as-Sahaba Mosque (Mosque of the Companions)

According to an Islamic tradition this is the oldest mosque built in Eritrea by the first Muslim Migrants when they first arrived in Abyssinia. They built a Mosque so they could pray, and named it al-Sahaba Mosque. Sahaba in Arabic means companions, and that is to imply that al-Sahaba Mosque was built by the companions of Prophet Muhammed. That makes this Mosque the first in Africa.


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circa 610 CE

The mosque was renovated most recently in the twentieth century, and currently is not fuctional. It was reportedly built by companions of the Prophet Muhammad who came here to flee persecution by people in the Hejazi city of Mecca, present-day Saudi Arabia.

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