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.