Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba Mbacke commonly known as Amadou Bamba was a Sufi leader who founded the Mouridiyya. In Arabic he is known as Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Habīb Allah, or Khadimu Rassul, "Servant of the Prophet". In the Wolof language he is called Serigne Touba, "Holy Man of Touba".
Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba was born in year 1271 (A.H.), that is in 1853 in the village of Mbacké in the Kingdom of Baol. Founded by his grandfather, Baol carries the name of the family Mbacké whose widely-known sanctity earned them respect throughout that region. Men of high Islamic culture and a strict obedience made the village of Mbacké an academic center and a spiritual capital. The Sheikh’s father, Mohammed MBACKE, namely Mame Momar Anta Saly, was an eminent jury’s consultant who taught the Quran and the religious sciences. His mother, Mariama Bousso, thanks to her loyalty, her virtue and her piety, had the privilege to answer in the name of “Jâratu-l-lâh “(Neighbor of GOD)