Abou Abdallah Cheikh Sidi Mohamed El Hafidh El 'Alawi El Chinguiti (may ALLAH be pleased with him), holder of the most enviable stations and radiating lights, of glorious merits and apparent prodigies, the great wali and famous knower, incomparable scholar of his time, to whom the great sainthood had been opened, was among the elite of the elite of the companions of Seyyidina. He was among those whose spiritual opening (Fath) was attested by Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) himself.
Cheikh El Hafidh (may ALLAH be pleased with him) acquired knowledge from the greatest scholars and wali of his country, including Sidi ‘Abdallah ibn Hajj Ibrahim ibn Imam Mohand Ahmed Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him). This great scholar was renowned for having achieved, through the breadth and the depth of his knowledge as well as his piety, the degree of Ijtihad like the great Imams of the past such as Malik, Shafi’i and others.
After becoming Imam, Sidi Mohamed El Hafidh (may ALLAH be pleased with him) decided to undertake the pilgrimage to the Holy House and to visit the tomb of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). He had considered that the purpose of his journey was to meet a perfect master among the people of God. On the way, he found himself in the company of a man from Sejelmassi (Morocco). When the two men had become intimate, they each confided their secrets and it turned out that both of them had the same aim.
So they agreed to keep each other informed when they discovered the Sheikh for whom they longed. Having reached Mecca, cheikh Mohamed El Hafidh (may ALLAH be pleased with him) he continued to deploy every effort, invoking ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) in all the places of fulfilment. One day, when he was circumambulating the Holy House (Tawwaf), he met a man who said to him discretely: “Your master is so and so.” And he named Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) who in fact he did not know. Sidi Mohamed El Hafidh (may ALLAH be pleased with him) went to see his traveling companion and informed him of the news.