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)

Here follows the words of wisdom and the reality taught within the Zawiya Tidjaniya El Kubra of Europe, by the poor in ALLAH Muhammad El Mansur El Muhieddine Tidjani (may ALLAH preserve him) regarding preparation for this pious visit to Fes.

Before undertaking this pious visit to our venerable master Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), pure intention is recommended, the pure intention to follow the path towards our beloved Master Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret), for the love of God and His Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

Contemplate the following words of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him): “Deeds are considered in terms of intention, and a person will be rewarded according to his intention. So whoever emigrated for Allah and His Messenger, his emigration will be for Allah and His Messenger; and whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or to marry a woman, his emigration would be for what he emigrated for.”

Understand these words of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him): “his emigration would be for what he emigrated for.” Medidate upon this if you are intelligent and able to understand! (Extracted from Hikam of Ibn ‘Ata Allah, may ALLAH be pleased with him).

What then about the meeting with the spirit of our very holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) when we visit him in Medinah, and that of our venerable saint and guide Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret)?

On this subject, our very holy and venerated Master Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said in one of his most subtle and beautiful speeches, desiring only to orientate our hearts towards a unique God: “Whosoever loves me for the love of ALLAH and his Messenger (may the peace and the blessings upon him) is blessed, but as for whoever loves me for any other reason, I am but a simple mortal.”

In a poem, Imam Nadhifi wrote:
Put your sincerity in the meeting with Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) by erecting your tent in front of his door, you will certainly be safe. He is the great intermediary of immense worth and it is through him that body and soul are totally healed.

In the same poem, he also wrote: « Before God, repent for your sins, for your forgetfulness and carelessness towards his beloved Seal of Sainthood, in order not to lose the consideration in which The Truth holds you.

Based on his own experience, Sheikh Muhammad El Mansur El Muhieddine Tidjani (may ALLAH preserve him) advises us to perform Salat Tasbih or other purification formulas and to repent to ALLAH in order to enhance the benefit of the direct relationship with the purity of the spirit of our venerable and beloved Master Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani’s (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret)

When entering the Supreme Blessed Zawiya, it is necessary to leave behind all titles and positions, and to enter with humility. In this place, there are no Muqaddam or representative. In this holy place, Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) is the only recognized representative, the Caliph of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

Each and every single person is considered as a disciple or a visitor. Regarding his position, Cheikh Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) said: “He who knows me, knows only me.” These words were said in order to shed light for the Tidjani disciples. Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) is the only one to have access to this unique station which cannot be shared with any other.

We have to perform two rak’at to greet this pure and blessed place if the time is appropriate. Among other rules of spiritual good manners we should go to suitably greet the noble descendants of our Master Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret) if they are present. This is in order to request their benevolence and their blessing for the pious visit in order to make the most of the blessings and the grace before putting oneself in the presence of the pure spirit of the Hidden Pole and Sealed Intermediary, our most honourable and beloved Master Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).

If the aforementioned conditions are met, with a pure and unspoiled heart, we assure with firm conviction that your requests will be taken into account through our dearest and beloved Seyyidina Ahmed Tidjani (may ALLAH sanctify his precious secret).

 

The following formula, well known by the common people, comes from “Kachf El Hijab” written by Imam Sukeirj (may ALLAH be pleased with him):

1. Face the tomb and recite the following 7 times :
« Attahiyêtou lillêh wa zakiyatou lillêh wa taïbatou salawatou lillêh, Assalamou alaïka ayyouha nabi wa rahmatoullah »

Then the 8th time, recite the entire formula, up to « … wa barakatouh Assalamou ‘alaïna wa ‘ala ‘ibada llahou salihin, Ach-hadou an lê ilêha ila llah wahdahou lê charika llah wa ach-hadou anna Mouhammadan ‘abdouhou wa rassoulouhou. »

2. Then say :
« Assalêmou 'alaïka ya khalifatou-llah, Assalêmou 'alaïka ya khalifatou rassouloullah, Assalêmou 'alaïka ya ayyouhal qoutboul maktoum, Assalêmou 'alaïka ya Seïdina wa Cheïkhina wa Maoulana Ahmed Tijani. »
Translation: Peace be upon you oh Caliph of Allah, peace be upon you oh caliphe of the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon you Oh hidden pole, peace be upon you oh Our Excellence, and most Precious Master Ahmed Tidjani.

3. Recite: Fatiha El Kitab 4 times and then Salat el Fatihi 11 times (or more, according to each person's capacities) offering the reward to Sheikh Ahmed Tidjani (may Allah sanctify his precious secret).

4: Then say: "« Allahouma bi haqqi 'ibadika aladhina idha nadarta ilaïhim sakana ghadabouka wa bi haqqil hafina min haoulil 'arch wa bi haqqi Seïdina Mouhammedin wa bi haqqi Seïdina wa cheïkhina wa maoulana Ahmed Tijani if’al li... (make your request)"
Translation : « Oh Lord, by the right of your slaves who, when you look upon them, your anger ceases, and by the right of those who surround the Throne and the by the right of our Excellence Muhammad and by the right of our Excellence, our Sheikh and Master Ahmed Tidjani, I request of you...(make your request) »

Research, translation and summary by the Zawiya Tidjaniya El Kubra