Mohamed ben Issa

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Sidi
Mohamed al-Hadi ben Issa
سيدي محمدالهادي بن عيسى
Title Ash-Sheikh al-Kamil
الشيخ الكامل
Born 1467
Shaym near Safi
Died 1526
Meknes
Resting place al-Hadi ben Issa Mausoleum
Other names al-Hadi ben Aissa
Religion Islam
Denomination Sunni
Jurisprudence Maliki
Creed Ash'ari
Sufi order Tariqa Issawiya

Mohamed ben Issa or al-Hadi ben Issa (also nicknamed Sheikh al-Kamil Arabic: الشيخ الكامل محمد بن عيسى‎; 1467–1526) was a Moroccan Wali and founder of the Triqa Issawiya. He is considered the patron-saint of the city of Meknes.

His Tariqa has found many followers outside his native region, and today has outposts throughout Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

He was hagiographed by 18th-century Moroccan historian Ahmed ibn al-Mahdi al-Ghazzal in his book an-Nour al-Shamil (النور الشامل).

Life[edit]

He originated from the Semlala, one of the most important Sanhaja Berber clans in Jazulah of Sous.

As his father was a follower of Imam al-Jazuli, he was born in the region of Safi amongst the Mukhatar clan of the Shaym tribe and travelled as a youngster with his father to Fes

Descendants[edit]

One of his grandsons has a mausoleum in Jamat Shaim, where it is referred to locally as Sidi Issa ben Makhlouf.

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