Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab ben Tawidi (may ALLAH be pleased with him), better known as Ibn El Ahmar was a Muqaddem endowed with a very high level of sainthood, holding the blessing of coming to the help to numerous creatures, and who had lost all desire to sleep since his separation from Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) until he died.

This master, may ALLAH have mercy upon him, was one of the pillars of this Tariqa, and among the elite of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s companions (may ALLAH be pleased with them), those who accompanied him regularly, both at home and during his travels, until he attained the highest objectives. He was among the ten companions to whom the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had promised the great opening (Fathou-l-Akbar) as Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) had announced. Indeed, when they had accomplished an important mission, Seyyidina was asked: “Will they be rewarded for this?” To which Seyyidina replied: “The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) assured them of the Great Opening.”

Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was the coffer of Seyyidina’s secrets as well as those of the Caliph Sidi Hajj ‘Ali Harazim Berada (may ALLAH be pleased with him). Indeed, Seyyidina (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had instructed him to travel with the great Caliph when he went to Hijez in Arabia. And so he accompanied him until his death in Badr, the place where our Master and Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was victorious, in about 1218 of the hegira. Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab (may ALLAH be pleased with him) buried him there and then, receiving his approval, returned to Fes.

Among the events that he lived with Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab ibn el Ahmar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) recounted the following: “We were going to Seyyidina’s house on the blessed night of the celebration of Mawlud. It was our habit on religious celebrations to go to him after dusk, to receive his instructions for this blessed night. ”

We had not prepared the lanterns, the candles and so on in the Zawiya because we have done so for the celebration of the 27th night of Ramadan and he had instructed us to put them out and to close Zawiya. So, we thought that he might do the same on this night and so we had no preparation. However when we prepared to take our leave, he asked us where we were going. We answered: “We are going home.” Seyyidina asked: “Are you not going to the Zawiya?” And we answered: “To do what, Oh our Master?” He said: “This is the noble night of celebration, you must go and revivify the night by praying upon him and praising him. Recite the Hamziya of Bussairi.” Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab ibn el Ahmar (may ALLAH be pleased with him): « Oh my Master, should we recite the Hamziya singing it out loud like the religious singers do? Seyyidina answered: « Yes, do it like that ». Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab ibn el Ahmar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) asked him : « Oh Master, when we have finished, should we recite other evocations or not (that is to say in the way that the zikr is performed on Fridays)? He said: “No, do not do that because this night is for praying upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and chanting songs of praise and not for any other reason. This is not the time to perform zikr.”

Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab ibn el Ahmar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was pure of heart, following the religious way, by means of its straightest path. He hastened to accomplish good deeds attaining the best realization of his intention. His heart was so pure and so far from the afflictions of passion, that he desired good for all.

He said: “The Tidjaniya Tariqa has three supports which are both its core and secret: constant love for the family of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), performing the prayers on time, the abundance of the prayers upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).” Among the deeds that he recommended is the accomplishment of Salat Tasbih, of which is said: “I would like all of the companions to accomplish this.”

Special gifts, that had been granted by Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), distinguished him from others. Among the prodigies of Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab ibn el Ahmar (may ALLAH be pleased with him), he frequently saw the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in his dreams. Once, he told some of those closed to him who had inquired (of him) on this subject, the following: he had seen the Prophet Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) with Abu Bakr (may ALLAH be pleased with him) and Umar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) and Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab ibn el Ahmar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was joining them. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) turns to his two companions and said: “Write his name on your list of companions”, pointing to Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab ibn el Ahmar (may ALLAH be pleased with him). This vision confirmed and corroborate the following words of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret): “The Master of Existence (peace and blessings be upon him) said to me: “Your companions are my companions and your disciples are my disciples.””

After the death of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab ibn el Ahmar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) often sat near the noble Mihrab in the blessed Zawiya to perform his zikr. One day, when he was busy performing his zikr as usual, he saw Seyyidina leaving his tomb and coming towards him. Seyyidina said to him: “Get up!” He rose and took two or three steps in his company when the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) appeared. Upon this manifestation, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said to him: “Now you are with your Prophet.” Weeping, Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab ibn el Ahmar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) kiss the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) hand. Then, he came out of his state of absence and found himself sitting in his original place.

The following is among the prodigies demonstrating his perfect spiritual power of governance (Tasrif):

Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab ibn el Ahmar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was acompanying a caravan that was transporting Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) possessions when thieves appeared and seized everything.

In the case of this agression, Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab ibn el Ahmar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) warned the thieves saying: “Oh people fear ALLAH: This caravan belongs to the Wali of ALLAH Sidi Ahmed Tidjani.” They answered: “So what! We do not know him and we will not relinquish even if you die or we do.” They pointed their weapons and seized all the goods. At that moment, (a weight) a sensation of heaviness (overcame their bodies) took hold of their bodies, suffocating them and leaving them helpless (powerless) to such an extent that they could not even walk as if the earth was sucking them down. So the thieves exclaimed: “O people! Please come and take back your possessions, free us from this misfortune!”

Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab ibn el Ahmar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said to them: « You were warned. These goods belong to Sidi Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), so repent now to ALLAH for what you have done or you or it will be the ruin of you. We repented to ALLAH and returned all the goods that they had stolen. Then, they accompanied the caravan and went to Seyyidina and took the Tariqa benefiting from his Baraka. Thus, they returned to their country having repented for their misdeeds, henceforth attached to the rope of guidance whereas, previously, their tribe was infamous as a hub lawlessness. Sidi Hajj Abdelwahab ibn el Ahmar was the cause of all of that by the grace of the powerful spiritual force of Seyyidina.

He died in the morning on a Friday, the second day of Ramadan in the year 1269 of the Hegira. It is said that he had attained the station of the Qutbaniya, sixteen months before his passing. Upon his death, the famous Fqih Muhammad Kenssousi declared: “The secrets of the Tariqa have died with him.”