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

« In the Name of ALLAH, The Entirely Merciful, The Especially Merciful, and may the prayer and the peace of ALLAH be upon our Master Muhammad, his family and his companions.

By the grace of ALLAH, we are sending this letter in the hands of our beloved, our intimate companion who holds a great place in our heart, Sidi Muhammad ibn Mechri. May the peace, the mercy and the blessings of ALLAH be upon you and our beloved, our intimate companion Sidi AbdelQader ibn Allal and all his children, those closed to him and to you, and upon all the disciples from he who writes to you, Ahmed ibn Muhammad Tidjani.

Know Sidi Muhammad that I have received your letter and taken due note. My answer is that all matters are in ALLAH’s hands, it is He Who extends and contract them, and no other than Him can dispose of them. Servitude requires, in the face of difficult circumstances to which ALLAH has not granted resolution, submission before ALLAH’s Order and acceptance of His Decree, as well as a good opinion of Him, regarding the fact that he has not withheld resolution through lack of generosity but because He knew that therein lay a cause for your corruption. He has knowledge of everything: “[…] But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not. » (Surate 02 The Cow, verse 216)

However, in your case, that which has not yet been granted is due to an imperfection regarding Presence during the zikr. Do not revert to this preoccupied attitude a second time. Busy yourself with accomplishing it with sincere orientation, that is to say not with any personal interest, but in order to seek His Face, as we have told you. Oblige your soul to this conduct because it is trying to avoid it.

If you find it difficult to go on retreat or if you are too weak, then continue orientating yourself even out of retreat and eat warm spicy potions. Devote time to your evocation and time to rest, but sit alone. If you go on retreat, then eat only warm spicy potions which is most appropriate in your feverish state. Be diligent in your evocations and in frequenting others as little as possible and remaining silent. This is the most best thing to do at this time. On the other hand, abandon any orientation towards secrets because ALLAH, Exalted is His Majesty, does not authorize you to do this […] »

Research and translation by Zawiya Tidjaniya el Kubra in Lyon, France

« After mentioning the name of ALLAH and the prayer upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him),

Praise be to ALLAH, this letter is addressed to our friend and beloved who is among our most loved ones Sidi Abou-l-Qacem ibn Yahya Semghuni. May the peace and the Mercy of ALLAH The Most High and His blessings be upon you, your mother, your family and your children. The following is from he who loves you and desires all that is good for you: the servant of ALLAH, Ahmed ibn Muhammad Tidjani.

I received and read your letter in which you request me to invoke in your favour. Although I am far from being worth of this, I request ALLAH (May He be Glorified and Exalted) through the worth of his Prophet (may ALLAH be pleased with him) that he immerses you in the ocean of His Care and of His Love for you both in this world and in the Hereafter. Ameen.

You have also complained of sleeping too much, you should know that this excess has two main causes:

- The first one is the heart’s persistent carelessness regarding the accomplishment of the evocation of ALLAH

- The second cause is excessive drinking and eating, over and above the limit of satiation. As long as these two causes are present, excessive sleeping is inevitable. Therefore, he who wishes to reduce it should force himself to evoke ALLAH at certain times. He should also reduce the quantity of food and drink intake, in this way, sleep will be reduced.

As for nocturnal involuntary ejaculation, before sleeping you should diligently recite three times the following verses: “By the sky and the night comer – […] until […] Then man will have no power or any helper ” (Surate 86 The Nightcommer , verses 1 to 10)

Then you should write with your finger on your right thigh, without ink, “Adam”, and on your left thigh “Awa” (Eve). In this way, you will “be free from” those nocturnal involuntary ejaculation […]”

Research and translation by Zawiya Tidjaniya el Kubra in Lyon, France

« After praising ALLAH equal to all of the tribute that He pays Himself in the inaccessible Holy Presence of His Elevated Essence. His Greatness is magnified, His Splendour is powerful, his Power is exalted, His Majesty and His Generosity are sanctified. This letter is addressed to the unequalled gem, the generous breeze, holder of noble and majestic qualities, of pleasant and honourable character, of generous and protecting nature, the precious pearl that keeps all living beings in its shell, of likeable attributes, of noble and meritorious character, the pioneer in obtaining all that is precious, he who has risen to the highest spheres of consideration, he who has carried high the banner of nobility, he who, by his aspiration, has raised himself above all baseness and suspicion, he who ALLAH has surrounded on all sides with powerful and strengthening armies, he towards whom majesty and uniqueness hasten, he whose sun of felicity has risen to the sky of majesty and dignity and whose luminosity illuminates the darkness of our times like the moon, we speak of the Emir of all believers, the lieutenant of the Lord of the worlds, our lord and master Suleiman, son of our Master Muhammad, the noble Sherif, of inherent majesty, may the peace, the mercy and the blessings of ALLAH be upon you, from he who writes this, the poor servant in ALLAH, Ahmed ibn Muhammad Tidjani el Hassani.

With this, we request ALLAH, Magnified is His Greatness, Sanctified are His Names and His Attributes, to constantly blow the powerful winds of his Help and Strengthening upon our master, and that He grants him a place of Help and Righteousness in the garden of his guidance. May He fill his heart with fear of ALLAH both in public and in private, because it is only through it that those who have succeeded both “in the two” (i.e. this world and the Hereafter) obtained their station. It is only through it that those who have obtained ALLAH’s approval have succeeded both in this world and the Hereafter. What better station can raise the servant to the highest point and purify him of those vile characteristics which degrade him to the lowest depth. He is the ally and Most Capable for this. Then:

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Here is an answer that Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) sent to Sidi Hajj ‘Ali Harazim (may ALLAH be pleased with him) at the beginning of his spiritual journey with him

« In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. May ALLAH pray upon our Master Muhammad, his family, his companions and greet them. May the peace be upon you

You have mentioned the great efforts that you make and that are necessary in order to achieve your aim, to accomplish good deeds for the hereafter. This is due to that part of your soul which is drawn to rest. It is absorbed in passion, because it had thought that it could attain the station of knowledge of ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) effortlessly. Thus, it tends towards resting where it has been led by its passion. If it realized that its aim regarding knowledge of ALLAH, can only be obtained through the well-known efforts that the spiritual path requires and by renouncing (bad) habits, then it would certainly have met all its requirements. Indeed, It yearns for the object of its research, but imagines that it is possible to obtain it without struggle. Because of this, it does not make the required effort and does not renounce pleasure and passion.

For each obstacle, the appropriate measure should be applied. He who thinks he can face obstacles simply by his heart in its present state, without taking into account the proper rules does not know the divine principles. By thinking this way, he will reap only fatigue and nothing else. The example given for the obstacle is that of a cloud in the sky, and the example of the effort behind it is the sun. If the sky becomes clear, then the sun appears, but if the clouds remain then they represent an obstacle between it and us. It is not conceivable that clouds may remain in the sky and that the sun could appear at the same time. Think and meditate upon this, you will benefit from a great knowledge.

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