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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-l-Hassan Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was the holder of the radiant secret, chosen and virtuous one, great knower, the most renowned example, he who loves Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and was loved by him (in return).

He attended his assemblies and was his companion. Abu-l-Hassan Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was among the elite of the elite, very close to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and was in his company whether he was physically present or absent, which was not granted to all companions.

He was an apothecary and used to prepare beneficial substances to heal certain diseases. One day, he was at the blessed Zawiya where he was extracting a particular substance with the authorization of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). While he was working, the Wali and Sherif Sidi El Hafiz Ben Adwa (may ALLAH be pleased with him) knocked on the door of the blessed Zawiya and called for Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) by his name.

When Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) opened the door, the Wali said to him: “By the grace of ALLAH, I want you to give me the oil (fat) that you are making.” Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) replied: “O Master, I am not authorized to grant your request.” Sidi Hafiz (may ALLAH be pleased with him) insisted and made invocations on his behalf but Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) answered: “I swear by ALLAH that I will only give it to you with Seyyidina’s authorization.” Sidi Hafiz (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said: “Please request authorization” and gave him the wick of a lantern.

Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) went to tell Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and found him as if he were waiting for him. Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret): “O Master, Mejdhoub Sidi Hafiz has asked me to grease this wick for him.” Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) replied: “Do not do it. Return the wick to him and above all do not grease it with this substance.” Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) returned the wick saying: “Seyyidina has forbidden me to grease it with this substance.” Sidi Hafiz (may ALLAH be pleased with him) replied: “As he wishes” and he left.

Later, Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) asked Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) the reason why he had forbidden him to grease the wick. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) replied (or words to that effect): “Even without oiling the wick, he has achieved that which other people have not succeeded in attaining, so what then if you had done it?

This reveals that in reality this wick was the symbol of his prestigious spiritual governance and controlover things (Tasrif: particular elevated spiritual station of certain saints) with which Sidi Hafiz (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was endowed. With this act, he was in fact requesting the completion of his spiritual governance but Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) forbade this.

Fqih Sidi AbdSalam Banani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) related that once, Sidi Hafiz (may ALLAH be pleased with him) went into the blessed Zawiya and proceeded to accomplish his ablutions. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) was with some of his companions and he was informed that Sidi Hafiz Ben Adwa (may ALLAH be pleased with him) has gone to perform his ablutions. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) turned towards him, and when he saw him, said to his companions (or words to that effect): “I saw him in the hidden assembly of saints but I did not know his name.

Sidi Hafiz (may ALLAH be pleased with him) obtained the spiritual opening (Fath) by singing profusely the praises of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) until the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) came to him. He gave him a glass of milk which he drank and then he received the spiritual opening.

Also, because of his station, the Pole’s authority does not apply to him. It was related by certain companions who had obtained the spiritual opening that Sidi Hafiz (may ALLAH be pleased with him) asserted that he had attained a spiritual station accessible only to three people every thousand years and that this station had not been attained for many ages. One of his prodigies (karamat) was to prepare coffee to which he added poison, drink it and offer it to his companions without any harm coming to them.

Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) held an honourable and respected place with Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), and Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) always addressed him by the title “Master”.

Once, when Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) went to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s home (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), the hairdresser was cutting his hair. He saw Seyyidina’s turban lying on the floor, so he picked it up and placed it on his head to receive the blessings (baraka). By the simple contact with his head, he felt that his eyes were going to pop out of their sockets because of the secrets of this turban, due to the contact that it had with the noble head of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).

He placed his hands on it and screamed. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) saw this and said to him: “You cannot withstand this” and remove the turban from his head invoking the kindness of ALLAH so that he would not lose his sight as a result of this radiant manifestation. Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was unwell for some time until ALLAH healed him. 

Once Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) requested Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) to invoke blessings on behalf of one of his children. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) caressed his hair with his noble hand and said: From us he came and to us he will return, both he and his children, and his children’s children until the Day of Resurrection.” He is among the most senior (long-time) companion of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). Each time Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) wrote to the disciples in Fes, he always sent special greetings and blessings to Sidi Hajj Ali Amlas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) and his children.

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

 

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