Question: I stopped reciting the Tidjani litanies and now want to resume, what shall I do?
As regards neglecting Tidjaniya compulsory litanies, you need to know that:
- Giving them up in the case of rejecting Tariqa Tidjaniya, or being sceptical about it (thinking that Tijaniyya is not a straight path...), needs re-affiliation.
- However, if this is due to laziness --so without rejecting the way-- then your affiliation is still valid but you have to make up all the missed compulsory litanies i.e. 2 lazim and 1 wadhifa per day (hadhra of the Friday can't be made up, so missing it is a loss of great benefits and blessings), at your own pace.
If you do not know exactly how many lazim and wadhifa you missed out, for example you hesitate between 10 or 15 wadhifa, you do 15 wadhifa to remove any doubt.
If you do not remember at all how many lazim and wadhifa you missed : a very long period of time or you feel completely unable to make them up, then in this case and only in this case you can re-affiliate yourself (tajdid with your muqaddam) and you will start from scratch again.
You need to be aware of the importance of the pact (Baya: pledge for Tidjaniya). The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said to Sidi Ahmed Tijani (may Allah be pleased with him): "He who takes from us the wird and then abandon it completely or neglect it will be punished and chastised."
Sidi Ahmed Tijani (may Allah be pleased with him) said: "He who gives up the wird after taking it will reap the loss in this world and the hereafter."
ALLAH The Glorified and the Exalted said:
"And fulfill their vows" (s22, v29)
"O you who believe! Fulfill (your) obligations" (s5, v1)
"And fulfill the covenant of Allah when you have taken it" (s16, v91)
"and fulfill the Covenant of Allah" (s6, v152)"
"Most hateful it is with Allah that you say that which you do not do" (s61, v3)