Sheikh Hamed El-Nil was a 19th-century Sufi leader of the Qadiriyah order (tariqa). The tomb and the mosque are located in the western side of Omdurman. The mosque was built in 1936 and has three domes, which represent the followers of Sheik Hamad El Nil. They adhere to the Quadriya Sufi Order.
This tomb is the weekly focus for Omdurman’s most exciting sight – the whirling dervishes. Each Friday afternoon, adherents of the tariqa gather to dance and pray, attracting large crowds of observers and participants.