Baye Niass or Bahram for most of the disciples. Sheikh Ibrahima Niass was the international Caliph of Mawlâya Cheikh Ahmed tidiane (rta) in his time. He was the only Caliph of mawlâya Cheikh Ahmed to have more than one hundred millions (180 millions) of disciples all over the world, just in Nigeria he had more than seventy millions also . His life in the world of chahada (earth ) it’s more known as a OULOUYOUHATT in the world of BATIN (hidden world ).
In the metaphysical or batine world, Sheikh Ibrahima Niasse lived three hundred and seventeen years in the light of the prophet as nouraniyou, that is, light. He had for zikr throughout this period the hundredth name of Allah that he chanted forty-one thousand times a day. Then he lived two hundred years in the light of Mawlaya Sheikh Ahmad Tijane sherif (rta) with for zikr sixty thousand Salatul Fatiha a day. Baye Niasse received the secret of “la ilaha ilala” from God Himself who commanded him to come and teach it in our chahada world.
Sheikh Al Islam Sheikh Ibrahima Niasse was born on the 15th of Rajab 1318 of the hegira corresponding to the date of November 8, 1900 in Taïba Niassène. His father, El Hadj Abdallah Mouhamad Niasse founded this locality and his mother was Seyda Aïcha, better known as Sokhna Astou Diankha. He is a “khawsou samadaani”. He is the head of the category of Wali called khawsou. In his earthly life, Baye studied Coran exegesis, Muslim law or Charia, Arabic language, the metric, rhetoric, biography of the prophet. He founded the city of Medina Baye to provide a teaching of light.
At the age of 21, he wrote his first book entitled “Rouhoul Adab” or the Spirit of the Good Conduct, a series of advice designed for the readers. He left a legacy of over 20 books of the highest literary, philosophic and esoteric quality, with a poem containing two hundred thousand and nine hundred seventy-two verses, titled “Taysir el wusul ila hadrati Rassul”, “Way to attain the presence of the Apostle”. Sheikh Al Islam travelled a lot for the propagation of the tariqa Tijaniyya around the world.
Except Nigeria where he was well known because of his relationship with the king of Kano Abdulahi Ibn Abass Bayoro whom he met during his many pilgrimages, Baye Niasse visited Niger, Mauritania, Gambia, Ghana, Benin, Sudan, Togo but also China in order to spread (Tidjan Fayda).
(Fayda) or flood in Arabic is a metaphor expressing the massive adherence of men and women to the spiritual way that is Tidjânia, regardless people, language or culture.
Cheikh Ibrahima Niasse was a multidimensional man who traveled throughout the world and participated in debates about the Muslim religion, both in Senegal and around the world, and so he was able to take part and influence many decisions making about Islam. In 1971 and 1972, during the debates that marked the establishment of the family code in Senegal, Baye tenaciously defended the position of sharia on the family life of the Muslim, as prescribed in the Quran, as well in his marital life than his rights related to the succession.
We will never be able to retrace in the most complete way the life and work of this gift of God to Islam that is Sheikh Ibrahima Niasse.
« Dear youth, forward! Certainly, the future of a nation leans on its youth but not any youth: For example, a cultured and endowed youth with noble characters, because a youth without culture and noble characters is like an unproductive tree. Take great care seriously and persevere in search of knowledge. Do not be just satisfied on religious sciences or mathematics in the different subjects; Join the researchers that are concerned about discovery of the universal sciences ». That was his appeal put out to youth during the Mawlid celebration in 1968.
Like most of his messages he addressed to his people, to the Muslim world in general, this was a call he made to the youth and was remembered because of the importance of understanding and a real awareness of this discourse. The question is, is Baye Niass message really understood by the youth? If so, what did they do with it?