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

I - His origins

It is unanimously recognised among both the elite and the common scholars of this Tariqa that Sidi Hajj Ali Tamacini (may ALLAH be pleased with him) is of noble and purified prophetic descent (lineage). The elite and the special saints such as Sidi Muhammad El Habib (may ALLAH be pleased with him), son of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), bore witness to this. When Sidi Muhammad El Habib (may ALLAH be pleased with him) wrote to him, after the laudatory salutations, praised him in this way: “Sidi Hajj Ali Tamacini el Hassani (that is to say the descendant of Hassan, son of Ali and Fatima, may ALLAH be pleased with them).” This testimony from the beloved Sidi Muhammad El Habib (may ALLAH be pleased with him) who had received the warranty of the divine knowledge from the Prophet himself (peace and blessings be upon him) is sufficient. Sidi Ibrahim Riyahi (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the pious scholar and great companion of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), also referred to his status as “Sherif” in a poem:

“The Sabt of the best creature upholds him 
Through both a spiritual and physical lineage”

His status as Sherif was confirmed, among other things, by the fact that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) established him at the station known Ghawth (Supreme Succour or Supreme Pole) and that of great Calipha of the Tidjaniya for approximately thirty years. Had he not been of noble prophetic descent, he would not have been able to bear this heavy burden for such a long time.

Indeed, the spiritual scholars and the virtuous know that whoever attains the station of the Great Qutbaniya without being of Sherifian descent, would not be able to assume this task for any length of time, because he would die and leave this earthly life for the hereafter. The reason for this is that his earthly body does not contain the fragrance of Muhammadian secret which is specific to his noble and purified descendants. Likewise, it is because of this particular prophetic secret that our Masters, the Poles who are descendants of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), were able to attain that which the Poles who were not of Sherifian ancestry were unable to attain. Sidi Hajj Ali Tamacini (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was able to remain at this station for such a long time by the grace of this specificity.

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Sidi Hajj Ali Harazim (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was the perfect wali who has been attained knowledge (Marifa), the great caliph endowed with the elevated station (Maqam), the gatherer of knowledge and secrets, at the highest summit of superior degrees, sun of joy that illuminated the horizon of superior degrees, unequalled by any.

He was among those who had attained perfect knowledge and sainthood. He detained high rank with Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) who held him in high esteem. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) spoke of his high rank to his companions to such an extent that he was envied by all, both near and far.

Of him, Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) used to say: “Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said to me: He holds with you the rank that Abu Bakr holds with me.””

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Among the great companions endowed with knowledge and prodigies, holder of high degrees of sainthood, elite among the elite, is Sidi Muhammad Ibn Arabi Damrawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) who hails from Morocco.

At the beginning, he was the intermediary between Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) because when Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) wished to speak to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), he was overwhelmed with modesty. This is a well-known characteristic among the great saints of the community, who always used an intermediary between themselves and the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) for their request, because in his presence, they forgot everything and were unable to speak to him. Although he was very young, Sidi Muhammad Ibn Arabi Damrawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) often met the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in an awaken state. Sid Abdelaoui (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said of him that he used to meet the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) twenty-four times a day. Also, the Messenger of ALLAH (peace and blessings be upon him) adivised Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) to take great care of him.

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