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

Abu Walid Sidi ‘Arbi El ‘Iraqi (may ALLAH be pleased with him), noble Sherif, respected scholar and source of blessings was one of the holders of the spiritual opening among the elite of the companions of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). He was among his closest companions, those upon who he looked with reverence.

Sidi ‘Arbi El ‘Iraqi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was one of those who had the honour to sit in the presence of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) during his meals. Once, they were joined by the son of Sidi ‘Arbi El ‘Iraqi (may ALLAH be pleased with him), scholar of the time and master of great value, learned in the knowledge of the hadith, Sidi Walid El ‘Iraqi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) who was but a child at the time. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) sat him on his knee and fed him mouthfuls of couscous with his blessed hand while evoking the spiritual opening for him.

Indeed, outstanding spiritual openings in terms of apparent and hidden knowledge and an exceptional memory were manifest as a result of the blessings of Seyyidina’s evocations.

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

 

Sidi Ahmed Dadouch (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was among the beloved of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), those who have taken the Tariqa from him at its beginning.

His love for Seyyidina was sincere both in his presence and in his absence and he dismissed Seyyidina’s adversaries without hesitation. He was strongly bound to the Tariqa and spent day and night performing his litanies.

He often used to visit Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), traveling from the village Awled Mussa to Ain Madhi, although the inhabitants of his village criticized him for this.

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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

 

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