No pilgrimage to Tidian this year. In Senegal, believers in the country’s largest Muslim Brotherhood will celebrate Gamou at home due to the health crisis. Scheduled between October 29 and 30, the event has celebrated “Maouloud” – the birth of the Prophet Muhammad – since 1902 in the city of Tivaouane 90 km east of Dakar.
as reported from Dakar,
During a press conference on Tuesday, October 13, the Caliph’s general in Tidianes, Serigne Babacar Sy Mansour, on behalf of the religious leader, invited to a celebration of Gamou “in the privacy of believers’ homes” and a prayer “without a walkabout” to meet the coronavirus pandemic .
The Tidian dignitaries also passed on the caliph’s general support to the health personnel. “A thought for doctors and caregivers who have not had a respite for eight months and keep an eye on our health and our loved ones may be another way to celebrate Maouloud.”
This year, therefore, the religious leader instructed his faithful to celebrate Gamou at home. “It’s a question of coherence with the initiatives the fraternity has taken so far,” said the Senegalese researcher specializing in religions Bakary Samb.
The Tidians, who represent 49% of the country’s Muslims, had in fact kept their mosques closed despite permission to reopen places of worship in May last year.
Faced with the coronavirus pandemic that continues to rage in the country, fraternity spokesmen quoted several verses from the Koran and hadith urging believers not to endanger the lives of their fellow citizens. “The impossible no one is bound. Coronavirus, more than a disease, is a curse and a ditch that can only be crossed with the risk to our health and our lives,” they added.