Our master Sidi Muhammad El Habib (may ALLAH be satisfied with him), ALLAH’s servant of high aspiration, the virtuous and distinguished son of the Hidden Pole, Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), was chosen to perpetuate his noble posterity.
He spent his days and his nights absorbed in acts of adoration for ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) that he only interrupted in order to accomplish similar or better deeds. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had assured him and his brother perfection in the Knowledge of ALLAH. Sidi Abdelaoui (may ALLAH be satisfied with them) related facts about him that was so surprising of which it was impossible to conceive by means of reason. He was holder of the Great Opening, and the Knower Mulay Muhammad Ben Abi Nasr El ‘Alawi (may ALLAH be satisfied with them) affirmed that Sidi Muhammad El Habib (may ALLAH be satisfied with him) was in possession of the Supreme Name.
He gathered the secrets and was the source of extraordinary prodigies, with the apparent power to administer. He meticulously protected his secrets, as well as those of his father Sidi Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). Sidi Muhammad El Habib was born in Fes and his mother was called Mubaraka. His brother was born in Bussemghun and his mother was Mabruka. He was 15 years old when his father passed away. So he left Fes and went to Ain Madhi with his brother, both accompanied by the Pole Sidi Hajj Ali Tamacini (may ALLAH be satisfied with him), in accordance with the last instructions of their noble father.
It would appear that he undertook two pilgrimages: one with his brother Sidi Muhammad El Kebir (may ALLAH be satisfied with him) by sea, in the year 1240 of the hegira, and the other in 1265 of the hegira (1848 ad), four years before his death. During the first pilgrimage, he brought back the servant Zahra, the mother of his son Sidi Ahmed ibn Salim otherwise known as Ibn El Habachiya. He married him to his cousin Lalla Ruqayya, daughter of Sidi Muhammad el Kebir (may ALLAH be satisfied with him). Sidi Ahmed Salim died during Sidi Muhammad el Habib’s lifetime, and after the funeral, he said: “All those who have attended my son’s funeral ceremony will enter Paradise.” When somebody pointed out that Ali Zalat, a drug user and Chemha the Jewess had attended the ceremony, he answered: “Even them.” Later, it was found that Ali Zalat had stopped taking drugs and he obtained the opening. As for Chemha, she fell sick after the death of Sidi Muhammad El Habib (may ALLAH be satisfied with him) and asked her children to bring her to Ain Madhi. As soon as she arrived near the tomb of Sidi Muhammad El Habib (may ALLAH be satisfied with him), she proclaimed the testimony of faith out loud, despite the beating inflicted by her children, she repeated it continuously until her death.