Bereb bi yal na fi xeewel wacc
Serigne Mbaye Diakhate
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This manuscript is the original handwritten by Serigne Mbaye Diakhate. Based on the interview with the owner, the manuscript was written between 1902 and 1954. Red, purple, and black ink are used in the manuscript. The red ink is used to highlight key words. There are a few parts in Arabic, especially in prayers, religious quotations, and in the openings and endings of poems. This manuscript contains numerous Wolof Ajami poems (Wolofal) written by Serigne Mbaye Diakhate dealing with religious and secular issues. Religious themes include tributes to Cheikh Amadou Bamba, prayers, the importance of charity, metaphysical discussions on paradise, luck, and the powerlessness of human beings before death, the importance of true repentance, the importance of righteous deeds, and what it means to be a good Murid disciple, among others. Secular issues discussed include, among others, the importance of work; prayers for a good rainy season with abundant harvest and the absence of hunger, thirst, and poverty; long life, development, and good health for farmers; and the importance of intelligence, good motivation, optimism, good intentions, and friendship in life. The collection also includes criticisms of social problems in the Bawol, Kajoor, Njambuur, Jolof, and Saalum areas. Diakhate warned against the evils of lying and underscored the importance of being useful to society. The manuscript provides insights into the beliefs and values of Murid communities, and the spiritual and secular challenges they faced in the early days of the Muridiyya Sufi order. Digitized on 24 July 2011. Some images are difficult to read due to the poor condition of the original volume, which has torn pages and ink stains. Due to the age of the documents, some pages are hard to read, and the ink has faded away in some. Some lines are erased.
The entire manuscript is available for download below as a single PDF file. Because of the large size of this manuscript, it is also available in two PDF files. In addition, each page is available as a separate, larger, JPG file. If higher-resolution JP2 files are needed (WARNING: files average 11-14MB in size), please contact email@example.com. Fieldwork Team: Dr. Fallou Ngom (PI), Cheikh Tidiane Fall (Co-applicant), Ablaye Diakite (Researcher), Birane Gassama (Researcher) Technical Team: Roger Brisson (Head of Metadata Services, BU Libraries), Vika Zafrin (Institutional Repository Librarian, BU Libraries), Jack Ammerman (Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Open Access, BU Libraries), and Dr. Peter Quella. This collection of Wolofal (Wolof Ajami) materials is copied as part of the EAP 334 Project (Digital Preservation of Wolof Ajami manuscripts of Senegal) led by Dr. Fallou Ngom in collaboration with WARA/WARC and Boston University Library. The project is funded by the British Library/Arcadia Endangered Archives. Access Condition and Copyright: The materials are subject to copyright. Access is for research and educational purposes only. Materials are not to be reproduced without written permission. Citation: Materials in this web edition may be cited as: Ngom, Fallou. 2011. African Ajami Library: EAP 334. Digital Preservation of Wolof Ajami Manuscripts of Senegal. Boston: Boston University Library: http://open.bu.edu For Inquires: Please, contact Professor Fallou Ngom (firstname.lastname@example.org)