Omar Màlle Caam was an early and close disciple and muqaddam of Baay Ñas and is said to have been the first to apply the nickname “Baay.” Because he was not an Arabic scholar, he is generally not counted among the giants of the Fayḍah, but he inducted many people into the movement and played an important role in the history of .
Family and origin
Omar Màlle Caam was born in the village of sëriñs and made a living making amulets and copying religious texts. Alasaan left Jolof for Gambia and then came back to what is now in Saalum. The mother of Alasaan and Uséynu was a younger sister of .1 Kabiir Caam of says the two worked in the field of sëriñ tariyaax. They left Jolof, he says, for several reasons: “for the Qurᵓān” (religious reasons), “to work, because of bad rains,” and because “the white men were bothering them.”. His father was Ibra Yaasin Caam, son of Tafaa Caam (whom is named after), son of Alasaan Caam. Alasaan Caam was the twin of Uséynu Caam and came to Saalum whereas his twin went to Medina Gónaas. Both were well known
1. See interview with Kabiir Caam, , by Yuunus Caam, 2004, transcribed by Aadi Faal.
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