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Celebration of Sitti Mariam

Celebration of Sitti Mariam
by Hisham Karouri

The annual celebration of "Sitti Mariam" the nobel sufi lady of Khatmiyyah sect in Sinkat town in east Sudan; a three days feast ending by the first Thursday of Rajab (month of Hijri calender). During Sitti Mariam lifetime, (1870-1952), the celebration was an annual meeting to assist the followers of the sect, and especially the needy, whom she cared mostly about.