The city of our (spiritual) father 

Shaykh Sayyid Ali Cisse

Sayyid AliCisse (d. 1981), was the friend and first spiritual successor (khalifa) of Shaykh Ibrahim, and was married to Fatima Zahra Niasse, the eldest daughter of Shaykh Ibrahim.The Cisse lineage is thought to be one of the oldest Muslim scholarly families in West Africa,tracing their descent from the first converts to Islam in the ancient kingdom of Ghana in the eleventh century. 

Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse (1900-1975) was West Africa’s most renowned Islamic scholar in the twentieth century. His followers numbered in the millions and comprised the largest single Muslim movement in West Africa (Hiskett, 1984). He was also well-known among the ulama and leaders of the broader Muslim world and a member of such organizations as the Muslim World League (Rabitat al-‘Alam al-Islami based in Saudi Arabia, of which he served as Vice President), the World Muslim Congress (Mutamar al-‘Alam al-Islami; Karachi, Pakistan), the Islamic Research Assembly (Majma’ al-Buhuth al-Islamiyya; Egypt) and the High Council of Islamic Affairs (Majlis al-‘Ala li al-Shu’un al-Islamiyya; Egypt). Following a trip to Cairo, Egypt, in 1961, he became widely known as “Shaykh al-Islam” after having led the Friday prayers in the prestigious Azhar mosque.


 Imam Muhamadou Cisse      Imam Ousman Cisse            Shaykh Abdul Malick Niass    Shaykh M. Qurayshi Niass

Fatima Zara Niass

The eldest daughter of Shaykh Al-Islam Ibrahim (Baye) Niass. Fatimah Zara, a hafiza Al-Quran was married to his top student and successor Shaykh Sayid Ali Cisse until his death in the 80's. Together they are the parents of Shaykh Hassan Cisse, Shaykh Tijani Cisse and Shaykh Muhamadou Mahy Cisse. Known to the mureeds of Medina Baye as Ya Fatou (Mother Fatou) until this day she is well kept and visited frequently by her sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

   Khalifah S.A. Tijani Niass     Papa Ouseynou Niass         Papa Ahkibou Niass            Papa Mahy Niass                Shaykh Baba Lamine Niass      Shaykh Maky Niass

The Shaykhs and Khalifahs of Medina Baye

 Shaykh Modu Cisse            Shaykh Hassan Cisse           Shaykh Tijani Cisse            Shaykh Mahy Cisse