La Châdhiliyya

Cheikh al-Halbawy de l’ordre Al-Châdhiliyya
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Founded in the cities of Būlāq (next to Cairo) and Minieh (Central Egypt), they constitute a branch of the Châdhiliyya brotherhood, created by the Moroccan Abû al-Hasan al-Châdhilî (1866-1939), who died in Egypt. It was officially recognized in 1906. Its founder had written two books on its teachings. Critiqued by the fundamentalists for its tolerance and its openness, the Hâmidiyya Châdhiliyya handles multiple Koranic schools and numerous caritative institutions. 

The exceptional performance of Cheikh Mohammed El Helbawy (1938), principal hymnodist, is accompanied by nine auxiliaries that generally hold to anonymity by principle of humility. 

Available album : Sufi Chants from Cairo