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

This companion was among the elite who acquired a great secret and many blessings from Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) as a result of their sincere love. He was also among those who had the spiritual opening (Fath) in this blessed tariqa: the inhabitants of Tunis bore witness to the perfection of his knowledge.

Sheikh Ibrahim Riyahi and Sidi Yussuf ibn Dhanoun El Bija-i Tounsi (may ALLAH be pleased with them both) shared a close brotherhood, mutual compassion and absolute friendship. Their hearts were united by the bond (“the rope”) of love in ALLAH both at times of ease and times of adversity. It is related that Sidi Yussuf ibn Dhanoun El Bija-i Tounsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) attended the teachings of Sheikh El Islam Sidi Ibrahim (may ALLAH be pleased with him) but, at the end of the teaching, the latter said to him: O Master, you have no need to attend my teachings”, to which Sidi Yussuf ibn Dhanoun El Bija-i Tounsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) replied: “No Muslims can do without you.

Sidi Muhammad el Habib (may ALLAH be pleased with him), son of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), was especially considerate towards Sidi Yussuf ibn Dhanoun El Bija-i Tounsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) and testified to his spiritual opening and also to the gift of true unveiling. Among other events involving Sidi Muhammad el Habib and Sidi Yussuf ibn Dhanoun El Bija-i Tounsi (may ALLAH be pleased with them both), the following took place: 

Sidi Muhammad el Habib (may ALLAH be pleased with him) traveled to Tunisia to go to Hijez, accompanied by Sidi Yussuf ibn Dhanoun El Bija-i Tounsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) and several companions. As he was boarding the boat, Sidi Yussuf said to him: “O Sidi Muhammad el Habib, this boat is going to splinter at such and such a place, but have no fear you will be safe and you will escape unscathed, if ALLAH wills. You will marry a woman from the East whose name is Zohra El Habashiya and she will give you a son who you will name Seyyidina.” Everything happened as he had announced. 

Concerning this spiritual unveiling, i.e. the prediction aforementioned, it is said that the son in question was in fact Sidi Ahmed Ibn El Habachiyia who passed away before his father and is buried in the same tomb as him. 

Sidi Yussuf died at the end of the year 1250H and was buried in Tunis, may ALLAH inundate him with the ocean of His Mercy.

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