By Amadou Hampate Ba
Tierno Bokar (1875-1939), African mystic and Muslim non secular instructor, used to be striking for the drama of his existence tale (which was once made right into a contemporary play directed by way of Peter Brook). His message of non secular tolerance and common love is profoundly vital in a global the place varied faiths are usually at odds with one another.
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5 A raka‘a represents the basic unit of Muslim prayer: it is made up of all of the movements starting from the vertical position to the prostration. Each supererogatory prayer must include two raka‘āt. 6 Editor’s note: This separating of those seeking learning into groups scattered about a central area, and with older learners often leading the younger, follows the age-old model seen in mosques all over the Muslim world, from simple mud-walled mosques of the countryside to grand marble mosques of large cities.
The cow chosen by the sharīfa grew, calved, and gave forth scanty, thin milk, while Inna’s cow gave birth to a beautiful heifer and was a marvelous milker. The second wife was consumed with jealousy and was untouched by the kind acts of Inna. The sharīfa complained endlessly and demanded that a new distribution take place. For three months, according to the story, Seydou Hann suffered the torments of hell in his own home. One evening at the call to prayer he was leaving his vestibule when the sharīfa appeared at his doorway.
Now the maternal grandfather of Tierno was the elderly Seydou Hann, a great Sufi mystic, trained in the Qadiriyya school before entering the Tijani order. In the evening after a day of studying, Tierno would return home and become immersed in the uplifting, stimulating family atmosphere, where the lessons would continue with his grandfather. According to custom, a grandson can ask questions of his maternal grandfather at any hour of the day or night without fear of ever wearying him. His aunt Fatima, the wise and enlightened “mother,” could not refuse council to this young nephew who mirrored the curiosity she herself had experienced as a young girl.
A Spirit of Tolerance: The Inspiring Life of Tierno Bokar (Spiritual Masters: East and West) by Amadou Hampate Ba