In Praise of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba

 

Written and copyright March 25, 2020, by Howard T. Cash

In 2018, I set out to cover the side of Islam which celebrates the humanity of its culture; dispelling the notion of terroristic acts, associated with the Islamic community. This led me to Harlem’s annual summer celebration of the Senegalese spiritual leader, Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba, known as “The Servant of the Messenger.” In 1887 he established the city of Touba in Senegal with his form of religious worshiping. Mouridism constitutes the following:

Love: Love for Allah and his Cheikhs

Service: Work for Allah and service for humanity

Knowledge: With Love and Work over time follows divine light of Allah and knowledge directly to the heart

This is referred to as the, “Way of Imitation to the Prophet.”

This form of worshiping continues to attract millions of followers throughout West Africa as seen by the hundreds of followers, who filled Adam Powell Avenue at 116th Street, marching towards Harlem’s 125th Street.

In 2019, this body of work won me a BRIO Award (Bronx Recognizes It’s Own).

Please visit Collector’s Gallery 1 & 2 on this website.

Blessings to everyone and STAY SAFE!