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Entertainment Magal de Touba: first mass gathering in Senegal since the appearance of the

12:10  04 october  2020
12:10  04 october  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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The Grand Magal of Touba is the annual religious pilgrimage of the Senegalese Mouride Brotherhood, one of the four tariqa (Islamic Sufi orders) of Senegal . On the 18th of Safar, the second month of the Islamic calendar

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims descended on Senegal 's holy city of Touba for the annual Magal festival over the weekend. These disciples prepare lunch for some of the pilgrims attending the annual Magal . image captionMany of the Senegalese living and working abroad are Mourides and

Des pèlerins mourides arrivent à la grande mosquée de Touba, dans le centre du Sénégal, le 27 octobre 2018, avant le virus © SEYLLOU Mourid pilgrims arrive at the great mosque of Touba, in central Senegal, on October 27, 2018, before the "Magal", main annual gathering of this Sufi brotherhood

The photo of the spiritual guide of the Mourides, masked, on the site of the "Magal", says a lot: at the time of Covid-19 this edition of the pilgrimage of the Muslim brotherhood, which drains each year of millions of faithful in Senegal, will be unlike any other.

From all over the country and beyond, the disciples have been converging for days on Touba (center), holy city of Mouridism and second Senegalese agglomeration with more than 1.5 million inhabitants, for the large gathering of the brotherhood planned Tuesday.

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The Grand Magal of Touba (GMT) is an annual 1 -day Muslim religious event that takes place in Touba in Senegal . All patients who attended one of the 154 dedicated medical care public healthcare structures of the medical region of Diourbel during the GMT were included in a cross-sectional survey

Grand Magal of Touba : Syndromic Surveillance during the 2016 Mass Gathering . Respiratory and gastrointestinal infections at the 2017 Grand Magal de Touba , Senegal : A prospective cohort survey. Jan 2019.

Never since the appearance of the coronavirus has Senegal experienced an event of such magnitude.

In March, when the pandemic had reached the country, all the Sufi brotherhoods had canceled their gatherings, aligning themselves with the firm decisions of the civil authorities. Collective celebrations were kept to a minimum for weeks.

Since then, in the face of economic and social damage, the government has lifted the curfew and the state of emergency. It also prudently prides itself on the effectiveness of its health response. The country officially has more than 15,000 cases, including 311 deaths.

At the beginning of September, the Caliph General of the Mourides, Serigne Mountakha Mbacké, raised the uncertainties about the holding of the Magal (celebration, in the national Wolof language): despite the persistence of the epidemic, it would indeed take place, in strict compliance barrier measures, including the compulsory wearing of a mask.

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Senegal on Sunday commemorated what's called the Grand Magal of Touba - the annual religious pilgrimage of the Senegalese Mouride Brotherhood, one Africanews on YouTube brings you a daily dose of news, produced and realised in Africa, by and for Africans. Africanews is the first pan-African

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- "Shield" against the virus -

He called for public generosity to be able to distribute five million masks to pilgrims, said his spokesperson, Serigne Bassirou Abdou Khadre Mbacké.

The Mourides, of Sufi (Sunni) obedience, form one of the four main brotherhoods which continue to play a preponderant role in the daily life of Senegalese, Muslims for more than 90% of them. The leaders are eminently respected figures, listened to by politicians.

The other big brotherhood, the tidianes, has not yet decided on its position on the organization of its own major gathering, the "Gamou", at the end of October in Tivaouane, about 90 km east of Dakar.

The epidemiological evolution will be scrutinized with attention the day after the Magal as the agglutination to which the pilgrimage gives rise seems conducive to the spread of the virus.

"We can be reassured because Serigne Touba will set up as a shield between the disease and us," said the spokesperson, quoted by the media. He referred to the founder of Mouridism, Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba (1853-1927), known as Serigne Touba.

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Members of the senegal muslim community in london gather for the magal of touba at gascoyne hall , hackney 2004 . Filmed by derek smith.

The 2015 Great Magal Edition, Live From The Holy City of Touba , Senegal , West Africa! Le Grand Magal edition 2015 en direct de la Ville Sainte de Touba

Le Magal marks the anniversary, in the Muslim calendar, of the departure into exile in Gabon of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba, by decision of the French colonial authorities.

- Sense of discipline -

This edition will exceptionally not include an official ceremony and the conferences will take place on the internet. To enter the great mosque of Touba, the faithful will have to wait in a single line and wear the mask.

The authorities expressed their confidence in the moral authority of the Caliph and the sense of discipline of the Mourides.

"If your recommendations are followed to the letter, we can hope for a Magal without risk," President Macky Sall told the Caliph during a visit to Touba on Monday.

The Minister of Health, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, traveling to the holy city on Thursday, said he was "reassured" by the device, specifying that 5,000 agents from his ministry would be deployed in Touba.

Other government departments have adopted more proactive measures.

The Minister of Microfinance Zahra Iyane Thiam had issued a circular requiring the officials of her services who would benefit from a "leave of absence" of two days for the Magal, to observe a fortnight on their leave, before resuming job.

The ministry finally announced, "in view of the emotion aroused and the interpretation which resulted from it", to suspend the application of the circular, according to a press release.

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