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BASIS OF TIDJANIYA FIQH – IMPORTANT INTRODUCTION

There are three obligatory litanies (awrad): the Lazim (the Wird), the Wadhifa and the Hadra of the

Friday.

The Tijaniyya litanies are all based on expressions which come from the Quran and the Sunnah. Reciting them is an inexhaustible source of blessings and neglecting or abandoning them is an open door to misfortunes. The three expressions are:
-Asking ALLAH for forgiveness (Istighfar)
-Sending Prayers (Salat ‘ala Nabi) upon The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)
-The Kalima “LA ILAHA ILLALLAH”: “There is no God but ALLAH”
The litanies must only be recited with the authorization of a muqaddam whose transmittal channel is authentic. The other conditions of the validity of the mandatory litanies of the Tidjaniya are:
-The follower must formulate the intention
-The follower must perform ablution with water or Tayyamoun, according to the Sharia rules.
– The body, the clothes and the area, must be purified according to the rules of Salat.
-The follower is required to cover his body (awrah) the same way as for the Salat.
-The disciple must not speak during the mandatory litanies of the Tariqa Tidjaniya, from beginning to end, except through necessity, in which case he may communicate by gestures, and if he is not understood, then he may say one or two words. There are three exceptions to this rule: the follower may speak freely to his parents, the wife (disciple) to her husband, and the follower to his Sheikh (his Muqaddam). The follower must refrain from eating and drinking during the mandatory litanies. Even a little (a sip or what remains between the teeth) invalidates the Lazim, as for the Wadhifa, it is a little more that invalidates it.
He who does not meet any one of the above mentionned conditions, his evocations are invalidated and he has to do them again.
Besides, it is very important to perform the Wadhifa and the ‘Asrou (Hadra of the Friday) in congregation whenever it is possible, pronouncing them aloud and harmoniously with the other brothers.
In order not to reduce the effectiveness (less divine light), the Lazim, and also if performed alone, the Wadhifa and the Hadra of the Friday, should be pronounced in such a way that the follower can hear himself reciting them, facing the Qibla (except for he who is travelling and so cannot face it) and sitting in the prayer position.
Furthermore, understanding the meaning of what is recited, uttering distinctly, visualizing Seyidina Ahmed Tijani (may Allah be satisfied with him) and even better, our Noble Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), all this helps to obtain maximum benefit from the litanies.
I. THE LAZIM (WIRD)
The Lazim is composed of these three mandatory pillars (in this order):
1. 100 times “Astaghfirullah” (I seek forgiveness from ALLAH)
2. 100 times Salat ‘ala Nabi, the best one is Salatul Fatihi: “Allahumma salli ‘ala Sayyidina Muhammadin el fatihi lima ughliqa, wal khatimi lima sabaqa, nasiri-l-haqqi bil haqqi wal hadi ila siratiqa-l-mustaqim, wa ‘ala alihi haqqa qadrihi wa miqdarihi-l-‘adhim.” You can listen to its recitation HERE.
Salatul Fatihi is a particular prayer that the Prophet (prayers and peace be upon him) ordered Seyyidina Ahmed Tijani (may Allah sanctify his precious secret), during a wakefull vision in broad daylight, to recite and to transmit. The Pole (Qutb) Sidi Muhammad El Bakri (may Allah be pleased with him) had already received it. He had gone on spiritual retreat for several years in Mecca with the intention that ALLAH (The Glorified and The Exalted) would teach him the formula of prayer on the Prophet (prayers and peace be upon him) that gathers together all the other prayers and their secrets. And indeed, it was revealed to him. An angel came to him with an enlightened tablet on which Salatul Fatihi was written. But he kept it secret because this prayer was exclusively reserved for the advent of the Hidden Pole (i.e. Seyyidina Sheikh Ahmed Tijani) and his disciples. Salatul Fatihi’s merits are numerous, Seyyidina Ahmed Tijani (may Allah be satisfied with him) said: “If there were 100000 communities, and each of these communities was constituted of 100000 tribes, and each of these tribes was formed of 100000 men, and each of these men lived 100000 years, and each of these men recited 100000 salat ‘ala Nabi everyday other than Salatul Fatihi, then all these rewards would not reach the reward of a single Salatul Fatihi.
3. 100 times “La Ilaha illAllah” (There is no God but Allah). After the hundredth “La Ilaha illAllah”, we have to say: “Muhammadun Rasulullah. ‘alayhi Salamullah”
Then, there are different meritorious expressions (not mandatory) that we can say in the Lazim. Here is a simple example of a Lazim: 
– (intention of making the morning or evening Lazim)
– “A’udhu billahi mina chaytani rajim”
– Surah El Fatiha + “Ameen”: 1 time
– 100 times “Astaghfirullah” 
– “Subhana rabbika rabbil ‘izzati ‘amma yasifuna wa salamun ‘ala-l-mursalina wa-l-hamdu lillahi rabbi-l-‘alameen” (Surah Saffat 37, verses 180-181-182).
– 100 times Salatul Fatihi 
– “Subhana rabbika rabbil ‘izzati ‘amma yasifuna wa salamun ‘ala-l-mursalina wa-l-hamdu lillahi rabbi-l-‘alameen” (Surah Saffat 37, verses 180-181-182).
– 100 times “La Ilaha illAllah” and after the hundredth “La Ilaha illAllah”: “Muhammadun Rasulullah. ‘alayhi Salamullah” 
– “Innallaha wa mala-i-katahu yusalluna ‘ala nabiyi, ya ayyuha ladhina amanu sallu ‘alayhi wa sallimu taslima” (Sourate 33 El Ahzab, verset 56) 
– “Sallallahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa ‘ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallama taslima”
– “Subhana rabbika rabbil ‘izzati ‘amma yasifuna wa salamun ‘ala-l-mursalina wa-l-hamdu lillahi rabbi-l-‘alameen” (Surah Saffat 37, verses 180-181-182).
– Make du’a…
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