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

Sidi Hajj Musa ibn Ahmed ibn Bettoun Semghuni (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was among the elite of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s companions (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), among those who knew him before he had obtained the authorization to transmit and who followed him afterwards, receiving, through his intermediary, secrets and lights. The eminent intermediary Sidi Muhammad Ibn Arabi Damraoui (may ALLAH be pleased with him) considered him of great worth and recognized that he had the blessings of perfect knowledge. He considered that Sidi Hajj Musa ibn Ahmed ibn Bettoun Semghuni (may ALLAH be pleased with him) held the same spiritual degree as Sidi AbdAllah ibn Sad (may ALLAH be pleased with him), one of the elite among the Seyyidina’s beloved.

Sidi Hajj Musa ibn Ahmed ibn Bettoun Semghuni (may ALLAH be pleased with him) sent a letter to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) requesting authorization for himself and his companion to evoke the two names “Ya Rahman, ya rahim” (according to a specific method) at any and all moment. Since then, they recited every Wednesday night from Isha until sunrise on Thursday morning until their prayers were fulfilled. Subsequently, when they wanted something, they used to evoke these two names a certain number of times and then say: “Answer us oh servant of these two noble names and do this or that for us.” They used to burn jaoui incense on that night (on the eve of Thursday) without addition of any other incense at the beginning.

Before he attained the “Fath”, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) authorized the evocation of Names to his beloved as well as his closed among those who were strongly bound to him. These evocations were intended to procure a beneficial outcome in terms of specific blessings which helped them to attain The Truth or to repel harm from creatures.

After having attained the « Fath », Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) completely turned away from the recitation of Names and was only preoccupied with what was beneficial to the commoners. Meanwhile, the elite continued the recitation of Names. Then, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) forbade this practice going as far as forbidding the noble intermediary Sidi Muhammad Ibn Arabi Damraui (may ALLAH be pleased with him) to utilize a particular secret which he used to accomplish in the presence of the brothers. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said to him: “If ever you do this again, the relationship between you and me will be severed.” Sidi Muhammad Ibn Arabi Damraui (may ALLAH be pleased with him) renounced this practice on the spot and its benefit.

It was related that Sidi Hajj Musa (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had a garden, and one day he found a bunch of grapes of exceptional size and quality. Seeing this, he hid it from sight, fearing the “evil eye”, covering the bunch with a branch of the vine. He used to water the garden himself, and each time he looked at this exceptional bunch of grapes, he inwardly desired for it to be in the hands of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). Unfortunately, the latter was in Fes while he himself was in Bussemghun. Nevertheless, his desire persisted until one day, upon entering his garden, he was sorry to see that the exceptional bunch of grapes had disappeared.

Several days later, some travellers who were returning from Fes, came to visit Sidi Hajj Musa (may ALLAH be pleased with him). They greeted him on behalf of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and added that he wanted him to know that the bunch of grapes had reached him, and that it had not been stolen, as he had thought. Sidi Hajj Musa (may ALLAH be pleased with him) rejoiced that it had reached his Master miraculously and he gave thanks to ALLAH.

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

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