The noble Sidi Abu Abdallah Sidi Abdsalem Abu Taleb (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was endowed with the qualities approved by God, of praiseworthy and pure conduct, he was a source of secrets, knowledge and sacred divine gifts, of sherifian origin (descendant of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him). He was among the elite of the companions of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and the long-time disciples who had the privilege of accompanying him from the beginning and drew from his niche of light until he attained radiant spiritual opening. His station of sainthood was steadfast.
The Muqaddam Sidi Tayeb Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) and many others related the story of a pious man who used to pray in the Andalous Mosque in Fes. One night, he dreamt that he was going to the mosque when suddenly he saw a spring of milk. He was surprised at this vision, and a man appeared in front of him who he asked: “By ALLAH, please explain to me the origin of this spring.” The man replied: “Follow it and enter the garden from where it comes, because it is flowing from the tomb of a great saint.” Thus, he followed the source, entered the garden and finally found from where it came.
When he woke up, he went to the exact spot of which he had dreamt, but found no tomb. Then, several days later, Sidi AbdSalam (may ALLAH be pleased with him) died. The prayer was performed upon him in the Andalous Mosque and he was carried to this garden. The man, who had had this dream, followed them and noticed that they were burying him in the place of his dream. Thus, his sainthood was confirmed by this authentic dream.
Every Friday, Sidi Tayeb Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) visited him and observed the beneficial effect of his visit. One day, he scolded a vagabond who was urinating on the tomb: “You who are defiling and desecrating this tomb, do you not fear ALLAH?” The vagabond replied: “Mind your own business” and raised his hand in protest. His hand remained paralysed and he suffered physical damage which caused his death.
Research and translation by Zawiya Tidjaniya el Kubra in Lyon, France