The Tariqa Tijaniyya Is The Path Off The Prophet (saw): Khutbah of Shaykh Al-Islam Ibrahim Niasse (RA)

THE TARIQA TIJANIYYA IS THE PATH OF THE PROPHET (SAWS):10646621_847588438614746_6018344524024161954_n

Our Tariqa Tijaniyya is clearly established upon well-known pillars just as our Deen is clearly established upon well-known pillars, such as Salat & Sawm. 

The Tariqa is established upon the 3 pillars of al-Istighfar, Salat ‘ala Nabi(SAWS) and “La ilaha il Allah”. 

Many people in this present time, a time of the astonishing decline of the Muslims, are being deceived into abandoning Salat and Fasting and we are witnessing many others denying the Sufi leaders and their Turuq. 

The Sufi orders are only the Path of the Prophet(SAWS), they do not belong to Shaykh Abdul-Qadir al-Jilani(RA) or to Shaykh Ahmad al-Tijani(RA). 

The Tariqa is nothing but the adoption of the Way of the Prophet(SAWS) and it is this which people are summoned to. The Sufi orders are given to cause benefit to humanity, by seeking the forgiveness of Allah, offering prayers and salutations upon the Prophet, and delving deep into the meaning of “La ilaha il Allah”. 

Each of these 3 pillars can be found in numerous places in the Holy Qur’an.

A (Wahabi/Salafi) scholar in Mecca once advised me to order my followers to abandon the Tariqa Tijaniyya because it is innovation (Bid’a), superstition (Kharafat), and disbelief (Kufr). He said that I, as a scholar, should return to Senegal and do the work of getting people to leave the Tariqa Tijaniyya. 

I aked him to continue with speaking his thoughts on the subject and when he finished talking, I asked him, “What is the Tariqa Tijaniyya?” He said, “I do not know.” 

I told him that is a good answer, but I know what the Tariqa Tijaniyya and Shaykh Ahmad al-Tijani(RA) is all about! I said, “Since you do not know anything about either the Shaykh nor his Tariqa, should you tell me about this or should I be informing you?” He said, “You are correct, the one who knows should be in the position of teaching.” I told him, “I asked you what is the Tariqa Tijaniyya and you replied that you know nothing about the subject, therefore I will tell you that the Tariqa Tijaniyya is only al-Istighfar, Salat ‘ala Nabi, and “La ilaha il Allah”. 

“Is it possible for you to advise your Muslim brother to stop seeking the forgiveness of Allah and Allah says, “Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is the Oft-Forgiving.”(71:10)? He said, “No.” I then asked him, “Are any of us infallible? The Prophet was Ma’sum and had his past and future sins forgiven by Allah (48:1-2) and yet he continued to seek the forgiveness of Allah more than seventy times a day; and in another narration, he sought forgiveness more than one hundred times a day. 

So, if the infallible Prophet(SAWS) is seeking the forgiveness of Allah, what about you & I, can we afford to abandon making Istighfar?” The man answered, “No.” 

I then began to explain the importance of Salat ‘ala Nabi by saying, “Allah orders the believers to send prayers and salutations upon him in His Saying, “O you who believe! Send your Salat on him, and greet him with a salutation of peace!”(33:56), and the Prophet himself said, “Whosoever offers one Salat on me, Allah will offer ten Salat upon him.”; is it possible for you to advise your Muslim brothers to abandon sending Salat upon the Prophet(SAWS)?” He said,“No.” 

I then asked him, “Is it possible for you to advise your Muslim brothers to stop saying ‘La ilaha il Allah’? He answered,“No.” I then said to him, “This is the Tariqa Tijaniyya: to offer al-Istighfar, Salat ‘ala Nabi, and ‘La ilaha il Allah’, morning and evening. 

If this is an innovation, it is a Bid’a which has come in the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith! We begin our Wird al-Lazim by first saying, “I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Devil” and the recitation of Surah al-Fatiha. Allah says, “So recite from the Qur’an as much as may be easy for you.”(73:20); then we make al-Istighfar and Allah says, “Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is the Oft-Forgiving.”(71:10); then we make Salat ‘ala Nabi and Allah says, “O you who believe! Send your Salat on him, and greet him with a salutation of peace!”(33:56); then we say “La ilaha il Allah” and Allah says, “Remember Allah with much remembrance!”(33:41); and we do this morning and evening, as Allah says, “And glorify His Praises morning and evening!”(33:42); and “In houses which Allah has ordered to be raised, in them His Name is remembered. Therein glorify Him in the mornings and the evenings. Men whom neither trade nor sale (business) diverts them from the remembrance of Allah, nor from performing Salat nor from giving Zakat. They fear a Day when hearts and eyes will be overturned (out of the horror of the torment of the Day of Judgment.”(24:36-37).

I asked the man, “Is it possible for you to order us to abandon these three (3) pillars of the Tariqa Tijaniyya?” He said, “No, but you should write a book to clearly explain what the Tariqa Tijaniyya is and how it is safe and sound and so that we can distinguish between what is the truth from the lies.” I told him, “Yes, the Tariqa Tijaniyya is only al-Istighfar, Salat ‘ala Nabi, and “La ilaha il Allah.” 

As I mentioned earlier in this sermon, “There is no god but Allah” has different levels of meaning. It has a shell, a core and the core of the core! To the common believers, “La ilaha il Allah” means that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah (Laa Ma‘bud bi‘l Haqq Siwahu). 

To those with a higher level of understanding, “La ilaha il Allah” means that there is no desired objective besides Allah (Laa Maqsud bi’l Haqq il Allah). 

To those with an even higher comprehension of “La ilaha il Allah” means that there is nothing in existence but Allah (Laa Mawjud bi’l Haqq il Allah).

The 1st degree belongs to those who say “La ilaha il Huwa”.The 2nd degree belongs to those who say “La ilaha ila Anta”The 3rd degree belongs to those who say “La ilaha il Ana” 

As we stated before, the third degree is for those whose remembrance is “Allah!” “Allah!”

The remembrance of Allah is the Key to Sainthood (Miftah al-Wilaya), it is also the Beginning and End of Sainthood (Bidayat wa’l Nihayat al-Wilaya), and it is also the End and the Begininng of Sainthood. If the beginning is sound, then the ending is also sound. We begin by saying “La ilaha il Allah” and then we move onto “La ilaha il Anta” and then we move onto “La ilaha il Ana”! 

To Allah is the return! La ilaha il Allah!!I am giving thanks and praises to Allah for the blessing of us having attained to love of each other for the sake of Allah, Glorious & Exalyed is He! I am asking Allah to reward each of you with a great reward! I am asking Him to increase your good, in both this life and the Hereafter! I am asking Allah to increase all of you in wealth and in offspring, and to place tremendous Baraka in these blessings! 

May Allah bless the land of Mauritania in general and to protect it from every evil, epidemic, plague and disease! 

I ask that Allah make us to be included among the most distinguished companions of Shaykh Ahmad al-Tijani(RA)–in this life and in the Hereafter! He is Able to do this and this is not difficult for Him! Oh Allah, send peace and blessings upon our master Muhammad, the Opener of what had been closed, the Seal of what had gone before; the Helper of the Truth by the Truth, and the Guide to Your Straight Path–may Allah’s blessings be upon him and upon his Family, and may this prayer be according to his real grandeur and surely his position is extremely great! 

As-Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Baraktuh!

Shaykh Ibrahim ibn AlHajj Abdullahi Niasse al-Tijani al-Kaolacky

{Interpreted from the Arabic by Muhammad Abdullahi al-Tijani al-Ibrahimi}

His Emminence Shaykh al-Islam al-Hajj Ibrahim Niasse al-Kaolacky

Jawahir of the Day



And who is better in faith than the one who surrenders his being to God, and is a doer of good, and follows the way of Ibrahim, rightly oriented? For God took Ibrahim as a friend. [4:125]


No people ever withhold zakah except that Allah tests them with famine. [Tabarani]

Words of light:

Everyone in this world is a guest, and his money is but a loan. The guest must go sooner or later and the loan must be returned. [Ibn Mas’ud]

Hikmah of the day:

He who yearns so much for the Sacred House of God and is so eager to perform that religious obligation that he strains himself to go to pilgrimage, although he is not able in every way, his faith is more complete and his reward is greater and more liberal.

A believer should not postpone, act lazily, or procrastinate, producing excuses year after year, when he is able to go. How can he be sure that death will not overtake him, or that he will lose the ability he now possesses. He will remain indebted with pilgrimage and when he meets God, will do so as a disobedient sinner.

Just think:

Hatred is not ceased by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. Hatred is the madness of the heart. A wo/man who lives, not by what s/he loves but what s/he hates, is a sick being. When our hatred is violent, it sinks us even beneath those who we hate. Hatred is self-punishment.

The Beauty of a Women

1. The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.

2. The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

3. The beauty of a woman is not in her facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
4. It is the caring, that she lovingly gives, the passion she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years will only grow.

5. She is not made to be the admiration of all, but the happiness of one.

6. Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother — the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.

Salat and Your Cave

“Take refuge in the cave. Allah will shower His mercy on you and make you an easy way out of your ordeal.” (Al Qur’an 18:16)

The cave is the place of refuge for the dwellers of the deserts and mountains, for the travelers and outcasts. Our Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam, used to leave his people and live for days at the Cave of Hiraa’, alone with his Creator. Allah Most High was preparing him there for receiving the first revelation.. giving him spiritual strength so that he could carry the eternal words of Allah within him.

And Allah has given the Muslims a cave of their own in which to seek refuge, without having to cut themselves off from the rest of the world. And that is the Salaat.

Sahl at-Tustari and Ibn Kathir narrated in their Qur’anic commentaries that the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam said to his companion Mu’adh ibn Jabal, radi Allahu ‘anhu about the believer:

“The Qur’an is his guide… the Salaat is his cave, and fasting is his shield.

And the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam, used to say to sayyidna Bilal, radi Allahu ‘anhu:

“Rise oh Bilal, and bring us raaha (peace/rest/comfort) by the Salaat.” (Narrated by Abu Dawud, Ahmad ibn Hanbal and others.)

And we are told by the Companions that “if anything big happened to the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam, or anything concerned him, he would seek refuge in the Salaat.” Narrated by Abu Dawud and Ahmad ibn Hanbal).

Thus the Salaat is our cave, our place of refuge from the world, where we are standing before our Lord and Creator, our Protector, in His presence, and we rise above all the worries of the dunya, knowing that we have come to the door of the Most Generous and Merciful King, who only says for a thing “Be!” and it is.

يا معاذ: إن المؤمن قد قيده القرآن عن كثير من هوى نفسه، وحال بينه وبين أن يهلك فيما هوي بإذن الله، إن المؤمن لذي الحق أسير. يا معاذ: إن المؤمن يسعى في فكاك رقبته. يا معاذ: إن المؤمن لا تسكن روعته، ولا يؤمن اضطرابه حتى يخلف جسر جهنم. يا معاذ: إن المؤمن يعلم أن عليه رقباء على سمعه وبصره ولسانه ويده ورجليه وبطنه وفرجه، حتى اللمحة ببصره، وفتات الطينة بإصبعه، وكحل عينه، وجميع سعيه، التقوى رفيقه، والقرآن دليله، والخوف محجته، والشوق مطيته، والوجل شعاره، والصلاة كهفه، والصيام جنته، والصدقة فكاكه، والصدق وزيره، والحياء أميره، وربه من وراء ذلك بالمرصاد. يا معاذ: إني أحب لك ما أحب لنفسي، وأنهيت إليك ما أنهى إلي جبريل صلوات الله عليه، فلا أعرفن أحداً يوافيني يوم القيامة أسعد بما آتاك الله تعالى منك

تفسير سهل التستري –

: وفي تفسير ابن كثير

يا معاذ إن المؤمن لدى الحق أسير ، يا معاذ إن المؤمن لا يسكن روعه ولا يأمن اضطرابه حتى يخلف جسر جهنم خلف ظهره ، يا معاذ إن المؤمن قيده القرآن عن كثير من شهواته ، وعن أن يهلك فيها هو بإذن الله عز وجل ، فالقرآن دليله والخوف محجته والشوق مطيته والصلاة كهفه والصوم جنته والصدقة فكاكه والصدق أميره والحياء وزيره وربه عز وجل من وراء ذلك كله بالمرصاد

“قم يا بلال فأرحنا بالصلاة“

سنن ابو داوود والمسند الصحيح للوادعي وتخريج الكشاف للزيلعي و مسند أحمد –

كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا حزبه أمر فزع إلى الصلاة

مسند احمد

Beautiful Dua


Ya Allah you know that I am growing older.

Keep me from becoming too talkative, from repeating all my jokes and anecdotes,
and particularly keep me from falling into the tiresome habit of expressing an opinion on every subject.

Release me from craving to straighten out everyone’s affairs. Keep my mind free from recital of endless details. Give me wings to get to the point.

Give me the grace, to listen to others as they describe their aches and pains.

Help me endure the boredom with patience and keep my lips sealed, for my own aches and pains are increasing in number and intensity, and the pleasure of discussing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally, I might be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet.

Make me thoughtful, but not moody; helpful, but not pushy; independent, yet able to accept with graciousness favors that others wish to bestow on me.

Free me of the notion that simply because I have lived to see my 40’s, I am wiser than those who have not lived so long; yet I may be older, not necessarily wiser!

Ya Allah, I pray that you keep me from the tunnel of arrogance, the put of envy and the state of being idle spiritually.

If it’s pleasing for you, when the end comes, I would like to have a friend or two left.


Jawahir of The Day


Believers, be supporters of justice, as witnesses to God, even be it against yourselves, or your parents & relatives; whether one be rich or poor, God is closer and more worthy than either. And do not follow desire, lest you pervert it or neglect it, God is aware of what you do. [4: 135]

Word of the Day:

Upholding ties of kinship increases one’s lifespan. [Tabarani]

Wisdom of the Day:

The sign that one intimately knows Allah is that his heart is ever increasing in His remembrance. [Sahl bin Abdullah]

Nur of the Day:

Enjoining good and forbidding evil is one of the greatest pillars of religion and most important responsibilities for believers. It is collective (Kifaya) obligation, which means that when some Muslims do it, the others are relieved of the obligation and no blame is attached to them. However, the reward goes only to those who were engaged in it.
When the obligation is not fulfilled, all those will share in the sin and censure who were aware of blameworthy things being committed and were capable of stopping them, either by direct action or by exhortation, but did not do so. A person should do what he can, should not neglect to support God’s religion, should not seek a way out by coming up with unacceptable excuses that do not relieve him from the obligation imposed upon him by God the Exalted. [Counsels of Religion by Imam al-Haddad]

Food for Thought:

A ready hand is better than a ready tongue. Light is the task where many share the toil. The race of mankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask from their fellow-men; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.

Conquer My Fear Daily

We all have seemingly irrational things that we’re scared of. Sometimes I think I have more than most. We human beings are terrifying: we make fun of people, we compete, we bomb civilians, we reject; we hurt one another, and the most disturbing is we IGNORE THE EVIDENT. If I spent my life thinking about these things 24/7, I’d live in a tormented state of fight-or-flight.

Instead, I would like to think I have a turn off switch, that way I could tune it all out, escape and shield myself from it. Unfortunately, I am a lover of my people and can not seem to get a clear head day to day. Can you blame me? Until it creeps in … and I learn (again and again) that I have to make friends with the fear, even little bits of it, to keep it from ruling my life.

In order to be successful, happy, fulfilled, whatever you want to call it, I need to work through the fears. These are the fears that I attempt to confront daily to transform fear into a friend:

1. Missing out.

There are so many ways to use my time. What if I missed out on an opportunity to connect with someone, or to extract more meaning from life? I don’t feel I am living without reaching at least ONE KID and see the light.

2. Launching things before I’m ready.

I always worry I haven’t researched or prepared enough before I start something new, but once I begin, I have to trust that the Universe will guide me.

3. Asking for help.

Seeking help can feel like I’m admitting I’m inadequate, but everyone needs help in this world. This is a fact I will have to face in this life.

4. Pressing “send” on a blog post.

Will the readers like it? Will it be massively edited and rewritten? Will it resonate the way I intended? These are all small concerns compared with my desire to spread my message to a broad audience.

5. Presenting a genuine version of Self.

As much as I want to believe in something greater, that everything happens for a reason, and people are really good at heart, sometimes I have to fake it until it is proved again that these things are true. Because often times I meet or have met representatives instead of real people. Always remember you can only be you! No one is better at it than you!!!

6. Persisting during the lows.

When I’m startled, sometimes the last thing I want to hear is anything related to personal growth. This is an important time to flex the confrontation muscles.

7. Everything being meaningless.

The world is really vast. Why is this even a relevant article? Are there any second chances for humanity, or are we doomed to our biological ends? I must overcome these nagging thoughts that haunt me as a human being.

8. Everything mattering.

Recycle. Floss. Be positive. Pick up the kids. Eat your greens. Purify your water. The small choices we make can have an immense impact on our health and well-being, but there’s a point when they devour the process of living and turn it into a series of maintenance actions.

9. Apologizing.

Apologies often feel like an admission that I was wrong, which implies that I am inadequate in some way for not having made the correct decision or action. I must master my ego and understand the value of giving up. True giving up is realizing there is nothing to give up.

10. Judging.

When you realize that your judgment of others is actually judgment of yourself, it can cause moments of intense anxiety. Perhaps this is why so many people become what they despise.

In spite of these fears, it’s possible to lead a life of satisfaction and fulfillment. The fear isn’t going away. Fear evolves as you evolve. Facing the fear to create, live big, and thrive requires training of your friend-making muscles. It’s a daily practice to befriend fear. My training routine goes like this:

A. Name signs of fear, like a stiff neck, inability to focus, or thinking too much about the future or the past.

B. Ask myself whether the fear is warranted. The answer is almost always “no,” otherwise I’d do something about it.

C. Decide how I would treat the best, most loving and accomplished version of myself. I ask myself, “How would I respond if I discovered that that version of me is scared?” When it gets hard to find the best version of myself, I substitute someone I love.

D. The hardest step: Give yourself what you need. Forgiveness, faith, compassion, introspection, or love are all great choices.

Al Fayda of Islam ~Allah-umma Salli 'ala Sayyidina Mohammadin al-Fati'hi limaa ughliqa, wal khatimi limaa sabaqa, Naasiri-l-'Haqqi bil-'Haqqi wal Hadi ilaa Siratiqa-l-Mustaqim, wa 'ala aalihi 'haqqa Qadrihi wa Miqdaarihi-l-'Adhim.

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