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Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani

May ALLAH be satisfied with him

Among his great companions was the great scholar of his time and guide for the people, the Sheikh el Islam, bearer of the banner of religious science and particular knowledge, defender of the Tariqa Al Ahmediya and protector of its honour, Cheikh Abou-l-Ishaq Seyidina Ibrahim Riyahi Tounsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him).

At first, he was a member of the Tariqa Shadhiliya. When the Caliph Sidi Ali Harazim (may ALLAH be pleased with him), very great companion of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) first arrived in Tunisia in 1211 of the hegira, he met Sidi Riyahi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) and became acquainted with him. Then, he stayed with Sidi Ibrahim Riyahi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) at the madrassa where their friendship developed. Sidi Riyahi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) witnessed numerous prodigies of Sidi Ali Harazim (may ALLAH be pleased with him) and heard him speak of Seyyidina’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) virtues and of his Tariqa. He wished to enter this Tariqa Muhammadiya, and he was preoccupied by this idea. The man who had initiated him in the Shadhiliya and who was one of the great men of God, whose spiritual opening was evident, advised him clearly to take this Tariqa. And so he complied with this advice.

Before meeting Sidi Hajj Ali Harazim (may ALLAH be pleased with him), he had had a dream in which he received the good tiding of the imminent acquisition of a station among the stations.

When he met the Caliph, he told him of this dream. The Caliph commented on a part of the significance of this dream and promised to complete his explanation later. He invited him to join the Tariqa which he did.

Among the events that have been related, concerning Sidi Harazim’s stay with Sidi Riyahi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) in Tunisia, is this:

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He was among the elite and the best of his time. He was learned. His high spiritual aspiration was manifest in his generosity and kindness. He received knowledge and secrets from Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) and benefited from his lights. In this way, He took the essence from the Shari’a, and the contemplation from the Haqiqa. In the Tariqa, he sat in the holy Tidjani presence on the mat of inner circle. Thus, he absorbed both knowledge and deed. Seeing the Baraka of the Sheikh (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret), and feeling deep affection for him, Sidi Ahmed Bannani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) took the Tariqa directly from Seyyidina even before his own father.

It is said that one day, he fell and bruised both his legs. With great sadness, the people took him home. His father, Sidi Mohamad went to fetch the doctors who included the famous Bissantissi. Bissantissi applied a plaster cast and instructed him to lie down and refrain from all movement, advising his father to take care that he remained thus, for fear of losing the use of his legs. Sidi Ahmed Bannani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was afflicted because he thought that the doctor’s advice was very difficult to follow, and so he begged for Help from ALLAH through the intermediary of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret). Due to the intense pain, he fell drowsy. He saw Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) accompanied by a man to whom he said: “O Ali, prepare some medicine for him.” He placed his blessed hands on Sidi Ahmed Bannani’s (may ALLAH be pleased with him) legs and said to him: “Take my hand, stand up and walk.” Then, he felt the freshness of relief and was sure that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) had healed him through the famous Wali, doctor of Awliya, Moulay ‘Ali Boughaleb (may ALLAH be pleased with him). The pain subsided. He moved his legs and wanted to stand up.

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Among the elite of the companions of Seyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and those who experienced prodigies in his company, was the jurist, the ascetic, the follower of the path of truth, endowed with the mastery of the knowledge of Law and of the truth, known for his conviction in the Tariqa, Abu Muhammad Sidi Abdelqader Zarhuni, nicknamed El Muhib ibn Qadur (may ALLAH be pleased with him).

Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) sent him the following letter:

"After mentioning the name of ALLAH, we request Him through His immense Majesty and His sacred Names, that, as of this moment, he makes you to travel the path of his virtuous saints. May you be in his hands in the situation of his beloved and knowers, in this world as well as the HereAfter because He is capable of this. Next, you asked for my authorization for additional formulas of evocation. Know that I authorize all the evocation and Names, verses and invocations that you wish for wherever they are and however they are formulated, except for those pertaining to the obligatory litanies of the Shouyoukh in their affiliation to their path.

Know that all the evocation, invocation, and prayers upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), that you can accomplish in a hundred thousand years would not equal the reward of one single Salatul Fatihi.

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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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