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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

Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani

May ALLAH be satisfied with him

Sherif Sidi Bouiza El Berbery (may ALLAH be pleased with him), endowed with great blessing, was pious and majestic). He, may ALLAH have mercy upon him, had sincere love for Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), and he was firmly bound to the cord of the Tariqa Tidjaniya. He met Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) in secret on the well-known occasion when several tribes had been brought together by a dissident known as Amhaouche. It is said that Sidi Buiza El Berbery (may ALLAH be pleased with him) used to live with his family in a region called Berbera and one year, the rebellious Amhaouche gathered all the Berber tribes which supported his cause. This substantial group of men and riders intended to march on Fes, destroy the kingdom and plunder the land. 

Sidi Buiza El Berbery (may ALLAH be pleased with him) recounted: 

« I was hidden in their midst and my aim was to separate from the group and to go to Fes. While they were camping near a mountain close by, I left them and headed towards Fes. My main reason for going there was to obtain affiliation to a spiritual path linked to the men of God. In fact, I had heard of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and his Tariqa and of its blessings. I inquired of his whereabouts in order to go there. 

Having received authorization, I entered his house, and found Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) performing zikr walking back and forth. He gestured to me to sit down and wait until he had finished. Then, I stood up and went to greet him. He asked me where I came from, about my lineage, my situation, my objective and I answered him. Then I requested him to give me the authorization for his litanies and he acquiesced.

Finally, I consulted him concerning my wish to move from the region of Berbera to another place. He asked me if the women of my region prayed, to which I answered that some of them did, and he gave me to understand that I should not leave my region yet.

When I wanted to go, he asked about the aforementioned troublemaker and his followers as well as their intentions. I informed him all about their great strength and brutality and about their aim. Then Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) turned in their direction, held out the palm of his hand and blew on it. 

Then I greeted him, he invoked the blessings for me and I went on my way. The next morning, I reached the place where I had left Amhaouche and his followers, when I inquired about them, I was informed: “Yesterday at such and such a time, they were routed and not one of them could prevent this flight, and no-one knew the reason for it.” I came to know that they had been routed at the very moment when Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) blew in their direction and ALLAH filled their heart with fear, through the blessings of Seyyidina’s will.» 

Sidi Ahmed Benunah (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was noble and pious, perfectly endowed with great spiritual power and a truly worthy character. He used to seek out holy men, whatever their station and stay in their company in order to take advantage of their blessings.

He received many special evocations and litanies from them. When he met Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), he loved him profoundly and sought his love and compassion. Thus, he rarely left his side. He frequently renewed his request to receive the transmission of the noble wird, but each time Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) replied: “On the condition that you forsake all the litanies that you have received from other masters.” But his nafs would not yield. 

It is said that on one blessed night, he had accomplished all his awrad (i.e. litanies) and then he requested ALLAH to show him Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s station (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). While he was sleeping, he dreamt of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) who was increasing in size until he was so big that he filled the horizon. 

Sidi Ahmed Benunah (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was so astounded that he clutched Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s hand (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and held it until he woke up. Then he jumped out of bed and went to the blessed zawiya to ask for Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). He was shown where to find Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and then Sidi Ahmed Benunah (may ALLAH be pleased with him) went home to prepare food after which he came back to meet Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).

Meanwhile, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) was holding a discussion with his companions, and at one point he said to them: “Could one of you go and find one of our friends who is on the way - halfway here, because he does not know where we are.” One of the companions rose and went to bring Sidi Ahmed Benunah (may ALLAH be pleased with him). Once Sidi Ahmed Benunah (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had sat down and rested, he wanted to tell Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) his vision in front of the blessed gathering, but before he had the opportunity, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) looked at him and told his story to all the companions, without revealing the identity of the person. 

He said: « Once, there was a man who kept company with several masters and who had received numerous litanies from them. Later, he wanted to take the Tariqa from a Cheikh that he had met but the Sheikh would only grant this on the condition that he renounce all other litanies. But the man refused. Then, this man requested ALLAH to show him the station of this Sheikh and he saw that he was wider than the horizon. When he woke up, he went to meet this Sheikh to receive his wird (litanies) and to accept his conditions. He found the Sheikh sitting with his companions, and received his authorization even before he was able to recount his vision. He threatened him not to share this vision with anyone on pain of dying.” 

Then, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) turned to Sidi Ahmed Benounah (may ALLAH be pleased with him) and authorized him for the recitation of the noble Wird. Sidi Ahmed Benounah (may ALLAH be pleased with him) understood what Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) wanted to tell him and he kept his secret until the death of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). Later, he contracted an illness that would lead to his death and when he realized that he had reached the last moments of his life, he told his story to everyone present and died, may Allah have mercy on him. 

Authentic Sherif and noble man gifted with blessing, Sidi Shahid el Wazani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was righteous and firmly bound to the path. This master was among the elite of the companions of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may sanctify his precious secret). Previously, he had been affiliated to the Tariqa of the dignitaries of Wazzan and later he fully adhered to the Tariqa of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may sanctify his precious secret) as did certain other of his worthy companions. 

It has been said that Sidi Ahmed Bannani, Sidi Tayeb Sefiani and he (may ALLAH be pleased with them) shared incomparable friendship and affection. They were brothers in ALLAH united as if they shared a single heart. They often gathered in privacy at Sidi Shahid el Wazani’s house. This house had two entrances. One night, after Isha prayer, Sherif Sidi Tayeb (may ALLAH be pleased with him) went to the place in question with a meal and entered the house through one of the doors. 

When he met his friends and greeted them, Sidi Shahid el Wazani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was astonished and speechless. Then he asked Sherif Sidi Tayeb (may ALLAH be pleased with him): “How did you get in?” And pointing at one of the two doors, Sidi Tayeb (may ALLAH be pleased with him) replied: “Through that door!” Sidi Shahid exclaimed: “By ALLAH, I am very surprised.”

He got up, took a candle, and went towards the door in question, closely followed by his two companions. This door opened on an alley which had been totally dug up (i.e. which was totally under work) and so it was impossible for anybody to use it. The only possible entrance to the house was through the other door. Sherif Sidi Tayeb (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was also astonished by this and had no explanation for it until the day when all three took the Tariqa Tidjaniya and during a circle with Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may sanctify his precious secret), Sherif Sidi Tayeb (may ALLAH be pleased with him) remembered this surprising event such that it monopolized his thoughts entirely. Through spiritual unveiling, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may sanctify his precious secret) said to him: “It is your own Sheikh who opened the way for you without you even being aware of this and such and such (your friends) were witnesses. ” Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may sanctify his precious secret) described precisely what had happened at that moment. The determination of the three friends strengthened and they bound firmly to the Tariqa of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may sanctify his precious secret).

It is written in El Ifada that Sidi Sherif Shahid el Wazani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had requested Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may sanctify his precious secret) to implore for diligent rectitude (El Istiqama) on his behalf, but Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may sanctify his precious secret) replied: “May ALLAH accept you through His Grace and His Approval.” Sidi Sherif Shahid el Wazani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) asked him the reason for which he would not beseech steadfast uprightness and Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may sanctify his precious secret) replied: “These days, wanting rectitude is tantamount to wanting to build a stairway to heaven.” Sidi Sherif Shahid el Wazani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) repeated his request and Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may sanctify his precious secret) explained: “I said: “May ALLAH accept you through His Grace and His Approval”; if ALLAH accepts you through His Grace and His Approval, He does not take into consideration that you are righteous or crooked (sinful). Know that, these days, once a person has achieved righteousness, he will not find anyone to help him remain so.”

Sidi Abu Muhammad Sidi Mukhtar ibn ‘Abdallah Tilimsani was a blessed man, a perfect Knower and a Majdub (enraptured by ALLAH) who righteously walked the spiritual path within this Tariqa. He was reputed for his evident spiritual unveiling and authentic merit. 

Sometimes he was taken by surprising spiritual states comparable to those of the Malamati, and the brothers used to laugh at him, making apparently harmless jokes when in reality they were incessantly mocking him. It has been said that during the litany of the Wazifa, at the seventh bead of Djawharatul Kamal, he was seized by a powerful spiritual state and he accelerated his recitation only to regain control of himself at the end. The Muqaddem Sidi Muhammad Belgacem Basari (may ALLAH be pleased with him) reprimanded him for this, but Sidi Mukhtar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) did not reply. 

On another occasion during the Wazifa, when he reached the seventh bead, he stood up and ran out overwhelmed by the theophany. When the brothers had concluded the recitation of the Wazifa, the Muqaddam said to them jokingly: “This time he could not wait, he got up and left!” Later, the Muqaddam had a dream in which he was with Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) who said to him: “What is this behaviour with Sidi Mukhtar? Mind your own nafs and do not be troublesome.” He woke with a start and ever since he ceased all jesting about him. 

It is said that people witnessed the dazzle of his authentic spiritual unveiling on the day when a group of brothers had persistently taunted him and one of them jokingly asked him: “Have you seen anything for me this time?” Sidi Mukhtar Tilimsani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) replied: “Yes, I have seen that you are going to die in four months, on such and such a day.” And, indeed, this is what ALLAH had destined for this person. 

Later, Sidi Mukhtar Tilimsani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) turned away from people’s jokes and ceased to sit with them. Finally, he died in the city of Meknes.

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