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Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani

May ALLAH be satisfied with him

Sidi Abu-l-Abbas Sidi Ahmed ibn Kirane (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the meritorious and grateful knower and dhakir (i.e. he who remembers ALLAH very often) was among the close beloved of Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).

He was among those who used to perform the Azan in the zawiya towards the end of Seyyidina’s life and even afterwards. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) had said to him: “All those who see your face and also those who see those who have seen you will enter Paradise.

He often used to sit at the door of the zawiya saying (or words to that effect): “Look at my face so that you will be successful because this is what my master told me.

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

 

From the age of sixteen, the noble Sidi Ahmed ibn Hajj Arbi Maghbar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) often used to sit in the blessed Zawiya throughout Seyyidina’s lifetime.

His father had the Tariqa of other Knowers, but he had strong faith in Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and a special love for him so, whenever anything (untoward) happened, he used to go to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) for him to remove it, and Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) used to satisfy his requests. Sidi Ahmed Maghbar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) took the Tariqa of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) through the intermediary of the great Wali Mulay ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) and he was always close to him.

It is related that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) used to perform the Friday prayer at the Qarawiyyine. At the time of the construction of the great Zawiya, the inhabitants of Fes spoke rudely to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). One of them mimicked the spiritual ecstasy of the Majdhoubs (those enraptured by God) and as soon as he saw Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) he shouted malicious comments at him, under the influence of those who were opposed to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).

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Abu Muhammad Sidi Abdallah Sufi (may ALLAH be pleased with him), sublime Muqaddam of noble character, was among the deserving Muqaddam of the Tariqa, and those who were appointed by Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) to transmit this Tariqa Muhammadiya.

He was honoured and respected by Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and by all his companions both during Seyyidina’s lifetime and after his death. He died in the town of Souf in Algeria.

Here is a letter written by the great Wali Sidi Mahmud Tunsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) to the disciples residing in the town of Souf, in which he formally denies an untrue rumour which was spreading, purporting to the death of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret):

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Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) looked upon Sidi Abdelwahab Tazi El Fesi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) with satisfaction throughout his life. Sidi Abdelwahab Tazi El Fesi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was punctual and assiduous regarding the accomplishment of the prayers in the blessed zawiya except in case of exceptional impediment. Every time he was obliged to perform the prayer elsewhere, he would then accomplish the same number of meritorious (nawafil) prayers at the zawiya. He prayed a great deal in this blessed place because he was certain that his prayers would be accepted as Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) had affirmed: “Undoubtedly, prayers are accepted in our Zawiya.

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