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

Abou-l-Abbas Sidi Hajj Daoudi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was a scholar hailing from Tlemcen, who greatly benefited the people of his time. He was a beacon of religion in this world, father of grace and gifts, endowed with great nobility and evident worthiness. 

He lived in Fes, where he was unanimously recognised by all scholars who drew the light of knowledge from his niche and followed the path towards Truth both in the Sharia and the Tariqa under his guidance, a path on which many people endowed with understanding have stumbled. Sidi Hajj Daoudi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) took the Baraka (i.e. took the Tariqa) in his youth directly from Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). It is known that Sidi Hajj Daoudi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) deeply loved our masters, the Nassiriya people, may ALLAH preserved their secrets. This love was so renowned that, seeing him in their company, some thought that he was affiliated to their path, which was not the case.

It has been proved by trustworthy people that, during the lifetime of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), Sidi Hajj Daoudi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was constantly in the company of the majestic scholar and companion of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret): Sidi Muhammad ibn Mechri (may ALLAH be pleased with him). So Sidi Hajj Daoudi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) only left the sublime and blessed Zawiya of Fes in case of necessity.

He sought the baraka through the vision of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and delighted in the exquisite taste of his sermons and enchanting words. He attended his circles in order to benefit from his presence.

One of the teachers of the Qarawiyine said: “I left Tlemcen in my youth in order to study in Fes. Sidi Muhammad ibn Mechri was one of my teachers. When I decided to return to my country, I went to greet my Masters and to request their advice and prayers. Sidi Muhammad ibn Mechri (may ALLAH be pleased with him) advised me, saying insistently: “If you have any difficulty ask for help trough the intermediary of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani.” Upon my return, I went on pilgrimage by sea but destiny decreed that the boat would sink and I remained with seven survivors, floating upon the boards of the wreck until we saw an island to which we headed.

Nobody spoke; each and every one expected to die. I meditated and ALLAH (The Exalted) reminded me of Fes and its scholars, as well as the advice that Sidi Muhammad ibn Mechri (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had given to me. So I begged for ALLAH’s help through the intermediary of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). Then, while I was drowsing, I saw Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) in front of me and he said to me (or words to that effect): Repeat after me: “Oh All-Knowing kindness, save us from that which we fear. I regained consciousness and repeated these words. Shortly afterwards, a boat appeared. The captain spotted us and came to deliver us to safety. Later, I returned to Fes to inquire of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and I learnt of his death. Through some research, I came to know the exact date of his death and noticed with surprise that this was the precise day on which this event had occurred.”

 

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

 

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