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Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani

May ALLAH be satisfied with him

The honoured and noble Sherif Hassanite Abu Abdallah Sidi Muhammad ben Quider El Abdelawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was a knower who had attained the highest degrees of elevation, his spiritual station was equaled by none. He was the perfect Wali, recognized by his allies and his ennemies. He was the sunshine of happiness rising in the sky of safeguarding, the light that illuminated the path of guidance. He was among the greatest of the elite of the elite of the companions of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).

His son Sidi Mulay Ahmed Abdelawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) recounts that, having met Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and joined the Tariqa Ahmediya, his father came back to his tribe which counted fifty people. He spoke to them of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and of his numerous prodigies such that they all wished to see him, to accompany him, to know his secrets, and to receive his lights. Thus, they all traveled to meet Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and to receive the Tariqa Ahmediya, then they returned home with this invaluable treasure which then spread throughout the region.

Sidi Muhammad ben Quider  El Abdelawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) often visited Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and when he traveled to Ain Madhi or other places, he visited Fes. Sidi Ahmed Abdelawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) also recounts that on the day of his birth, his father was preparing to travel with some of his companions to visit our Master (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) : « My father welcomed his companions in his home until the end of seventh day following my birth and then they went to Fes. At that time Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) was ailing, preceding his death. » However, obstacles on the way delayed their arrival to Fes. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) called upon the virtuous Saint Lalla Mannana to unveil the reason for their delay. She informed him that the Turkish authority from Tlemcen had requisitioned their mounts for their own needs, and then that they have been returned in perfect condition and so they would be arriving soon.

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The excellent Master Sidi Muhammad ibn Ghazi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was a man of pure heart, the follower of the path of truth and holder of great Baraka. He was among the ten people to whom the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had guaranteed the Great Opening, and he was among the beloved of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) because of the purity of his love.

Sometimes his behavious was strange and in this way he was able to hide his secrets. He was renowned for his generosity and kindness towards the brothers. The qualities that ALLAH granted him included the blessings (baraka) upon everything he undertook in terms of buying and selling, food and drink, and in all circumstances. Seeing his Baraka, the brothers requested his presence at their festivities. When they desired his Baraka for something specific, even when Sidi Muhammad ibn Ghazi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was not among them, they would say: “O ALLAH we beseech you with the Name with which Muhammad ibn Ghazi has invoked you, grant us the Baraka for this or that.” And they received the blessings.

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The honorable Sherif Abou Mohamed Sidi Abdelwahid Bughalib (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was the sublime Muqaddam, the perfect guide of extraordinary blessing, and one of the elite whose Great Opening was recognized. He maintained his religious practice with great diligence and was always to be found praying or evoking, devoted to the accomplishment of the five prayers at the blessed Zawiya, using all his energy to benefit from good deeds, following the straightest path of the Tariqa, and all called upon him. He was deeply moved by a great fear of his Lord. He was quickly seized by a spiritual state when evoking, and his spiritual state was an exhortation for the people, and his words were an orientation towards ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted).

He dug two tombs and then Sidi Mahmoud Tounsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the beloved of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), holder of the great opening, and himself, promised each other that the first to die DYE would be buried in one of the tombs and the second in the other. Thus, when Sidi Mahmoud Tounsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) passed away, he was buried in one of the tombs, and later Sidi Abdelwahid Bughalib (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was buried in the other one.

On their instructions, a group of companions were buried on the same burial ground. Among them are the sublime Mouqadem Sidi Abdelwahhab Ibn El Ahmar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) whose tomb is at their feet and in front of them, Sidi Moussa ibn Ma’zouz (may ALLAH be pleased with him), and also Sidi Mohamed Ibn Ghazi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) and others, may ALLAH have mercy upon them.

The blessed Master Abou Tayib Sidi Hajj Muhammad ibn Muhammad Lahlu, immersed in Divine Succour, both mobile and immobile, was meritorious, experienced and perfectly obedient to ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted). He was among the good people of firm religion, following the path of guidance.

He had taken the Tariqa from the blessed hands of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret). He was among the emissaries companions of Seyyidina. Occasionally, Seyyidina sent him to Ain Madhi as emissary. He also dispensed the salaries and the lime during the construction of the blessed Zawiya in Fes in order to receive some blessings.

One day, Sidi Muhammad ibn Muhammad Lahlu (may ALLAH be pleased with him) invited Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) and some of his companions to the celebration of a birth, but when the time came to serve the meal, he discreetly approached Seyyidina and said quietly: “O My Master, the meal we have prepared with never suffice to feed all these people.” Seyyidina gave him his coat saying: “Cover the dish with this, and then fill a second dish with the content of the first without uncovering it.” He did as he was told and brought dishes in succession to the companions until they were completely replete. When the meal was finished, he removed Seyyidina’s coat from the main dish and found it untouched.

Sidi Muhammad ibn Muhammad Lahlu (may ALLAH be pleased with him) died in 1250 of the Hegira and was buried at Bab Ftuh.

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