The wonderful story of the blessed Zawiya of Sidi Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret)
The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) ordered Seydina Ahmed Tidjani (may Allah sanctify his precious secret) to build the blessed Zawiya and for that, he had to choose the best and purest place. Seydina Ahmed Tidjani (may Allah sanctify his precious secret) chose the place where the Zawiya is currently built.
In the past, the neighborhood was called Dardas and it is known today as the Blida neighborhood. He bought this place with his pure and lawful money. It was a ruin where there was a big fig tree and it is in this very place that Seydina Ahmed Tidjani (may Allah sanctify his precious secret) is buried.
This ruin was so frightening that no one could enter it alone. It has been reported, according to a reliable source, that at times voices could be heard, as if a group was making Dhikr and it was the place of visit of the Majadhib (those attracted by God).
Before its construction, the famous majdhoub Sidi Lahbi (may Allah be pleased with him) used to put his ear on the door and say to the passers-by: "Come to this place to listen to Dhikr.” When the Zawiya was built, this majdhoub said: "Fez was strengthened and especially Dardas.” It should be known that this blessed place has merits that place it above any other Zawiya.
Seydina Ahmed Tidjani (may Allah sanctify his precious secret), speaking about its merits, said: "If the great knowers knew the merit that this Zawiya contains, they would come to install their tents there." Often, Seydina (may Allah sanctify his precious secret) mentioned the value of the Zawiya. Inciting people to come and pray there, he would say: "The prayer in the Zawiya is accepted without any doubt."
Among the merits contained in the blessed Zawiya, it is necessary to know that at the beginning of the construction, Seydina (may Allah sanctify his precious secret) forbade the access, and then, accompanied by a handful of the elite of his companions, he engraved on a stone, the greatest of the Supreme Names and afterwards he wrote:
"O my God, I ask you, O my Master, by the truth of the greatest of your Supreme Names, that you protect my companions from Qaf to Qaf." Then he ordered to bury this in the foundations of one of the pillars which is still called, today, the golden pillar.
Method for the pious visit of our revered and beloved master Seydina Ahmed Tidjani -(may Allah sanctify his precious secret)