The President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, will inaugurate Belkaidiya Zaouïa, Tuesday, May, 15th, 2018.
Algerian Sufi Sidi Mohamed Abdelatif Belkaid, whose Zaouia will be inaugurated, Tuesday, in Tixeraïne, in the southern suburbs of Algiers, by the President of the Republic, is following the footsteps of his father Mohamed Belkaid.
This holy building is named after Sidi Mohamed Abdelatif Belkaid who is the son of Sheikh Sidi Mohamed Belkaid. The latter was known “for his unconditional devotion to the holy men of God”. This was explained in an intervention by Dr. Zaïm Khenchelaoui, director of research in anthropology of religions and Sufi specialist.
Sheikh Abdelatif, he continues, “pursues the work of his father in silence and perseverance and is working with fervor and tenacity to build a typically Algerian religious referent based on specific foundations of national identity“.
More than 5 million followers in Algeria
The “Belkaidiya” experienced a “considerable success” from the seventies of the last century, in particular, in the western regions of the country, namely, Tlemcen, Saïda, Mascara, Relizane, Tiaret, the capital and Kabylie.
According to Dr. Zaïm Khenchelaoui, Belkaidya zaouïa, which has some five million followers, “has become today one of the most prestigious Sufi brotherhoods in Algeria and is one of the most faithful to the precepts of law “.