Question : What is the Faydu? Did Sheikh Tidjani talk about this? What should we believe, and who is concerned?
Fayda refers to an arabic term signifying « outpouring». In spiritual terms, this refers to a spiritual over-abundance. With regards to the Tariqa Tidjaniya, and specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa, this term is often used to refer to one or several particular people.
In order to understand the meaning of the Tidjani Faydu, we need to know that this had been mentioned in El Ifadatou-l-Ahmediya by Sidi Tayeb Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) where Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said: “The Fayda will come upon my companions and then people will enter our Tariqa by successive waves (in multitudes) and this outpouring will occur when people will be in the most difficult and tight situations.”
On this, Sidi Tayeb (may ALLAH be pleased with him) commented: “By this spiritual outpouring, he meant that many of his companions will receive the spiritual opening and this time is not far away.”
Most of the scholars of the Tariqa commented that this Fayda represents a period of great expansion of the Tariqa, when others considers that this refers to a specific person.