A report by the official Ethiopian TV showed pictures of the historic Najashi Mosque, which was severely damaged, as a result of the military confrontations in the Tigray region (northern Ethiopia).
Pictures posted by activists on social media showed that the minaret, the dome, and the tombs of the companions of the Prophet, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, were destroyed, in addition to the tomb of the righteous king Ahmed al-Najashi.
It is a very shameful thing to attack the homes of God and the mosques, especially the historic Negus Mosque, which enjoys a great position in the hearts of Muslims in the Horn of Africa.
The abuse cannot go unnoticed.#Ethiopia pic.twitter.com/LBGMS6aNFn
– Dr Ahmed A. Hirad (@Ahmed_A_Hirad) January 2, 2021
The Negus Mosque occupies an important place in Ethiopia and the Islamic world, as it was the first mosque built on the continent of Africa.
The imam of the mosque, Sheikh Adam Muhammad, said, “Those in charge of the mosque had advised the leaders of the Tigrayan Liberation Front not to build barricades near it in order to protect it.”
He added, “We feel sad about what happened to the mosque. Whatever the causes, they should have avoided this place the losses of which no part of the mosque and the graves of the Companions were spared.”
The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) had restored the mausoleum complex of King Negus in 2018.
The Ethiopian authorities refused to comment on the matter, and it was not possible to receive information from the people of the area due to the interruption of telephone lines in it for about two months.
The Ethiopian army took control of the Negus region on November 28, following the military operation it launched against the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray.