Celebrating the Prophet's birthday, dervishes perform a ritual called 'dhikr', whereby the recitation of God's names help create an ecstatic state in which one's heart can communicate directly with God, pictured in Shendi, Sudan, on Thursday, March 29, 2007. Dervishes are members of the sufi order which plays an important role in Sudan. Sufis divide themselves into tariqa, the commonest being the Qadiriyah, which was founded in Baghdad in the 12th century.
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