Agriculture and Farming

A return to the Earth for sustainable peace and community building

The International Sufi School Khidmatul Khadim in collaboration with the humanitarian organisation Third World Family Humanitarian is pioneering a global peace and community building project through agriculture and farming. This project, based on several hectares of farmland, is inspired from the thought of Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba (ra) who said:

“Be like the earth – It absorbs all the unwanted waste of mankind but in return it only gives back good: plants, flowers and fruits”.

At the International Sufi School we believe that to restore peace in society it is imperative to go back to the origin of conflicts and wars in order to address the root causes of violence and hatred and find true solutions towards lasting peace. All conflicts and wars have an economic causative factor. Greed and selfishness are often the cause of conflicts and violence, a cause that finds its origin at the level of the earth. The richness of the earth’s resources triggers in man the desire to acquire and hoard resources, often at the expense of others. This gives rise to an inequitable distribution of the earth’s resources among individuals, communities and nations.

The Earth – a source of conflict and a resource for peace building

The richness of the earth's resources has been, since time immemorial, a cause of greed, selfishness and conflict. As soon as resources emerge from the earth, greed also appears, giving rise to conflict among individuals, communities and nations. Today we must learn to use the earth as a resource for peace building.

Pout: the making of the global peace village of the 21st century

Today the thought of Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba (ra) is being actualised in the village of Pout by Venerable Master Shaykh Aly N’ Daw who is leaving no stone unturned in the making of the global peace citizen and the global peace village.

The project is a model meant to awaken consciousness among the peasants and youths of Pout and Senegal at large about their human capital and the richness of the earth’s resources they have been blessed with in their lands. The work is meant to empower peasants in the villages to be the real actors of work and the actors of their destinies in view of reducing overdependence on the State and provides a way out of the network of economic violence deeply anchored at all levels of society.