us through His Grace and His Approval.

Your remarks raise several different reactions.

The first reaction is to bring clarification concerning the fact that the descendants of Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) would seem to be favoured. In reality, the privilege and the rank that we grant to the noble descendants of Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) within the Tariqa Tidjaniya are largely beneath their true worth and the place of honour that ALLAH has granted them. Even if your remark appears to be a criticism, we consider it to be a compliment and a cause of pride.

Please understand that the aim of this site is to present and share this Tariqa of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his noble representative, the hidden pole Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). For this, we have return to the source and reclaimed from oblivion the precious teaching of Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), emphasizing those who had been first to receive, that is to say, his descendants and the direct companions who lived with him and thrived under his blessed hand.

Thus, our mission is to revive the very source of this Tariqa. This lack is noticeable: question as many Tidjani disciples as you know and ask, for example, a disciple who is affiliated to the Tariqa through the Niass Family, or through the Sy Family: “Where did Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) received his great spiritual opening?” or “Which one of his companions did Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) consider of equal rank to Abu Bakr with respect to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)?” or “Which of his companions saw the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) twenty-four times daily?” or “Which of his companions was of Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) designated Imam?” or “Which companions served as intermediary between Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in his beginnings” or “What were the name of the two Sons that Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) left behind after his passing…?” Then question one of the disciples affiliated through the Niass Family about Sheikh Ibrahim Niass and his family. Likewise with a disciple affiliated through the Sy family, or any other well-known family of Masters, and you will see for yourself the need for this aim.

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