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. ”

In the past, the Majadhib (plural of Madjoub) often spoke of the calamities, hardships and changing circumstances that were to come. Coming to know that the situation was most serious, Sidi Bannani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was inspired to undertake a spiritual retreat in his house. He invoked by The Name “El Latif” (The Most Gentle) with the intention of warding off the misfortune that was descending upon them and he continued to invoke for many days. One day, when he was perfoming his Zikr, Lalla Mannana (may ALLAH be pleased with her) came to his house: she often came to visit. She came in and went directly to the place when Sidi Bannani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had isolated himself to accomplish his duty, without speaking to anybody. When she saw him, she said: “We have recognized you, O Sidi Ahmed Bannani!” Then she returned from whence she came. Another time when she came back and spoke with the household members, they asked her: “The other day, you did this and that and you spoke to no one. What is the reason for this?” So, she replied: “I saw a calamity descending upon this region from the skies and only a small gap remained between the chastisement and the city. I saw people full of fear and regret.” And she recited the following poem:

« In truth, only the virtuous are true men
All othes are but children”

She continued: « Then I saw this calamity rising up until it was out of sight. I looked for the reason why this misfortune had moved away, but I was unable to know or uncover it despite my considerable efforts (through her unveiling). Unable to know the reason, I performed the ablutions during the night and then I recited prayers upon the Prophet (peace be upon him) and I requested ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) to clarify. While I was sleeping, two angels came to me. They took me by the hand and transported me to the place where Sidi Bannani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was in retreat, performing Zikr. When I awoke, I went to meet him, and found that he was the reason why the misfortune threatening the Muslims had been averted. May Allah reward him for his good deeds.

The noble lady had attended the burial of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret). Three days prior to his passing, she had informed The Fqih Sidi Bannani (may ALLAH be pleased with him), and some of the most meritorious, that Seidina would pass away in two or three days. When the day of the funeral of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani's (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) came, they asked, "Didn't you tell us that the Sultan was going to die?" She answered, "Yes, this is the Sultan".

Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) sent some of his companions to consult her in certain circumstances and she informed them of the truth in those given circumstances. She died shortly after Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret). Her tomb is not far from the presses close to the main street, in a derelict mosque in the city of Fez.

After consulting Lalla Manana (may ALLAH be pleased with her), Sidi Bannani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) rushed towards the great benefit: he took the Tariqa Muhammadiya from Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret). After he took the Tariqa, Seyidina kept him close to his side, and enquired about him when he did not see him among the brothers.

He enjoyed talking and discussing with him, and when he was in a spiritual state of contraction (Qabdh), he used to call him and to discuss. Seyyidina used to say to him: “What do interpreters say about such and such verses?” And he used to say the words of the interpreters to him. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) authenticated the words of some and refuted those of others which had strayed from accuracy and he justified the truth of his words with logical and revealed proof. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) used to say to him: “What the researchers among the scholars of outer knowledge mean is this, but the profound meaning of this verse is this and also that.” Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) used to talk to him about the noble prophetic words with equal knowledge.

The Fqih Bannani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) always left Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) with new knowledge that dazzles reason and which can only be only grasped by those gifted with great knowledge. Among Sidi Bannani’s qualities is his exceptional memory. Indeed, ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) had given him a deeply rooted and perfect memory, such that he had never experienced forgetfulness. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) addressed him as “Master” and when he spoke with him, Sidi Bannani surprised the assembly with his deep understanding of Seyyidina’s words.