The Opening of Sidi Abd al Aziz
From Al-Ibriz ® "Pure Gold" by Sayyidi Ahmad ibn al-Mubarak, a
pupil of the Shaykh.
Shaykh Abd al-Aziz
ad-Debbarh, may Allah be pleased with him, said: Three days after the
death of Sidi Umar the opening happened to me and praise belongs to Allah.
We recognised Allah by the reality of our selves, and praise and thanks
belong to Him. That was on Thursday the 8th of Rajab 1125 H. I went out of
our house and Allah provided me with four coins, by means of one of His
slaves who give sadaqah. I bought fish and went to our house and the woman
said to me, "Go to Sidi Ali Ibn Harazim (an area in Fez) and bring us oil
so that we can cook the fish."
I went and when I reached
the Bab al-Futuh a trembling came over me and then many shudders. Then my
flesh began to creep very much and I began to walk in that condition until
I reached the grave of Sidi Yahya ibn 'Ilal, may Allah benefit us by him,
and that is on the way to Sidi Ali ibn Harazim. My state became very
extreme and my breast became tremendously troubled, and I said, "This is
death without doubt." Then my body began to extend until it was longer
than any length. Things began to unveil themselves to me and to appear as
if they were right in front of me. I saw all the villages and towns,
everything in this land and the Christian woman breast-feeding her child
sitting in her lap. I saw all the oceans, the seven continents and
everything in them, the beasts and all creatures. I saw the sky as if I
were above it looking at what was in it.
Suddenly there was a
tremendous light like dazzling sheet lightning which seemed to come from
every direction. That light came from above me and from below me, from my
right and left, and from before me and behind me. A tremendous cold from
it struck me so much so that I thought I had died. I tried to cover my
face so that I would not have to look at that light but I realised that my
body was all eyes, the eye seeing, the head seeing, the leg seeing and all
of my limbs seeing. I looked at the clothes I was wearing and I found that
they did not veil that seeing which pervaded my whole body, so I realised
that covering my face made no difference.
That state continued for
about an hour and then stopped. I regained the first state that I
originally had and returned to town. I was incapable of reaching Sidi Ibn
Harazim and was afraid for myself and was busy weeping. That state
returned to me for an hour and then stopped again. It began to come upon
me for an hour and then vanish for another hour until it was living
intimately with me. It began to be absent only for an hour in the day and
an hour in the night, until finally it became continuous.
Allah had mercy on me
because He made me meet one of the Gnostics among His friends. When I woke
up from the night after the day of the opening, I went to visit Moulay
Idris, may Allah benefit us by him, and there I met the Faqih, Sidi
al-Hajj Ahmad Jarandi, the Imam of the Moulay Idris Mosque. So, I
mentioned to him what I saw and what had happened to me. He said to me,
"Come with me to my home," so I went with him to the house.
He entered and I with
him, and we sat down together and he said, "Repeat to me what you have
seen." I repeated it to him. I looked at him and he was weeping. He said,
"There is no GOD but Allah, these four hundred years we have not heard the
like of this." He gave me many dirhams and said to me, "Take them and meet
your needs with them. When you are finished with them do not ask anyone to
give you anything. Return to me and I will give you everything you need.
And I insist that you go to the grave of Sidi Abdullah at-Tawdi, for there
you will see good."
I left him and I never
saw him after that day. The sickness that caused his death came to him and
he died, may Allah have mercy on him, but I followed his parting counsel
and went to Sidi Abdullah at-Tawdi. When I reached the Bab al-Jaysah there
was a black man outside the gate. He began to look at me and I said to
myself, "What does he want?" When I reached him he took my hand and
greeted me and I returned his greeting. He said to me, "I want you to
return with me to the mosque, then we can sit for an hour and talk," and I
said, "With pleasure."
I returned with him and
we sat in the mosque. He began to speak to me, saying, "I am sick with
such and such, I saw such and such, and such and such happened to me,"
mentioning everything that had happened to me. He threw off the burden I
carried by his words, by Allah, and I realised that he was one of the
friends of Allah, a Gnostic. He said that his name was Abdullah al-Barnawi
from Barno and that he had only come to Fez because of me. I rejoiced and
realised the blessing in the words of the Faqih Sidi al-Hajj Ahmad
al-Jarandi, may Allah be merciful to him, for he was one of the people of
Sidi Abdullah al-Barnawi
remained with me, guiding me, directing me and strengthening me and
removing fear of what I witnessed from my heart for the rest of the months
of Rajab, Sha'ban, Ramadan, and ten days from Dhu'l-Hijjah.
When it was the third day
of the Eid festival I saw the Master of Existence (the Prophet Muhammad),
may Allah bless him and grant him peace. Sidi Abdullah al-Barnawi said,
"Oh Sidi Abd al Aziz, before today I was afraid for you but today when
Allah the Exalted has made you meet the Master of Existence, may Allah
bless him and grant him peace, my heart is secure and tranquil, and I
entrust you to Allah the Mighty and Majestic." Then he went to his land
and left me. His stay with me was only to protect me from darkness
entering upon me in this opening and until the opening in witnessing the
Prophet happened to me, may Allah bless him and give him peace, because
there is no fear for the one who has the opening then. It is only feared
for him before that.