Our Master Tayeb El Hassani, the sublime jurist of sherifian origin, otherwise known as Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him), is the great knower and famous Wali, holder of blessings, lights, knowledge and secrets.

He is among the elite of the elite of the companions of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), he is the author of the book “El Ifadat el Ahmediya” compiling some of Seyyidina’s words, taking great care to mention the reasons and circumstances in which they were pronounced. He had great spiritual power. He was absorbed in the universe of knowledge and (spiritual) secrets. He was also among the great scholars well versed in religion, one of the perfect Walis. He had complete knowledge of the Tajweed, that is to say the rules governing pronunciation during the recitation of the Quran.

One of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s companions (may ALLAH be pleased with them) related that he had seen Sidi Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) after his death and had asked him what ALLAH had done with him. Sidi Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) answered that ALLAH had granted him immense blessings and that he had only received good. In addition he had met the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) who offered him a big garden in Paradise so that he could teach the Quran to the children.

Another story recounts the circumstances of his first meeting with Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). Sidi Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) was going through Egypt on his way to Hidjez (Arabic peninsula) when he met the sublime Muqaddam and companion of Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), our Master Sidi Muhammad ibn AbdelWahid Banani El Misri (may ALLAH be pleased with him). The latter showed him the book “Djawahirou-l-Ma'ani” which Sidi Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) consulted. This event gave rise to an irresistible desire to meet Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). He deeply regretted being in the same as him without having the blessing of meeting him.

When he returned from Hidjez, he went to see Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), but he hesitated to take the Tariqa. Wishing to underline the distinctive characteristics of Sidi Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him), Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said to him: “Why do you hesitate, oh such and such? And what prevents you from taking the Tariqa immediately when in fact I was your (instructor) educator and tutor even before your mother gave birth to you? During her pregnancy, you mother stumbled and was nearly pierced by an object which would have harmed you. I caught her gently with ALLAH’s permission and the authorization of the Prophet, and this saved your body from harm, except for the top of your head where there is a mark that proves this.” Indeed Sidi Tayeb had a small whole in his head but did not know its origin. This reinforced his certainty, his love and his attachment to Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). When he asked his mother about this event, she told him the same story as Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). After that, he immediately took the Tariqa.

One day, he was going to the blessed Zawiya to perform one of the five prayers and he met one of his friends (who was Sheikh from another path) who hailed from the Wazan region. They conversed at length and during this time, Seyyidina’s companion, Sidi Mussa ibn Ma’zuz (may ALLAH be pleased with him) passed by. He forcefully caught Sidi Tayeb’s hand saying: “You have missed the prayer with Seyyidina!” Then he took him to the Zawiya where they found Seyyidina praying. When Seyyidina had finished his prayer, through spiritual unveiling, he said to Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) directly: “Leave the people of Wazan alone because they will bring you nothing but trouble.” And he repeated it many times.

Indeed, this is a teaching from Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), for fear that Sidi Tayeb (may ALLAH be pleased with him) would fall into error which would lead to his loss, which is to say to neglect Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) for someone else. What Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) meant by “bring you nothing but trouble” was that, in order to complete your education, as it is recognized by the educator, any encounter with another Sheikh cannot occur without authorization. For Sidi Tayeb (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the blessing that came from this situation with this (spiritual) unveiling is that he became aware of the omnipresent gaze of Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).

Previously, Sidi Tayeb (may ALLAH be pleased with him) had been member of the Tariqa of the masters of Wazzan. He had been entirely devoted to their service, and had not turned to any other for this whole time. When he devoted himself in the service of Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and renounced the company of those of his previous path, worried about him, they came to visit him.

He received them warmly and sometimes he went with them to their place, hiding his secret, not wanting to reveal it. Once, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) sent him to the region of Wazzan to take care of some matters. When he returned, he was not present in Seyyidina’s company for several days. When they met, Seyyidina asked him the reason he had not seen him since his return, his intention being to reveal the secret of his education. Sidi Tayeb answered: “Oh Sidi, something prevented me from coming.” Seyyidina said: “Has something happened within you (because of your trip) as a result of your journey to Wazzan?” He answered: “May ALLAH protect us from this.” Seyyidina said: “Question your heart?” At that moment, his certainty in Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) was renewed and he blamed himself for the confusion that had arisen within him and repented to ALLAH for this.

Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) especially and dearly loved Sidi Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him). He praised him to his companions and certified his rank as Sherif. On many occasions, he rose respectfully to welcome him in order to honour him. It is known that Seyydina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) multiplied his marks of respect when he met a descendant of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) going as far as welcoming him at the door. In this way, his companions would know for sure that the person was really a Sherif.

Usually, no one was able to kiss his hand and especially if the person was a Sherif. But, one day, Sidi Tayeb kissed Seyyidina’s hand when he was distracted. Seyyidina immediately ordered him to hold out his hand so that he could kiss it, but Sidi Tayeb Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said to him: “Oh Sidi, it would be easier for me to cut off my hand than to let you kiss it.” Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) replied: “By ALLAH you must hold out your hand.” And finally he kissed it. Seyyidina behave in this way towards the noble descendants of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). He never stretched out his leg in front of a Sherif. If a Sherif came in when his legs were stretched out, he folded them immediately even if he was asleep.

Once, a Sherif picked up Seyyidina’s sandals and handed them to him, he was so troubled that he went out barefoot and all this because of his deep respect for the family of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Nobody at that time respected them as much as he did.

Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said: « I conceded all rights over my dignity to the family of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). » He only ever offered them gold and anything of lesser value was unheard of. He also said: “The disobedient descendants of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) follow the same path of the people of Badr. They will be told: “Do whatever you like, you will be forgiven.” As for the successful ones, none other among them can attain their level of merit (the merit of Ahlu-l-Bayt, i.e. the descendants of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him).”

This is because the people of Realization consider that a genuine Sherif will surely die in a state of repentance according to the words of The Most High: “Allah intends only to remove from you the impurity [of sin], O people of the [Prophet's] household, and to purify you with [extensive] purification.” (Sourah 33, verse 33) Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctifiy his precious secret) strongly recommended respect for them as well as for the Saints, whether they are dead or alive, and the best behaviour towards them.

Sidi Tayeb Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) lived in a room facing the tomb of Sidi Mulay Idriss (may ALLAH be pleased with him). Once, Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) asked him about the place he lived, concerned about him. Sidi Tayeb spoke well of his living-quarters precisely because they were facing the noble tomb of Mulay Idriss (may ALLAH be pleased with him). So Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said to him: “Do not stretch out in his direction out of respect for him.” One of the surprising things that happened to Sidi Sefiani when he was with Seyyidina is the following: Sidi Sefiani had asked him to invoke ALLAH so that he could die loving the Sheikh.

Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) granted his request and said: “Prepare yourself for poverty.” In fact Sidi Tayeb (may ALLAH be pleased with him) possessed great wealth. As his heart was soothed by certainty in the love of Seyyidina so did his wealth progressively diminished. In poverty, his love accrued up until his death.

During the sickness that preceded his death, Sidi Tayeb received the visit of a person who was unaware of his state. The visitor said to him: “So and so (mentioning a companion of Seyidina, renowned for his spiritual opening) asked me to tell you: “You will not die before attaining the spiritual opening (Fath).”” Sidi Tayeb (may ALLAH be pleased with him) raised his head towards him and said: “Indeed, I had obtained the Opening.” After that he passed away on Wednesday 6th Jumada Thani in the year 1259 of the Hegira.