By Amadou Hampate Ba

Tierno Bokar (1875-1939), African mystic and Muslim non secular instructor, used to be extraordinary for the drama of his existence tale (which was once made right into a fresh play directed through Peter Brook). His message of spiritual tolerance and common love is profoundly vital in a global the place diverse faiths are frequently at odds with one another.

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Nothing in al-Ghazali was hidden from him, and the Meccan Revelations of the great Andalusian spiritual master Ibn Arabi was his favorite book. Amadou Tafsir Bâ was a Tijani mystic and he introduced Tierno to the secrets of the thought of the founder of the order, Shaykh Ahmad al-Tijani: The Pearl of Perfection (Jawharat al-kamāl), a particular prayer revealed to Shaykh Ahmad al-Tijani, and The Desire of the Initiates, a commentary on the writings of the great Master, had been learned and were continuously commented upon within Amadou Tafsir’s hut.

He visited me mornings and evenings and frequently invited me to his home. For an entire year, we had a very close relationship. Through my intervention, he was able to enter without difficulty all the Hamallist zāwiyas3 of the 2 Editor’s note: Afrique Occidentale Française (AOF), or French West Africa, was the federation of territories under French colonial rule until 1960, including what is now Mali. 3 Zāwiya: a place for meeting and prayer for members of a Sufi brotherhood. xxx Author’s Preface Soudan, Senegal, Upper Volta, Ivory Coast, Niger, and his final destination, Nigeria.

Such masters are the products of a combination of their natural gifts and of the circumstances of their destiny. Tierno Bokar Salif Taal found these gifts within the family into which he was born. The agitated political life of his native province, characterizing the entire period of his education, gave his talents the opportunity to blossom. During the final years of the Tukolor kingdom of Segou, Tierno Bokar Salif had grown up first on his mother’s back11 and then amongst the women of the family: Aissata, his mother, Inna his grandmother—the one who had regretted not being able to throw herself into the Prophet’s bowl—and his aunt, the erudite Fatima.

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