Question: Is it true that the Tidjani disciples claim that the status of the Djawharatu-l-Kamal is greater than that of the Holy Quran?
This claim is false. It is indisputable that the status of the Quran is more important than that of Djawharatu-l-Kamal for the following three reasons:
- The Quran is the Word of The Divine Essence. Therefore, it is the most important form of Zikr.
In Djawahiru-l-Ma’ani, Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said: “The prominence of the Quran over all other words, whether they are formulas of Zikr or prayers upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), including Salat Fatihi, is more radiant than the sun. This radiance is implementing in the very principles of the Shari’a itself (Quran and the authentic prophetic hadith)”.
- The specific condition which is that of using only water for the ablution in order to recite Djawharatu-l-Kamal does not demonstrate its superiority over the Quran because specificity does not necessarily imply superiority.
This can be illustrated by two prophetic hadith in one of which Aisha, the mother of believers, (may ALLAH be pleased with her), related that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had said
“I assure you that I see the devils, whether they are of the djinns species or of the Human Beings species, fleeing before Umar.”
In the other hadith, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) told (or words to that effect) his companions that the previous night a demon had thrown itself upon him whilst he was praying. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) threw it to the ground and bound it and then he liberated it.
Does this imply that Umar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) is superior to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) because demons do not dare to approach Umar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) but one of them did not hesitate to attack the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him)? Nothing could be further from the truth. It is just a specificity which does not in any way imply superiority.
Mu'adh (bin Jabal) (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: “Messenger of Allah (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said, "Allah, the Exalted, has said: 'For those who love one another for the sake of My Glory, there will be seats of light (on the Day of Resurrection), and they will be envied by the Prophets and martyrs". [At- Tirmidhi – Hadith hassan sahih].
“Surely, among the slaves of God, there are the ones whom prophets and martyrs will envy. The companions said, O Messenger of God, who are they; inform us so that we love them. Upon their wish, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, they are such a community that although they have no property (transaction) and kinship between themselves, they love each other. Their faces are full of light. They are on seats of light. They continue not to fear when the public fears. They do not grieve when the public grieves. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) then recited the verse: “Know well that the friends (saintly servants) of God – they will have no fear, nor will they grieve.” Tefsirul Kuranil-Azim II, 422; Hak Dini IV, 2731; Riyazus-Salihin p. 874.
The belief of those who would claim that these slaves of God would be superior to the Prophets (peace be upon them) is corrupted. The Prophets (peace be upon them) are without doubt the most superior creatures of ALLAH.
The following Hadith is related by the two Shaikh:
Ibn Messud (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said:
“By ALLAH! The companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) know that, among us all, I am the one who knows best the book of ALLAH although I am not any better than them. ”
- How can we claim that Djawharatu-l-Kamal is superior to the Quran when we can actually replace twelve recitations of Djawharatu-l-Kamal by twenty Salatul Fatihi during the Wazifa, whilst the recitation of the Quran cannot be replaced?
And ALLAH warns strongly against abandoning the recitation of the Quran.