It’s part of our natural instincts to discover ourselves, to figure out the reasons why we’re the individuals that we are. And as we get older we find ourselves continuing this journey in hopes of one day bringing closure.
Gibilcad are said to be culimmo; that is to say all the males are classified as men of religion by right of decent, irrespective of whether as individuals they are particularly pious or learned. In fact, however, they do cultivate religious learning more than others. Like all groups who are classified as culimmo, they are not simply honored for their learning but credited with special religious...
The Odoweyne are the main Gibilcad lineage group in Geledi. They trace their origin from Iraq, where they say their tribe were the Bawazire (the ministerial tribe), responsible for religious affairs. Beyond this, their genealogy goes back to the Prohpeht’s grandfather, ‘Abd al-Muttalib. Their ancestor Khader supposedly emigrated from Iraq during the Abbasid period. His son, Cali Khader, joined the...
When I was twelve years old, my father asked me about my forefathers. I didn’t know who they were but I was quiet interested, because my father knew. He melodically said their names; up to forty. He taught me nine and to be honest, that’s how far I can only go. I didn’t understand why it was important, but he came forward to tell me, everyone takes the time to know their...