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Unveiling Ethiopia’s rich tapestry of Islamic history, the Bilalul Habeshi Museum in Addis Ababa is a testament to the nation’s enduring spiritual connection with the Islamic faith. This pioneering institution transcends the Museum’s role, transforming it into a repository of invaluable relics, manuscripts, and artefacts. Visitors encounter treasures like the revered letter attributed to Prophet Muhammad addressed to King Nejashi, a symbol of the historical bond between Ethiopia and early Islam. Beyond such singular pieces, the Museum boasts a diverse collection of ancient manuscripts and a captivating array of Ethiopian Islamic cultural artefacts. The Bilalul Habeshi Museum sheds light on the long-standing relationship between Ethiopia’s unique cultural identity and the Islamic world through these objects. EBR’s Abiy Hailu visited the Museum and reflects on its significance in preserving and promoting Ethiopia’s deep-rooted connection with Islam.




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