Among them is Sidi Muhammad El Ghali (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the knower, the guide towards God, the example of perfect conduct, the well-known Wali of great apparent prodigies, of noble character, of exemplary disposition. This remarkable man was among the elite of the elite of the companions of Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). He was also one of the ten people who had received from the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) the guarantee of the great opening, and one of the pillars of the Tariqa.
Before his departure to the holy places, Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) had qualified him in the Tariqa and instructed him to appoint four Muqaddam : each one of them, in turn, would appoint four others and not more. This special status was only valid during Tidjani’s lifetime. When he returned from the holy lands the restriction in the number of muqaddam was lifted.
Sidi Muhammad el Ghali (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was among those who spread the Tariqa both in the East and in the West, and it is he who brought it to Sub-Saharan Africa (Formerly West Sudan) due to his encounter with his well-beloved disciple, the warrior of the faith Sidi Hajj Omar Futiyu (may ALLAH be pleased with him). The latter had recounted the circumstances surrounding their meeting in his famous book “Rimah”:
« Upon reaching a certain region, I heard that Sidi Muhammad el Ghali (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was there, staying at the Noble city of Mecca and so I was overwhelmed with great joy. I begged ALLAH The Most High to allow me to meet him, and through His Grace, ALLAH granted my request. And thus ALLAH reunited me with him in the majestic city of Mecca, after the Asr prayer, in front of the Station of Ibrahim.