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Question: What about the recitation of the name "ALLAH" during Friday Hadra?

 

Answer: 

Certain scholars, such as Sheikh Umar al Futi (may Allah be pleased with him) in his book “Rimah”, and Hajj al Hassan al Baqili in his book El Ira-a, specify that it is possible to recite the Ismu Mufrad that is to say “ALLAH” after the recitation of “La ilaha illa ALLAH” or alone.

However, during the lifetime of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH be sanctify his precious secret) and until his death, only the words “La ilaha illa ALLAH” were recited and this is still the case in the noble Zawiya in Fes and in Ain Madhi.

Question: What is the Islamic evidence of zikr in congregation (alluding to the Wazifa in the Tidjaniya)?

 

According to Abu Darda (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: 

« On the Day of Judgement, ALLAH will resuscitate certain people, their faces will be radiant, and they will be seated upon chairs of pearl and will be envied by others, although they are neither Prophets nor martyrs. »

A Bedouin fell to his knees and asked:  

« O Messenger of ALLAH! Please describe these people to us so that we recognize them. 

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) answered: 

These people are from different tribes and different regions, who love each other, and who have gathered in order to evoke ALLAH ». (related by Tabarani, hadith hassan)

 

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Question: If someone brought forward his morning lazim before Fajr Azan but didn’t finish it before the Azan, what should he do?

 

Answer: 

In the book "Ifada al ahmediya", it is written that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precisous secret) said:If a person has brought forward his subh wird and is surprised during his recitation by dawn, he should complete it.”

Sidi Muhammad al Hafidh commented: That is to say, he should complete it and then do it again after Subh prayer.”

So, if one hears the call to prayer of Fajr (i.e. azan), one should complete the morning lazim that was done with the intention of preceding the Fajr and then do it again after the Sub prayer. 

Question: I am not able to perform the zikr using both presences, that is to say: the presence of the visualization of the guide and the presence of the meaning of the recitation, so which one should be emphasized?  

 

Reply:

In this case, at the beginning of the zikr, one should establish the presence of the guide and one should be aware of his irrigation. Then, one should seek to penetrate the meaning of the recitation inasmuch as we are able. If we are not able to understand, then we should listen carefully to the words of the recitation. If we are able, from time to time, we can include the presence of the guide, and if we are unable to do this, we can establish his presence at the beginning as we have said previously. 

Through constant practice, we will be able to reap the lights of the recitation and inner understanding, which will strengthen us and allow us to get the presence of the guide from time to time. Then, we will get the two presences together. 

Subsequently, we will progress from the presence of the guide to the presence of the image of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)  and more: that is to say the constant contemplation through the heart of his noble image (peace and blessings be upon him), and thereafter even more.”

 

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 be 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)."

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