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

Abu AbdALLAH Sidi Bouziane (may ALLAH be pleased with him), holder of secrets and apparent spiritual opening, was “the key to goodness and success”. He was among those closest to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and loved by him. He was also among those who, during his lifetime, had accessed to his special secrets, although he was very young. He was unable to control his nafs and began to use his power of spiritual of governance for things whose worth he could not estimate. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) removed this power until he had grown up and reached maturity.

He received these secrets because his father wanted, more than anything, for Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) to transmit them to him but Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) replied: “He is still young and I fear that he will not be able to assume this charge.” However, despite this reply, the father insisted and Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) instructed him to go and see a certain Wali who was to be found near Ajissa gate, who would transmit the secret to him, but he warned him against causing harm to his companions or flaunting his prodigies.

When the Wali heard his request, he scolded him saying: “Go away!” to which he answered: “Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani sent me to you.” Then the Wali said to him: “Go to Tuwat where you will find so-and-so. He will give it to you.” When he reached this other Wali in Tuwat, he requested the secret and the Wali also scolded him. So he said to him: “I came with the authorization of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani.” The Wali said: “Open your mouth.” When he opened his mouth, the Wali blew into it and at that precise moment the veils were lifted, and he saw what he saw. The Wali warned him to protect these secrets and forbade harming people and especially the companions of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).

Sidi Bouziane (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was not successful in following these recommendations at that time and began to demonstrate his prodigies and to be constantly preoccupied by them (day and night).

As soon as he wanted something, he obtained it immediately and as soon as he approached someone to hurt him, he instantly inflicted harm upon him. He became famous for his spiritual unveiling. One day, he was with a caravan in the desert and the people were thirsty. He said to them: “Dig at this precise place and you will find a freshwater spring.” Indeed, they did find the spring just as he had said. While he was busy with his spiritual unveiling, inattentive to the advice of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), he saw a ray of light coming out of his mouth which returned to the hands of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). When the light ceased, he immediately lost his spiritual unveiling.

This occured when he was in the desert and Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) was in Fes. Sidi Bouziane (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said to his father: “Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani has taken back his entrustment (amana) trust and left us with nothing.” The latter travelled to Fes and when he met Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said to him: “We had warned you that he would not be able to assume these secrets.” The father begged Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) to give them again, promising not to allow him to commit such acts, but Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) replied: “It is no longer possible to give them again, but if ALLAH wills, he will be a “key” (cause) of good.”

After that, he (may ALLAH be pleased with him) conducted negotiations between the Turks and the inhabitants of the desert with the blessings of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) until he died peacefully a fine (religious) death having held the Tariqa firmly whether in residence or traveling, may ALLAH be merciful upon him.

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

 

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