COMMENTARY AND CLARIFICATION ABOUT TIJJANIYYAH AND TIJJANIYANS (WEEK 1)
Category : SHEIKH IBRAHIM'S BOOKS
I here by commence the new segment of our weekly Baye Book Translation Project with a new book of Maulana Sheikh Ibrahim Niass, entitled: ” Commentary & Clarification About Tijjaniyah & Tijjaniyans“. Our series begins from excerpts in pages 6 & 7. This is very significant and timely given the fact that some wahabis have started using distorted version of “Jawahiril Maani“, (Pearls of Meanings) and misinforming people about it. So I therefore started from the pages he set the records straight. And coupled with his hand-written letter indicating that he had inherited the original copy of this book.
افتراء الكذب على الشيخ التجاني والدس في النسخة المطبوعة من كتاب جواهر المعاني:
DISTORTION & FALSIFICATION AGAINST SHEIKH TIJJANI & INTERPOLATION (OF STRANGE THINGS) IN THE PUBLISHED VERSION OF THE BOOK JAWAHIRIL MAANI(PEARLS OF MEANINGS)
I possess a copy of Jawahiril Maani with the original hand writing of the author, Khalifah (of Sheikh Tijjani) Alhaji Aliyu Harazimi (may Allah be pleased with him). It was the very copy in possession of Sheikh Tijjani may Allah be pleased with him for the period of 16 years. As my Sheikh and father the Khalifah of Sheikh Tijjani in Senegal Alhaji Abdulahi bun Sayyidi Muhammad(Niass) from Sayyidi Al-Bashir bun Sayyidi Muhammadul Habib Ibnil Sheikh Tijjani, may Allah be pleased with them narrated to me. And Sayyidi Al-Bashir was the one who donated this historic (unique) copy to my father, may Allah grant him mercy in the year, 1329 of the hijrah calendar when he met him in Faz the guarded place. And I affirm here the reality that has its great worth which is the fact that the published copy of “Jawahiril Maani (Pearls of Meanings) – which is rotating among brothers(as they read in turns) constitutes numerous things that are not included in the authors(hand written) copy. I realized that because I taught the book “Jawahiril Maani” many times to many groups of people, among the senior-most Tijjaniyah students. And in attendance to these lectures in my school were many of their scholars. And I would always use my hand-written copy while they were following my readings with the published versions. And i was awakening them (drawing their attention) about the additions existing in their(published) copies of the book and those that were not found in the authors original copy. And among one of those phrases is, “Maqsadil Ahmady” (The Motive of Ahmady), and it is not found in my original copy. And I have informed the Khalifah of Sheikh Tijjani in Egypt Sheikh Muhammadul Hafiz about this discovered reality, then he borrowed the copy from me to review it with a group of Tijjaniyah scholars. Among them was the mayor or governor of the city of Ismaeliyyah. And after a comparative analysis, what i told them became proven to them. And it was then that the brother i mentioned(Sheikh Muhammadul Hafiz) requested from me to affirm that in writing so as to keep it safe and secure and publish it when the need arise and i helped to fulfill his request. And i am prepared to help anyone who wants to research this issue. So the aforementioned original copy is still with me, praise be to Allah. As i also reviewed the copy that was written by Sheikh Muhammadul Hafiz Al-Tijjani AlAlawi Al-Shanqiti and i found it on the same wave length with my copy.
Undoubtedly, distortions in the books of scholars is an old occurrence and it is well known among researchers, and there are multiple causes for it. And as for us we are on an inspirational foresight in the affairs of our blessed path of Tijjaniyah and Muhammadiyah. And I have reviewed a valuable book written by Allamah(intellectual) Sheikh Ahmed Sukairaj entitled, “The Crime of The Attributed(one) in What was Attributed to Sheikh Tijjani of Falsehood”. It is a book full of benefits in its chapters. It was published in Cairo the supervision of Sheikh Muhammadul Hafiz Al-Tijjani.
To be continued next week……….
Translated By: Husseini Yushau BabalWaiz, New York