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Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani

May ALLAH be satisfied with him

The master Abdelwahab Banis (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the perfect knower and pious wali was one of the elite of the companions of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), and also among those whose Spiritual Opening was such that Seyyidina declared: “You are to me what Ibn Um Maktum (may ALLAH be pleased with him)  (famous companion who was also afflicted with blindness) was to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).”

He was well devoted to his religion that he maintained eagerly, always occupied with performing good deeds with great effort, determination and perseverance. He was blind but saw with his heart’s eye. Indeed, it was he who had heard spirits exchanging condolences upon the death of Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). He was returning from the Subh prayer, which he had performed in a mosque neighbouring Seyyidina’s home. While he was walking on the road, he heard the spirits talking to each other. Of this, he said: “When I heard this, I wanted to clarify, so I went to Seyyidina’s house and found that his blessed spirit had just left his body.”

Among the many things that have been said of him is the following: “I heard Seyyidina saying: “If you notice that someone is carrying tobacco on his person when he is in the Wazifa gathering, you should send him out.”” Sidi Arbi ibn Sa-ih (may ALLAH be pleased with him) related that Sidi Abdelwahab Banis (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had told him: “The Muqaddam authorization that Seyyidina assigned me concerning the transmission of the wird is conditioned by the fact that I am forbidden to give it to users of these impure substances, whether nasally, orally or smoking.” The Muqaddam Sidi Tayeb Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) also said that he had read the title of Muqaddam and the conditions of transmission of Sidi AbdelWahab Banis (may ALLAH be pleased with him), in the following terms or words to that effect: “He must not give the wird to users of these impure substances, whether nasally, orally or smoking. This applies equally to the use of hashish, tobacco and opium. On the other hand, he can transmit to a person that consumes intoxicating beverages, because it is possible to hope that this person could repent, whereas most of the others do not repent for their misdeeds.”

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The renowned Majdhouba (enraptured by ALLAH) Lalla Mannana (may ALLAH be pleased with her), may ALLAH grant His Mercy, was among those whose feet were rooted in the Moukachafa (unveiling) and she was sometimes overwhelmed by her spiritual state divine rapture (Jadhb).

She (may ALLAH be pleased with her) often used to visit Sidi Ahmed ibn Mohamed El Bannani (may ALLAH be pleased with him). When he came to consult her regarding his wish to enter the Tariqa, she welcomed him hospitably and advised him to take the Tariqa of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) rapidly. She told him of his merits and all that she had lived with him. It is said that at that time, she said to Sidi Bannani, before he had said a single word: “O Sidi Ahmed! You have come for my advice concerning your commitment to the path to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani. If you accept my advice, hasten to submit yourself to him because he is most certainly the Sultan. Events occurred with Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjan, here is one: one day I was sitting at home when two people came and said: “Get up in order to speak to the Sultan.” I thought: “They meant Sultan Suleiman.” Indeed Sultan Suleiman often sent messages to her and likewise she often visited him. He was particularly fond of her.

She continued: « So I followed them as far as the Gate El Ftouh (one of the Gate of the city of Fes). I moved towards the Sultan and realized that it was not Mawlana Suleiman, but it was Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) who I did not know before. Then, Sultan Sidi Ahmed Tidjani asked me: “What do you think about the plague that has assailed our city. Certainly, it could not have been otherwise given this kind of people characterized by this kind of deeds. ” And he named a number of misdeeds. »

Sidi Ahmed Bannani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) continued: “When she heard this from Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani, she answered: “Although all existing Saints have not been able to confront this trouble, I am able to lift away this calamity from people.” He said to her: “Are you able to bear and endure this?” She replied: “Yes.” Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) instructed her to return home and as she was entering the gate of the city, she was affected by an explosion that she heard behind her. She fell on her face and remained there until some people carried her home. These people heard the sound of the deflagration resounding within her and this state she cried out until ALLAH decreed the lifting of the calamity that had befallen this town.

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Sidi Hajj Budjama (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was pious, always remembering ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted), the grateful blessed servant of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). He was one of the best among the elite, one of those who were far away from all betrayal regarding The Ahmedian Majesty, who held all goodness within them and who had the great spiritual opening.

He often saw the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and for this, he used the same prayer as the great intermediary Sidi Muhammad ibn Arabi (may ALLAH be pleased with him). When he saw the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to say to him: “I am Muhammad ibn AbdAllah.” Many of those in service to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and also many of those in service to other people experienced the spiritual opening coming directly from Seyyidina’s own hand. It has been said that Sidi Hajj Budjama (may ALLAH be pleased with him) used to read Dalail el Khairate on the eve of every Friday and Monday and also in congregation in a mosque near to his home. One evening, he did not come to join them as was his habit but he followed the reading from his home until he went to sleep. While he was sleeping, he saw a member of the group who came to tell him: “Get up to see the Prophet, he is coming here” and then that person left to continue his recitation. Sidi Hajj Boujama (may ALLAH be pleased with him) stood respectfully on the path and saw the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) accompanied by Abu Bakr Siddiq (may ALLAH be pleased with him).

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Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab ben Tawidi (may ALLAH be pleased with him), better known as Ibn El Ahmar was a Muqaddem endowed with a very high level of sainthood, holding the blessing of coming to the help to numerous creatures, and who had lost all desire to sleep since his separation from Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) until he died.

This master, may ALLAH have mercy upon him, was one of the pillars of this Tariqa, and among the elite of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s companions (may ALLAH be pleased with them), those who accompanied him regularly, both at home and during his travels, until he attained the highest objectives. He was among the ten companions to whom the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had promised the great opening (Fathou-l-Akbar) as Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) had announced. Indeed, when they had accomplished an important mission, Seyyidina was asked: “Will they be rewarded for this?” To which Seyyidina replied: “The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) assured them of the Great Opening.

Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was the coffer of Seyyidina’s secrets as well as those of the Caliph Sidi Hajj ‘Ali Harazim Berada (may ALLAH be pleased with him). Indeed, Seyyidina (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had instructed him to travel with the great Caliph when he went to Hijez in Arabia. And so he accompanied him until his death in Badr, the place where our Master and Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was victorious, in about 1218 of the hegira. Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab (may ALLAH be pleased with him) buried him there and then, receiving his approval, returned to Fes.

Among the events that he lived with Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab ibn el Ahmar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) recounted the following: “We were going to Seyyidina’s house on the blessed night of the celebration of Mawlud. It was our habit on religious celebrations to go to him after dusk, to receive his instructions for this blessed night. ”

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