By Amadou Hampate Ba
Tierno Bokar (1875-1939), African mystic and Muslim non secular instructor, was once impressive for the drama of his existence tale (which used to be made right into a fresh play directed by way of Peter Brook). His message of non secular tolerance and common love is profoundly vital in a global the place varied faiths are usually at odds with one another.
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There were fifteen, twenty, and soon fifty disciples. During its heyday, the zāwiya counted almost two hundred students. The mare, chickens, goats, and dogs were a bit frightened. The women of the family were undoubtedly worried, but with children running in and out, joy penetrated the house. The joy departed only when the children did. Very quickly the young master put together a schedule and adjusted the rhythm of his life to the one he had established for his students. A perfectly balanced life was rapidly achieved, and from then on he maintained an equilibrium within himself and with those around him.
My mother and I followed him there where we remained for seven years. Separated from his friend, Tierno went back to Bandiagara with his young wife. Once again he took up his work alongside Aissata, along with her work and her concerns. The town welcomed him warmly and for several days the house was constantly full of people. His old teacher Amadou Tafsir Bâ invited him to become a teacher in his own right and to take his place by teaching his fellow students. All of Tierno’s relatives added their entreaties to those of Bâ.
The reader will recall that Amadou Sekou had left Segou in the middle of the night for Nioro, with hopes of blocking the way of the French army and preventing them from advancing into the country. But when he witnessed the fall of Nioro in 1890, he left with his family to return to Bandiagara. When he arrived in that city, his younger brother Mounirou abdicated in his favor, in accordance with a law that had been established by al-Hajj Umar. Bandiagara was then living in a glorious era characterized by valiant knights, sword fights, courtly love, and poetry contests.