What’s Your Ultimate FAITH In Life?

The Answer Is Staring Back at You Right Now.

Ahmadou DIALLO ✪
ILLUMINATION
Published in
4 min readMay 7, 2020

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“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside can do you no harm.”

#AfricanProverb

I grew up in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. Even though Senegal is a secular country in the constitution, the vast majority of people are Muslims.

Growing up, I used to go to regular school from Monday to Friday and to the Koranic school during weekends and holidays.

In the early nineties, I was taught my Muslim faith through the society, the Koranic school, and the practices of my family.

This Muslim faith was and still is my framework for many questions about life, the universe, and what’s after death.

Fast forward to the dawn of the new millennium, in the early 2000s. I just left my home country to come to France to continue my studies.

In this new environment, most people don’t have any religion, even if the country has a catholic legacy.

They have their own faith in themselves and many other things that have nothing to do with religion.

10 years later, at the end of 2010, I was heading to the USA for the first time to attend the engagement party of one of my best friends, Jacques, who is from the Jewish faith.

It was my first time in the US, in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, during Christmas. And I still vividly remember that unique experience in the United States.

The US is another environment where countless stories of people living the American Dream exist. They have faith in that dream and, most importantly, in themselves.

Often, with Jacques, we debate and exchange about what drives us in our personal and professional lives.

In the discussion, it’s never about religion. It’s more about ourselves ultimately, I think.

Here we are in 2020. I am almost 40 years old and will have spent half of my life in France by the end of 2020.

It has been and still is a challenging journey.

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Ahmadou DIALLO ✪
ILLUMINATION

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