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

Our master Sidi Muhammad El Habib (may ALLAH be satisfied with him), ALLAH’s servant of high aspiration, the virtuous and distinguished son of the Hidden Pole, Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), was chosen to perpetuate his noble posterity.

He spent his days and his nights absorbed in acts of adoration for ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) that he only interrupted in order to accomplish similar or better deeds. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had assured him and his brother perfection in the Knowledge of ALLAH. Sidi Abdelaoui (may ALLAH be satisfied with them) related facts about him that was so surprising of which it was impossible to conceive by means of reason. He was holder of the Great Opening, and the Knower Mulay Muhammad Ben Abi Nasr El ‘Alawi (may ALLAH be satisfied with them) affirmed that Sidi Muhammad El Habib (may ALLAH be satisfied with him) was in possession of the Supreme Name.

He gathered the secrets and was the source of extraordinary prodigies, with the apparent power to administer. He meticulously protected his secrets, as well as those of his father Sidi Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). Sidi Muhammad El Habib was born in Fes and his mother was called Mubaraka. His brother was born in Bussemghun and his mother was Mabruka. He was 15 years old when his father passed away. So he left Fes and went to Ain Madhi with his brother, both accompanied by the Pole Sidi Hajj Ali Tamacini (may ALLAH be satisfied with him), in accordance with the last instructions of their noble father.

It would appear that he undertook two pilgrimages: one with his brother Sidi Muhammad El Kebir (may ALLAH be satisfied with him) by sea, in the year 1240 of the hegira, and the other in 1265 of the hegira (1848 ad), four years before his death. During the first pilgrimage, he brought back the servant Zahra, the mother of his son Sidi Ahmed ibn Salim otherwise known as Ibn El Habachiya. He married him to his cousin Lalla Ruqayya, daughter of Sidi Muhammad el Kebir (may ALLAH be satisfied with him). Sidi Ahmed Salim died during Sidi Muhammad el Habib’s lifetime, and after the funeral, he said: “All those who have attended my son’s funeral ceremony will enter Paradise.” When somebody pointed out that Ali Zalat, a drug user and Chemha the Jewess had attended the ceremony, he answered: “Even them.” Later, it was found that Ali Zalat had stopped taking drugs and he obtained the opening. As for Chemha, she fell sick after the death of Sidi Muhammad El Habib (may ALLAH be satisfied with him) and asked her children to bring her to Ain Madhi. As soon as she arrived near the tomb of Sidi Muhammad El Habib (may ALLAH be satisfied with him), she proclaimed the testimony of faith out loud, despite the beating inflicted by her children, she repeated it continuously until her death.

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The majestic Sherif Sidi Mulay Muhammad ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the great Wali, famous knower, endowed with prodigies of great importance, renowned for his piety, perfection among both the knowers and the ignorant, hailed from Fes where he was brought up and educated. He is well-known for his merit to such an extent that his sainthood was recognized both among the elite and the ordinary men alike.

This master was among both the greatest Knowers and the elite of the elite. He was also one of the ten companions to whom the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had promised knowledge of ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) and the great spiritual opening, as it had been announced by Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). He was a member of the close company of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) elite for many years. During all this time, Sherif Sidi Mulay Muhammad ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) only left his side for a short instant, when necessary as much by day and by night. He did not neglect a single obligation behind Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) during the sixteen years that he spent with him and he manifested too many prodigies to count.

Sherif Sidi Mulay Muhammad ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) used to say that, in the beginning, he only frequented Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) because of his stomach: that is to say he only sought Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) company because he had a lot of food in his house. At the time, Sidi Mulay Muhammad ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) enjoyed eating, and Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) gave him more food than he could hope for. Eventually, love for Seyyidina took root in his heart and through this love, ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) granted him the spiritual opening in this Tariqa. In this way, he obtained what he obtained and achieved what he achieved in his role as Caliph and his great mastery of the Tariqa. He was sometimes overcome by strange states which led the ordinary and the elite to believe that he was following the path of the Malamati, and this provided him with a way to hide his secrets. Most of those to whom ALLAH has granted the spiritual opening on this path demonstrate similar states and this was confirmed by Sidi Mulay Muhammad ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him).

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It is he who brought together the stations of knowledge and piousness, firmly anchored to the rope of the Sharia, the follower of the straightest path and the holder of the most rare and precious qualities: Sidi Muhammad el Kebir (may ALLAH be satisfied with him), son of the Hidden Pole Sidi Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).

He was born in Bussemghun in 1212 of the hegira and his mother was the honourable lady Mabruka. He took the Tariqa from our master Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) but according to our information, he was not authorized to transmit the noble wird. However, Sidi Hajj Ali Tamacini (may ALLAH be satisfied with him) gave him his authorization for certain special evocations. Sidi Muhammad El Kebir (may ALLAH be satisfied with him) has never named a Muqaddam and those who claimed to have been appointed by him have no basis for their claim.

He is among those who survived Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH be satisfied with him) along with his brother Sidi Muhammad El Habib As-Seghir (may ALLAH be satisfied with him), for although Seyyidina Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) had many children, both boys and girls, most of them died in Fes. Among them was a daughter, Sayda Fatima, who was buried in the cemetery of Bab El Ftouh near the town.

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Among the companions, the great scholar, perspicacious and endowed with understanding, the Malikite, practitioner of the most righteous knowledge, custodian of secrets and knowledge, pundit of the Tariqa Tidjaniya, the sherif of great worth Abu Abdallah Sidi Muhammad Ibn Mechri (may ALLAH be pleased with him). He was one of the elite among the elite of the companions of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), among those who inherited from the source of revealed knowledge and who had access to certain secrets of the world of mysteries.

Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) nominated him Imam for the prayer, and scribe to compose his letters and answers, to write what he heard or what was dictated to him. His first encounter with Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) was in 1188, the year that he returned from pilgrimage to Tlemcen. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) transmitted the khalwatiya path to his companion, custodian of his secrets, the great scholar Sidi Muhammad Ibn Mechri El Hassani As-sa-ihi At-Touqourti (may ALLAH be pleased with him). Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) also gave him other secrets and other azkar and he stayed with him until he died in 1224.

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