Al-Nejashi Tourism


Ethiopia is home to some of the oldest cultural and religious attraction sites in the world, such as Axum, Lalibela, Harar. Although not developed and less known globally, the Al-Nejashi site is a 7th century Islamic and cultural heritage with immense symbolic significance to the world, such as religious tolerance, compassion between peoples of different nations and religions. In the site, the oldest mosque, Al-Nejashi Mosque (Arabic: مَسْجِد ٱلنَّجَاشِي‎, romanized: Masjid an-Najāshī) is found as well as the cemetery of companions from the early Islamic era. The mosque was  recently damaged in the Ethiopia-Tigray conflict. Thanks to the peace agreement signed in Nov 2022, the Tigray tourism has commenced its work. Therefore, turning the Al-Nejashi site into a tourist destination means sharing its value to the world as well as supporting the region’s economy in the postwar reconstruction effort.

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