Security forces in Mostaganem in Algeria, have summoned Belkacem Bennani, the chief of the Karkariya way – a dance representing Sufism – to investigate the nature of their activity in the country.
A close confidante of Bennani said: “Security officials of Mostaganem state in Algeria have called the Karkariya way’s chief for investigation. They have also asked to see his personal documents and the documents of the people who are actively involved in his organization.”
The emergence of some of the Karkariya followers in Algeria two days ago had sparked controversy among social media users, who commented on the unusual rituals and noted that the acts are heresy and contrary to the teachings of Islam.
The group’s high-rank members say that they derive their practice from the Sufi school teachings. Similar to other Sufi educational methods, through Karkariya they aim to “bring people to the place of charity so that they can combine worship, behavior and knowledge so that their lives will be for the Almighty,” they added.
They consider the ritual as a “means to connect to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) through Imam Shazli.” The group’s followers are distinguished by their colorful dress inspired by the Jamaican flag.