The wonderful story of the blessed Zawiya of Sidi Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret)
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) instructed Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) to build the blessed Zawiya and for that he should choose the best and purest location. So Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) chose the place where the Zawiya is presently built.
Previously, the neighborhood was called Dardas, and these days, it is called Blida. He purchased this place with his own personal and lawfully acquired funds. It was a ruin with a big fig tree and it is here that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) is buried.
This ruin was so terrifying that nobody dared enter. According to a reliable source, at certain times, voices could be heard, as if a group was performing the dhikr and it was the place that the Majadhib (enraptured by God) used to visit.
Before its construction, the famous majdoub Sidi Lahbi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) used to put his ear to the door and say to the passers by: “Come close and listen the dhikr”. When the Zawiya was built, this majdoub said: “Fes, and especially Dardas, has been (reinforced) strengthened.”
It should be known that this blessed place has merits that place it above any other Zawiya. Speaking of its merits, Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said: “If the great knowers knew the merit contained in this Zawiya, they would come and erect their tents here.” Seyyidina (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) would often speak of the worth of the Zawiya, encouraging people to come and pray here. He (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said: “The prayer in the Zawiya is accepted without any doubt.”
Also among the merits contained in the blessed Zawiya, it should be known that at the beginning of the construction, Seyyidina forbade access, and then, accompanied by some of the elite among his companions, he engraved the greatest of Supreme Names on the stone and just after it he wrote: “O my God; I beseech you, O my Master by the Truth of the greatest of Your Supreme Names, protect my companions from Qaf to Qaf.” Then he instructed for it to be buried in the foundation of one of the pillar which has since be known as the golden pillar.
Guidelines for the pious visit to our venerable and beloved Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret)