He who knows me, knows me alone.
The reason for this cloth during the recitation of the wazifa in congregation is that before the blessed zawiya of Fes was built, the zikr assembly took place in a corridor in the house of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret). Because many people used this corridor, in order to guarantee the purity of the place, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) used to put a cloth upon which he and his companions would sit.
Fayda refers to an arabic term signifying « outpouring». In spiritual terms, this refers to a spiritual over-abundance. With regards to the Tariqa Tidjaniya, and specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa, this term is often used to refer to one or several particular people.
In order to understand the meaning of the Tidjani Faydu, we need to know that this had been mentioned in El Ifadatou-l-Ahmediya by Sidi Tayeb Sefiani (may ALLAH be pleased with him) where Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said: “The Fayda will come upon my companions and then people will enter our Tariqa by successive waves (in multitudes) and this outpouring will occur when people will be in the most difficult and tight situations.”
In Ain Madhi, a small village a few kilometers from Laghouat, located in the Algerian desert, there was a humble traditional earthen dwelling. In this humble dwelling, lived a young wife who, in a corner of this house and with all the courage for which the women of this region are known, gave birth to a son that she named Ahmed. It is thus that in 1150 of the hegira (1737/38 ad) came into this world Seyyidina Ahmed Ibn Mohammed Ibn Mokhtar Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).
This isolated place, far from the turmoil of the cities, had already been reputed for many years for its great scholars and their piety. The renowned Sheikh Abdallah ibn Mohammed El Iyachi (dead in 1090 of the hegira) who passed through the village, mentioned it in his book Rihlata. He also met Sidi Ahmed, the great grandfather and namesake of Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) who he described in laudatory terms as “great scolar”.
Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s father (may ALLAH be pleased with him), Sidi Mohammed ibn Mokhtar, was a scrupulous, loved and respected scholar...
To my dear and beloved Tidjani child,
“Your Sheikh is not only the one you listen to, but he is the one from whom you learn.”
“ Know my child that search for truth is the driving force of faith, a continuous and never-ending pursued of truth. The man who stops on the path of truth, has ceased to believe.”
The well beloved chosen one, our Master Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Verily actions are by intentions, and for every person is what he intended. So the one whose hijrah was to Allah and His Messenger, then his hijrah was to Allah and His Messenger…" (Boukhari and Muslim)
The invaluable teaching of my Master, my Sheikh, my Excellence and most beloved Ahmed ibn Mohamed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), the Hidden Pole and recognized Muhamadian Seal, does continue.
My Master, my Sheikh, my Excellence and most beloved Ahmed ibn Mohamed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said: « The prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) has forbidden me to orientate myself (towards ALLAH) by means of divine names. He has ordained me to orientate myself (towards ALLAH) by means of Salat el Fathi.”
By Sheikh Mohammed El Mansour Mohieddine Tidjani, may ALLAH grant him his kindness, the most insignificant of Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani’s disciple (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).
According to Tamin ibn Aws Addari (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The deen (religion) is naseehah (advice, sincerity).” We said “To whom?” He (peace and blessings of ALLAH be upon him) responded: “To ALLAH, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.” (Muslim)
The first step on the path towards ALLAH is veracity. He who is truthful, whose steps have been rooted in sincere love towards Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) and who has strengthened his bond to the rope of the Tariqa, truly he will not seek, nor covet other Awliya (Saints) - be they alive or dead – but him. And this: even if he meets the present Pole and notices the numerous prodigies proving his particular degree of sainthood, he will remain rooted in sincere love towards his Sheikh.
One of the members of the Tariqa reported that he met El Khadir (peace be upon him) who said to him: “I am El Khadir, do you have any request?” He answered: “Know that ALLAH the Most High has fulfilled me with he who is superior to you and to all others amongst the Saints: my Sheikh and the link to my Lord, Sidi Ahmed Tidjani (May ALLAH sanctify his precious secret)”
THE TIDJANIYA'S CONDITIONS CAN BE DIVIDED INTO 5 CATEGORIES:
1ST CATEGORY: THE SPECIAL COMPANIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SHEIKH AND HIS DISCIPLE
1. The disciple must follow no other spiritual path for the entire duration of his life -- The Tidjaniya pledge is a life-long commitment (with no possibility of abandoning it)
The merits that we are going to consider number forty: the first fourteen are reserved for those who are attached to Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) through faith (belief), submission, respect and renunciation of all opposition, through his love and love for the people of the path with respect and veneration and without causing them any harm whatsoever.
As for the remaining merits, they are for all those affiliated to the path, who accomplish their litanies and even if they have not encountered Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) in this world. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said that this had been guaranteed to him by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and that without doubt it would be accomplished nonetheless on the condition never to believe yourself safe from ALLAH’s ruse and never to abandon the path.
"After praising ALLAH, may His praise be amplified and may His qualities and His names be sanctified, this letter is addressed to all our brothers, the disciples of Fez and its surroundings, May ALLAH protect you from all the hardships and difficulties of temptation. Ameen.
May the peace and mercy of ALLAH and also His blessings embrace you and your situation. From the one who loves you, Ahmed Ibn Muhammad Tijani, this:
I recommend both to you and to myself that which ALLAH commands and orders us. That is to say, to preserve the sacred limits and to perform the Divine order according to your efforts and your ability, because these days, evidently, the principles of Divine order have collapsed, either entirely or partially, and people passionately love that which harms them in this world.
We can observe that there is no awakening that allows for hearts to return to ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) and that allows respect for the sacred limits of ALLAH, be they orders or proscriptions.
These days, no one has any longer the power to put into practice ALLAH’s instruction in all its aspects, except for he who is adorned with the dress of the knowledge of ALLAH, or he who approaches it.
Answer: This affirmation is absolutely wrong. In the book Djawahirou-l-Ma’ani, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said:
“The prominence of the Quran over all other words, whether they are formulas of Zikr or prayers upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), including Salat Fatihi, is more radiant than the sun. This radiance is implementing in the very principles of the Shari’a itself (Quran and the authentic prophetic hadith).
This prominence has two main reasons:
1- Firstly, because the Quran is the very word of the Supreme Being, and thus is superior to all other words.
2- Secondly, because the Quranic commandments are unique and above all other commandments.”
Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) classifies the benefit of reading the noble Quran in four categories according to the state of the reader:
Wazifa and Hadra - Zawiya Tidjaniya - Lyon
The love of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is the delight whose absence engenders misfortune and pain, it is the spirit of Faith, actions, stations, states, without which all that would be a body without a soul.
The love of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is the means that allows us to reach stations extremely hard, without which they would be impossible to attain.