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Your questions

Question: Is it true that the Tidjani disciples claim that the status of the Djawharatu-l-Kamal is greater than that of the Holy Quran?

 

Answer:

 This claim is false. It is indisputable that the status of the Quran is more important than that of Djawharatu-l-Kamal for the following three reasons:

 

  1. The Quran is the Word of The Divine Essence. Therefore, it is the most important form of Zikr.

In Djawahiru-l-Ma’ani, Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said: “The prominence of the Quran over all other words, whether they are formulas of Zikr or prayers upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), including Salat Fatihi, is more radiant than the sun. This radiance is implementing in the very principles of the Shari’a itself (Quran and the authentic prophetic hadith)”.

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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

 

 

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