By Amadou Hampate Ba

Tierno Bokar (1875-1939), African mystic and Muslim religious instructor, was once notable for the drama of his existence tale (which used to be made right into a fresh play directed via Peter Brook). His message of non secular tolerance and common love is profoundly very important in an international the place varied faiths are frequently at odds with one another.

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Al-Hajj Umar entrusted “the spirit of the town,” that is, the spiritual and moral administration, to al-Hajj Seydou Hann. Seydou Hann increased the family prestige by taking as a second wife a descendant of the Prophet, a sharīfa. An amusing anecdote told about this young sharīfa better illustrates the behavior of the valorous Seydou Hann than a lengthy description would. ” 7 Editor’s note: Biton Coulibaly (d. 1755) was one of the Bambara kings of Segou. 8 Editor’s note: The Fulbe and Tukulor speak slightly different dialects of the same language, Fulfulde.

He opened a school and offered religious and scholarly teaching. Al-Hajj Umar entrusted “the spirit of the town,” that is, the spiritual and moral administration, to al-Hajj Seydou Hann. Seydou Hann increased the family prestige by taking as a second wife a descendant of the Prophet, a sharīfa. An amusing anecdote told about this young sharīfa better illustrates the behavior of the valorous Seydou Hann than a lengthy description would. ” 7 Editor’s note: Biton Coulibaly (d. 1755) was one of the Bambara kings of Segou.

God chose the most precious diamond, gave it to you and said: “Here, take care of this, but remember that I shall take it back from you. . ” As with Jire in Segou, Tierno found here, on each page of the Sufi texts, the fragrant essence of his mother’s first teaching. Had alGhazali not said: “It is necessary to deprive the soul of some things that are permitted so that it does not aspire to things that are forbidden to it”? Inna, the good grandmother, had often presented this 25 Editor’s note: This passage is from Imam al-Ghazali’s The Alchemy of Happiness (Kitab-i kimiya-yi sa’adat), chapter 1, on the knowledge of self.

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