Isnad of the Thariqa' Tijaniyyah

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The above is extracted from, The Key to Worship in the Thariqa’ Tijaniyyah.

Shaykh Ahmad at-Tijani (q.s.), in answering someone who asked about his isnad, said, “As for the isnad of our thariqa’, it goes back to the Prophet (s.a.w.).  Also, the isnad with the wird and Hizb as-Sayfi is from the Prophet (s.a.w.).  As for Musabb’at al-‘Ashr, I accepted it orally from Shaykh Mahmud al-Kurdi al-Miswri, and he accepted it from al-Khidhri orally.  As for the Ahzab of ash-Shadzili and the wazhifa of az-Zuruqi, and Dala’il al-Khayrat and ad-Dur al-‘Ala, I accepted ijaza’ for all of them from our shaykh, the perfect quthb, our master, Muhammad ‘Abd al-Karim as-Sammani al-Qatani who lived in Madinat al-Munawwarah.”

Shaykh Ahmad at-Tijani (q.s.) was very consistent in the practice of his awrad after prayers in the morning, to the time of dhuha in solitude, and after the prayers of ‘aswr to the disappearance of the sun below the horizon, and between that time and the prayers of ‘isha’ in solitude.  Also, Shaykh at-Tijani (q.s.) said, “I do not use any dzikr except that the Prophet (s.a.w.) arranges it for me in all of its conditions, and he is prompting his companions to do it, especially Swalawat al-Fatih’ because of the great benefits that are in it”

When anyone seeks a thing by other than the known awrad, the shaykh said, “Do abundant swalawat upon the Prophet (s.a.w.) with Swalawat al-Fatih, because in it is the good of this world and the Hereafter.  And by it, one obtains all his desires, and the murid reaches his wishes.”

And our master also said, “For every intelligent person, there are times to be alone with his Lord which he cannot delay or be too busy for, and times for sitting with his brothers in the path of Allah the Sublime, for dzikr or taslim or the use of knowledge he did have before, and these times should not be abandoned.”  Then he said, “The most beneficial times set for solitude with Allah the Sublime are the middle of the night after the people are asleep, to the rise of fajr, and after morning prayers to the time of dhuha, and after ‘aswr prayers to ‘isha’.  A worker in those times hits his aim, and ma’rifat is clarified according to one’s ability at those times, and what is necessary for a soul is not to be lazy and not to be displeased, thereby going astray from the limit, set by his [The Prophet’s (s.a.w.)] saying, ‘Surely this religion is easy and whosoever makes it difficult, it will overcome him.’  So worship according to your needs and come close to your Lord and be joyful, and appoint the morning, evening, and night as times for this.”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “This religion is strong, so penetrate into it gently and do not hate for yourself the worship of Allah, for surely a new plan does not fulfill itself is cut off, and what remains in the ground does not appear.”

And he also said, “Take from the religious works what you have the capacity for, for surely Allah does not become tired of you until you become tired of Him.”

And Shaykh at-Tijani (q.s.) said, “And in all we have mentioned, the person must be sincere to Allah and not associate anything with Allah the Sublime.”


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