Our well beloved Sheikh Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) fervently upheld the whole of the Prophet’s life (peace and blessings be upon him) and taught it tirelessly at all times. He himself received directly the teachings of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).
He (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said: “The Quran and the tradition of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) are the only success.”
Thus, all good can only be contained in the following the well beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).
The companion of wisdom, may ALLAH have mercy upon him, said:
“ALLAH THE MOST HIGH has gathered together all good in a place of which the key is without doubt following the beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Therefore, follow it with contentment and satisfaction for what ALLAH The Most High has provided you. Practice renunciation (asceticism) and take only what is strictly necessary from this world. Abandon that which does not concern you in word and deed. He to whom the door of the following of the well beloved (peace and blessings be upon him) has been opened should know that this is the sign of the love that ALLAH has for him.”
ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) said: “If you (really) love ALLAH then follow me, ALLAH will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (S3 V31)
If you seek all good then you should implore thus: “O ALLAH I request the following of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in word and deed.”
It is the duty of he who wishes to achieve this, to cease injustice towards the servants of ALLAH regarding their honour and family. If he renounces injustice towards others, he will be able to go to ALLAH.
But he will be hindered on the path, like the man who is deeply in debt and chased by his creditor. Indeed, even if he was intimate with the king and close to him and then someone came to demand payment he would be constantly harassed by his creditor, even for a small amount. What then would be his situation on the Day of Judgment if one hundred thousand people or more came to claim their rights, the one for his goods (material goods) and the other for his honour that he has offended and so on and so forth. Then what would be his situation?!
The following comment on the above wisdom has been made:
Nowadays, it appears that most people do not understand what is meant by truly following the well beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). These days, they only understand the words and are totally indifferent to the deeds.
Here is an example:
Somebody may say to you in praise (of the quality) of forbearance:
« A person came to see the well beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and said to him: “Please advise me” He (peace and blessings be upon him) answered: “Do not give rise to anger” and he repeated many times: “(do not give rise to anger)”
However, when we carefully examine this person when he is scolding someone, we see him becoming angry with them to such an extent that his eyes become red with fury, insulting, offending and cursing him. He may even become a non-Muslim with ALLAH because of certain words.
Where then is the following of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)?!
We will see others who rarely take part in the congregational prayers at the mosque discussing religious affairs, rosary always in hand, demonstrating their knowledge and zeal to defend the rights of Islam. However, when the opportunity to disobey ALLAH arises, they show no restraint. Conducting themselves in total opposition, they will charge interests and we will see them sitting in forbidden celebrations.
Where then is the following of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)?!
Know that the following (of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him) is to be found in word and deed, in contentment with that which ALLAH has provided for you, without the least displeasure, but, on the contrary with satisfaction even with the little you have in your hands. Know that satisfaction with what you have can only be acquired through perfect certainty, that is to say, that you own is only the portion of subsistence that ALLAH has granted you. Be sure that no soul will taste death until they have exhausted their subsistence, therefore, fear ALLAH and seek for your subsistence suitably.” (Ibn Majah)
Know also that the true following of the well beloved (peace and blessings be upon him) lies in renunciation (asceticism) and the diminishment of worldly goods. Know that the aim of renunciation is not to forsake that which is useful for your well-being nor to distain clothes or finery. It lies in total trust in that which ALLAH holds in His Own Hands more than you trust that which you yourself hold in your own hands. As the well beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) has recommended, fine appearance is a good thing. Ensure that this worldly life is in your hand and not in your heart, this is the true reality of renunciation.
Know that in these difficult times when material wealth has become the core issue of life, it is very complicated for a Muslim to be like Salman el Farissi, Khaled ibn al Walid or Abi Darda (may ALLAH be pleased with them) who died owning nothing in this world, content with very little. So ensure that your only preoccupation is building your next life and not this one because this world is undoubtedly doomed to destruction.
Know that renunciation of this world is the cause of divine love and renunciation of that which men possess is the cause for the love of people.
A man went to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and said: “O Messenger of ALLAH please tell me what I can do to win the love of God and that of men?”
And so he (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Renounce the things of this world and ALLAH will love you. Renounce the possessions of men and they too will love you.” (Related by Ibn Majah)
Reducing the things of this world will make easy the count on the Day of Judgement. The contrary is also true.
The well beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: « Know that on the Day of Judgement, the feet of the son of Adam, being standing before his Master, will not move until he has been questioned about the following four:
1- his life and the way in which he exhausted it
2- his youth and the way that he spent it
3- his possessions and where he acquired them
4- and how he spent them
Know that leaving aside that which does not concern us both in word and deeds is part of the following of the beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). He (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “A person who leaves aside that which does not concern him is part of his good practice of Islam.”
The reasonable man is he who benefits fully from his time (“safeguard his time”) and so does not waste it on futilities.
On the other hand, he who does not flee (avoid) the words and acts that do not concern him is only moving more and more away from ALLAH and he will be despised by men.
Abstaining from injustice towards people:
The injustice had never held any influence over the well beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him): he was never unjust to anyone.
In leaving aside justice towards people, where is the following of the beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)? These days, we can see that unfairness is spreading more and more between all the different groups of society.
We find the father unjust with his child, and the child unjust with his father, the neighbour unfair with his neighbour, the husband unfair with his wife, the wife unfair with her husband, and thus injustice spreads between groups and countries. We find powerful states violating the powerless for personal reasons with total disregard for the fate of the thousands of people who perish and the thousands of fleeing and scattered families.
Because of this, some people are sated and others become gaunt with hunger. Thus injustice reigns upon the surface of the Earth.
God spoke the Truth, praise be to Him in the following words: “Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned.” (S30 V41)
Corruption has spread as far as the space surrounding the Earth by means of the satellites whose only objective is to spy on other states.
When ALLAH forbade injustice, He did so for two reasons: so that you may live in peace and security, and so that we may sleep without fear for our lives, our possessions and our honour.
Without justice, no stability, no security, no peace on Earth…
What would existence for man be like with no security for his life, possessions and honour? He would be constantly worried and troubled, and this would have an impact on his thoughts and his dynamism to such an extent that he would no longer be able to assume the task with which ALLAH has assigned him, which is to populate and benefit from the Earth.
ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) said: “He has produced you from the earth and settled you in it” (S11 V61)
For this reason, the following prophetic words were given to us: “All of a Muslim is inviolable to another Muslim: his blood, his wealth and his honour.” (Muslim)
In this holy words (Qudussi), ALLAH The Most High said: “O my servants, in truth, I have forbidden myself Injustice and I have made it forbidden among you. Therefore do not show injustice to each other.”
ALLAH The Most High is characterized by equity, He is The Just, praise be to Him. Therefore be just yourself.
ALLAH The Most High said: « And ALLAH is not inequitable towards human beings. »
The unjust man will come to a bad end on the Day of Resurrection. Those who are unjust will have nobody to deliver and protect them from the flames of Hell or escape ALLAH’s interrogation.
ALLAH The Most High said : “ For the unjust ones, there will be no devoted friend and no intercessor [who is] obeyed.” (S 40 V18)
And HE (The Glorified, The Exalted) said: “And there will not be for the unjust ones any helper.” (S22 V71)
Injustice will be darkness on the Day of Resurrection.
According to Djabber (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Avoid perpetrating injustice, because injustice will be darkness on the Day of Resurrection, and avoid avarice, for those who have preceded you have perished because of stinginess which incited them to spill their blood and transgress prohibitions.”
According to Abu Hurayra (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the Messenger of ALLAH (peace and blessings be upon him) said: « On the Day of Resurrection, you will repay to each and every one that which you owe. Even animals without horns will have the right to claim their due from those who do have horns.”
Know also that injustice will erase the good deeds on the Day of Resurrection.
Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: “Do you know who is bankrupt (the Muflis)? They (the Companions of the Holy Prophet) said: A bankrupt man amongst us is one who has neither dirham with him nor wealth. He (the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him) said: The bankrupt of my Umma (Community) would be he who would come on the Day of Resurrection with prayers and fasts and Zakat but (he would find himself bankrupt on that day as he would have exhausted his funds of virtues) since he hurled abuses upon others, brought calumny against others and unlawfully consumed the wealth of others and shed the blood of others and beat others, and his virtues would be credited to the account of one (who suffered at his hand). And if his good deeds fall short to clear the account, then his sins would be entered in (his account) and he would be thrown in the Hell-Fire." (Muslim)
Beware, be very careful of injustice towards others both with regards to their honour and their possessions.
May ALLAH have mercy upon he who said:
" You claim to be a Sufi when in fact you are impure. The Sufi is he who has been purified both interiorly and exteriorly by their strong bond to the book of ALLAH and to the Sunnah of his Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), as his purity increases, he leaves the ocean of his existence and abandoned his own will, choice and power. For he whose heart is purified, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) becomes the ambassador between him and his Lord (The Glorified, The Exalted). The foundation of all good is following the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in word and deed.”
May ALLAH make the straight path easy for you to take. From now on, repent sincerely and travel the path of Ahmada.
Undoubtedly, you have a role model in (the person of) the Chosen One (peace and blessings be upon him), in Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), and in the laws revealed by the Quran.
Do you not know the tradition of ‘Adnane, have you not read the books on Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret)?!
Do you not know the life of Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), his ethics and morals? Have you not seen or heard the teachings of Djawahiroul Maani?
So where is the emulation for the tradition of your generous Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), where is the following of the example of our venerable Master Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) in his way of life and lordly attitude.
If you are truly his disciple, you should follow him, take him as a role model, in order to walk in his footsteps. Avoid innovation, and do not appropriate the money of ALLAH’s creatures in order to harm the servants of ALLAH.
Imam Malik (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said: « The Sunna is Noa’s arch. He who climbs aboard is saved, and he who stays behind, drowns."
The poor servant in need of ALLAH, Muhammad el Mansur el Muhieddine Tidjani
Zawiya Tidjaniya El Kubra of Europe