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اللهم صل على سيدنا محمد الفاتح لما أغلق والخاتم لما سبق ناصر الحق بالحق والهادي إلى صراطك المستقيم وعلى آله حق قدره ومقداره العظيم

Your questions

Is it true that Tidjani disciples should visualize the Sheikh when performing their litanies, and why?

Answer:

This is one of the two conditions required to perfect the accomplishment of the litanies in order to reap as many of the lights that descends during the performance of the litanies.

On this subject, Sidi Arbi ibn Sa-ih (may ALLAH be pleased with him), eminent scholar of Morocco who was aquainted with the companions of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and who was affiliated to the Tariqa by their intermediary said:

The requisite conditions for the perfection of the litanies include being conscious of the presence of the guide, and that we are sitting before him drawing his irrigation. This should put into practice from the beginning of the zikr until the end. He who is not able to visualize perfectly should try his best from the beginning and then return to the visualization according to his capacities and possibilities. This presence should be practiced by visualizing his physical aspect, for he who has seen him. Otherwise, he should visualize the image of his perfection cloaked in fear and reverence. This visualization should be accompanied by utmost decency.

The other condition is to be as aware as possible of the meaning of our recitation, if we are able to understand it. If not, we should listen carefully to our diction while reciting the zikr. The perfection of this condition is reciting distinctly (tartil).

Text of Zawiya Tidjaniya El Kubra of Europe, in Lyon, France

 

 

First and foremost, allow me to glorify your great work that you are accomplishing for the development of the Tariqa Tidjaniya. Please allow me to make several remarks: reading your articles, we notice that you favour the descendants of the sheikh over other muqaddam. May I remind you that when the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) spoke of his family, he was not referring to the blood relationships. He was speaking of all people who followed his path. These are the people who belong to his true family. Nowhere have I seen written the names of Abdulay Niass or El Hadj Malick Sy or even Sheikh Ibrahim Niass who is actually the holder of the Faydu Tidjaniya. And yet, we have noticed in your articles that Sheikh Tidjani had indeed spoken of the Faydu Tidjaniya. It is not possible to be Tidjani while refusing to admit that Sheikh Ibrahim Niass is the “Sahibul Fayda”. Thank you in advance.

Answer:

First of all, we are grateful for your encouragement and we request ALLAH to accept us through His Grace and His Approval.

Your remarks raise several different reactions.

The first reaction is to bring clarification concerning the fact that the descendants of Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) would seem to be favoured. In reality, the privilege and the rank that we grant to the noble descendants of Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) within the Tariqa Tidjaniya are largely beneath their true worth and the place of honour that ALLAH has granted them. Even if your remark appears to be a criticism, we consider it to be a compliment and a cause of pride.

Please understand that the aim of this site is to present and share this Tariqa of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his noble representative, the hidden pole Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). For this, we have return to the source and reclaimed from oblivion the precious teaching of Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), emphasizing those who had been first to receive, that is to say, his descendants and the direct companions who lived with him and thrived under his blessed hand.

Thus, our mission is to revive the very source of this Tariqa. This lack is noticeable: question as many Tidjani disciples as you know and ask, for example, a disciple who is affiliated to the Tariqa through the Niass Family, or through the Sy Family: “Where did Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) received his great spiritual opening?” or “Which one of his companions did Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) consider of equal rank to Abu Bakr with respect to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)?” or “Which of his companions saw the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) twenty-four times daily?” or “Which of his companions was of Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) designated Imam?” or “Which companions served as intermediary between Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in his beginnings” or “What were the name of the two Sons that Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) left behind after his passing…?” Then question one of the disciples affiliated through the Niass Family about Sheikh Ibrahim Niass and his family. Likewise with a disciple affiliated through the Sy family, or any other well-known family of Masters, and you will see for yourself the need for this aim.

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Question: For the recitation of Djawharatul-l-kamal, what is the difference between 11 beads and 12 beads given that the Djawahiru-l-Ma'ani mentions 11 beads? Also, what should a new comer who joins the Tariqa chose? Or are they the same?

Answer:

Regarding the clarifications requested on the subject of Djawharatul-l-kamal and the exact number to be recited, a short historical summary is necessary.

Above all, we should know that during Seyyidina’s lifetime (may ALLAH be pleased with him and sanctify his precious secret), he and his companions recited Djawharatul-l-kamal 11 times, and it is in fact this number which is written in the Djawahiru-l-Ma’ani (which was written about fifteen years before he passed away).

Later, towards the end of his life (in 1815), this was rescinded and replaced by 12 recitations of Djawharatul-l-kamal. Thus, little by little, all the disciples, who had been informed of the change, recited it 12 times instead of 11, but because the disciples were spread over numerous countries, the news of the abrogation took time to reach the Muqaddam.

In the case where certain people today recite it 11 times, this has an historical link with Sheikh Ahmed Hamahullah (may ALLAH be pleased with him).

He was born in 1883 in Kamba Sagho, Mali. His father was a scholar from Tichit in Mauritania and his mother was a Fulani from Mali.

He became a controversial Master of the Tariqa: several events are the reason for this:

- He was recognised by those around him (his entourage) as a holy man and as a scholar by certain dignitaries of that time.

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Question: Why did Shaikh Ahmed Tidjani, may ALLAH be pleased with him, advised us to recite Surat el Fatiha in this way: the "Basmala" linked with Surat el Fatiha?

Answer:

The following Hadith Qudsi is one of the reasons why our beloved Master Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) advised us to read it this way: 

Abu Bakr As Sadiq (may ALLAH be satisfied with him) related:

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