Friday, October 3, 2008

The Grand Mosque, Medina Baye, Senegal

This is a beautiful mosque.
It has one level for men (front) and women(back).
The mosque is the biggest building in the town. It stands tall with four huge towers. On the right is the tomb of Shaykh Ebrahim Niass (R.A) grandfather to Shaykh Hassan (RA). This is now the resting place for both Shaykhs.
Jumuah at this mosque is the most amazing sight. Every spot on the sand, every spot inside the mosque and tomb is filled with brothers and sisters.
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Shopping in Medina - January 2008

Yes, during my time in Medina Baye, I managed to squeeze in some shopping. The markets are the most fascinating places. Everything is sold at the market, food, meat, clothing, furniture, chickens, everything! All in one market. It was definitely fun negotiating as I could not understand any Wolof. Amidst the pointing and finger counting and head shaking we managed to negotiate good prices for scarfs, bangles and fruit. I even managed to get an outfit made at the local tailor! ... with the help of a picture and a prayer! hehe.

Silver jewellery is rather cheap with unique West african designs. Everything is locally made and artisans are usually manning the shops. Those who could understand us explained to us how various items were made.
Do not attempt to shop without a guide or some rudimentary understanding of the language and value of the currency.

Visiting Medina Baye, Senegal - January 2008

I arrived in Dakar, Senegal on the 23rd of December 2007 and stayed until the 19th of January 2008.

I was a guest of Shaykh Hassan (R.A), the Imam of the Grand Mosque in Kaolack and the Spiritual Leader for the Tariqa Tijani. The Shaykh. .. My Beloved Shaykh.

Medina baye is a beautiful, peaceful town filled with many wonderful people, who don't speak a word of English! But I have never felt more safer than I did right there. Everyone is occupied with the remembrance of Allah and seeking the Truth always.