Sheikh Salis Shaban is a renowned celebrated Islamic scholar, student, spiritual son, and grand servant and the “Khalipha”, spiritual representation of Sheikh Ibrahim Niass for Ghana, Togo and Benin.
He stayed with Sheikh Ibrahim Niass from 1950-1960 and blessed to live in the same room with Sheikh Ibrahim Niass whiles serving him as his spiritual master. Globally, Sheikh Salis Shaban is acknowledged as the first to person to institute a global Mauled (Since1965–65 Years now) celebration in commemoration of Sheikh Ibrahim Niass whiles the latter was alive and providing the former the sole permission for same.
Today the celebration is held everywhere in the world with Nigerian gathering over five million devotees for the commemoration of Sheikh Ibrahim Niass.
He is the Eminent Spiritual Cleric for Faidhatu Tijaniyya Ibrahimiya Council of Ghana, Togo & Benin with significant followers in Nigeria (Shaagamu,& Shaaki , ogun and Oyo State respectively). He has significant student representation in Holland, USA, Uk, Germany, Italy.
In Ghana, he has over two million followers across, Volta region, Oti Region, Ashanti Region, Greater Accra Region, Central region and Northen part of Ghana with key strong influence in communities such as Nima, Hohoe, Asamenkase, Gyamasi, Asani, Banda, kpandai, Agona Swedro.
HIS SERVICE TO SHEIKH lBRAHIM NIASS
Sheikh Ibrahim Niass رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ, become the foremost Muslim leader of the 20th Century and beyond, The Revivalist, Spiritual Pivot for many world leaders and tremendously influencing many world affairs politically, socially, and spiritually and intellectually.
All profound Awliyaahallah of his era, significantly come to pay spiritual allegiance and received Tarbiyya from him affirming his higer “Magaam” ranks and position which had become the perefect pathway to experiencing and achieving the symptoms and contagions of “Maarifatullah”, devine perection of Allah.
Conceivably, this is the Gnostic and Grand Saint that Fadeelatush Sheikh Moahmmed Salis Shaban حفظه الله was blessed to have wholeheartedly served him intimately in his room, learnt from him as a worthy student till he became a scholar and spiritual luminary who received his traits from spiritual training and mastered “tarbiyya’ till he become what he become as a spiritual encyclopedia par excellence.
Characteristically as it was, at night when the whole world is as-sleep, Sheikh Salis Shaban حفظه الله will spend his entire night with Sheikh Ibrahim Niass رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ alone in complete servitude.
Sheikh Salis Shaban حفظه الله serving his master, and teacher Sheikh Ibrahim Niass رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ , whiles the latter expresses his infatuations and obsessions of love for his master, divine maestro, The Holy Prophet Mohammed صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ through the medium of Zikir, Swalawat, and anthologies.
He regularly stood over Sheikh Ibrahim Niass رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ in the darkness of the night to fan off heat over the resting Sheikh Ibrahim Naiss wether in the state of awakening or peacefully taken his respite till the day the fajr, prayer times.
Meanwhile during the cold season and night, Sheikh Salis Shaban حفظه الله, would be conisitently massaging all over the body of the Sheikhul Islam, till the prayer time at dawn.
Shiekh Salis Shaban حفظه الله tirelessly held the lamb that provided the light at nights while Sheikh Ibrahim Niass رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ Niass wrote multiple pages enclosed in the “Ad- Dawawwin As-Sit” ( a countless anthologies of poems which was completed in 1959- (1379 AH) ).
He, Sheikh Salis Shaban حفظه الله indeed witnessed the writing of the blessed “Diwaani”, which consist of several books of various “dawaawin” in praise of the holy Prophet Mohammed صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ
In consequence to this, Sheikh Ibrahim Niass رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ declared Sheikh Salis Shaban حفظه الله as his spiritual son “Ibn Ruhi” and implored all his children to acknowledge and recognize in toto as such. According to Sheikh Salis Shaban حفظه الله, he explained that when his beloved biological father, presented him to Sheikh Ibrahim Niass رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ saying, this is my son, I am presenting him to you from the bottom of my heart and soul, Sheikh Ibrahim Niass رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ simoultaneously responded, Salis is my son, Salis is my son, Salis is my son but Allah made you to give birth to him for me.
To which, Sheikh Abdulrahman Shaban رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ wholeheartedly accepted instantly.
In 1965 Sheikh Ibrahim Niass رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ made a very profound declaration on Sheikh Mohameed Salis Shaban حفظه الله in Ghana, during his visit, something that demands deep pondering and reflection; He said, “’Sheikh Salis Shaban حفظه الله, is my khalifah, I love whoever loves him, I love whatever he loves, even if he loves a dog or chicken, I Sheikh Ibrahim Niass رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ loves it too.
Whosoever sees him in a dream or awake has indeed seen me. Whoever, he prays for, it is I that prayed for him/her directly’’.
In terms of his mission, Sheikh Salis Shaban حفظه الله spent his entire life completely devoted to the worhip of Allah, service of Islam and promotion of Faidhatu Tijaaniyya Ibrahimiyya and impacting many with his propagation and dissemination of the sublime message of the sufi path, transforming multitudes of Souls and hearts in the Republic of Ghana, Republic of Togo, Republic of Benin, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Republic of Niger, Republic of Chad, Republic of Cameroun, Republic of Burkina Faso and several places in Europe, America, Canada.
There have been many tributes and projections of ‘’Karaamat’’ of the ‘’Khalifatu Sheikh -wa- Khaadimuhu’, that has been shared by many virtous and trustworthy personalities, but it is expedient to take note that, two main themes emerged clearly in description of who Sheikh Salis Shaban is, his unparalleled love, knowledge and servitude of his spiritual father Sheikh, Alhaji Ibrahim Niass رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ. Secondly, his penchant desire for honesty, truthfulness as well as his formidable sense of aversion, and repugnance against all slightest sense of falsehood, and lies makes him to walk in the light, guidance perfectly exemplified and amplified in the entire life and characteristics of the Holy Prophet Mohammed صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ as the “Swaadiqul -Al-Amin”, the truthful and most trustworthy.
Sheikh Salis Shaban حفظه الله is indeed a precious gem in the path of Faidhatu Tijaaniyya Ibrahimiyya. Imam Hassan Aliyyu Cisse, رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ of blessed memory always describes Shaikh Salis Shaban حفظه الله as ‘Baqiyyatus-Swalaf’, ‘The Remnant of the Predecessors of the Pioneers of the Faidha’’ to which, Imam Tijani Cisse, the Current Imam of Faidhatu Tijaniyya Ibrahimiyya all over the World حفظه الله added to him the title ‘’Barkatul Khalahf’ the Blessing of the Present and Later Generations of the Faidatu Tijaniya Ibrahimiyya.
“Shaikh Salis Shaban حفظه الله is indeed among those whenever we see instantaneously reminds us of Shaikh Ibrahim Niass رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ .The life of Sheikh Salis Shaban حفظه الله is a source of strength and blessing for the entire fellowship of Faidhatu-Tijaniyaa Ibrahimiyya globally.” Imam Tijaani Cisse حفظه الله
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