In a significant stride towards fostering interfaith cooperation and historical ties, the Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, announced the league’s visionary initiative to establish the Al-Nejashi Mosque in Ethiopia. This project has garnered praise from both the Ethiopian government and the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, underscoring its profound importance for the Islamic world and the Ethiopian people.
Historic Initiative for Interfaith Harmony
The Al-Nejashi Mosque initiative is not just a building project; it embodies a bridge between cultures, histories, and faiths. Named after the just ruler Nejashi of Abyssinia (modern-day Ethiopia) who offered refuge to the Prophet Muhammad and his companions, this mosque holds deep symbolic value for Muslims worldwide. The words of the Prophet, “If you go to the land of Abyssinia, you will find a king there who does not oppress anyone. It is a land of truth,” reverberate through time, signifying the sanctuary Ethiopia provided in times of adversity.
Heartfelt Interaction at Awolia College
During his visit to Addis Ababa, Dr. Al-Issa’s interactions with the staff and students of Awolia College resonated with his commitment to the core principles of Islam—compassion and humanitarianism. His commendation of the college graduates involved in Islamic and humanitarian endeavors highlights the importance of blending faith with practical efforts to uplift society. This engagement underscores the power of education and social responsibility in shaping a better world.
Catalyzing Positive Change
The inauguration of the endowment (waqf) of Awolia College stands as a testament to MWL’s dedication to nurturing educational institutions that contribute not only to academic advancement but also to the holistic development of individuals and communities. By initiating the first Islamic social and humanitarian institution in Ethiopia, MWL has taken a significant step toward creating a platform for sustainable development and community empowerment. This gesture exemplifies the MWL’s mission to support Muslims globally and their commitment to fostering peace and understanding.
Sheikh Haji Ibrahim, president of the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, warmly welcomed the MWL delegation, underscoring the deep-rooted historical and cultural connections between the Islamic community and Ethiopia. As MWL continues to extend its support to all Muslims in Ethiopia, the collaboration serves as a reminder of the enduring relationships between countries and their shared responsibilities in promoting tolerance and unity.
Solidarity and Symbolism
The endorsement of the Al-Nejashi Mosque initiative by Addis Ababa Mayor Adanech Abebe echoes the shared values of compassion and solidarity. The project represents more than just a physical structure—it embodies a deep-seated commitment to the wellbeing of Ethiopians and Muslims at large. The MWL’s role in implementing this project reaffirms the organization’s dedication to being a force for good, a beacon of compassion, and a source of unity.
The establishment of the Al-Nejashi Mosque in Ethiopia is not just an architectural endeavor; it’s a poignant illustration of the enduring connections between nations, faiths, and cultures. Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa’s initiative serves as a catalyst for dialogue, understanding, and cooperation among diverse communities. As the MWL’s commitment to education, social progress, and interfaith harmony becomes manifest through projects like the Al-Nejashi Mosque, it reinforces the notion that true advancement is achieved through unity, compassion, and shared responsibility. This initiative holds the promise of a brighter future, where historical bonds pave the way for a world united in its pursuit of peace and prosperity.