The majestic Sherif Sidi Mulay Muhammad ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the great Wali, famous knower, endowed with prodigies of great importance, renowned for his piety, perfection among both the knowers and the ignorant, hailed from Fes where he was brought up and educated. He is well-known for his merit to such an extent that his sainthood was recognized both among the elite and the ordinary men alike.

This master was among both the greatest Knowers and the elite of the elite. He was also one of the ten companions to whom the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had promised knowledge of ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) and the great spiritual opening, as it had been announced by Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). He was a member of the close company of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) elite for many years. During all this time, Sherif Sidi Mulay Muhammad ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) only left his side for a short instant, when necessary as much by day and by night. He did not neglect a single obligation behind Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) during the sixteen years that he spent with him and he manifested too many prodigies to count.

Sherif Sidi Mulay Muhammad ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) used to say that, in the beginning, he only frequented Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) because of his stomach: that is to say he only sought Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) company because he had a lot of food in his house. At the time, Sidi Mulay Muhammad ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) enjoyed eating, and Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) gave him more food than he could hope for. Eventually, love for Seyyidina took root in his heart and through this love, ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) granted him the spiritual opening in this Tariqa. In this way, he obtained what he obtained and achieved what he achieved in his role as Caliph and his great mastery of the Tariqa. He was sometimes overcome by strange states which led the ordinary and the elite to believe that he was following the path of the Malamati, and this provided him with a way to hide his secrets. Most of those to whom ALLAH has granted the spiritual opening on this path demonstrate similar states and this was confirmed by Sidi Mulay Muhammad ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him).

Many have told of his states and it is said, that one day, he was leaving Fes for the Oued, accompanied by the scholar Sidi Muhammad Kensoussi (may ALLAH be pleased with him). They passed through one of the city gates (of Fes) and stopped in front of the shop of a fruit seller. Sidi Mulay Muhammad ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) asked the seller: “What is the price of these nuts and fruits?” pointing to something behind him. The fruit seller turn round to see what Sidi Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was speaking of, and Sidi Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) used this opportunity to take what was in front of him and put it in his pocket without the seller noticing.

The scholar accompanying him was ashamed of this behaviour although he knew pertinently that it was motivated by Divine wisdom. Then, Sidi Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said to the fruit seller that it was not what he was looking for and they left. When they had passed the gateway to the city, the Fiqh Kensoussi asked him to explain his gesture. Sidi Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) replied: “ALLAH said: Take from their wealth a charity by which you purify them.” The Fiqh Kensoussi said to himself: “Then I knew that the fruit seller was not donating the zakat and that Sidi Mulay Muhammad, like many other awliya (plural of wali, i.e a Saint), had done this to avoid misfortune falling upon him.”

The knower of God, Mawlana Tahar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) recounted that once he had seen his father Sidi Mulay Muhammad ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) cleaning the drains and asked him: “O father! What are you doing?” Mulay Muhammad answered: “My son, my nafs nearly destroyed me with its insinuating whispers because it said to me: “you are the descendant of one of the most famous household in the kingdom, you possess great wealth and a noble lineage.  In addition to this, you have met the Hidden Pole, you are like this and like that.” So I did what was most repulsive in order to dominate and weakened it and show it the contrary to its expectation.” Sidi Tahar also told of the day when his father said to him: “I asked Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) about the state of a knower of ALLAH and his knowledge.” Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) answered: “The Knower is like a flayed animal: he feels everything that falls upon him and suffers”

Among the events between Sherif Sidi Mulay Muhammad ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) and Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) known by both the elite and the common men, it is said that, one day, Sidi Mulay Muhammad ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) went to the Zawiya, as usual, to meet Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), but he did not find him and inquired. He was told: “He has gone to Sebou Oued and warned that nobody should come with him.” Sidi Mulay Muhammad ben Abi Nasr El Alawi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) thought to himself: “By ALLAH, I must go and see him.” And he caught up Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) on the bridge of Meleh Oued. When Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) saw him, he said: “Did nobody warn you that I had forbidden anybody to accompany me at this time?” Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) answered: “O My Master! I desired so deeply to meet you that I could not wait to see you.” Then he walked with Seyyidina who became loquacious than ever before. Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) thought to himself: “I must make the most of this moment alone with Seyyidina and his opening towards me to ask about Ismu ALLAH el A’dham (The Supreme Name).” He asked his question upon which Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) attitude changed. He shook him and scolded him for this.

When Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) realized that he had lacked propriety towards our Master, he deeply regretted it and felt ashamed. He apologized insisting that he had only made this request with a view to ALLAH’s countenance and with no other aim.

While he was in this state, accompanying Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), he noticed, that with each step, our Master Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) horse left a golden footprint on the ground. In surprise, Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) picked up one of these golden leaves to examine it and seeing that it was truly gold he threw it down.

He thought to himself: « Most certainly, the Sheikh is testing me. » He caught the stirrup and humbled himself in front of Seyyidina saying: “O Master! May it be ALLAH’s wish that the chance I have to be with you is not for the sake of this world. By ALLAH! Do not attach any importance to what I said.” At that moment, our Master became like before and invoked ALLAH to bring him good. In this way Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) regained Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) esteem and received from him the teaching of the Noble Supreme Name.

Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was very close to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). Once, he came to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and said: “O Sidi, I am in debt and I have reached its term. I am afraid that I will go to prison if this comes before the judge. O Sidi! Please save me.” His debt amounted to approximately one hundred and sixty-five dirhams. Our Master Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) taught him a zikr that he should recite a specific number of times and said to him: “Without doubt, the servant will come and gave you whatever you need but never do this again.”

After Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) gave him the specific authorization (iznou el khass) for this zikr, Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) while reciting, experienced great heat in particular in the throat accompanied by intense thirst. He was overwhelmed by this sensation during the zikr and began to drink water a lot more than usual. After completing his zikr, he found more than one thousand five hundred dirhams underneath the mat on which he was sitting. Thus, through the blessings of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), he was able to reimburse his debt and ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) relieved him of his worries.

Among other things, he sold his share of his father’s inheritance and gave a sum of money to a merchant in Fes. The latter had also taken a great deal of money from other inhabitants of Fes and went to Sudan and settled there with no plan to return to his homeland. At that time, Mulay Muhammad’s (may ALLAH be pleased with him) mother and father were against Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), and conscequently, when this occurred, they criticised him saying: “We warned you about the path of Tidjani and now you have lost everything and have become impoverished.”

When their reproaches increased, he went to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and told him about the situation and the ordeal he was enduring. So Seyyidina said to him: “Go to such and such a house which is on the end of such and such an alley and knock on the door. The man who took your money will open it and ask him to return the money he owes you.” Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) went to the house that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) pointed out and knocked on the door.

Immediately, the merchant came out and reimbursed everything he owed, and also gave him two servants. When the other creditors heard this, they asked him to show them where to find the merchant. He said: “He is in such and such a house in such and such a place.” But when they went there, they found that there was no house at all in this place.

Another time, when he was leaving his house on his donkey, ALLAH made everything between heaven and earth appear as if made of gold such as the trees, the stones, the mud and even the saddle he was sitting on appear as if made of gold. Seeing this, he exclaimed: “ALLAH!” and then he went to tell Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) who was delighted that he had turned away from this manifestation.

On another occasion, he asked Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) for one of the names of ALLAH The Most High. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) agreed to grant it to him and instructed him to recite it a certain number of times at a precise moment for three days. On the third day, Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) received the opening and following this, he began to contemplated the whole world and its inhabitants as if it was a dish before him.

His mother feared that he would lose his mind and so she took a bull to Seyyidina’s house and sacrificed it outside the front door. So Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) veiled him again spiritually and waited until he was able to bear the weight of the secret.

His love for our Master (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) was exemplary. It was related that Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) used to say: “By ALLAH! I only have consideration for my rank of Sherif, that is to say descending from the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), because it has been said by Seyyidina.” Indeed, one day, when he was passing near the garden where his father was buried, Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said to our Master (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret): “O Sidi, please invoke ALLAH on behalf of my father for he is buried in this garden.” Seyyidina (may ALLAH be pleased with him) turned towards him and said: “Your father is a Sherif, all is well for him.” After the death of the great Caliph Sidi Hajj Ali Harazim (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the elite among the companions of Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) considered Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) to be a great Caliph and intermediary, in order to bring the disciples into the Presence (Hadra) of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).

One day, when Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) entered the blessed Zawiya, he found a group of companions of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) discussing the inheritance of our Master (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and the station of certain great companions. Speaking of ALLAH’s blessings upon him, after entering one of his customary spiritual state, he said: “Sidi Hajj Ali has departed and has left me alone in a vast land.” This certified the fact that Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had inherited this station of intermediary as had Sidi Harazim (may ALLAH be pleased with him) before him. In addition, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), once, said to him, as he had said previously to the Caliph Sidi Hajj Ali Harazim (may ALLAH be pleased with him): “Certainly, for me you are at the same level as Harun was for Musa.”

It is impossible to recount all the blessings and graces that Sidi Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) received. Our Master transmitted to him inconceivable secrets and knowledge. In his journal, the great scholar Sidi Muhammad El Habib Daoudi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) mentions the secrets of great worth that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) had given to Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him). Extracts from this journal can be found in the book “Naïlou el Amani fi Tabi Rouhani wa Jasmani” (Achieving expectations in the field of spiritual and physical medicine) that gathers the words of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and certain close companions. Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said: “I heard, from Mawlana Sheikh (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), things that are not even to be found in the hidden journal (Kunache Maktum).”

It is also said that, in 1259 of the hegira, Sidi Abdelaoui (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had decided to go from Ain Madhi to Fes to visit Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). During that year, the enemy decided to colonize the region of Ain Madhi. So Sidi Abdelaoui (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was preoccupied by this. He was sad and worried. When he was about to leave, the noble son of Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), Sidi Muhammad El Habib (may ALLAH be pleased with him) advised him as follows: “When you reach Fes, question somebody endowed with spiritual unveiling about this painful ordeal because Fes can never be without Awliya.”

Sidi Abdelaoui (may ALLAH be pleased with him) recounted: “When I reached Fes, I met some brothers from the Tariqa and I asked them if they knew of anyone having authentic spiritual unveiling among those who had the spiritual opening in the region.

The Fqih Sa’id ‘Abbas Charaïbi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) who was one of the elite of Seyyidina’s companions, answered: “We have heard you speak of so and so” and he named a person from Touat who was a specialist in this field at that time. I asked: “Take us to him so that we may know his state and in order for him to inform us about something that our Master Muhammad El Habib had instructed.” He replied: “How can we go to him when we are Tidjanis?” I replied: “This is not important because we are not visiting him with the intention of obtaining a blessing but with the aforementioned intention.” We went to meet him and as soon as we arrived at his home, he said: “Buy some fodder for my animal.” I answered: “Of course, I will.” And I sent some servants with some money to buy what he had asked for. Then I questioned him but he did not give me the answer I required. Thus, I knew that this man had no knowledge of that for which I was seeking.

I left his house and I was preoccupied to such an extent that my soul was cleaved a sunder. So I went to the tomb of our venerable Sidi Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and requested ALLAH through the intermediary of his worth with Him to show me someone who could relieve me of the pain that burdened my heart. It was a Thursday and so I went to the souk (market) to relax and on the way back I met the noble Sherif Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) with whom I was not acquainted at the time, at the entrance to the Bled. When he saw me, he came towards me and took my hand. He began to question me about Sidi Muhammad El Habib (may ALLAH be pleased with him) and his state, and also about the household of our Master (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) in Ain Madhi.

Thus, I made his acquaintance. So I spoke to him at great length and so I asked him if he knew of anybody having authentic spiritual unveiling who I could ask for the answer to the question that I had carried all the way with me from our Master Muhammad el Habib (may ALLAH be pleased with him).

He replied: « I do know such a person and I will introduce you to him. Tonight, you are my guest. » I went to his house and spent the night there, where I saw extraordinary things from his spiritual states. When I left his house, he said to me: “It is very important that you come again so that I can introduce you to the person you seek.” So I returned once more and insisted that he introduced me to this person because this situation was making me dizzy.

He welcomed me into his home with even more warmth and generosity than before and came quickly to the point. He asked: “What is your reason for wanting to meet one of the people of the spiritual unveiling” I answered: “I would only be able to tell you that after having met him and asked him about the reality of this situation […]” He said to me: “Would you be satisfied if it was I that give you this information” I replied: “This would be the best thing […]” Then he said: “You want to ask me about the enemy.” I exclaimed: “Yes, exactly! But there is something else.” He said: «You want to ask me whether our Master Sidi Muhammad el Habib will have a son or not. Again, I agreed: “Yes, indeed!” Then he said: “As for the house (Ain Madhi) is not at risk from the enemy on the contrary, it will continue to be venerated and its sacred character will not be violated. Our Master Muhammad El Habib will only leave this world after fathering children and that which will happen will happen. These are the answers to your questions. ”

When I saw that he had informed me sincerely, I had two other thoughts and so I said to him: “O my Master, there is something else.” He replied: “You want to know about Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s daughters.” “Yes” I said again because I wondered what would become of them: they had grown up and our Master Sidi Muhammad El Habib (may ALLAH be pleased with him) did not like that we married people of Ain Madhi. I also wondered how my relationship with Seyyidina’s son would evolve and how it would be when I leave this world.

So he said to me: «They will soon be married.” Then he told me: “You want to ask me about your situation with Seyyidina’s son.” Again, for the last time, I answered: “Yes.” He said to me: “You will have a good relationship with him when you leave this world). There will be no problem.” I praised ALLAH The Most High for the good news from this sublime man and thanked Him for having decreed the encounter with this special Wali who was able to answer the questions that were tormenting me. Afterwards, he said to me: “Keep your secret hidden and come to see me again. When you reached Ain Madhi safely, convey my greetings to the son of Seyyidina.” So I visited him often and stayed with him. Up until his death, I saw him manifesting astonishing prodigies.

Mulay Muhammad (may ALLAH be pleased with him) died in the month of Shawal in the year 1273 of the hegira. He was buried in the garden of Sidi Touati which is near to the majestic garden, close to the gates of Fes. His son, Sidi Tahar (may ALLAH be pleased with him), a great man who commanded respect, whose sainthood was without doubt and whose prodigies were obvious and whose spiritual unveiling was brilliant, inherited some of his father’s states.

Amongst other unusual states, each month, he fell unconscious for one or two weeks during which time he slept, without food or drink. Then, he awoke and was in a powerful state and returned gradually to his normal state until again he felt unconscious. His prodigies are countless and his spiritual states too many to mention.