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

Tariqa Tidjaniya

Among the advice that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) wrote to one the high State dignitaries is the following:

“In the name of ALLAH, and may the prayer be upon the Messenger of ALLAH (peace and blessings be upon him),

After praising ALLAH, His Majesty is exalted, His Greatness is powerful, His Glory is Elevated, His Magnificence and Generosity are sanctified.

This letter is addressed to the awakened scholar, with great mastery of knowledge, the honourable noble, having pleasant qualities and generous merit and behaviour, son of such and such, peace upon you and also His Mercy, His Blessing, His Salutations and His Clemency, from the one who writes this, ALLAH’s poor servant, Ahmed ibn Muhammad Tidjani el Hassani, then:

We request ALLAH, His Immensity is exalted, His Names and His Attributes are sanctified, to place you both in this world and the Hereafter, among the elite of the community, to place you among those that He sees “with His Gaze of attention”, in a special way, with His complete Love, in a purely special way until all your sins are no longer taking into account, and your good deeds are accepted in any situation. Be careful not to think that this is unlikely, because ALLAH, Glorified and Exalted, possesses a sphere that is beyond all other spheres of commandment, prohibition, of retribution both good and bad, of expression, of duties and requirements, these spheres being those concerning all ALLAH’s creatures.

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This letter is among those that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) sent to his disciples:

« In the name of ALLAH, May the prayer be upon the Prophet, Praise be to ALLAH, Exalted is his Praise, This letter is intended for all our beloved disciples and equally for each and every one personally, may the peace, the Mercy and the Blessing of ALLAH be upon you, on behalf of Ahmed ibn Muhammad Tidjani,

We request ALLAH on behalf of all of you and your elite that he bestows oceans of Solicitude and Approval upon you - may He be glorified and exalted- equal to that received by the greatest knowers among His servants and by exceptional people, until all your misdeeds are wiped away and that none of them could be reason for reproach. May all your sins and marks of your negligence be received by His Pardon and His Indulgence and may you never be confronted by them.

We also request from Him, may He be glorified and exalted, that he inscribes you all in the register of people of bliss, in which only his greatest Allies (Awliya) and His Exceptional people are recorded; those for whom there is neither modification nor change. May He apply the Kohol of His Lights on your view, those lights which he showered upon spirits in the time pre-existence, may He expose you to His Grace both in this world and the Hereafter, may He look upon you with His Gaze of Mercy through which he who is gazed upon is then spared all affliction both in this world and the Hereafter.

But know also that all of the servants in this world must share in the tribulations of our times, whether by being affected by harm or by being deprived of a blessing, or the sadness caused by the death of a loved one or by destruction or anything else that cannot be entirely enumerated or itemized. Whosoever is affected by anyone of these tribulations should be patient and should redouble his patience in order to swallow his bitterness in small sips for this is the only reason that ALLAH’s servants have been put in this world. Whosoever fears that he is not able to bear his burden, that he is not able to resist the load that falls upon him should force (put the squeeze on) himself to accomplish one or even better both of the following:

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Here are several extracts from a letter that Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) addressed to his disciple Sheikh el Islam Ibrahim Riyahi (may ALLAH be pleased with him).

“I give you my permission and authorization for the whole of the noble, blessed and vast wird, pay attention at to all that follows.

Waken your soul (Nafs) from heedlessness and do not comply with its debauchery because this matter is not futile, it is serious and important.

Follow the path of great effort, because punishments are harsh and miseries are many for the poor person who renounces his pact. Be sure of what you have, do not neglect what you have attained […]. Our Tariqa has been singled out by ALLAH with a specificity which places it above all other paths, words are insufficient to shed light on its truth. Only he who has been accepted by ALLAH’s grace can take refuge in this path. If ever the veil that conceals it was lifted, the great poles would have yearned for it like the shepherd in the desert yearns for the clouds.

Take care! Look straight ahead, do not be misled because all spiritual paths come from it. It is the source of all Turuq since the beginning of creation and until the blow of the trumpet on the Day of Judgement, as truly promised by the Master of Existence (peace and blessings be upon him).

I authorize (this) completely and entirely for all time without further modification, on the obligatory condition that you forsake all visits to the saints, with the sole exception of the visit to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his companions (may ALLAH be pleased with them).

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“[…] I urge you to keep away from food that is declared illicit according to Law. Whosoever persists in this will nullify his good deeds with no other outcome.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) has said: « On the Day of Judgement, people will come with good deeds as high as the mountains of Tuhama, but when these good deeds are presented, they will turn into scattered dust.” They said to him: “O Messenger of ALLAH, describe these people to us, because, by ALLAH, we fear being one of them.” The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “By ALLAH! Certainly they fasted, they prayed, and they wore themselves out in devotion for part of the night, but when they saw something unlawful they rushed towards it. For this, ALLAH cancelled their good deeds and threw them into Hell.

Even if the whole Earth was filled with unlawful things, certain situations do exist authorizing them in the case of necessity and difficulties. Indications for obtaining these authorizations will be mentioned follow this advice, if ALLAH wishes.

I order you to keep away from the bad habits that the people of today cultivate and in which they indulge, extending as far as the horizon, with the exception of a small number of creatures. We are referring to the attitude of deceit used in all transactions and affairs, people are immerged in obtaining corrupt selling and purchasing transactions, for things that the holy Law has clearly or implicitly forbidden. This is detailed in the Jurisprudence.

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