The renowned Sidi Mahmud Tunsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) is the the perfect Wali, the Knower linked to ALLAH, bestowed with great Fath and blessings. This sublime man is among the elite of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) companions, he was among those closest to him, who were touched by the care that he took of them. Sidi Mahmud Tunsi’s (may ALLAH be pleased with him) love for Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) was strong and everything he undertook for Seyyidina, he did so with perfect sincerity, whether traveling or in his presence. He conscientiously performed everything that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) instructed to do.

The Mouqadem Sidi Tayeb Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said that Sidi Mahmud Tunsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) possessed vast wealth. One day, he heard that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) was in a nearby region and travelled with the intention of meeting him and when Sidi Mahmud Tunsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) found Seyyidina, he requested him to invoke ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) on his behalf, and Seyyidina granted his request. Then, he asked Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) to teach him the science of alchemy, but on hearing this, Seyyidina dismissed him saying: “Leave this region immediately and beware not to spend the night here because this and that will happen…” Embarrassed, he obeyed Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) order. The next day, he came back to offer his apologies and his total submission, like that of the dead body in the hands of the washer. At that moment, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) took care of him and taught the Tariqa Muhammadiya. Since that day, Sidi Mahmud Tunsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) has devoted himself in the service of his beloved Master, renouncing his wealthy possessions. He said: “I renounced all my worldly possessions at the green door (that is to say Tunis) when I left.”

This Knower in ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted), Sidi Mahmud Tunsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him), was among the special companions of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), among those whose station of sainthood and great fath were testified. It is also he who was appointed by Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) to travel to Guemar in 1204 of the Hegira to establish the first Zawiya in the history of this noble Tariqa Tidjaniya.

It is also said that he was among those who were called by Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) only days before his death in the company of Sidi Hajj ‘Ali Tamacini (may ALLAH be pleased with him) and the renowned Muqaddam Sidi Tahar ibn ‘Abdsadeq and Sidi Ahmed ibn Souleïman Taghzouti (may ALLAH be pleased with them both). Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) informed them of his imminent departure and requested them not to attend the funeral, and to leave the city. He also appointed Sidi Hajj ‘Ali Tamacini (may ALLAH be pleased with him) as his successor at the head of the Tariqa. Sidi Mahmud Tunsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had also inherited some secrets from Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and on the death of our Master, a great spiritual state overwhelmed Sidi Mahmoud creating an intense physical heat. People thought that it was due to the secrets he held. He remained in this state until he went to join Seyyidina, just one mont and eighteen days later.

He was among those to whom Seyyidina confided his trusts. On this subject, Seyyidina said: “Every person who has been responsible for my money has turned out to be irresponsible or indicted with the exception of Sidi Mahmoud.” It was also said that Sidi Mahmud Tunsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) worked for Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), managing his properties in the Sahara. Each and every time he came to visit, he brought the money and everything he had collected, such as wool, butter, fruit, poultry, bovine and ovine. He was never tempted by all this wealth, and Seyyidina affirmed that he was worthy of his responsibilities and that his virtues were numerous. He passed away in the middle of the night preceding Tuesday 5th of the Dhul Hijja, the last month of the year 1230 of the hegira. He was buried at the Bab el Ftouh graveyard, one of the famous gate to Fes. His tomb is well known and visited by people who seek for the Baraka. The sublime Sherif, Muqaddam of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), Sidi Abdelwahid Abou Ghalib, and also the sublime Master, the ascetic, the Wali of ALLAH Sidi El Hajj Abdelwahhab Ben Taouadi, otherwise known as d’Ibn El Ahmar El Fesi are also buried here. May ALLAH have mercy upon them and grant them all His Approval.

Here follows a letter that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) sent to Sidi Mahmud Tunsi (may ALLAH be pleased with him):

“In the name of ALLAH, The Beneficent, The Merciful and may ALLAH pray upon Our Master Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), his family and his companions, bestowing upon them his blessed greetings. After praising ALLAH, The Magnificient in His Majesty, the Exalted in his Greatness and Elevated in His Power, we are sending this letter to our beloved and sincere friend Sidi Mahmud Tunsi. May the peace of ALLAH upon you, His Mercy and His blessings. Here is the answer to the question you asked me:
As for the wazifa, I strongly warn you against neglecting it. Those of my companions who neglect it, have lost a great wealth that they cannot retrieve. It is better and more elevated to find the wazifa with other disciples in a group. If not, you must recite it alone but never neglect it. You must recite it once a day, and note that whosoever finds the recitiaton with a group of disciples but prefers to do it alone is wrong.
Concerning your question regarding the Shaf’ and Witr prayers, if the sleeping man does not wake up before sunrise, he should leave aside the Shaf’, the Witr and the Fajr to perform only the obligatory prayer. Afterwards, he performs the Fajr before Zawwal (Zenith). As for Shaf’ and Witr, if the sun has risen, they are worthless, and he cannot do them again or make up for them.
To make up for a prayer which suspended between Earth and Sky due to our abandonment, one should perform a prayer of four units after the Friday prayer. It is accomplished for all obligatory and additional prayers abandoned since the beginning of the negligence and up until the day when these four units of prayer (rak’a) are accomplished. This is an expiation (Kaffara) for this whole period of time. The accomplishment of these rak’as is common practice. We will leave it at that.
If a person is sick, if he has lost consciousness, a part from during sleep, like a coma, there is no need to make up for all the obligatory and additional prayers that he missed during this state of unconsciousness (a part from during sleep). He only makes up for the obligatory prayers that he had neglected before when he was partly in control of his faculties, and not for the additional prayers. After the person wakes up from his loss of consciousness, if it is time for Nafila (additional prayer) then he should perform it. As-Salam. May ALLAH pray upon Our Master Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), his family and his companions, bestowing upon them his blessed greetings.”

Note: Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) mentioned the obligation to perform the obligatory deeds that had been abandoned. The accomplishment of these four rak’as are expiation (kaffara) for the sin of negligence, but they are not a substitute for the acquittal (Qada) of the obligatory deeds.