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Magal in Touba: Senegal’s Mouride pilgrimage

Have you heard about Senegal’s Mouride brotherhood, which practices a branch of Sufi Islam. Over the weekend, followers of the Mouride faith participated in the annual Magal pilgrimage, hosted in Senegal’s holy city of Touba. Have a quick look at some of the pictures of the pilgrimage/ religious festival.

Over the weekend, followers of Senegal’s Mouride brotherhood participated in the annual Magal religious festival, hosted in Senegal’s holy city of Touba.

The Mouride brotherhood practices a branch of Sufi Islam, which was founded in the 19th century. The group is a powerful formation in Senegal, and it is one of the country’s biggest brotherhoods. Members of the brotherhood have much economic and political influence in the country.

The Mouride beliefs are based on Qur’anic and Sufi traditions, and also incorporate many traditional practices.

The Magal is a holy day for the Mouride, which is marked by various events. The celebrations are characterised by reading the writings of the guide, founder of Mouridism, (the great Marabout Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba Mbacke) visiting his descendants and going to the cemetery.

Have a quick look at some of the pictures taken during the pilgrimage.

Two men walk past pictures and rosaries of the great Marabout Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba Mbacke being sold in the streets near the Great Mosque in Touba on November 19, 2016 during the celebration of the 122nd edition of his return from exile. This celebration called Magal is characterised by reading the writings of the guide, founder of Mouridism, visiting his descendants and going to the cemetery. Photo: ANP/ AFP Seyllou
Two men walk past pictures and rosaries of the great Marabout Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba Mbacke being sold in the streets near the Great Mosque in Touba on November 19, 2016 during the celebration of the 122nd edition of his return from exile. This celebration called Magal is characterised by reading the writings of the guide, founder of Mouridism, visiting his descendants and going to the cemetery. Photo: ANP/ AFP Seyllou
Members of the Mouride Brotherhood, a large Sufi order largely present in Senegal, queue to enter the Great Mosque in Touba on November 19, 2016 during the religious festival of the Magal and the 122nd edition of celebrations of the return from exile of its founder, the great marabout Sheikh Amadou Bamba. Photo: ANP/ AFP Seyllou
Members of the Mouride Brotherhood, a large Sufi order largely present in Senegal, queue to enter the Great Mosque in Touba on November 19, 2016 during the religious festival of the Magal and the 122nd edition of celebrations of the return from exile of its founder, the great marabout Sheikh Amadou Bamba. Photo: ANP/ AFP Seyllou
Members of the Mouride Brotherhood, a large Sufi order largely present in Senegal, queue to enter the Great Mosque in Touba on November 19, 2016 during the religious festival of the Magal and the 122nd edition of celebrations of the return from exile of its founder, the great marabout Sheikh Amadou Bamba. This celebration called Magal is characterised by reading the writings of the guide, founder of Mouridism, visiting his descendants and going to the cemetery. Photo: ANP/ AFP Seyllou
Members of the Mouride Brotherhood, a large Sufi order largely present in Senegal, queue to enter the Great Mosque in Touba on November 19, 2016 during the religious festival of the Magal and the 122nd edition of celebrations of the return from exile of its founder, the great marabout Sheikh Amadou Bamba. This celebration called Magal is characterised by reading the writings of the guide, founder of Mouridism, visiting his descendants and going to the cemetery. Photo: ANP/ AFP Seyllou
Pilgrims walk towards the Great Mosque in Touba on November 19, 2016 during the religious festival of the Magal and the 122nd edition of celebrations of the return from exile of its founder, the great marabout Sheikh Amadou Bamba. Photo: ANP/ AFP Seyllou
Pilgrims walk towards the Great Mosque in Touba on November 19, 2016 during the religious festival of the Magal and the 122nd edition of celebrations of the return from exile of its founder, the great marabout Sheikh Amadou Bamba. Photo: ANP/ AFP Seyllou

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