Seven interesting facts regarding Islam and Ethiopia

Today at sunset hosts Eid Al-Adha , the Islamic “Festival of Sacrifice”
or “Greater Eid” to celebrate Abraham’s obedience to God.

Seven interesting facts regarding Islam and Ethiopia
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Ethiopia will forever hold a favorable spot in the Islamic tradition.  It may be widely known that Ethiopia is considered the home of the first Hajjra, where the earliest adherents of the Quran found refuge in Aksum. Today Islam is the second most widely practice religion in Ethiopia after Christianity. The Ethiopian city of Harar is considered the fourth holiest city in Islam with at least 82 mosques and over a hundred shrines. The first Muadhdhin–the caller of prayer–was an Ethiopian named Bilal ibn Rabah al-Habashi.  But I was not aware:

— The personal nurse of the prophet Mohammed (pbuh) was Baraka Umm Ayman, an Ethiopian.

— The longest cave in Ethiopia, and possibility Africa, is 15.1 kilometers long and is named the Sof Omar Cave. It is named in honor of Sheikh Sof Omar, who took refuge in the cave centuries ago.  Considered an Islamic holy site.

— Ethiopia is believed to be the home of the oldest sultanate in the world—the Makhzumite Dynasty of Shewa(founded 896 AD).

— The largest mosque in Ethiopia is the Anwar Mosque in Addis Ababa. The largest mosque in Dire Dawa is often regarded as the Italian Mosque as it was built during the Italian occupation.

— Negash is a village in northern Ethiopia and believed to be the earliest known Muslim settlement in the region. It is also the site of the tomb of Ashama ibn Abjar, believed to be the Aksumite king that gave refuge to the first adherents of the Quran.

— Sheikh Hussein is a small village in southeastern Ethiopia and considered the most sacred of Ethiopia’s destinations by Muslim pilgrims. It is the location of the tomb of the thirteentb century Sheikh Hussein, who is  credited for introducing the Quran to the Sidamo people. Tens of thousands of Muslims pilgrimage to this site twice a year–once to celebrate his birth and again to celebrate his ascension
to heaven.

— The town of Dessie is home to a zawiya (monastry) of the Qadiriyya order of Islam which was the first Sufi order to be introduced into north-east Africa.

Surah 25:63
“The (true) servants of (God) the Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, reply with (words of) peace.”

(Source: Wikipedia)

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