'Ajiba (1747-1809) :
was a Moroccan Sufi of the Darqawi school who studied in Fez and lived all his
life in and around Tetuan.
Although still relatively unknown in the English-speaking world, his writings
are important for an understanding of Maghribi Sufism Ibn Arabi, more than five
centuries after his death.
Students of Islam in North Africa, those interested in the Sufi tradition and
spiritual seekers will welcome the publication of these treatises and the useful
presentation of both Arabic text and English translation on facing pages.
He was born of a sharif family in the Anjra tribe that
ranges from Tangiers to Tetuan along the Mediterranean coast of Morocco.
As a child he developed a love of knowledge, memorizing the Qur'an and studying
subjects ranging from Classical Arabic grammar, religious ethics, poetry,
Qur'anic recitation and tafsir.
He undertook the study of exoteric knowledge in Qasr al-Kabir under the
supervision of Sidi Muhammad al-Susi al-Samlali. It was here that he was
introduced to studies in the sciences, art, philosophy, law and Qur'anic
exegesis in depth.
He studied with Mohammed al-Tawudi ibn Suda, Bennani,
and El-Warzazi, and joined the new Darqawiyya in 1208 AH (1793), of which he was
the representative in the northern part of the Jbala region. He spent his entire
life in and around Tetuan, and died in 1224 AH (1809).
He is the author of around forty works and a Fahrasa
which provides interesting information concerning the intellectual centre that
Tetuan had become by the beginning of the 19th century.
Some of His Works Include