Two birds fly past the minarets of the Great Mosque in Touba, while thousands of people gather on its square. It’s the evening before the Grand Magal Festival starts. Every year, 2-3 million people gather in Touba for this pilgrimage to commemorate Cheikh Amadou Bamba Mbacké (1853-1927), the founder of the Sufi order of the Mourids, worshipped as a saint by the Senegalese and interred inside the mosque. After his death, his eldest son Mamadou Moustapha Mbacké was appointed as his successor as the first Caliph General of the Mourid Brotherhood. In 1932 he laid the foundation stone for the Great Mosque, which was completed 1963 .
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