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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

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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Question : Why do you spread a white sheet (cloth) in the middle of your gathering for the evocation (sitting for the wazifa)? What do you reply to people who says this practice is a bid’a (innovation)?

Answer :

The reason for this cloth during the recitation of the wazifa in congregation is that before the blessed zawiya of Fes was built, the zikr assembly took place in a corridor in the house of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). Because many people used this corridor, in order to guarantee the purity of the place, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) used to put a cloth upon which he and his companions would sit.

Subsquently, this custom was maintain, even after the construction of the blessed Zawiya, and became a meritorious act during the recitation in congregation. It is not a condition of validity: that is to say whether we put a cloth or not has no consequences on the validity of the zikr. Laying a cloth also symbolizes honouring the presence of the angels by putting that which brings additional purity and, for the Tidjani disciple, it also honours the presence of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and the four Caliphs (may ALLAH be pleased to them) because he believes that at the seventh bead (of the recitation of the Djawharatou-l-Kamel), their spirits are present, by the grace of Divine Power.

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