Muslim Pilgrimage tours to Sof Omar Dire Sheik Hussein Mosque Harar


Islam arrived early in Ethiopia. The Prophet himself instructed his followers to respect and protect Ethiopians. In 615, Muhammed’s wife and cousin sought refuge at Axum (Aksum) with a number of these followers. This group was fleeing from Mecca’s leading tribe, the reactionary Kuraysh, who sent emissaries to bring them back to Arabia, but the Negus Armah protected them

The building of the first mosque in Africa, Nejashi Mosque plus Ethiopia(Habesha/Land of the burnt skin) being a chosen land by Prophet Mohammed(PBUH) for refugees from the Qurayshis makes Ethiopia a chosen land known as “The Land with a just King”. Other sites like the Dana, Kerem, Aba Getiye, and Geta were scholars and “Saints” who taught the religion of Islam in their shrines and were very influential in the expansion of Islam in Ethiopia.


Day 1: Addis Ababa- Bale Sof Omar Cave

This day after breakfast we will be driving to Bale Robe and on arrival at Bale you will have a halal lunch then you will later see the Sof Omar cave, a tiny Muslim village in Bale, is the site of an amazing complex of natural caves, cut by the Weyb River as it found its way into the nearby mountains. The settlement, which is a religious site, is named after a local Sheikh.

Overnight Bale

Day 2: Bale- Dire Sheik Hussein Mosque

This day after having your breakfast we will have some hiking to The holy shrine of sheik Hussein is located in the North Eastern parts Bale on the edge of the Wabeshebelle river,180 km from Bale mountains national park Headquarter. The shrine of sheik Hussein is named after a muslim holyman called Sheikh Hussein Bin malka,who was respected for his religion teaching, high devotion and miraculous deeds.According to local legends he was born in 12th century and lived for 250 years, 70 of wich he spent in the shrine. Pilgrims from all over the country come on foot, horseback and by mule from up to 1000km away to pay homage and to partake in a ceremony organized in memory of their religious leader. The pilgrimage   take place twice a year: In June to commemorate  the anniversary of the death of Sheikh Hussein and in October to celebrate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed. The pilgrimage depends on the lunar calendar, so the exact date varies each year.

The shrine is located at the end of the town and is surrounded by white washed walls. Shoes are removed and left outside; long pants and long sleeved shirts should be worn. After the celebration, some of the pilgrims continue on to the holy cave Sof- omer,  located 164km from the shrine.

Overnight Bale

Day 3: Bale-Dire Dewa

This day after After breakfast you will be driving to Dire Dewa via passing Awash National Park and some muslim city and in Dire Dewa you will have a Halal lunch then later you will take a city tours in Dire Dewa and you will have a chance of visiting some largest and holiest mosques.

Dinner will be Halal at you hotel

Overnight Dire Dewa

Day 4: Dire Dewa-Harar

After breakfast drive to Harar is a labyrinth of small streets surrounded by old city walls is the fourth holiest city for the muslim people next to Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. The sightseeing of Harar will include the market, the French poet –Rimbaud house, the harari museum and the tomb of Emir Nur hwo buit the Harar walls known Jugol. Tonight we will attain the hyena-man show.

Overnight in Harar.

Day 5:Harar-Dire Dewa-Addis Ababa-Departure

This day after breakfast you will be driving to Dire Dewa to couch up your flight to Addis Ababa then on arrival you will  have a full day city tours and you will have a chance of seeing two largest mosque in Addis Ababa Bennin Mosque and Anwar Mosque,Lunch will be at one of the muslim restouran in Addis  then later you will have a chance of seeing the National Musums of Ethiopia then you will have a shopping.

At the evening you will have a Halal harwell dinner then you will be transferring to the airport for your flight to your home.

What you can expect during your visit

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout the experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff


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