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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

The renowned Sidi Mahmud Tunsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) is the the perfect Wali, the Knower linked to ALLAH, bestowed with great Fath and blessings. This sublime man is among the elite of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) companions, he was among those closest to him, who were touched by the care that he took of them. Sidi Mahmud Tunsi’s (may ALLAH be pleased with him) love for Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) was strong and everything he undertook for Seyyidina, he did so with perfect sincerity, whether traveling or in his presence. He conscientiously performed everything that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) instructed to do.

The Mouqadem Sidi Tayeb Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said that Sidi Mahmud Tunsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) possessed vast wealth. One day, he heard that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) was in a nearby region and travelled with the intention of meeting him and when Sidi Mahmud Tunsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) found Seyyidina, he requested him to invoke ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) on his behalf, and Seyyidina granted his request. Then, he asked Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) to teach him the science of alchemy, but on hearing this, Seyyidina dismissed him saying: “Leave this region immediately and beware not to spend the night here because this and that will happen…” Embarrassed, he obeyed Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) order. The next day, he came back to offer his apologies and his total submission, like that of the dead body in the hands of the washer. At that moment, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) took care of him and taught the Tariqa Muhammadiya. Since that day, Sidi Mahmud Tunsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) has devoted himself in the service of his beloved Master, renouncing his wealthy possessions. He said: “I renounced all my worldly possessions at the green door (that is to say Tunis) when I left.

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Sidi Arbi El Ashhab (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was a pious wali of sincere love, astonishing prodigies, elevated worth and holder of immense praise. This master was among the elite of the companions of Seyyidina (may ALLAH be pleased with him). He was among the nearest ones and contemplated by all with great affection. Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) trusted him with all his important and special affairs so much so that he did not leave Seyyidina’s doorstep without authorization.

Once, Seyydina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) called him when the latter was in the toilets, so he hurried out without taking the time to wash. Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) asked him: “Why do you not take the time to wash with water?” He answered: “O Sidi! I can change my clothes and wash them but I do not want the Sheikh to change what he thinks about me.” He was subject to spiritual states. Another time, Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) called him when he was on the roof. Without hesitation, Sidi Arbi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) jumped of the roof, but he immerged unscathed. Seyyidina forbade him to do such things.

On another occasion, Sidi Arbi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) crossed a road in Fes on his ways to Seyyidina’s house. He was bringing eight loads of coal destined for the daily cooking in Seyyidina’s household. Each time, he crossed a road, some of the nosy people of Fes said scornfully: “This coal is used by Sidi Ahmed Tidjani for alchemy and elixirs.” Sidi Arbi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) did not reply. He joined Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) who was in his house with a group of companions. Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) asked him: “O Sidi Arbi! What did those people say to you?” So he repeated their comments. Then, Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said to him: “We request ALLAH to forgive them.”

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The master Abdelwahab Banis (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the perfect knower and pious wali was one of the elite of the companions of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), and also among those whose Spiritual Opening was such that Seyyidina declared: “You are to me what Ibn Um Maktum (may ALLAH be pleased with him)  (famous companion who was also afflicted with blindness) was to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).”

He was well devoted to his religion that he maintained eagerly, always occupied with performing good deeds with great effort, determination and perseverance. He was blind but saw with his heart’s eye. Indeed, it was he who had heard spirits exchanging condolences upon the death of Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). He was returning from the Subh prayer, which he had performed in a mosque neighbouring Seyyidina’s home. While he was walking on the road, he heard the spirits talking to each other. Of this, he said: “When I heard this, I wanted to clarify, so I went to Seyyidina’s house and found that his blessed spirit had just left his body.”

Among the many things that have been said of him is the following: “I heard Seyyidina saying: “If you notice that someone is carrying tobacco on his person when he is in the Wazifa gathering, you should send him out.”” Sidi Arbi ibn Sa-ih (may ALLAH be pleased with him) related that Sidi Abdelwahab Banis (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had told him: “The Muqaddam authorization that Seyyidina assigned me concerning the transmission of the wird is conditioned by the fact that I am forbidden to give it to users of these impure substances, whether nasally, orally or smoking.” The Muqaddam Sidi Tayeb Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) also said that he had read the title of Muqaddam and the conditions of transmission of Sidi AbdelWahab Banis (may ALLAH be pleased with him), in the following terms or words to that effect: “He must not give the wird to users of these impure substances, whether nasally, orally or smoking. This applies equally to the use of hashish, tobacco and opium. On the other hand, he can transmit to a person that consumes intoxicating beverages, because it is possible to hope that this person could repent, whereas most of the others do not repent for their misdeeds.”

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The renowned Majdhouba (enraptured by ALLAH) Lalla Mannana (may ALLAH be pleased with her), may ALLAH grant His Mercy, was among those whose feet were rooted in the Moukachafa (unveiling) and she was sometimes overwhelmed by her spiritual state divine rapture (Jadhb).

She (may ALLAH be pleased with her) often used to visit Sidi Ahmed ibn Mohamed El Bannani (may ALLAH be pleased with him). When he came to consult her regarding his wish to enter the Tariqa, she welcomed him hospitably and advised him to take the Tariqa of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) rapidly. She told him of his merits and all that she had lived with him. It is said that at that time, she said to Sidi Bannani, before he had said a single word: “O Sidi Ahmed! You have come for my advice concerning your commitment to the path to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani. If you accept my advice, hasten to submit yourself to him because he is most certainly the Sultan. Events occurred with Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjan, here is one: one day I was sitting at home when two people came and said: “Get up in order to speak to the Sultan.” I thought: “They meant Sultan Suleiman.” Indeed Sultan Suleiman often sent messages to her and likewise she often visited him. He was particularly fond of her.

She continued: « So I followed them as far as the Gate El Ftouh (one of the Gate of the city of Fes). I moved towards the Sultan and realized that it was not Mawlana Suleiman, but it was Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) who I did not know before. Then, Sultan Sidi Ahmed Tidjani asked me: “What do you think about the plague that has assailed our city. Certainly, it could not have been otherwise given this kind of people characterized by this kind of deeds. ” And he named a number of misdeeds. »

Sidi Ahmed Bannani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) continued: “When she heard this from Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani, she answered: “Although all existing Saints have not been able to confront this trouble, I am able to lift away this calamity from people.” He said to her: “Are you able to bear and endure this?” She replied: “Yes.” Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) instructed her to return home and as she was entering the gate of the city, she was affected by an explosion that she heard behind her. She fell on her face and remained there until some people carried her home. These people heard the sound of the deflagration resounding within her and this state she cried out until ALLAH decreed the lifting of the calamity that had befallen this town.

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