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 the prayer 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 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 all 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.
As for the sphere of His Grace, this is reserved for those that He (The Glorified, The Exalted) has singled out and chosen, for those among His creatures that He wants. He has placed this sphere close to Himself like an abundant effusion of His Ocean of His generosity and magnanimity and its emanation does not depend in any way upon any preceding cause and condition, or upon renouncing objectionable act.
This is established exclusively through His “Choice of His election”, without taking into account whether that person acts according to his commitment or not, whether he follows the path of righteousness or if he falls into disobedience on a unwholesome path. This effusion is not dependant on the person to whom it is granted, nor is it dependant on the reason why it has been granted to him. Those among His creatures who are blessed by such grace from this sphere will see their happiness fulfilled in the Hereafter, without pain or fear.
As for my recommendations to you, listen carefully to what our Lord says in His book because this is sufficient recommendation, He, May He be Glorified and Exalted, said:
« O you who have believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow - and fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do. And be not like those who forgot Allah, so He made them forget themselves. Those are the defiantly disobedient. Not equal are the companions of the Fire and the companions of Paradise. The companions of Paradise - they are the attainers [of success]” (Surate 59 The Exile, verses 18 to 20)
He, May He be Glorified and Exalted, said: “O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice. He will [then] amend for you your deeds and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.” (Surat 33 The Confederates, verses 70 to 71)
He, May He be Glorified and Exalted, said: “…And We have instructed those who were given the Scripture before you and yourselves to fear Allah…” (Surat 04 The Women, verse 131)
He, May He be Glorified and Exalted, said: “And fear a Day when you will be returned to Allah. Then every soul will be compensated for what it earned, and they will not be treated unjustly.” (Surat 02 The Cow, verse 281)
He, May He be Glorified and Exalted, said: “O you have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones, over which are [appointed] angels, harsh and severe; they do not disobey ALLAH in what He commands them but do what they are commended.” (Surat 66 The prohibition, verse 6)
Know that you find yourself in between two possible situations: on the one hand you can benefit infinitely from blessings and goodness, or on the other hand you can reap infinite hardships and woe.
So, in your heart, consider yourself under the infallible supervision of ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted), and look upon ALLAH’s creatures with the eye of compassion and upon the weak and impoverished with the eye of benevolence and help to meet their needs.
And I warn you not to despise them and neglect the transmission of their requests to our master, the Sultan. Know that ALLAH, the Glorified and the Exalted, watches over every look with which his servant looks.
Among those who hold high position and dignity, he who that He finds looking upon his servants with the eye of benevolence and mercy, extending over them his beneficent wings, granting them his consideration, because of the way that ALLAH looks upon them (“because of the eye with which ALLAH looks upon them”), so because of this look, he honours them, hastening to meet their needs as best he can, doing this for ALLAH, Exalted; Our Lord (The Glorified, The Exalted) looks upon him with the look of mercy, of honour, of worth, he will accelerate the satisfaction of his needs, and He will protect him like a child is protected by his father. O, blissful is he who has won this look from His Lord.
But on the other hand, if he looks upon creatures with the other eye, and we seek protection from ALLAH against any lack of solicitude towards ALLAH’s creatures, not meeting their needs, straying from mercy and compassion for them, it is known that his retribution will be Fire. He says (The Glorified, The Exalted) regarding people who are characterized by this: “[Allah will say], "Seize him and shackle him. Then into Hellfire drive him. Then into a chain whose length is seventy cubits insert him. Indeed, he did not used to believe in Allah, the Most Great, Nor did he encourage the feeding of the poor.” (Surat 69 The Inevitable, verses 30 to 34)
This is sufficient warning for you. We request of ALLAH, on your behalf, conformity and guidance, and immersion in the ocean of guidance and strengthening, for it is He who supports until then and He is able in this.
And may the prayer and the peace be upon our Master Muhammad and his family and his companions.
*Letter extracted from the book Djawahirou-l-Ma’ani and translated by the Zawiya Tidjaniya El Kubra
Research and translation by Zawiya Tidjaniya el Kubra in Lyon, France