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Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Sufi sheikh
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: The heartbeat of the Holiya is set by the parade and the visiting delegates from other Sufi orders coming from all regions of Sudan. One is witness to a fascinating spectacle of banners and drummers at the head of religious and tribal chieftains, all come to greet and honour the sheikh of the local brotherhood. Delegations file past with a joyous step, in contrast to the seriousness of the sheikh who welcomes each group with a prayer of greeting. Khartoum, Sudan.
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: A window onto the great gathering. Khartoum, Sudan.
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Sufi sheikh
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Sufi sheikh
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Sufis in Sudan
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Tomb of Sufi Saints in Sudan
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Tomb of Sufi Saints in Sudan
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Holy scripts in Khartoum, Sudan.
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Al-Mawlid celebration in Omdurman.
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Man wearing the turban, or Imma. Khartoum, Sudan.
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Tomb of Sufi Saints in Sudan
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Sufis in Sudan
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Sufi follower holding a banner.
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Gathering with the Sufi order, the Tariqa Burhaniya. Among the many Sufi orders of Sudan, the Burhaniya Tariqa gathers disciples every year at Khartoum to celebrate the Holiya of the founding saint, Sheikh Muhammad Uthman Abdu al Burhani. Founded in 1963, the Burhaniya Tariqa has spread beyond Sudan; first in Egypt, then, often due to Egyptian emigration, on to the Maschrek (North Africa) and also in Europe and North America. Souk shahabi in Khartoum, Sudan.
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: A man sporting an everyday Sudanese hat, or Tagya, records the sounds of Dhikr taking place in the background. The accompanying Sufi songs (Quaisads) evoke the sayings and the life of a saint or also tolerance or describe the states of ecstasy attained during Dhikr. Quaisads assist concentration and are sung by the orders finest singers (Muddah). Hence, the Muddah enjoys a highly respected position within the group.
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Women absorbed by the celebrations. Khartoum, Sudan.
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Holy scripts displayed during Al-Mawlid celebration in Omdurman.
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Al-Mawlid celebration in Omdurman.
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Gathering at the mausoleum (Maqam) of the founding saint of the Burhaniya Tariqa, Sheikh Muhammad Uthman Abdu al Burhani.
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Rituals of Sufi women, Al-Mawlid celebration in Omdurman. Sudanese women practising the Zhikr, Sammaniya Sufi group, Omdurman, Sudan.
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Collective ritual. Disciples have to follow certain rules of conduct and spiritual exercises in order to progress towards God and to elevate themselves to the ranks of the pure. Men gather beneath the Burhani banner during the long night of Holiya to begin the ritual of Hadra, also known as Dhikr, from midnight until dawn. Disciples arranged in rows perform increasingly rapid rhythmic movements. They begin with a semi-circular motion from right to left and continue upright while flexing their legs. Dhikr is the spiritual method consisting of incantation of the name of Allah together with these specific movements. The objective of Dhikr is to purify the hearts of disciples and to bring them to a subtle and refined state of ecstasy. Women do not participate directly in Dhikr but allow themselves to be absorbed by the melodies sung by the Munshidin who cast a spell over this holy night. Khartoum, Sudan.
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: During the week long Holiya festival followers reunite every night on an esplanade in a suburb of Khartoum. Some remain seated or else practice the Dhikr ritual. Thoughts are carried towards the heart of the night, soothed by the movements and songs of the ritual. One can rest for a while within the enclosure of the mausoleum or venture outside the sacred walls to sample an infusion of hibiscus flowers nimbly prepared by the Sudanse ladies comfortably installed in their little oriental salons by the side of the road. The warm welcome given by these small street traders forms part of the decoration and it complements a serene contemplation of the spectacle of the long night. Khartoum, Sudan.
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Rituals of Sufi women, Al-Mawlid celebration in Omdurman.
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Al-Mawlid celebration in Omdurman.
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Tomb of Sufi Saints in Sudan
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Tomb of Sufi Saints in Sudan
Collection: frederiquecifuentes.sufitraditionsinsudan
Description: Holy scripts displayed during Al-Mawlid celebration in Omdurman.
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