The President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall, highly welcomed the participation of a strong Moroccan delegation, sent by HM King Mohammed VI, to take part in the official celebration ceremony, Saturday in Tivaouane (west), of the Centenary of the disappearance of Cheikh El Hadj Malick Sy, one of the greatest Muslim religious guides in Senegal and one of the precursors of the Tidjane brotherhood in this country and in Africa.
Organized under the theme “El Hadj Malick Sy, 100 years later…light on his life and work”, the event is placed under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall, and His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Amir Al-Mouminine, may God help him.
Speaking on this occasion, the Senegalese Head of State praised the presence at this ceremony of the delegation sent by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, who, he said “kindly co-sponsored with me this historic event “that constitutes the centenary of the disappearance of Seydi El Hadji Malick Sy”, while highlighting the will of the Sovereign to establish “friendly and fraternal relations” between the two Moroccan and Senegalese peoples and also between their leaders.
The Senegalese Head of State welcomed the Moroccan delegation led by Mr. Mohammed Lekbir Attijani, Sheikh of the Tidjane Brotherhood of Fez, accompanied by HM the King’s Ambassador to Senegal, Hassan Naciri and other members of the Delegation.
Mr. Macky Sall also asked the Moroccan delegation to convey to His Majesty the King “all his gratitude and thanks, on his own behalf and that of the Caliph General and the family of El Hadj Malick Sy for the high patronage of this event and the participation of this delegation in the celebration of the Centenary of El Hadj Malick Sy.
The ceremony took place in the presence of Mohamed Mansour Malick Sy, representing the Caliph General of Tariqa Tijania, Serigne Babacar Sy Mansour, the Mayor of the commune of Tivaouane, Demba Diop Sy, the Ambassador of HM the King in Senegal , Hassan Naciri, members of the Senegalese government, representatives of local authorities and a strong Moroccan delegation, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Dakar.
The Moroccan delegation includes, in addition to Mr. Hassan Naciri, MM. Mohammed Lekbir Attijani, Sheikh of the Tidjane Brotherhood of Fez, Abdellatif Bagdouri Achkari, of the Mohammed VI Foundation of African Ulema, Al Mustapha Zamhani, President of the Local Ulema Council of Khenifra, and Mohammed Mechan, President of the Local Ulema Council of Fidaa Derb Sultan.
It also includes Mohammed Asseban, President of the Local Council of Ulema of Rabat, Omar Azdadou, President of the Local Council of Ulema of R’hamna, Adnan Zouhar, President of the Local Council of Ulema of El Jadida and Ibn Chouaf Bouchaib, Adviser to the Ministry Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans residing abroad.
The celebration ceremony of the centenary of the disappearance of Cheikh El Hadj Malick Sy, which began with the reading of verses from the Holy Koran and in which many dignitaries and religious leaders of Senegal took part, was marked by a speech by the ambassador of HM the King, as well as by the message of the Caliph General of the tariqa Tijania read on his behalf by Cheikh Mokhtar Kebe, member of the section of the Mohammed VI Foundation of African Ulema in Senegal.
The celebration program for this centenary, which takes place from 24 to 27 current, also included the opening of an exhibition and a conference on the life and work of EL Hadji Malick Sy and his family.
The commemoration activities of the centenary of the disappearance of Seydi El Hadji Malick Sy are punctuated by sessions of recitation of the Koran, religious songs, and conferences.
At the end of the ceremony, the Senegalese Head of State made a point of greeting all the members of the Moroccan delegation.
Born in 1854 in Gaya (Gaaya in Wolof), a village in the north of the country, El Hadji Malick Sy was a tireless servant of Islam and the tariqa tidjaniya which he contributed to a great extent to spreading throughout Senegal and beyond, via his many “muqaddams” (great disciples) whom he trained and sent to several African countries.
Peaceful resistant, El Hadji Malick Sy settled between 1900 and 1902 in Tivaouane. At the time, the colonial authorities were fighting against the expansion of Islamic thought. However, this monk has managed the feat of spreading his ideas through a strategy of peaceful coexistence. He died on June 27, 1922.