The Holiest Destination of Islamic Worship on Earth Under Renovation (+Video)
Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – The Negash mosque, located some 10km westward from the Tigrean town of Wukro, on a plateau commanding a magnificent view of the surrounding area, is now under renovation with a financial help from the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA). The renovation is being carried out by both Turkish and Ethiopian engineers with a view to ensure that the mosque’s original architecture remains intact.
The history of Negash begins from the 7th century AD, if not before. Although Negash is as old as the faith of Islam itself, it is Ethiopia’s best-unknown place of Islamic worship. History has it that the early followers of Prophet Mohammed were denied the fundametnsl right to pursue the religion they prefereed and were harshely persecuted by teh Quraysh tribe, the mercantile rulers of Mecca. In order to mainatain the very survival of his religion, the prophet hadto seek a safe hideout for his followers. “Yonder lieth a country wherein no one is wronged: a ladn of righteousness. Depart thither; and remain until it pleaseth the Lord to open your way before you” said the Prophet, pointing to teh kingdom of Abyssinia. The then ruler of Ethiopia, or Najashi, granted asylum to the first refugees, eleven men and four wives, who entered the territory “in the 7th month of the year of Mohammed’s mission (615).” The second “hijira” (flight) consisted of one hundred and one Muslims.
Souces: Anadolu agency and Tigrai:The Open-Air Museum magazine page 21