Serigne Saliou Mbacke
FIFTH KHALIFA OF MURIDIYA 1990-2007
Serigne Saliou Mbacke is the fifth caliph of Muridism. After the passing of the founder, Sheik Ahmadou Bamba his preeminent sons replaced him under the guidance of murids. The first was serigne Mouhammadou Mustapha Mbacké from 1927 to 1945, then Serigne Mouhammadou Fadilou Mbacké from 1945 to 1968, after him came Serigne Abdou Ahad Mbacké from 1968 to 1989. Serigne Abdoul Ahad was succeeded for a short period of one year by the former imam of the great Mosque of Touba, serigne Abdou Khadr Mbacké, from 1989 to 1990 and the latter by Serigne Saliou, my hero.
They all played the role of the father in the community and in the development of the holy city of Touba. But serigne Saliou has marked the Senegalese politico-religious scene. On seeing him at first, one will be convinced that the man is not interested in worldly affairs despite his spiritual power. One day an ambassador told me that what impressed him much about this man was that, despite his power and the attachment of people to him, he is humble.
Sheikh Saliou occupied that function of Caliph in 1990 at the age of 76. But immediately he traced a clear and indubitable way that showed he was a rehabilitator of what his master and father had founded. Indeed, in his memorable inaugural speech, he clearly indicated that nothing interested him apart from Islam and consequently the management of Sheik Ahmadou Bamba’s heritage. That’s why nothing can hold his attention. Serigne Saliou, like his father, pays no importance to temporal power or worldly possessions. And since 1990 up to now he remains constant in his position and is always dedicated to the promotion of Islam through the fructification of the bequest of his eminent father.
He is undoubtedly the greatest agricultural producer in Africa, with more the 45,00 hectares. Besides, he takes care of thousands of children and teenagers learning the Coran and other importance sciences. But what is more exceptional with him is that he asks nothing from their parents or relatives. He takes all their needs in charge from the shoes to their food. Each month he spends millions CFA francs to by rice, millet, oil, clothes, sugar, et… for those students. That’s why the boys preferred him to their parents and feel a great affection towards him, as all Muslims and Senegalese as a whole do.
In this enormous undertaking, Serigne Saliou is well known for his sound knowledge of Koranic and religious Sciences, an incommensurable generosity and a beyond description humility. Very intelligent man and very cultivated, he is also too aware of the magnitude of his mission of Caliph. Very open to modernity and progress, he is however of a firm faith and an absolute vigilance for the defense of the purity of Moslem orthodoxy, like his father, Sheik Ahmadou Bamba. Obviously, Serigne Saliou is determined to follow the traces of Sheik Ahmadou BAMBA in the guidance of the brotherhood and the protection of the heritage of Seyyidinâ Muhammad (PBUH.).