بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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

Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) looked upon Sidi Abdelwahab Tazi El Fesi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) with satisfaction throughout his life. Sidi Abdelwahab Tazi El Fesi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was punctual and assiduous regarding the accomplishment of the prayers in the blessed zawiya except in case of exceptional impediment. Every time he was obliged to perform the prayer elsewhere, he would then accomplish the same number of meritorious (nawafil) prayers at the zawiya. He prayed a great deal in this blessed place because he was certain that his prayers would be accepted as Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) had affirmed: “Undoubtedly, prayers are accepted in our Zawiya.

He lived in a house situated in Tawil Street and on the way to the zawiya, there was always a pack of dogs roaming around at night and frightening the passers-by if they were not restrained. Sidi Abdelwahab Tazi El Fesi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) never missed the Subh prayer (i.e. the morning prayer) at the zawiya and he used to leave his house one hour before the beginning of the prayer in order to reach there. Every day, as he left, he saw a dog opposite his house as if it were waiting for him and then it followed him. When he encountered the pack of dogs in question, this particular dog confronted them furiously although it was surrounded. In this way, Sidi Abdelwahab Tazi El Fesi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was able to go on his way and reach the Zawiya safely. The same thing occurred every day, and he did not know from where the dog had come. It is possible however that this dog was actually a Ruhani (spiritual entity) who had been given the responsibility to protect him by Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) because of the sincerity of his intention.

Sidi Abdelwahab Tazi El Fesi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was merciful towards the poor. Mindful of their happiness, he did good for all both near and far, both in public and in secret. It is related that there was a lady who, having lost her husband, found herself alone with four daughters. She was certain that they were going to be very poor because nobody wanted to take on such a great responsibility and this situation made her very sad. Sidi Abdelwahab Tazi El Fesi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) heard about her, asked for her hand in marriage, and took great care of her daughters, may ALLAH have mercy upon him.

Research and translation by Zawiya Tidjaniya el Kubra in Lyon, France

 

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