Abdallah al-Ghazwani

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Abu Mohammed Abdallah al-Ghazwani (died in 1529) was a Sufi saint from Morocco in the tradition of al-Jazuli and ash-Shadhili. He was the successor of Abdelaziz al-Tebaa. Some two hundred years after his death he became one of the Sabaatou rijales, the seven saints of Marrakesh, an institution founded by al-Yusi at the instigation of sultan Moulay Ismael (1672–1727). Abdallah al-Ghazwani wrote on the idea of the Tariqa Muhammadiyya. Al-Ghazwani combined Ibn Arabi’s and al-Jili’s ideas of the saint’s absorption (or annihilation) in the Muslim essence (dhat) with an emphasis on the necessity of the saint’s involvement in society.[1] Al-Ghazwani was also renowned for his skill in sinking wells and constructing channels.[2]


  1. ^ Vincent Cornell, Realm of the Saint, Power and Authority in Moroccan Sufism (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998), pp. 219, 227.
  2. ^ Francisco Rodriguez-Manas, Agriculture, Sūfism and the State in Tenth/Sixteenth-Century Morocco, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Vol. 59, No. 3 (1996), pp. 450-471


  • Hasan Jallab, Abu Muhammad Abdullah Al Ghazwani, Morocco: Imprimerie et Papeterie Nationale, 2005 (Biography of Al Ghazwani) ISBN 978-9954-0-0405-0