Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba (1854-1927)

 Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba was a Senegalese Muslim saint who is renowned for his resistance to the imperialism and oppression of the French colonizers. The weapons he used for resistance were his knowledge and piety for which the French authority persecuted him. He was subjected to confinement and all sorts of injustices including exile in Gabon and Mauritania for a total of 32 years. One famous episode of the cruelty he endured at the hands of the oppressors is the one where while imprisoned in a cell, he was thrown a lion so it could devour him. To their great surprise the lion looked at him and gently sat by his side. His devotion to The Divine and his love for prophet Muhammad (saw) are tangible through his writings. I must say that his sayings and poems are of a soothing depth. In 1927, after years of retribution, the French finally recognized him as a holy man and awarded him the cross of “legion d’honneur” which he turned down as he wanted validation from only God.

Some of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba’s Sayings:

“I have received an order from my Lord to guide the people toward God, The Most High. Those who want to thread this path just have to follow me. For the rest, who are only looking for education, there are enough men of letters who are available throughout the country.”

“They accused me of doing the Jihad (Struggle), which I fully agree with. But the weapons through which I am doing it are science and piety. The Lord by excellence is my witness.”

“The undeserved favors that I have had from Allah (swt) can no longer be counted in this Universe and in this is my happiness.”

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2 responses to “Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba (1854-1927)

  1. Bamba

    Alhamdulilah. Dieurediuefete serigne Touba!!!

  2. Mouhamad bassirou mbacke kebe

    Assalamalaikum warahmatullah wabarakatu brothers and sisters,let me share this with you and those who believe in the hereafter.do you know that sheikh mouhamad bin mouhamad habilal (sheikh amadou Bambara)r.a.lifted the kabba spiritually towards him in touba(the city of cities),he entered it accompanied by the one and only beloveth slave of Allah Subhanawatallah i.e.Mouhamad rassoulilah (may Allahs peace and blessings be upon him)with seydina Jibril(a.s.)and AlQuran Kareem.I swear by the one in whose hands my entire existence depend on,(aLLAH)zawjal.there is no one on earth who can compare himself indeeds and devotion towards ALLAH and his great friend I.e. Mouhamad salllaw aleyhi wassalm,like Sheikh amadou Bamba.may god bless the ummah of Islam. Amin.mouhamad bassirou mbacke kebe the worst slave of Allah.

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