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Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani

May ALLAH be satisfied with him

Our Master Tayeb El Hassani, the sublime jurist of sherifian origin, otherwise known as Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him), is the great knower and famous Wali, holder of blessings, lights, knowledge and secrets.

He is among the elite of the elite of the companions of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), he is the author of the book “El Ifadat el Ahmediya” compiling some of Seyyidina’s words, taking great care to mention the reasons and circumstances in which they were pronounced. He had great spiritual power. He was absorbed in the universe of knowledge and (spiritual) secrets. He was also among the great scholars well versed in religion, one of the perfect Walis. He had complete knowledge of the Tajweed, that is to say the rules governing pronunciation during the recitation of the Quran.

One of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s companions (may ALLAH be pleased with them) related that he had seen Sidi Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) after his death and had asked him what ALLAH had done with him. Sidi Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) answered that ALLAH had granted him immense blessings and that he had only received good. In addition he had met the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) who offered him a big garden in Paradise so that he could teach the Quran to the children.

Another story recounts the circumstances of his first meeting with Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). Sidi Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was going through Egypt on his way to Hidjez (Arabic peninsula) when he met the sublime Muqaddam and companion of Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), our Master Sidi Muhammad ibn AbdelWahid Banani El Misri (may ALLAH be pleased with him). The latter showed him the book “Djawahirou-l-Ma'ani” which Sidi Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) consulted. This event gave rise to an irresistible desire to meet Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). He deeply regretted being in the same as him without having the blessing of meeting him.

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The renowned Sidi Mahmud Tunsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) is the the perfect Wali, the Knower linked to ALLAH, bestowed with great Fath and blessings. This sublime man is among the elite of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) companions, he was among those closest to him, who were touched by the care that he took of them. Sidi Mahmud Tunsi’s (may ALLAH be pleased with him) love for Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) was strong and everything he undertook for Seyyidina, he did so with perfect sincerity, whether traveling or in his presence. He conscientiously performed everything that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) instructed to do.

The Mouqadem Sidi Tayeb Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said that Sidi Mahmud Tunsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) possessed vast wealth. One day, he heard that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) was in a nearby region and travelled with the intention of meeting him and when Sidi Mahmud Tunsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) found Seyyidina, he requested him to invoke ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) on his behalf, and Seyyidina granted his request. Then, he asked Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) to teach him the science of alchemy, but on hearing this, Seyyidina dismissed him saying: “Leave this region immediately and beware not to spend the night here because this and that will happen…” Embarrassed, he obeyed Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) order. The next day, he came back to offer his apologies and his total submission, like that of the dead body in the hands of the washer. At that moment, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) took care of him and taught the Tariqa Muhammadiya. Since that day, Sidi Mahmud Tunsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) has devoted himself in the service of his beloved Master, renouncing his wealthy possessions. He said: “I renounced all my worldly possessions at the green door (that is to say Tunis) when I left.

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Sidi Arbi El Ashhab (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was a pious wali of sincere love, astonishing prodigies, elevated worth and holder of immense praise. This master was among the elite of the companions of Seyyidina (may ALLAH be pleased with him). He was among the nearest ones and contemplated by all with great affection. Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) trusted him with all his important and special affairs so much so that he did not leave Seyyidina’s doorstep without authorization.

Once, Seyydina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) called him when the latter was in the toilets, so he hurried out without taking the time to wash. Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) asked him: “Why do you not take the time to wash with water?” He answered: “O Sidi! I can change my clothes and wash them but I do not want the Sheikh to change what he thinks about me.” He was subject to spiritual states. Another time, Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) called him when he was on the roof. Without hesitation, Sidi Arbi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) jumped of the roof, but he immerged unscathed. Seyyidina forbade him to do such things.

On another occasion, Sidi Arbi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) crossed a road in Fes on his ways to Seyyidina’s house. He was bringing eight loads of coal destined for the daily cooking in Seyyidina’s household. Each time, he crossed a road, some of the nosy people of Fes said scornfully: “This coal is used by Sidi Ahmed Tidjani for alchemy and elixirs.” Sidi Arbi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) did not reply. He joined Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) who was in his house with a group of companions. Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) asked him: “O Sidi Arbi! What did those people say to you?” So he repeated their comments. Then, Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said to him: “We request ALLAH to forgive them.”

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The master Abdelwahab Banis (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the perfect knower and pious wali was one of the elite of the companions of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), and also among those whose Spiritual Opening was such that Seyyidina declared: “You are to me what Ibn Um Maktum (may ALLAH be pleased with him)  (famous companion who was also afflicted with blindness) was to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).”

He was well devoted to his religion that he maintained eagerly, always occupied with performing good deeds with great effort, determination and perseverance. He was blind but saw with his heart’s eye. Indeed, it was he who had heard spirits exchanging condolences upon the death of Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). He was returning from the Subh prayer, which he had performed in a mosque neighbouring Seyyidina’s home. While he was walking on the road, he heard the spirits talking to each other. Of this, he said: “When I heard this, I wanted to clarify, so I went to Seyyidina’s house and found that his blessed spirit had just left his body.”

Among the many things that have been said of him is the following: “I heard Seyyidina saying: “If you notice that someone is carrying tobacco on his person when he is in the Wazifa gathering, you should send him out.”” Sidi Arbi ibn Sa-ih (may ALLAH be pleased with him) related that Sidi Abdelwahab Banis (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had told him: “The Muqaddam authorization that Seyyidina assigned me concerning the transmission of the wird is conditioned by the fact that I am forbidden to give it to users of these impure substances, whether nasally, orally or smoking.” The Muqaddam Sidi Tayeb Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) also said that he had read the title of Muqaddam and the conditions of transmission of Sidi AbdelWahab Banis (may ALLAH be pleased with him), in the following terms or words to that effect: “He must not give the wird to users of these impure substances, whether nasally, orally or smoking. This applies equally to the use of hashish, tobacco and opium. On the other hand, he can transmit to a person that consumes intoxicating beverages, because it is possible to hope that this person could repent, whereas most of the others do not repent for their misdeeds.”

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