Seyda Mariama Niass, the daughter of the guide of the Niassenes and founder of the religious city Medina Baye in Senegal, retired on Saturday 26 December 2020 at her home in Mermoz, in the Senegalese capital Dakar.Very attached to the holy book of Muslims, the teaching of the Koran was an essential pillar of his entire life.
Seyda Mariama Niass, daughter of El Hadji Ibrahima Niass commonly known in Senegal as Baye Niass, was joyfully nicknamed Khadimatoul khourhane (the servant of the Koran). A pious woman residing in the residential area of Mermoz where a minaret was visible from the top of her house.
The interior looked like a “daara” where many children came from all over the country and the sub-region to learn the Koran. They were entirely supported by the so-called “yaay Booy”.
Born in 1932 in Kossi, a village about ten kilometres from the Kaolack region in central-western Senegal, Sayda Mariama Niass devoted her life to perpetuating the teachings of her father, an emblematic figure of Islam in Senegal, whom she had worked with for 43 years. This is a great loss for the entire Senegalese Muslim community and for the family of Baye Niass.