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Sidi Braham – The Mausoleum

2.Sidi Braham – The Writer & his Children inside the courtyard
3.Sidi Braham – The Ablution fountain
• ‫بسم ال الرحمن الرحيم‬
• ‫أل إن أولياء ال ل خوف عليهم ولهم يحزنون‬
• .62-10 ‫القران الكريم‬
• : ‫ومن قوله عليه واله الصلة و السلم‬
• “‫“من ورخ مؤمنا فكأنما أحياه ومن قرأ تاريخه فكأنما زاره ومن زاره استوجب رضوان ال وحق عن المزور أن يكرم زائره‬
• *‫سيدي علي حشلف‬-8‫ص‬-‫كتاب سلسلة الصول في شجرة أبناء الرسول‬.


• “Behold Verily on the Friends of Allah there is no fear nor shall they Grieve”
Holy-Quran 10-62.
• « Whoever has written up the biography of a Believer it is like he had him
resurrected , and whoever has read this biography it is like he paid him a
visit while attaining God’s pleasure and obviously the visited Person should
be generous towards his Guest”
• *Les Chorfa, Les Nobles du Monde Musulman, P.20, Publisud-1995.
• *Sidi Ali Hachlaf.

• *Subject: Muslim Saints of Algeria & the Maghrib


• At the end of the XV century a group of Three people and disciples of the Kadiriya of
Sidi Abdul Qadir Al Jilani’s Sufi path or Tariqa departed to a long and unfinished
journey from what is now the Western Sahara or Sakia Al Hamra in view of
propagating the true faith of Islam northwards.

• The three Khouans or Faith Brothers and each according to the already intended aim
went on three different destinations: the first Sidi Abou Abdullah settled down in the
Chlef valley, the second Sidi Mohamed Cherif went on until the high mountains of
Kabylia while the third and subject of our Survey Sidi Mohamed Al Ghobrini took the
way to the seaside city of Cherchell a city that is distanced 90 km north-west of
• Upon his arrival in Cherchell, Sidi Mohamed Al Ghobrini feeling the coming
of his last days, quickly summoned his son Braham and went on to advised
him about the spiritual legacy that is awaiting him, Sidi Braham as a
devoted son and disciple was well aware of the heavy burden and
tranquilised his father regarding this sacred trust.

• In the aftermath of his father’s burial in the eastern cemetery of Cherchell,

Sidi Braham packed his small luggage taking the direction of Algiers where
he was to go to Sidi El Kettani as prescribed by his father’s will.

• Sidi Mohamed El Kettani a famous Scholar at that time and through an

unknown manner outrightly repelled and rejected the new and young
knowledge-seeker , facing such challenge Sidi Braham took refuge in front
of Sidi El Kettani ‘s door and stayed many days without food nor drink ,
only Prayers and Dhikr were his spiritual incentives.

• After days of hard times, and at the end Sidi El Kettani gave in and
accepted the young man on a condition that Sidi Braham is to refund all
expenses linked to his boarding school, having no alternative whatsoever
and despite his poverty, Sidi Braham reluctantly accepted the deal while
relying upon the hands of providence.

• After one year study, Sidi El Kettani asked Sidi Braham for his debt-
settlement but in vain, he could not afford to pay his debt, and going
through an unfinished and a terrible ordeal that was to take a new shape
under the threat of selling him as a slave, Sidi Braham in an act of total
submission accepted the bitter fate.
• So he was sold to an Ottoman Turk in the outskirts of Cherchell for his field’s works
it was a quite a happy choice for the Turk who had noticed that the young man gave
him total satisfaction, since he was full of energy than the other workers.

• Furthermore one day while visiting his fields he found Sidi Braham praying while his
horse carriage wisely laid out the furrow much better than a skilled hand would have
done it, the sight has genuinely stunned the Turk and was well aware of the fact that
he was dealing with a Saint and fearing for his fate he rapidly freed Sidi Braham.

• Taking into account his Father’s spiritual will and without grudge he went again to
seek Sidi El Kettani’s blessing and knowledge continuation within his Zawiya , but
the Sheikh was intransigent and advised him to pursue his studies in Cairo in Sidi Al
Bakri’s Zawiya .

• In the aftermath of a long and hard journey Sidi Braham reached Cairo where he was
given a cool reception by Sidi Al Bakri and soon his humility was severely tested as
he was in charge of an endless task “a drawer of water” from a remote spring to the
Zawiya or centre of learning so as to quench the thirst of his student mates, such
new trial was consciously carried out while Dhikr and night prayers were an
inseparable time table for the courageous student.

• In view of this incomparable perseverance, Sidi Al Bakri knew for sure that he found
in Sidi Braham a student of choice, thus he let him complete and deeply probe the
Islamic sciences and Mystic knowledge that of Sidi Abdul Kadir Al Djilani, once the
mission was over, Sidi Al Bakri satisfied with the positive outcome of Sidi Braham
allowed him to return to Cherchell to carry out the Dawah work within the
inhabitants of the city.
• Upon his return to Cherchell Sidi Braham was given a wonderful welcome
by all the population of this city as well as from the notables and friends of
the neighbouring areas , as such Historians recalled that my eight Grand-
Father “Sidi Mohamed Benmira” was among the return - journey
congratulating crowd and due to his poverty stricken state he could afford
but a woodpile as a gift for the circumstance , Sidi Braham warmly
welcomed him and in a heart to heart spiritual encounter murmured the
following words to Sidi Mohamed Benmira :

• “O Benmira you are light and you have brought light”

• Such medieval high sounding call is still reverberating among the

generations until now, and no wonder Sidi Braham’s spiritual legacy is still
marching on, as nostalgic moments recalled to me the heydays of the late
sixties and early seventies while as a Teenager and in the company of my
late Father “Hadj Djillali” and the Elderly wise people of the “Bkhait tribe”
of Djelida and Khemis-Miliana used to take part in the annual “Rakb” or
visit to Sidi Braham’s Mausoleum.

• ‫محمد عبد القادر بوكريطة‬

• ‫كاتب مستقل‬

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