Photo: This picture was taken by a colonial government photographer about 1912 in Tivaouane,the headquarters of the well-known Tijaniyya Sufi leader Malik Sy.
Hide yourselves, you who search for knowledge, this will save you from trials and sorrows,
have determination, thus you will surpass your generation.
Do not grieve for the trials which come upon you,
be courageous, so that people believe you want for nothing.
For the Science is never granted to one who fears hunger,
GOD raises his servant who shows patience.
You who wish to acquire knowledge, review your studies constantly,
every time, my sympathy is with them.
You who seek knowledge, do not at the same time go after money,
for the Creator provides for the needs of those on the quest for knowledge.
Fear GOD and follow his religion which is ISLAM,
for he who disobeys GOD or does harm to others will never hold knowledge.
Keep yourself seperate from the opposite sex, young or old,
for approaching them will only lead you to contempt, disobedience, and destruction.
Do not sacrifice the hereafter for this world, O Son of Adam!
It is clear whoever trades light for darkness will regret it.
(Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba)
'The Removal of Confusion Concerning the Flood of the Saintly Seal Ahmad Al-Tijani: A Translation of Kashif Al-Ilbas an Fayda Al-Khatm Abi' Abbas'
by Shaykh al-Islam Ibrahim 'Abd-Allah Niasse (Author)
The Removal of confusion is a compendium of insights from the Muslim Sufi tradition concerning the path to realizing the experiential knowledge of Allah. This is the first English translation of any major text of the Tijani Tariqa.