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

Tariqa Tidjaniya

« After saying the Name of ALLAH and the prayer upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him),

May the peace, the mercy, and the blessing of ALLAH be upon you.

The following is from the poor servant of ALLAH, Ahmed ibn Muhammad Tidjani, :

Certainly, through His Own Will and Choice, ALLAH attributes rules and predestinations to his creature of which He –may He be glorified and exalted- retains the knowledge and secret of destinies, which no one, excepting a rare few among his creatures, can access. Therefore, the servants have no other alternative but to approve and submit, without seeking the Secret of his Will.

Know also that ALLAH, the Glorified and the Exalted, has a reward for each trial, relief for each burden, ease for each difficulty, openness for each narrowness, victory in return for patience and a blessing after hardship. Be patient, even more patient because each thing has its outcome and every situation comes to an end.

As for what happened to you, this is part of the manifestations connected to the situation that you experience and which must occur. It is indeed difficult to reach up to it, obtaining it is invaluable, but you will succeed in attaining it very shortly, so be patient and accept this.

We request ALLAH, Powerful and Magnified, that He acts towards you with His Approval both in this world and in the Hereafter.

Concerning your assumption with regards to your demise, have no fear.

May the prayer and the peace of ALLAH be upon our master Muhammad, his family and his companions. »

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

The merits that we are going to consider number forty: the first fourteen are reserved for those who are attached to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) through faith (belief), submission, respect and renunciation of all opposition, through his love and love for the people of the path with respect and veneration and without causing them any harm whatsoever.

As for the remaining merits, they are for all those affiliated to the path, who accomplish their litanies and even if they have not encountered Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) in this world. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said that this had been guaranteed to him by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and that without doubt it would be accomplished nonetheless on the condition never to believe yourself safe from ALLAH’s ruse and never to abandon the path.

Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) warned his companions saying (or words to that effect): “I say unto you that the Master of Existence has affirmed that he who insult us and persist in insulting us without repentance will die as a disbeliever. I tell you that he who takes our wird and thinks that no sins can harm him and that because of this he is exposed to sins and disobedience all the time thinking that he is safe from ALLAH’s punishment, ALLAH is going to put hatred for us in his heart to the extent that he insults us. Then ALLAH will let him die a disbeliever, so beware of disobedience.

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Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said :

 « Praise be to God. Praising him in the appropriate is a duty.

Know – may God guide us on the path of his guidance- that hardheartness is one of the greatest problem, and after disbelief, it is the greatest trial.

The reasons for hardheartedness are included in what I am about to tell you. If we avoid them, the heart will soften and awaken to good.

These reasons are as follows:

1. Persevering in any bad actions

2. Hoping for a long life

3. Anger for any other but God

4. Jealousy vis-a-vis other believers

5. Love for this world

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Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said : « Know O he who is in pursuit of the path of God, O he who desires the love and the presence of God, know that this is summarized in three stations: that of Islam, that of Iman and that of Ihsane.”

Islam is adoration of God, Iman is orientation towards God and Ihsan is the contemplation of God. These three stations represent the different stages of our path towards God, which are gathered in the Divine Law (Shari’a), the path (Tariqa) and the Truth (Haqiqa).

The result of these three stages is Knowledge, because he who attains Haqiqa automatically attains God, thus he is called Knower of God (‘Arif billah).

All the stages are included in the term of Shari’a because Shari’a represents everything that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) brought us.

Certain people are satisfied with the first stage and think that it is the only one to exist. Therefore, they are called people of the exoteric (Ahlu dhahir) approach.

The second category is that which includes the two stages, that is to say the Law and the path (Shari’a and Tariqa), the people of this category are called Sufis.

The third category is that which includes all three stages. The people of this category are known as Knowers (El Arifin).

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