Mawlaya Seydi Mouhamed El Cheikh

The man with the mystical name of Seydi Mouhamed El Cheikh was born on April 10th, 1983 in Saint Louis, Senegal, in a family that follows the Khadriya Sufi order (Tariqa). He would be the only member of this family that did not join this path, in favor of the Tidjaniya Tariqa, where he became a major Khalif.

As a child, Sanguebi, as referred to by his disciples, had to attend Quranic and French schools, until the third grade. In 1997, his mystical journey began. Then he was 14 years old, when he met Mawlaya Cheikh Ahmad At-Tijani accompanied by the Khoutboul Akhtaab named Cheikh Oumar Foutiyou, while meditating under a tree in the Misra Sor area.

Sanguebi reported that during this prodigious encounter, it was the first time that Mawlaya Cheikh called him by the name of Seydi Mouhamed El Cheikh. When he did not want to step forward towards him because of fear, he felt like his feet were being controlled. Then the great Cheikh said, “When I call a person it is not him who answers, but rather his soul answers me.” Sanguebi says at that moment, he felt the power of a particular being, recognizing the greatness of Cheikhou Tidjani. He gave him the Tidjani Wird and ever since, Seydi Mouhamed El Cheikh sees Mawlaya Cheikh every single day.

The place of this meeting was not random. It was well chosen since the tree was one of the elements from the Ghayb invisible world, which contained a particular reality in holy history. After revealing the spiritual role of this tree during the Mawlid 2009, Sanguebi informed the audience that it is no longer necessary to return, there since the secret has been moved back to the Ghayb.

Following this meeting, Sanguebi began his spiritual training transmitted by Mawlaya Cheikh through the Khoutb named Serigne Babacar Sy. He also attributed him the title of “Sanguebi” (Seydi in Arabic), which he indicated in a revelation to one of his disciples.  Sanguebi continued to make his Zikr often in the mosque named Diaamihoun Masjidoul Nour in northern Senegal. Serigne Babacar brought him the Zikr scheme that he practiced for seven (7) consecutive years. In 2004, Seydi Mohamed El Cheikh founded the Dahiratoul Imaane under the orders of Cheikhou Tidjani. The first head-quarter of the Dahira was in Ndiolofen area of St. Louis, while Sanguebi resided in Sor.

For a while, with some of his disciples, he did the Wazifa and the Khadaratoul Jummah zikr sessions in this mosque until it was moved to the Pikine area. Then, the circle would regroup his own disciples. The hot complexion due to his young blood, newly mixed with the Zikroul Oulouhiyaat light became uncontrollable afterwards.


On Monday, April 10th 2006, at the age of 23, Sanguebi held his first Mawlidou Nabi in Sor Diagne, to celebrate the Prophet of Islam. During the ceremony, he was able to deliver a speech from midnight to 6:00 a.m., and was much appreciated as a successful test by all the audience of the “Khadaratoul Ilaahiya” divine assembly. The later is the place of gathering for Awliyas held every Thursday night in the sixth heaven. It is presided by the Prophet Seydi Ahmed, the source of the blessings, by his legendary supremacy Mawlaya Cheikhou Tidjani, as Secretary General, by the greatest Pole Khoutboul Akhtaaboul Kabîr, by the contemporary pole Khoutbou Zamane responsible for holding the weekly speech and by all the saints who completed their spiritual training and approved by the Khoutbou Zamane.

Seydi Mouhamed El Cheikh began assisting in this assembly of saints at the age of 14, although he was first invited at the age of 9. Being Mawlaya Cheikh’s Khalif, he holds the secret of the Tidjaniya and the power of true spiritual training that leads the disciples to discover the mysteries of Allah.

On Monday, September 27th, 2009, the holy place of Medina Cheikh was inaugurated with a Wazifa. This area is actually the exact place of inauguration of this planet earth, when the Prophet Seydi Ahmed came down spiritually for the first time before the arrival of our forefather Adam. He was accompanied by Mawlaya Cheikhou Tidjani and the Khoutboul Akhtaaboul Kabîr. They occupied an area of 150 m2 on which they prayed for the survival of the earth. To reiterate this moment of pure spiritual immersion Seydi Mouhamed El Cheikh matched this area to the headquarters of Medina Cheikh where he settled on Monday, May 10th, 2010. Since then, the Wazifa and Khadaratoul Jummah sessions of the Dahiratoul Imaane take place at this location full of lights and mysteries.


Medina Cheikh, the ostensible gate of Al-Bast

In 2011, Seydi Mouhamed El Cheikh married the saint Sokhna Oulimata Diop, to whom he had already given the Tidjani Wird. In 2012, Sokhna Oulimata is blessed with a child called Sokhna Bineta. Her namesake Sokhna Bineta Sene is the first woman to receive the Wird from Sanguebi, in this world.

On April 10th, 2013, right after celebrating his 30th birthday, he officially began his mission to bring to the world the hidden spiritual dimension of Mawlaya Cheikhou Tijani.  Apart from the night celebrating Mawlaya Cheikh which correspond to the closure of the annual 10 days of Al Bourda sessions, the night of Mawlid and the celebration of his birthday, Sanguebi lectures annually in several cities in Senegal.

All of his achievements come with this mission, which we consider to be a divine gift to humanity. Already, at the age of 33, he is the perfect guide for thousands of young people and adults who before were not able to discover the light of Tidjaniya and whom Sanguebi gave them graciously as he is the depositary of that light.

Daahiratoul Imaane,

Originally written in 2016, updated in 2019