Practices make concepts
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Initially, with great skepticism due to the nature of the soil and deplorable lack of organization among local indigenous peoples, those watching thought the initiative of Serigne Abdou was doomed to failure. But right before the end of 1941, the populations of Mbacke Baol saw their markets flooded with lettuce, tomato, radish and cabbage from Darou Rahman. Sometime later, green beans, carrots, eggplant, beets, mint leaves, pepper, turnip, parsley, celery, spinach and cucumbers surfaced. Within a few years, all the modern techniques of gardening and irrigation drawn from botanical books and experiementations by Sheikh were applied. From arboriculture to rice cultivation passing by aquaculture, the Darou Rahman orchard, unto an Eldorado, had become, with its paradisiac microclimate a true feast for the eyes. Abounding in fruits such as mangoes, grapefruit, papayas, tangerines, lemons, guavas, grapes, bananas, plums, strawberries, pineapple, coconut and dates, to name a few, Darou Rahman became the favorite spot for Lebano-Syrian outdoor lovers. All the work was intersected with sessions of prayers and readings of the Holy Quran. And as Serigne Abdoulahi kept repeating: "And for him who fears standing before his Lord, there will be two gardens." (S55, v46)
In 1957, daily production of fruits and vegetables considered in hundreds of tons were transported by train and truck to the regions of Diourbel, Thies and Cape Verde. Nearly 500 followers enjoying many benefits were appointed to the orchard dealing with the handling and management thereof.
Endowed with an unwavering faith and an innate passion for work, he made it printed a sign in Arabic and French that read: "Devote yourself to God and his Prophet .... but work! "
He passed in 1960 with a legacy that reminds us where to go and most definitely how to proceed when it comes to environmentalism.