Reputed to be the largest mosque in sub-Saharan Africa, and second only to one in Morocco for the entire continent, the Great Mosque of Touba was founded by Shaikh Aamadu Bamba Mbakke in 1887 and was completed in 1963. The more I learned about Shaikh Aamadu Bamba Mbakke, the more I kept thinking of Rumi and Hafez.
I hope to find English translations of his writings.
During our visit, the mosque was getting a complete re-do. Three months from now, millions of followers will descend upon Touba. Locals have zero doubt that it will be ready in time.
Some photos from our hour there (ones that didn’t get deleted from our camera by security! — they reviewed them all … what you see here was okay-ed by them):
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