Sheikh Bécaye Kounta, 89, has entered a new caliph genus in Ndiassane (West) to replace Sheikh Bouh Mohamed Kounta, who died on Sunday, the Senegalese Press Office quoted members of this Marabout family on Monday.
Born in 1929, three months after his father Bécaye's death, whose name he carries, Sheikh al-Bécaye made his Koran studies in Mauritania, as his father had wished, told the press Sidy Yahya Kounta, a member of the family.
His mother then sent him to Medina Baye (center), with Sheikh Ibrahima Niass, where he spent "At least 20 years oldto reconcile his Islamic knowledge.
From his return from Medina Baye to his enthronement, Cheikh Bécaye lived in Thiès (west), according to Sidy Yahya Kounta.
Sheikh Sidiya Kounta, another member of the Kounta family, praised the qualities of the new caliph. "He is a good man, attached to family and divorced worldly things"he testified that the family had trouble convincing him to come to Ndiassane to take up his new duties.
The New Caliph "lived in his forehead sweat until he retired"he said, wishing him"perspicacity"Required"to distinguish the true one [du faux]"in the fulfillment of his new mission.
His predecessor, Sheikh Bouh Mohamed Kounta, grandson of the founder of Ndiassane, had begun caliph since 2006, at the age of 81. He died on Sunday in Dakar after a disease.