Thousands of people rushed to kiss Shaykh Hisham as he was exiting the Mosque on Friday.
Shaykh Hisham arriving at the Pullman Hotel of Abidjan.
Some African Qasida singers were competing to come up with the most beautiful improvised songs to welcome Shaykh Hisham, sung in African dialects. One of the songs (translated) is:
O Shaykh Hisham,
you went to Madina,
you went to Mecca,
you went to America,
and now you are coming to Ivory Coast.
O Shaykh Hisham
we were waiting for you.
Shaykh Hisham's car travels through the city of Abidjan with two white horses leading it. You can also see the people in the street following the car.
When you see the shaykh's physical and facial features and his beard, you cannot deny him. Even if you don't know him, his facial features tell you he is on haqq. When you look at him, he reminds you of Allah and when he speaks, he reminds you of Prophet (s).
The Ivory Coast Sufi dignitaries asked Shaykh Hisham to honor the great tradition of riding a White horse, which is a sign of honoring kings in their culture. Hundreds of people gathered around the shaykh as he rode the horse on the streets outside of the Palaix de la Culture.
The dignitaries also asked Shaykh Hisham to plant a date tree as a symbol of the date trees Allah will plant for the believers in Paradise. "It is their hope," they said, "that Allah plant trees for them in Paradise to honor the Shaykh's action."
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Kings, when they enter a city, ruin it." - Qur'an XXVII.34
Despite Ivory Coast's burning sun, several hundred people waited outside of the Abidjan airport for two hours for Shaykh Hisham to come out. The welcome was phenomenal and Mawlana created a stir several times in town.
Some folk singers ("griots") improvised special salawaat incorporating Mawlana Shaykh Hisham's name and at some point it turned into a mini-hadrah. This was a surreal moment, to see all these people who never met the shaykh being drawn to him and fighting to kiss his jubbah. "
Day 2 :
Abidjan: Day 2: visit to a Qadiri Mosque
Abidjan: Day 2: Interfaith Visit
Day 3: Jumu`ah in Grand Mosque
Abidjan: Day 4: Meeting with the President of Ivory Coast
Billboards about Shaykh Hisham
Posted around Abidjan, Ivory Coast