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Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani

May ALLAH be satisfied with him

Abu-l-Abbas Sidi Ahmed ibn Asaker El Djaza-iri (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was a holder of great mastery, of high station. He was immersed in the love of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) whose love reciprocated (it was given back) his own sincere and full love.He often used to ask Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) to guarantee him the acquisition of the same station of that of the renowned and great knower, the wali Abu Zayd Sidi AbdRahman (may ALLAH be pleased with him) but Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) warned him against this.

Finally, one day, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) granted his request, saying: “You will have it on one condition: you must accept the ordeals of his station.” He answered: “O Master, certainly, I accept.” In accordance with ALLAH’s decree, as a result of occurrences between the Turks and himself, he was executed. Once, when he visited Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) in Fes, he also met the renowned Majdouba (i.e. attracted by ALLAH) Lalla Manana (may ALLAH be pleased with her).

At this encounter, she knew his name from the start through spiritual unveiling. Then, she told him many things, of which: “Harm will come to you in your garden.” As a matter of fact, when he returned to Algiers, Turks passing through his garden found reason to kill him by mistake, may ALLAH be merciful upon him.

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

 

Sidi Sherif Ahmed ibn Ismail El Laghouati (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was a jurist, a clairvoyant scholar and his soul was virtuous. He was beloved by Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) who often used to praise him.

Among the events related about him, it is said that one day, before fajr, he was in the old mosque of Laghouat and was unobtrusively reading the Quran. Another companion Sidi Issa Sharraz (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was performing zikr next to him. Suddenly, the latter saw the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), who said to him: “Tell Ahmed ibn Ismail to raise his voice when reciting the Quran.” Sidi Issa Sharraz (may ALLAH be pleased with him) approached Sidi Ahmed Issa El Laghouati (may ALLAH be pleased with him) and told him what the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) ordained. So Sidi Issa Sharraz (may ALLAH be pleased with him) began to read the Quran out loud in accordance with the sublime order and his recitation sounded like one of Seyyidina Dawud’s flute (peace be upon him).

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

 

Sidi Abu-l-Abbas Sidi Ahmed ibn Kirane (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the meritorious and grateful knower and dhakir (i.e. he who remembers ALLAH very often) was among the close beloved of Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).

He was among those who used to perform the Azan in the zawiya towards the end of Seyyidina’s life and even afterwards. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) had said to him: “All those who see your face and also those who see those who have seen you will enter Paradise.

He often used to sit at the door of the zawiya saying (or words to that effect): “Look at my face so that you will be successful because this is what my master told me.

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

 

From the age of sixteen, the noble Sidi Ahmed ibn Hajj Arbi Maghbar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) often used to sit in the blessed Zawiya throughout Seyyidina’s lifetime.

His father had the Tariqa of other Knowers, but he had strong faith in Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and a special love for him so, whenever anything (untoward) happened, he used to go to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) for him to remove it, and Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) used to satisfy his requests. Sidi Ahmed Maghbar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) took the Tariqa of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) through the intermediary of the great Wali Mulay ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) and he was always close to him.

It is related that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) used to perform the Friday prayer at the Qarawiyyine. At the time of the construction of the great Zawiya, the inhabitants of Fes spoke rudely to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). One of them mimicked the spiritual ecstasy of the Majdhoubs (those enraptured by God) and as soon as he saw Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) he shouted malicious comments at him, under the influence of those who were opposed to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).

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