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 Sada Sidi Madani Sharaibi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was among the companions of Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) endowed with clairvoyant spiritual opening, steadfast religious practice and unquestionable spiritual unveiling. He was among the elite of the companions of Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). He acceded to the spiritual opening within the Tariqa Muhammadiya. Sidi Ahmed Abdalawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had met him and observed numerous prodigies that go beyond reason.

One day, Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) predicted: “You are going to live in Fes although Sidi Madani Sharaibi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had no such intention. Indeed, this is what happened.

It is related that Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) had been informed that certain inhabitants of Fes among the influential people of the city, encouraged by Satan, were plotting to have him banned from Fes and to this end they went to complain to the King. Some of his companions were worried about him and one day when he was with them and Sidi Madani Sharaibi (may ALLAH be pleased with him), he became intensely angry: upon hearing these words, he was seized by a majestic spiritual state; he went home and stayed there for some time and when he came back he said to his companions: “I heard from the Holy Presence that no one can ever harm me”.

Abu Sada Sidi Madani Sharaibi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) took the blessed Tariqa because of a vision: in this vision, he saw the Day of Judgement and a procession of terrified people. He saw some Shuyukh (plural of Shaikh) and some of them were rejecting people although they were among their own disciples. Then he saw a place that looked like a huge mountain and people were coming from all directions to gather as far as the eye could see. Then the whole place began to move and transported the crowd over the Sirat Bridge in a flash. Somebody asked: “Who is that?” And somebody answered: “It is Sidi Ahmed Tidjani!” When Sidi Madani Sharaibi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) heard this words, he placed his hand on his heart saying: “I will take the Tariqa from this Sheikh!” He awoke repeating these words and went to visit Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) to tell him his vision. Thus, he took the Tariqa from Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), who loved and praised him. According to certain companions, Sidi Madani Sharaibi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) held an elevated station.

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

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