Great Mosque of Touba

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Great Mosque of Touba
الجامع الكبير في توبا
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LocationTouba, Diourbel, Senegal
Great Mosque of Touba is located in Senegal
Great Mosque of Touba
Shown within Senegal
Geographic coordinates14°51′47.2″N 15°52′31.7″W / 14.863111°N 15.875472°W / 14.863111; -15.875472Coordinates: 14°51′47.2″N 15°52′31.7″W / 14.863111°N 15.875472°W / 14.863111; -15.875472
Capacity7,000 worshippers

The Great Mosque of Touba (Arabic: الجامع الكبير في توبا) is a mosque in Touba, Senegal. It was founded by Sheikh Ahmad Bamba in 1887 and completed in 1963. Sheikh Ahmad Bamba passed away in 1927 and is interred inside the mosque.[1] Since his disappearance the mosque is being 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.[1] 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 in Sufism.


The construction of the great mosque at Touba was conceived in the final years of Sheikh Ahmad Bamba's life, around 1924-27; he also chose it as the location for his tomb. Senegal's colonial rulers of the time, the French, agreed the scheme in 1926, albeit 'after some hesitation'. Construction was delayed by 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. In 1932 the foundations were completed; work paused in 1939-1947; and the building was inaugurated in 1963. Mamadu Mustafâ was also entombed there.[2]


The mosque is 100 metres long and 80 metres wide. It has seven minarets, three large domes and eleven other domes, and two ablution chambers. The central minaret is 96 metres (315 feet) tall.[2]

The immediate vicinity of the mosque houses the mausoleum of Sheikh Ahmad Bamba’s sons, the caliphs of the Mouride order. Other important institutions in the center of the holy city include a library boasting 160,000 volumes,[2] the Caliph’s official audience hall, a sacred “Well of Mercy”, and a cemetery.

The Great Minaret of the Great Mosque of Touba is also commonly referred to as Lamp Fall, which was named by the second Mouride caliph in honour of Sheikh Ibrahima Fall (the founder of the Baye Fall community).[3]


Sheikh Ahmad Bamba is buried inside the mosque.

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  1. ^ a b "The Mourides: Inside the grand mosque in Touba, Senegal". BBC News. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b c J. L. Triaud, 'Ṭūbā', in Encyclopaedia of Islam, ed. by P. Bearman and others, 2nd edn (Leiden: Brill, 1954–2005), doi:10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7599; ISBN 9789004161214.
  3. ^ Mbacke, Saliou (January 2016). The Mouride Order (PDF). World Faiths Development Dialogue. Georgetown University: Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Retrieved October 28, 2019.

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