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 Taleb El Labar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was an enlightened and exemplary scholar of his time, endowed with radiant merit and who drew the most perfect lights of Knowledge. He was cloaked in the most beautiful mantle of piety, and both the elite and the commoners regarded him highly. He took the tariqa in his youth and Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) loved him very much. He was also one of the eminent poets of the Tariqa. 

Sidi Hajj Taleb El Labar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was a benevolent merchant. He used to send his personal money to the brothers to be spent extending the Zawiya or on other purchases. He died towards the end of the year 1264 of the Hegira in Genoa, Italy. The pious Wali Sidi Arbi ibn Sa-ih (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was deeply saddened that he had died in a non-Muslim country although he was one of the people that Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) loved most. However, he had a dream which brought him relief in this regard.

In this dream, he saw Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) who said to him: “You say that Taleb El Labar has died in a Christian country but he is here with me.” Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) stood up and indeed, Sidi Hajj Taleb El Labar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was there. Sidi Arbi ibn Sa-ih (may ALLAH be pleased with him) awoke happy and joyful from this reassuring dream.

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

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