Islamic Guide To Ethiopia




Addis Ababa – Mekelle – Axum – Lalibela – Gondar – Dire Dawa


Ethiopian Birr

Islam arrived around 615 to Ethiopia when the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) instructd his followers to seek refuge at Axum (Aksum). Join us on this amazing journey where we will visit the Nejashi Mosque (the first mosque in Africa) known as “The Land with a just King”, including other amazing sites with Islamic heritage and richness of culture will be visited allowing you to travel through time. 


Axum is a historical city that predates Christinanity. The Ethiopian epic, the Kibre Negest (Glory of the Kings) tells us that Menelik I, the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the original Ark of the Covenant from Jerusalem to Axum and thereby established one of the world’s longest known and uninterrupted monarchical dynasties. 


Lalibela is a town full of history and mystery frozen in stone. It has one of  the highest concentration of 13 Churches in two complexes, built over 24 years with such architectural elegance and overall engineering sophistication. Their lighting systems, channels, water works, network of passageways and the sheer magnitude of the whole project.


The medieval town of Gondar is located about 748km from Addis Ababa and in 1636, the first and most magnificent of the castles was built. Succeeding Emperors made their own additions mostly within the same castle compound. The date of construction is unknown, but a Yemeni ambassador visiting in 1648 described it as “one of the most marvelous of buildings”.


Negash is a small town in the Tigray Region Ethiopia and is the place where the first hijrah took place. It is known as the earliest Muslim settlement in Africa granted to Islamic refugees by the king of Axum and is also known for the Negash Amedin Masjid. The present day mosque is said to stand on the site of the original, also dating back to the 7th century.



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