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

From the age of sixteen, the noble Sidi Ahmed ibn Hajj Arbi Maghbar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) often used to sit in the blessed Zawiya throughout Seyyidina’s lifetime.

His father had the Tariqa of other Knowers, but he had strong faith in Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and a special love for him so, whenever anything (untoward) happened, he used to go to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) for him to remove it, and Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) used to satisfy his requests. Sidi Ahmed Maghbar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) took the Tariqa of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) through the intermediary of the great Wali Mulay ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) and he was always close to him.

It is related that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) used to perform the Friday prayer at the Qarawiyyine. At the time of the construction of the great Zawiya, the inhabitants of Fes spoke rudely to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). One of them mimicked the spiritual ecstasy of the Majdhoubs (those enraptured by God) and as soon as he saw Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) he shouted malicious comments at him, under the influence of those who were opposed to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).

Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) replied the following verse (or words to that effect): Indeed, detractors have ordained that I be insulted but I say that I have been ordained: “that is none of my concern.”

At that time, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) forbade his companions to answer back to these people. Once, after Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), finished to pray, this same man raised his voice, and said facetiously: “Every Bedouin in the desert is your cousin, o my beauty, they want to build a zawiya but, given their skills, they will harm themselves.”

One of the companions said to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret): “O Master, did you hear what he just said?” Seized by a spiritual state Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) mounted and dismounted his horse several times and then said: By ALLAH, not before the guts of the betrayer have been squashed.”

It turned out that, on returning home, this man was afflicted by the plague. He sought deliverance through the intermediary of the Saints, but he was not relieved. Then, ALLAH wanted wanted good for him, he gave him to understand that he had been affected because of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). He began to beg and call upon Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) to forgive him, requesting those who went past his house to intercede on his behalf with Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).

Those jealous people who had encouraged him to loosen his tongue towards Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) were there and were listening. Some of them went to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and begged him to lift the ill that had befallen him through the intermediary of his sacred ancestor, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) so that he would be forgiven.

Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) replied: “What has happened has happened but his faith will be safe.” So, then, the man was able to utter the testimony of faith and then died. May ALLAH grant us the adab (i.e. propriety) that we owe to our masters the Wali.

Sidi Ahmed Maghbar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) died in the year 1268 of the Hegira and was buried in Bab Ftouh.

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

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