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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

Abu Sada Sidi Madani Sharaibi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was among the companions of Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) endowed with clairvoyant spiritual opening, steadfast religious practice and unquestionable spiritual unveiling. He was among the elite of the companions of Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). He acceded to the spiritual opening within the Tariqa Muhammadiya. Sidi Ahmed Abdalawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had met him and observed numerous prodigies that go beyond reason.

One day, Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) predicted: “You are going to live in Fes although Sidi Madani Sharaibi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had no such intention. Indeed, this is what happened.

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The worthy Sidi Abu Abdallah Sidi Lakhdar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was walking the spiritual path within the Tariqa Muhammadiya. Like his father, he was among the elite of the companions of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).

Sidi Lakhdar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) related that he had heard Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) saying: “Give authorization to people to recite Salat Fatihi even if they do not take the litanies (that is to say without affiliation) so that they can die with faith. ”

Sidi Ahmed Abdelaoui (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said: “Without the recitation of the litanies (of the Tidjaniya) [i.e actually without affiliation], authorization for the recitation of Salatul Fatihi may be given to recite up to one thousand Salatul Fatihi, according to the capacities of the person who receives the authorization, even if he is member of a different Tariqa, and he can remain constant in the recitations that he has already received.

Sidi Lakhdar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was buried in the village of Aliya.

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

 

Sidi Hajj Musa ibn Ahmed ibn Bettoun Semghuni (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was among the elite of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s companions (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), among those who knew him before he had obtained the authorization to transmit and who followed him afterwards, receiving, through his intermediary, secrets and lights. The eminent intermediary Sidi Muhammad Ibn Arabi Damraoui (may ALLAH be pleased with him) considered him of great worth and recognized that he had the blessings of perfect knowledge. He considered that Sidi Hajj Musa ibn Ahmed ibn Bettoun Semghuni (may ALLAH be pleased with him) held the same spiritual degree as Sidi AbdAllah ibn Sad (may ALLAH be pleased with him), one of the elite among the Seyyidina’s beloved.

Sidi Hajj Musa ibn Ahmed ibn Bettoun Semghuni (may ALLAH be pleased with him) sent a letter to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) requesting authorization for himself and his companion to evoke the two names “Ya Rahman, ya rahim” (according to a specific method) at any and all moment. Since then, they recited every Wednesday night from Isha until sunrise on Thursday morning until their prayers were fulfilled. Subsequently, when they wanted something, they used to evoke these two names a certain number of times and then say: “Answer us oh servant of these two noble names and do this or that for us.” They used to burn jaoui incense on that night (on the eve of Thursday) without addition of any other incense at the beginning.

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Sidi Hajj Taleb El Labar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was an enlightened and exemplary scholar of his time, endowed with radiant merit and who drew the most perfect lights of Knowledge. He was cloaked in the most beautiful mantle of piety, and both the elite and the commoners regarded him highly. He took the tariqa in his youth and Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) loved him very much. He was also one of the eminent poets of the Tariqa. 

Sidi Hajj Taleb El Labar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was a benevolent merchant. He used to send his personal money to the brothers to be spent extending the Zawiya or on other purchases. He died towards the end of the year 1264 of the Hegira in Genoa, Italy. The pious Wali Sidi Arbi ibn Sa-ih (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was deeply saddened that he had died in a non-Muslim country although he was one of the people that Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) loved most. However, he had a dream which brought him relief in this regard.

In this dream, he saw Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) who said to him: “You say that Taleb El Labar has died in a Christian country but he is here with me.” Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) stood up and indeed, Sidi Hajj Taleb El Labar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was there. Sidi Arbi ibn Sa-ih (may ALLAH be pleased with him) awoke happy and joyful from this reassuring dream.

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

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