At the evocation of Shaykh Abdul Qadr Mbacke, the forth caliph of Murids from 1989 to 1990 a shared sense stands: bitterness. The Murid community cannot depart from the feeling, conviction that it has been deprived too soon of a foster father so generous in favours, and benefits of all kinds.
The circumstances surrounding his birth: a Friday night in 1914 at Daaru Alimu Khabir in Ndame reinforces the impression of an unfinished symphony. As soon as he heard the glad tidings, Shaykh Ahmadu Bamba summoned his brother and right hand man, Serigne Thierno Ibrafaty ( Mame Thierno) of Daaru Muhty and entrusted him with the mission to go Ndame preside over the birth ceremony. Before his departure, and after giving his benediction, Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba said to Mame Thierno: “In the name and Barakat of the new born you are going to pay a visit, be aware that every person you will meet or see on your trip (round trip) is preserved from the hell fire!”
Throughout his life, Serigne Abdul Qadr embodied that strong hand with which, Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba set about and overcame all obstacles standing between the creatures and their salvation. His influence had been beneficial to others. In words and deeds, he heartedly incited his fellowmen to exclusively worship Allah (SWT) and follow the Sunnah of his prophet (PBUH).
Murid disciples, in a way, saw in him the reincarnation of Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba, as he displayed most of the character traits of the Shaykh. There are several examples to prove it.
His mother Soxna Aminata Bousso is the daughter of Serigne Bussobe, an uncle of the Shaykh. So, he would have been the Sheikh’s nephew, had he not been his son. From this parentage, he inherited a profound piety that none was surprise about ; his lifelong Imam position is one illustrious proof of such piety.
Upon the return to Allah (SWT) of Muhammadu Fallilou Mbacke in 1968, he led the prayers at The Great Mosque of TOUBA. He mastered the Qur’an very early, under the supervision of Serigne Ndam Abdurahman Lo. He then went to Guede to study religious sciences, which he completed under the supervision of Serigne Modu Deme, a great scholar, also known as “Alimou Soodaan.”
The striking resemblance with his father was not only moral, but also physical. Same thin and frail silhouette, same attire simplicity fitting well their asceticism, same swift pace especially when heading to the mosque. Their traits had the same mark of serenity and reflected the same candid love for their fellowman, but also the same fierce determination to shun any kind of compromise in the service of Allah (SWT) and his prophet Muhammad (SAWS). The same divine ray of light illuminated their compassion-laden look for mankind.
His profound filial piety made Serigne Abdu Qadr pay frequent ziarra (visits) to the sheikh family members’ mausoleums as well those of his great disciples.