Senegal’s new Sufi leader calls for unity to tackle extremism

In Senegal, the new leader of the country’s influential Sufi Muslim group–the Tijaniyya– has warned authorities not to incite social tension.

In his first public address since taking over from his brother, Serigne Abdoul Aziz Sy Al Amine, urged authorities to refrain from using divisive language that could lead to civil war.

Such a plea is rare from the Tijanniya, which is the largest of four Sufi brotherhoods that dominate religious life in Senegal, and other parts of Africa.

Sufism is an offshoot of mainstream Islam which promotes a moderate form of the Islamic faith.

Mouhamadou BÂ, a Research Analyst at the Timbuktu Institute – African Center for Peace Studies old RFI ‘s Christina Okello, that Al Amine’s call for cohesion is a way of ensuring that Senegal continues to act as a buffer against extremism in the region.


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