Great Mosque of Touba

The Great Mosque of Touba (Arabic: الجامع الكبير في توبا, French: Grande Mosquée de Touba) is a mosque in Touba, Senegal. It was founded by Ahmad Bamba in 1887 and completed in 1963. Bamba died in 1927 and was interred inside the mosque. Since his death the mosque has been controlled by his family. It is the largest building in the city and one of the largest mosques in Africa, with a capacity of 7,000. It is the site of a pilgrimage, the Grand Magal of Touba.

It is the home of the Mouride Brotherhood, a Sufi order, thus making it important to that order.

The construction of the great mosque at Touba was conceived in the final years of Ahmad Bamba's life, around 1924–27.[citation needed] He also chose it as the location for his tomb.[citation needed] Senegal's colonial rulers of the time, the French, agreed to the scheme in 1926, albeit after some hesitation.[citation needed] Construction was delayed because of the misappropriation of the first round of funds and then, under the direction of Mamadu Mustafâ Mbacke, Bamba's son and successor, proceeded only very slowly.[citation needed] In 1932, the foundations were completed; work paused in 1939–1947; and the building was inaugurated in 1963. Mamadu Mustafâ was also entombed there.[1]

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