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The head of one of Senegal’s influential Sufi Muslim orders – who spent his life promoting an open and tolerant interpretation of the religion – has died aged 91, local media reports.
Serigne Cheikh Ahmed Tidiane Sy headed the Tijaniyya, the largest of four Sufi brotherhoods that dominate religious life in Senegal, AFP reports.
He believed that Islam had to evolve with society as it changed, which is in stark contrast to the austere and intolerant interpretation favoured by Islamist militant groups in the region.
Mr Sy was buried on Wednesday night in Tivaouane near the capital, Dakar.
He will be succeeded by Serigne Abdoul Aziz Sy “Al-Amine”, formerly the group’s spokesman, Walfadjiri reported.
Sufism is an offshoot of mainstream Islam which focuses on meditation, inner purity and finding a mystical pathway towards God.Source: BBC