A follower of the Layene Brotherhood meditates on the cliffs over a holy grotto in Les Almadies, Dakar. He looks out to a point in the sea where allegedly two oceans meet. The Layene claim that it is written in the Koran that the Prophet Mohammed would rise again in a place where two oceans come together and this is the case in Les Almadies. The Layene believe that their founder Seydina Limamou Laye (1843–1909) was the Mahdi, the reincarnation of the prophet Muhammad. They say that the light of the prophet lived in the Holy Grotto in Les Almadies for a 1000 years, before it revealed itself in the person of Limmamou Laye. The Layene claim also that from this Holy Grotto in Africa, the light of their founder continues to travel around the world every night in order to reform the islamic religion to return it to its original meaning – Islam translates as ‘calmness’ or ‘peace’.
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