بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

اللهم صل على سيدنا محمد الفاتح لما أغلق والخاتم لما سبق ناصر الحق بالحق والهادي إلى صراطك المستقيم وعلى آله حق قدره ومقداره العظيم

Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani

May ALLAH be satisfied with him

Sidi Hajj Taleb El Labar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was an enlightened and exemplary scholar of his time, endowed with radiant merit and who drew the most perfect lights of Knowledge. He was cloaked in the most beautiful mantle of piety, and both the elite and the commoners regarded him highly. He took the tariqa in his youth and Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) loved him very much. He was also one of the eminent poets of the Tariqa. 

Sidi Hajj Taleb El Labar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was a benevolent merchant. He used to send his personal money to the brothers to be spent extending the Zawiya or on other purchases. He died towards the end of the year 1264 of the Hegira in Genoa, Italy. The pious Wali Sidi Arbi ibn Sa-ih (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was deeply saddened that he had died in a non-Muslim country although he was one of the people that Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) loved most. However, he had a dream which brought him relief in this regard.

In this dream, he saw Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) who said to him: “You say that Taleb El Labar has died in a Christian country but he is here with me.” Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) stood up and indeed, Sidi Hajj Taleb El Labar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was there. Sidi Arbi ibn Sa-ih (may ALLAH be pleased with him) awoke happy and joyful from this reassuring dream.

Research and translation by Zawiya Tidjaniya el Kubra in Lyon, France

Sidi Hajj Mohamed ibn Moussa El Turki (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the great wali and renowned knower was among those who loved Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and he was perfectly devoted in his service complying to his will both while traveling with him and his absence. He was inundated with love for Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), who had requested the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) to insure protection for his companion.

At the beginning, when Seyyidina’s companions came to ask him for protection, he granted their wishes, until the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) ordained him to only guarantee the protection of those whose love was confirmed as is mentioned in the Machahid of Sidi Hajj Ali Harazeem (may ALLAH be pleased with him).

Indeed, in reply to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), he said: “O Sidi, may ALLAH be satisfied with you, know that in answer to your question concerning the protection of the brothers, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “I am told that you place under protection the entire village and all that it contains, the group and all it members, and the complete tribe. You know that each of these groups includes those who love and those who hate. Even if you grant protection to all of them without exception, the noxiousness of those who hate will affect those that you have protected and therefore they no longer benefit from its fulfilment. Consequently, from now on, grant protection only to those whose perfect sincerity, closeness and love for you is sure.””

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Abu-l-Hassan Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was the holder of the radiant secret, chosen and virtuous one, great knower, the most renowned example, he who loves Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and was loved by him (in return).

He attended his assemblies and was his companion. Abu-l-Hassan Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was among the elite of the elite, very close to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and was in his company whether he was physically present or absent, which was not granted to all companions.

He was an apothecary and used to prepare beneficial substances to heal certain diseases. One day, he was at the blessed Zawiya where he was extracting a particular substance with the authorization of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). While he was working, the Wali and Sherif Sidi El Hafiz Ben Adwa (may ALLAH be pleased with him) knocked on the door of the blessed Zawiya and called for Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) by his name.

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Sidi Hajj Ahmed Djawiyed Tanji (may ALLAH be pleased with him) is a man of God whose love for our Master Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was passionate. Before meeting Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), he was searching for the person who would take his hand on the path. Committed to the fulfilment of his wishes, he wore the robe of the disciple who had submitted to his master. Every time he heard speak of a Sheikh, he travelled to meet him and to benefit from him until he heard that Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) was in Fes.

He left the region of Tanja to meet him. He reached Fes on a Friday at noon (zawwal) and entered the Qarawiyin Mosque to accomplish the Jumua. He approached the mihrab and found a place in the first row, near to where a kind of rug had been placed. He performed the Salaah of Tahiyyat-ul-Masjid (the prayer of greeting the mosque) beside this rug and then Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) came to pray at this very place which had been prepared for him. Sidi Hajj Ahmed Djawiyed Tanji (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was overwhelmed by an intense and unfamiliar spiritual state. He had never seen Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) before and did not know him.

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