More than twenty-one years ago I lived in the port city of Asseb working as an engineering manager. I oversaw multiple projects that included the building of major roads, maritime projects, projects for Asseb refinery, health centers, community centers - building picturesque residential neighborhoods and more. These projects were transforming the city and I was in my mid twenties then and enjoyed the daily feat - the laying of every brick, the mixing of cement and sand, the grinding of stones, the planning of tasks and the striking of technical conversations with fellow engineers using vocabularies that were strange to an Ethiopian. I also loved the things of youth at this time a little beyond bounds. I was pretty much into the world. My fiancée (now my wife), who came to visit me from Addis Ababa, was not enamored by worldly matters as I was. One Sunday, she woke me up very early in the morning to take me to Church. We went to the Qidus Michael Tewahido Church and joined the hallowing of the Lord standing outside the walls of the Church as it is often the case for arrivals past the commencement of Ahadu in Qdassie. Just after the Qdassie, I saw a strange activity in the middle of the Church's compound, right on the gravel court. I had not seen the likes of it before. I saw many women, perhaps in their forties and fifties - some even older - performing what seemed an elaborate ritual, folding and unfolding in a circle, weeping and howling and moving their hands and body in a peculiar way. I was transfixed at the seeing of it. My fiancée knew what it was and told me that it was a Tewahido supplication called Mihila. I wondered the point the supplication was about. I later learned that those women were from Asmera and the Mihila could be for the triumphing of the forces waging war to separate Ethiopia from Ethiopia, more particularly to separate Mereb Melash from Tsion.
The next day, while eating lunch around a table, my fiancée and one of my peers who was a fellow engineer and our cook, a woman from Asmera who made us the lasagna on the table, all three said they had strange dreams the last night. My fiancée saw a violently spinning whirlwind taking up the Ethiopian flag into the sky. The flag was taken far up fading in the sky but not vanishing and she said she could see it from a distance waving. The cook saw herself in her dream, a frightening one, and I remember my fiancée feared for our cook because of the dream. The engineer said he saw a meek woman's head being chopped off from the neck and there was no blood. Intense conversation about the strangeness of the dreams ensued and I remember the conversations and the dish and the coffee we had to this day. Our discussion of dreams on that day was also strange because we did not discuss dreams before. It came to pass months after these dreams that the forces waging war to separate Mereb Melash from Tsion succeeded. Now, from the distance of time, I can discern God's language with a little more clarity. However, my cogitations of how the supplication of the daughters of Tsion to be rid of Tsion was granted often troubled me, for the Eritrean movement was essentially an Islamic revolution and the daughters of Tsion from Asmera used Tsion's ritual against Tsion and for the advancement of an Islamic cause.
Malice towards Tsion brewed in the city of destruction
In July of 1960 (European Calendar) in the city of Cairo, the government of Cairo inspired six citizens of Ethiopia who were followers of Islam and encouraged them to meet and organize against Tsion, to divide her and fight for her destruction. These were the names of the six who sparked off the movement that the followers of the doctrine of Mohammed call "the Eritrean Revolution":
1. Idris Mohammed Adem
2. Idris Osman Galaydos
3. Mohammed Saleh Hummed
4. Said Hussian
5. Adem Mohammed Akte
6. Taha Mohammed Noor
This anti-Christ enterprise devastated the children of Tsion, ravished their environment, befouled their dignity and left them naked to the contempt of the heathen. Many who hold Tsion with contempt celebrate the cause and perennially yearn for a further and an endless division of her children to this day. In fact, writings against Tsion, one of which by Saleh Gadi Johar of Keren written from California (a letter written to "Eritrea-Ethiopia gathering" pledging to the Cairo brew), the other a book of lamentations by Ahmedin Jebel from Addis Ababa about Islam in Ethiopia and a third, a commentary by Ibrahim Mulushoa from Dilla, all accusing Tewahido in the name of Islam, which prompted me to write this epistle. Ahmedin Jebel and Ibrahim Mulushoa insisted on a discussion of history. I agree with them, it is necessary that history is discussed because the seeds of the present and of the future were sown in the past and here, upon their invitation, I'm discussing it and I have chosen to start from the recent tragedy.
About ten years ago I met Saleh at a coffee shop and in the discussions we had I pointed out to him that his infatuation to keep Eritrea and Ethiopia two separate countries was irrational to a reasoning mind. I asked him to give me one reason why brothers and sisters who speak the same language, practice the same custom, have the same faith and the same everything who were living under the same roof should be banished to a separate life as two different countries. Why separate that which God made one? He briefly remarked to me that his leanings were more to the Arabs rather than to Ethiopia, however, in the presence of the few Asmerans who were attending our conversations he was uncomfortable to elaborate on it at the moment, but he offered me to post my message on his website and I took him up on his offer.
The response I got from Saleh's Islamic peers through his website for my quest, "why separate that which God made one" was educational. I was especially educated by what Mensour Kerar wrote after my query. Mensour Kerar remarked bluntly that the interest is not to prosper by building such things as railroads or trains from Asmera to Addis Ababa or from Mendefera to Wolega, but the whole joy of the Eritrean revolution will bear the full fruit only when Jumu'ah (Friday) instead of Sunday becomes the Eritrean day of rest and when Sharia takes over the civil code of Eritrea. The rage and repulsive tone of Mensour and friends was audibly clear: Ethiopia, the bearer of the Ark of the Covenant, the Christian country that proclaimed Christ its king for close to two millennia, is exactly what the Islamic revolution abhorred.
I knew then that Asmera was abducted by a beast that would not wake to the influence of reason and I kept my peace.
If the purpose of the business of sustaining Mereb Melash detached from Tsion (Ethiopia) is not to make Mereb Melash an Islamic state, then the business becomes utterly irrational because only those that seek the destruction of the children of Tsion on both sides profit from it. The most solid proof for the Islamic motive comes from Saleh Gadi himself. For Saleh all the things he complained about in Ethiopia have evaporated except that Ethiopia is too difficult to convert to an Islamic state because of the spiritual strength of many in it. Saleh Gadi is a very close confidant of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and very few have more access to him than he. He admires his management of Ethiopia; how the country fares under his leadership etc. all the while he espouses a separate Eritrea. If all is to the liking of him in Ethiopia, where is the reason in him that required the separation of Eritrea? If it is not in Islam, and if it is a nobler one, where is it so we can look upon it?
Saleh, feigning love of history in his letter, implored "historians" to rewrite a history of Ethiopia and Eritrea that excludes "Abyssinians" in order to forge a history of disunity with which he can justify the trophy for Arabian Islam. He soon started to chant his charms suggesting to his audience that "Eritrea and Ethiopia educate one another on their cultures." In other words, what he was telling his audience was that Ethiopians will teach Eritreans how to speak Tigrigna and Eritreans will teach Ethiopians how to make Siwa (Tela); Ethiopians will tell Eritreans that they give their children such names as "Mesfin Woldemariam" and Eritreans will tell Ethiopians that they give their children such names as "Woldemariam Mesfin"; Ethiopians will teach Eritreans how to bake Hambasha and Eritreans will teach Ethiopians how to make Shema.
Question is - what is it that impels, with too great passion, a person or a group of persons to place every conceivable wedge, including imaginary ones, between brothers to keep them apart? The Lord in His book has a name for this: Evil.
Perhaps Saleh and others need a refresher in history and unlike other parts of the world; Ethiopia's history was documented since the ancient landmarks were set. It was even documented on parchments to such details as when the Ethiopians in Keren screamed from under the sword being forced to convert to Islam from Tewahido during the Zemene Mesafint.
Criticism to the Muslim
As we have seen the goings of Mereb Melash, Islam was used as a driving force to divide Tsion's children, yet the story was withheld from them. Kept in the dark, Tsion's children continued to concede all that was vital for their survival to the pleasure of the Arab. Even the Muslim citizen of Ethiopia is damaged down to his posterity by the destruction unleashed in Ethiopia by the forces seeking to advance Islam or to advance ulterior motives in the name of Islam. For this reason, it will not be beneficial for any Ethiopian to keep the true story obscured.
It is universal knowledge now that the founder of Islam, Mohammed, instructed all his followers, even all the generations that look upon him, that they should not touch or harm Ethiopia for the unforgettable hospitality his disciples were afforded by the Christian king of Ethiopia, Hatsani Elle-Atsbah (known to foreigners by the name Armah) resulting in the revival, from eminent death, of both his disciples and the doctrine. What Mohammed gave his followers was a command, not a suggestion. His Arab followers, however, did not seem to have paid attention. They started their assault on Ethiopia by declaring Ethiopians slaves. They fabricated a canard and pronounced their muezzin Bilal, "an Abyssinian slave" in a bid to set off their predatory intent towards Ethiopia. Before the advent of Islam the Arabs were camel-raising Bedouin nomads of no noticeable social or life-skill while the Ethiopians had sophisticated social structures that included the recording of their ongoing history on parchments and carvings. The Ethiopians also had a mastery of ecclesial matters far advanced than any other in the world. The degree of their literacy as well as their numeracy was evident in the architectures of Damot, Yeha, Meroe, Axum, Hawulti-Melazo, Lalibela as well as in Marib, Sana'a and Awsa of present day Yemen. Given this background, a camel-raising Bedouine's attempt, upon becoming a Muslim, to portray Ethiopians as slaves, is derisive to say the least. In fact, historical data shows that Ethiopians had control over the dealings of Arabs right before the advent of Islam. Actually, by pronouncing Bilal, "an Abyssinian slave," the Arab set in motion the denigrating of Africa and opened the door for the enslaving of Africans for the first time, thus making Islam the first instrument to degrade the African in order to elevate the Arab.
If Muslims thought they were not bound by the New Christian Covenant and could do things as they saw fit for themselves, then they were bound by the commandments of their own Mohammed that if they transgressed they would have in their turf that which they wished for Tsion. Mohammed knew the danger but his followers did not heed. Apparently, when Mohammed said, "do not touch Ethiopia," he meant for them not to touch its faith, its Christian Kingdom, its people, its tranquility, its unity, its territory, its seas, its civilization and its peace. His followers, however, breached his instructions in multiple areas and devoured Ethiopia, its people, its seas, its mountains, its deserts, its peace and its innocence, yet they seem to have not been done. According to the book of the Lord, that which devours the holy is a beast. By not heeding the more important part of his instruction, many followers of Mohammed became beasts devouring the holy. An Islamic divination holds that when the Islamic end-time comes it is an Ethiopian who marks it by destroying the Islamic Kaba brick by brick. Given how Islam was revived by Ethiopia and how Ethiopia was devastated by it despite its hospitality, the Islamic divination that holds that "an Ethiopian from the direction of Yemen will destroy the Islamic Kaba to conclude Islamic end-time", may not be without foundation. Like He revealed later-time visions to Nebuchadnezzar, it is possible that the Lord can put words in the tongues of the heathen.
In light of this, then, was it not the duty of the Muslim, in Ethiopia or beyond, for his own sakes, to confront Muslims who put Ethiopia in harms way? Is it not time for remorse, especially for the Muslim Arab, to acknowledge guilt with gestures of great compunction for preying on Tsion, for desecrating her sanctuaries, for trampling her green pastures, her corn, for the robbery of her children, her seas and lands and for inflicting her to great suffering, plague and tragedy over the course of a millennium and half?
The conquest of the mind
Predatory nations of this world, whom the book of the Lord calls, beasts, had crawled on their bellies for their bellies and had, in many ways, stirred up the earth for too long and for one central purpose: to fill up their bellies. We see in history that some perfected the craft of weapon-making and went about realms beyond seas and subdued kingdoms and acquired lands and treasures with which they filled up their bellies. Some went about other territories and greeted those they met in the territories, smiled, settled peaceably and, using subtle tricks of the mind, got rid of the inhabitants. Of the latter, the spread of the Arabian spell and the liberal philosophy of the West could easily be noted. Using a combination of the stroke of the sword and the spell, the Arab trespasses into territories and oversteps into the minds of those who make decent living and demands that they bow down to the spell and quickly forges ahead and acquires amenities and submission and prospers. The Westerner comes with a philosophy of death and approaches the gullible and aims at the liver. The most common mind weapon the Westerner uses to swindle the naive out of their livelihood is the liberal philosophy. The liberal philosophy is as seductively persuasive as the counsel of a serpent in a Garden of Eden - it quickly conquers the mind and uproots passion from it and plants apathy instead. Once passion leaves, reason and reference become whatever the new philosophy provides. Thus the gullible loses his most valuable holdings for no gain at all.
Many societies were paid a visit by the Arabian beast and very few pulled through the encounter to tell their story. Neither the gracefulness of Copt nor the magnificence of Constantinople was sufficient to restrain the beast from consuming either. Evidently, the tenderhearted kindness of Ethiopia that allowed the revival of Islam was not at all an endearing matter by which the beast would be tamed. Of old, it was imparted for counsel that an adder without enchantment would bite that which rescued it.
Among the nations upon which the Arabian spell was cast, none withstood, with awful spiritual valor, the most brutal bites of the beast as did Tsion - Ethiopia. From the time the spell set foot at Axum in 615 AD (607 Ethiopian Calendar), the beast pulled on its belly and proceeded to lay waste every fiber of Tsion, its saints, its children, its trade, its coherence, its harbors, its beauty, its history, its custom, its unity and its love. The beast turned every item and every person it made captive into a weapon and rearranged time, place and history. What once was an Ethiopian sea; it renamed "Arabian sea". What were once Ethiopian are now Arabian Yemen and Arabian Sudan and Arabian Somalia and Arabian Djibouti. What was once Ethiopian Mereb Melash is now in a tug-of-war becoming Arabian Eritrea. To cap it all for it, the Arabian beast now has another beast, a European one, working for it undoing Ethiopia and hypnotizing Ethiopians by a new spell called democracy and inspiring them to cast out Tsion along with its glory and to bow down to or to be respectful of the Arabian specter.
Malice towards Tsion brewed again at Camp David
In the 1970s, when the Arabs and the Tel Aviv Government were in a state of hostility, a man enveloped by a depressing anxiety over the future of the waters of the Nile named Boutros Boutros-Ghali was writing articles pointing to a possibility of a pact between Egypt and the Tel Aviv Government. Boutrous Boutros-Ghali was less concerned for the general Islamic Arab cause, for he was a "Christian" Copt living beneath an Islamic shadow, but in the heat of the hostility he saw an opportunity his country, Egypt, could exploit. He knew the Tel Aviv Government needed softened Arabs, which he figured was in Egypt's power to forge; but he also knew Egypt could get handsome rewards from the Tel Aviv Government and the West in return, particularly the protection of the flow of the river Nile, which was the primary matter his articles were drafted for. His articles captured the attention of authorities in the pinnacle of Egypt's government. Under the umbrella of the Ahram Center he was allowed to meet with personalities from the Tel Aviv Government and to hold symposiums to assess the extent to which Tel Aviv would embrace Egypt's desires in a deal. Through these meetings and symposiums Egypt's leaders learned that they would be able to live without fear regarding the Nile if they made a pact with Tel Aviv and the West.
Suddenly, in the midst of the Arab-Jewish tempest, Egypt's leader Anwar Sadat sought to deal with the Tel Aviv Government while no compelling grounds for such action appeared to exist except one: the Nile. A new military government in Ethiopia was threatening to build dams and Egypt sought the help of the West to stop it. The Egyptian foreign minister, Isma'il Fahmi was pushed aside and Boutros Boutros-Ghali came on board and gave Anwar Sadat a company as acting foreign minister to his visit to Tel Aviv. Subsequently, Boutros Boutros-Ghali took part in the Camp David talks and in the "peace" treaties that followed. In the Camp David agreement Egypt garnered the backing of Western powers on its side to do all harm it could on Ethiopia. For over 30 years since, the unarticulated sacrificial lamb that is Tsion was doomed. To add insult to injury, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the person who dreamed of impoverishing Ethiopia for Egypt's unfettered enjoyment of the waters of the Nile, also presided over the breakup of Ethiopia - a mission envisioned in his Al-Ahram articles. Also, gloating on Tsion's pain he personally visited the trophy - her breakup.
After the Camp David treaty the Islamic expedition for the destruction of Ethiopia led by Egypt not only gained official Western currency but also the same agenda was taken up from where Islam left it off and was carried on by the West. This time, starting turmoil by deploying six Muslims became too small a step to ruin Ethiopia; rather, a united nations had to be deployed to undo her.
The West unleashed spies on Ethiopia designated as scholars to spy on her vulnerable spots. It targeted that which was found to be vital to keep her united and prosperous. It spent a fortune cultivating that which it found to befoul her. A new trend tarnishing Tsion was planted with the help of money and appearing non-local was at fashion among the youth by premeditated outside design. The most threatening of the movements initiated by Islam was chosen for investment and was equipped with the weapon and the ideological outfit to confront Tsion. Some of the spies became consultants of the Islamic revolution combating Tsion and others became consultants of the rulers of Ethiopia. The consultants on both sides praised the side they were advising and some wrote flattering books like how the fighters against Tsion were like the legend of Robin Hood winning against all odds; and the side advising the rulers of Ethiopia exalted the quality of leadership. From very close, the consultants on both sides spoke highly of the side they advised and remarked on how intelligent the side was. From very far, these advisors laughed at both for lacking the acumen to know that the consultants on both sides were reporting to the same boss.
The West spied that Tewahido was the glue for the adhesion of Ethiopia, for it had desired after the Second World War that those in Mereb Melash would develop a feeling of "Eritrean nationality" in order to exclude possibilities of reunion with Ethiopia, but the saints in Mereb Melash wanted Tsion, they wanted God; not some geographical exclusion carved out by Europe. So the West knew what it was that enabled the reunion and sought ways to undo Tewahido. It saw that Islam or the liberal school curriculums were not quick enough to completely ravish her and studied texts from the books it ransacked and forged phrases and commentaries prepared by careful planning - comments enough to make a person cast doubt on Tewahido - and placed snares to trap Tsion's children through pastors. The spies as pastors set up shops in the markets and streets and at every corner and solicited and threw arms around those who lacked common sense and seduced them with much pretty speech. The gullible then followed these pastors like oxen going to the slaughter; little knowing it would cost them theirs and their country's survival at nightfall. Wandering down this strayed path, the enticed children of Tsion learned contempt towards Tsion and forsook the teachings of their fathers. Their passion for Tsion gone, now it was easy to plant in them the liberal concept - the trick to swindle them by philosophy out of the ancient landmark which their fathers left. Thus the Islamic expedition against Tsion that started in Cairo was carried to conclusion by the West at the United Nations and the swindled children of Tsion clapped to that. As the Good Book said, Egypt and Babylon joined hands to lay burdensome yoke on Tsion.
The Calamitous Islamic Conquests
Far, Far North-East Ethiopia
Amet, Abraha, Aksum and Msrak were some of the Ethiopian kings of Yemen around the time the Arabian spell emerged. Yemen (South of Arabian Felix excluding Arabian Felix), which was part of the ancient province of Saba of Ethiopia, lost its identity many centuries ago and lost it in the bastardizing Islamic conquests to the Arabs. Before these conquests Yeha and Axum were the governing centers for it. The fact that matriarchal rulers existed in D'mt but not in Marib at the time of the queen of Saba was sufficient proof to show that the capital of Yemen was Yeha and Axum. The ancient inscriptions in this old Ethiopian province were either Sabean or Geez and there existed not one iota of Arabic in its environment. The Sabean language was an Ethiopian dialect and not an Arabian one as some scholars of Islam and Babylon labor to postulate. The first Arabic inscription was written in the years of the Persian and the Islamic Arabian conquest around the six century leading to the seventh century AD. For all the Babylonian and Islamic hype imputing Sabean to Arabia, there is no affinity, resemblance or kinship between Arabic and Sabean scripts. The affinity of the Sabean script to Geez is self evident. In fact, the Abraha and Atsbaha stone inscription in Axum describes Abraha wo'Atsbaha "King of Himyaria (Yemen)". So Yemen, the old Ethiopian province, was the first major loss Ethiopia suffered to the Arabian Islam. Its identity was then quickly buried in the rubbles shuttered by the potent Islamic Arab biological assault: exogamic crossbreeding.
The Arabian Islamic conquest of Yemen destroyed not just the identity of the Ethiopians but also their sanctuaries and holy places that they preserved. The picturesque Church that King Abraha built in San`a', for example, had no equal in architectural splendor not only in Yemen but also in all Arabia and Persia. It was destroyed by the Islamic conquest.
Far West Ethiopia
Sudan was the land in which the Noba and the Beja tribes of Ethiopia lived and they were Tewahdo Christians and were fierce fighters to protect their faith. In the seventh century AD, after the Arabs conquered Egypt they progressed towards the Noba and the Beja of present day Sudan. The Arabs drew swords to force these Ethiopians to convert to Islam. The Noba were expert arrow men and they would not let the Arabs close in on them. Most of the multitude of Arabs that drew sword and that came to convert the Noba to Islam had at least one of their eyes lost by sharp arrow shooters. The Arabs retired back to Egypt and waited for another time to ambush. Through the Islamic art of exogamic crossbreeding, the Arabs crept into the Noba and the Baja and got them sometime in the fourteenth century. Today, close to fifty percent of Sudan dwellers claim to be of Arab decent.
The Islamic assaults on Ethiopia were in waves and over several centuries and too many to write about in one message, but we will discuss some examples of them for factual clarity. The reader must take note of the fact that Ethiopian history is not like one of other histories in the world, but it is a very well documented history and recoded as it happened by specially assigned officials for the job called Tsehafi Ti'ezazat. The recordings the Tsehafi Ti'ezazat were reviewed periodically by the contemporary noblemen of the time for clarity and this tradition existed since Axumite times. So, although most of the Axumite documents were destroyed in the 10th century Yodit assault and in the 16th century Gragn assault, there is no presumption in telling Ethiopian history, for it was all true factual history written on the spot and on solid substrate.
South East Ethiopia
The date was July 9, 1325 in the year of the Lord Ethiopian Calendar, the Ethiopian king Hatse Amde Tsion was ill and in bed. There was no sign that the king's encampment would be in danger and all the king's army were sent out on duty and the king stayed in his tent nursing his illness. Seven days had passed since Hatse Amde Tsion had eaten proper meal because of his illness. The king commanded one of his guards, Liqe Neoosan Zena Yemanu, to go hunt in the field to feed the dogs. When the Liqe Neoosan went to the field to hunt, he saw from a distance a great multitude of Muslims marching towards the king's encampment. He abandoned the hunt and quickly galloped back to the tent and informed the king of the advancing army of Muslims. The king sent a couple of horsemen to verify and estimate the size of the Islamic horde. The messengers saw the multitude had covered the land like clouds and were coming like a mass of migratory locusts. The horsemen shivered at the seeing of this mass of Muslims marching and informed the king that it would be difficult to defeat all these multitude of Muslims even if all the army of Ethiopia were to line up against them.
When the king heard the matter he rose from his bed and tried to walk but stumbled and fell on the floor for the illness had stricken him harshly. His attendants supported him up and dressed him up with his fighting outfit. He started walking out towards the multitude of Muslims who bore swords and spears. The queens, the maidens and the children all cried bitterly for they saw that there was no way out to escape death for the king at that point. The queens and the guards around him insisted that he stayed in bed but Jan Mengesa, his wife, the queen, said, it is better he goes out and dies in fighting than being slain by the Muslims on his bed. He told the priests to hold prayer for him and all including the queens prayed stretching their hands out to heaven. As he walked out the queen remembered a Muslim once told the king that when Muslims come to attack they poison the water first. She then hurriedly run to where she kept the Holy Ash (Emnet) of Golgota and the Holy Water (Tsebel) of Yordanos and carried the Holy Ash and the Holy Water to the king. The king asked one of the priests, Tekle Tsion, to pour the Holy Water on him. The priest poured the Holy Water on the king while the king was in a fighter's attire. The king uttered: may this Holy Water be my portion if I die or my strength if I live and he sprayed it on the horses and to the surrounding. As he was doing this the Muslims appeared and the guards around him pleaded with him to ride and retreat back to where the main army was. The king replied that he would not abandon priests, women and children to join a distant army and he marched forward. Immediately he regained his strength and mounted on his horse named, Arab Asferi, and started to fight. Five horsemen advanced with him and they fought. As soon as he divided the front line of the Muslims into two and he swung his sword at aventure and managed to strike the leading two of the Muslims. When the Muslims saw the first double strike they were in fear and started to retreat. Amde Tsion pursued them and so did the five horsemen. The queens and the women and the priests saw the miracle unfolding before their eyes. Amde Tsion was not tired but he gained strength as he fought. The Muslims were discomforted and finally disbanded and Ethiopia was thus spared from being converted into Islam by the Grace of Eyesus Christos. When the Tsehafi Ti'ezaz wrote this at the time he knew readers would find it difficult to believe such a miracle, a miracle no less than the dividing of the Eritherean Sea, and he pleaded with the reader of the future generation to believe it and that it was not a fairytale that what he wrote was an actual event that took place before his eyes. This was one of the times Ethiopia was a hair thickness close to becoming a completely Arabized Muslim nation pledging allegiance to the whims of Muslim clerics in Saudi Arabia. The other events were: when Ahmed Gragn pursued Hatse Libnedingl, the Zemene Mesafint and the last forty years.
The year 1563 in the year of the Lord Ethiopian Calendar, the Islamic Turks had occupied the Ethiopian city of Massawa and they had made deals with the Ethiopian governor of Mereb Melash, Bahr Negash Yishaq, to join hands and resist the Neguse-Negest - Atse Sertse Dingel. Bahre Negash Yisgaq, claiming a more legitimate decent from King Dawit to deserve the throne, aspired to be Niguse Negest and sought the help of the Pasha of Turkish Islam to disobey and even to confront the anointed king Sertse Dingil.
Atse Sertse Dingel sent messengers to Bahr Negash Yisgaq to cool it and to once again uphold his duty of fidelity to the Niguse-Negest. Bahr Negash Yisgaq did so but was soon befriended by the Islamic Turks again and he vied to break his obedience to Atse Sertse Dingel. To the message he received from the Niguse-Negest Bahr Negash Yisgaq replied with attitude defying the Niguse-Negest and in his letter he included a bullet of the Turkish mortar to underscore that he trusted in the ammunitions of the Islamic Turks. Atse Sertse Dingel wrote back to Bahr Negash Yisgaq and these were his words:
"You trust in yourself and in the might of the Turks. I trust in the Lord Eyesus Christos, who brings down the mighty and who exalts the lowly, and I will come up on you."
After defeating the Islamic wars around Harer that were opened up by Bizer Ahmed and Mohammed, Atse Sertse Dinglel headed to Mereb Melash to discipline Bahr Negash Yisgaq and to oust the Islamic Turks off the coast. Before he left he sent the bullet from Bahr Negash Yishaq to Church and asked the clergy to petition to the Lord about the matter and for victory in his march to the coast. When he reached Tenbein all the people in the area, enraged that Bahr Negash Yishaq made pact with Turkish Islam and dishonored the Lord's anointed, gathered around the Niguse-Negest and followed him. Those in Bahr Negash like Semeon, Asgedom, Christosawi, Yaqob and many others who were under the command of Bahr Negash Yishaq renounced Bahr Negash Yishaq and came over to the Niguse Negest and joined him in the march. Atse Sretse Dingel divided his advance in three regiments. On the right Shum Tekle Giorgis led an army and marched forward. On the left Azmach Dareghot led an army and marched forward. In the middle Atse Sertse Dimgel himself led an army and pressed. The Islamic Turks lined up mortars and firearms far advanced than the Ethiopians had ever known and intimidated the three regiment advances of Atse Sertse Dingel. Atse Sertse Dingel rode around on horseback and invigorated his army to fight and not to be intimidated by the mortars. The Turks fired the canons incessantly especially on the regiment Atse Sertse Dingel led. The king ordered horse riders to press ahead to where the mortar shells came from. The horse riders rode to the source of the mortar fire and to the midst of the Turks and fought tenaciously. Seeing the army of the Niguse-Negest winning, Bahr Negash Yisgaq sent a messenger to the Niguse-Negest indicating his desire to reconcile and pledging to talk with "Ete Welate" (the aunt of the king). He stated that he would tell all that was in his heart to her. Atse Sertse Dingel then sent Ete Welate as a last amnesty to Bahr Negash Yisgaq and demanded of him to remove from the Islamic Turkish midst and join his king to fight the enemy of Tsion. The Niguse Negest warned that he would brook no further disloyalty from the governor. Bahr Negash Yishaq, caught up in the hesitation whether to betray the Islamic Turks who helped him fight the Niguse Negest, changed his mind again.
The war raged on again and while in the thick of the battle one of the solders of the king advanced to Bahr Negash Yisgaq, who was riding a horse, and threw a spear and smote him on the back from behind. Bahr Negash Yisgaq dismounted from the horse, staggered, leaned by the shed of a tree and died. Also, Abeto Yonael, Atse Sertse Dingel's close relative and solder, threw a spear and pierced the heart of the Turkish pasha and when the pasha fell from his horse he hurried toward him and cut off his neck. Thus the Islamic Turks surrendered and Ethiopia's sovereignty was restored for a time. Though defeated, the Islamic forces did not stop their conquests; they continued to come in many different forms and from many different directions.
Mohammed warned his followers to stay off Ethiopia. His followers didn't. Islam then became Ethiopia's ruin. It took away Yemen, and with European help, Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea. Once an Ethiopian is converted to become a Muslim - by force or by forced concession - his allegiance shifts to Saudi Arabia and reason or commonsense will have no place in his matrix. His culture, his spectacle, his views, his language and his dreams are instantly Arabized. An Islamic quest in Ethiopia is always a quest for Ethiopia to surrender its path to the whims of the clerics in Saudi Arabia. Muslims can be capable of feigning liberalism as long as the liberalism is aimed at destroying Christianity, but in the end, under the cloak of democracy or whatever populist ideology there is, Islam emerges as the religion of state of the country it crept into. Islam had neither been constructive nor had it once been profitable to Ethiopia in any form in all its history. Islam allowed history to be reversed and inspired the Arab to be superior over the Ethiopian and subsequently over the African and deprived the Ethiopian his defense and his means of survival. For example, by joining hands with the West, it had left millions and generations out of the wealth of the sea that if the Ethiopians starved they would not even be able to catch fish from the sea for subsistence. Over twenty million Muslims were also denied survival by Islam simply because they were Ethiopians - Ethiopians with the potential to restore Tsion to its glory.
Arabian Islam and Babylon Say Ethiopia Conquered Arabia
Did it? Enter Yemen before the rise of Islam and only Geez and Sabean are found carved on rocks. No trace of Arabic - no, not one. Arabic and Sabean are not related, Geez and Sabean are just like Tigrigna and Amarigna. Here is the story in brief: the Arabs became Muslims, picked up the sword and proceeded to Yemen (as they did to Egypt, Libya, Jerusalem, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon etc) conquered the Ethiopians and their land in Yemen and made it theirs. The Arabs then scorned the Ethiopians, took away all their belongings, forced them into Islam, subjugated them and threw them out of homes as detestable social caste and gave them a name: Akhdam. The Arab retained Yemen and he conjured up an Islamic tale like other Arabian tales saying that the Ethiopians only came to conquer and Christianize during the days of Hatsani Kaleb.
How was Yemen south Arabian when there were no Arabs in it? How were Ethiopians Christian conquerors when the natives in Yemen were Ethiopians themselves? Who gave the European the authority to pronounce an Ethiopian entity of old like Yemen , "South Arabian?" Of course the European well enough knows Yemen was Ethiopian but he wants to project it as Arabian because he has a much profitable idea with it, which he keeps in ambush for later days. Yes, the European has a subtle, long reaching and malicious game plan in the name "south Arabian" just like a French presence in Djibouti posts in ambush a subtle, long reaching and malicious game plan for later days. The European thinks he owns the later days, he doesn't know what the Lord has in stock for later days.
Hatsani Kaleb's campaign to Yemen to reinstate Christianity in Yemen after Yathar forced the Christians in Yemen back to Jewry was similar to Hatsani Abraha's (known to outsiders as Ezana) campaign to the Noba to punish the rebels. Hatsani Kaleb's campaign to Yemen was an inter-Ethiopian campaign to restore discipline and order among Ethiopians and not a conquest as these modern Islamist and Babylonian scholars would like to impress upon us. And no, Christianity was not introduced to Ethiopia by a teenager from Tyre ; rather Ethiopia nurtured and brought up the young boy Frumentius Christian and sent him to the See of Saint Mark where he was ordained as a bishop of Ethiopia by Saint Athanasius. The Good News came to Axum long before Frumentius was even born. In fact, Christianity is Ethiopia's natural faith (not something forced by a stranger) as it is a natural growth from Jewry of which Ethiopia was blessed and chosen by God to be the repository of the Ark of the Covenant. While this was Ethiopia 's history, the West modifies and falsifies it to trivialize Ethiopia 's story, for it takes delight in downgrading Ethiopia in particular and Africa in general and the Arab readily indulges in the pleasure of it.
Ethiopia in effect was broken and continued to be broken by Arabian Islam. After conquering Yemen , an Ethiopian province just like Bahr Negash or Wello, the Arab designated Yemen "Arabian" and he dubbed the Ethiopians, "conquerors" and threw them away to the streets. One thousand four hundred years after conquering Yemen the Arab today doesn't allow the Akhdam even to school. Now, why is this one thousand four hundred years old story of interest to the Ethiopian in Addis Ababa or in Asmera? The tale of the Arab as promoted by his comrade-in-arms-against-Tsion, the European, and the story of the Ethiopians is much more important today than it was a millennium and half ago. When an Ethiopian knows what he was and what he is, he can adjust himself well to what he will be. If not, his story will be told by his enemies as they wish to portray it and his future will surrender to their projections by which he will be sorry - very, very sorry. Egypt was a land of the Copts - all Orthodox Christians, and there were no Arabs. The Islamic Arab went to Egypt , ravished it, controlled it completely and now he calls it Arab. Ninety percent of the Egyptians are now Arabs; where are the Copts? Libya was a land of the Berber and there were no Arabs. The Islamic Arab went to Libya , ravished it, controlled it completely and now he calls it Arab. Ninety seven percent of the Libyans are now Arabs; where are the Berbers? Sudan was a land of the Ethiopians - the Beja and the Noba and the Dinka and the Maban and there were no Arabs. The Islamic Arab went to Sudan , ravished it, controlled it completely and now he calls it Arab. About fifty percent of the Sudanese claim of Arabian decent; where are the Ethiopians - the native Sudanese? Similar story holds true for Algeria , Morocco , Syria , Iraq , Iran , Kuwait , Lebanon , Mauritania etc. Once the beast crawls into a nation and that nation honors Islam under any title, religious equality, democracy or any other, then this nation will end up in the jaws of the beast and there will not be escape from it. In the end, however late the time may come, Bahr Dar will be renamed, Al Shabab, Deqe Mahari will be named, Al Islamiya, Asmara will be named, Al Mariba, and Addis Ababa, Al Fatuma - behold, if you slumber to history, that will be your future.
If the Arabic Islam did it yesterday, what is it that changes it today? It is important that every man, woman and child understands the history of Islam in Ethiopia , how the vast blessings of its span were shredded by it, how its people were divided, how the overwhelming beauty of God's natural gift to every Ethiopian was robbed by it. Every Ethiopian shall know that the prestige that his ancestors enjoyed in life was transformed into shame and humiliation by Islam and passed onto him for his sadness. How does an Ethiopian become free of humiliation by honoring humiliation? Isn't that foolish?
To the Child of Tsion in Mereb Melash
Can you say to God, "I don't want you" and then embark on a pleasant life? Can you be removed from Tsion at your own volition and at the same time retain birth rights? Was selling off his birthright a blessing to Esau? The choice is this: either you choose God like your fathers did sixty years ago or Islam chooses the yoke for you. Twenty years have gone by - years of betrayal and treachery and blasphemy; isn't that enough?
"Zelalemawi Zkri Nsematatna" Says the Asmaran with an Impudent Face
Who are your Sema'etat? How is it that a child of Tsion becomes a Sema'et in the pursuit of death for the advancement of Islam? Whose history is this? Aqordet and Teseney and Adi Quala and Deqe Mahari and Mendefera and Keren and Senafe were trodden by Saints who were slain by the Islamic sword resisting conversion to Islam many hundred years ago. These were the Sema'etat - Tsion's Sema'etat. How is it that you cheered up the abomination and brought it home and jeered down the holy and renounced it? How great is this offense and how humbled will you be to regret it?
The Asmaran Pronounces the Army for the Islamic Cause "Yikaelo"
About one thousand seven hundred years ago Abraha and Astbaha of Axum had decreed that Christos the King would forever be King of Kings of Ethiopia - Tsion. As Kings they declared themselves only placeholders for the true King, Christos - Yikaelo, that is. Now you have your version of Yikaelo and it is the one that won the trophy for Islam against Tsion. Is that your choice? The priests of Asmera and Adi Quala and Mendefera picked up Tsion's Kebero, Tsion's Tsinatsl and sang the songs of Tsion in Asmara to celebrate the trophy for Islam. Like King Belshazzar of old Babylon they used the Lord's vessels against the Lord. Now, are you set to forever pose in antagonism against the Lord? That is where you are. Do you want to remain there? It is time for deep remorse, cleansing and expression of sorrow. Delay not, for when your gain of silver from the sale of Tsion buys a field, it becomes a field of blood.
Remember, after the Second World War, your fathers were confronted with the same choice. The Europeans were troubled that your fathers did not conform to the European carving that they did not have a national feeling separate from Tsion because your fathers wanted Tsion. They did not choose Ethiopia - they chose God. Your fathers wanted to remain Ethiopians not for any material benefit they would get from Ethiopia, for they knew Ethiopia was a peasant country far incomparable to the alluring city building and management they had come to see living under the yoke of Europe, but because they did not want to renounce their birth right, their position as children of Tsion.
For choosing God the response your fathers got was dazzling. Coming to the heartland they were dignified and they developed a sense of self worth and majesty. Upon choosing Tsion, the indignity, the humiliating feeling of failure impressed upon them by the colonizers was obliterated. Working in the cities or the countryside their trades became fruitful. Whether it was carpentry in Gondar or farm in Dangila or grocery in Nazreth or gold-smelter in Mekelle or dinner in Bedelle or bakery in Addis Ababa , what the Asmaran touched bloomed. Mereb Melash was adored that the young, the adult and the elderly from different cities of Ethiopia vacationed in it like it was a paradise. A steady stream of travelers, newspapers, busses, visitors, merchandize and blessings flocked to it and from it. The Asmaran changed this when he was willfully snared by the high talks of the Islamic revolution like Adam and Eve were snared by the high talks of the serpent.
You can pretend to reason saying you can have God while independent, but know that you have chosen that for yourselves over what God chose for you and the Lord will meet you at your own game. Also know that the term " Eritrea " for Mereb Melash has become a curse, an abomination to the Lord when used for Mereb Melash because it was used against Tsion and as a trophy for Islam. Now continue to hold it at your own peril.
To the Child of Tsion in Ethiopia
Close to one thousand seven hundred years ago, Abraha and Atsbaha in Axum Tsion officially declared Christos the King of Kings and Christianity the faith of Ethiopia . All knees henceforth knelt down to the Christ and He would be praised everyday and every night and this tradition continued to more than a thousand and five hundred years. Then the rains poured, the rivers flowed, the fields bore wheat, barley and maize, the cattle multiplied, the fats overflowed with wine and oil, the silos of each home were filled with teff and corn, the land became a land of milk and honey. The little was like plenty and the children were satisfied.
In the course of time, however, there came defiling customs from abroad and strange beliefs with which the kings cuddled. With these strange beliefs also came witchcraft, divination, superstitions and oppression. Corrupted by strange customs, the kings stole that which was God's and sought personal glory and the herders left the flock unfed. These offenses provoked the Lord and he left them all to their own devices. Then a chain of plagues fell upon the abundance and upon the flock spanning generations and there was no defense. The palmerworm came and devoured the corn and the wheat and the barley. That which the palmerworm left the locust ate; and that which the locust left the cankerworm ate; and that which the cankerworm left the caterpillar ate. And the flock was consumed. The Arab's Islam started devouring Yemen and the coast. What Islam left Youdit Gudit' preyed on; and that which Youdit Gudit left the Turkish Islam by Ahmed Gragn preyed on; and that which Ahmed Gragn left the Portuguese and the Italian and the French and the English preyed on; and that which these left the protestant preyed on; and what the protestant left the liberal philosophy preyed on. Such was the story by which Tsion was ruined.
Now tell your children, and let your children tell their children that the Lord's matters can not be neglected, relegated, mingled with the choices of men or reformed. Tell them and let them tell their children that the Lord's glory can not be given to another. Tell them and let them tell their children that the Lord's Throne is to be hallowed and to be shared by no other - not by Islam; not by a Western philosophy; not by an Idol of Hora; not by a Confucius nor by any other. The Lord and the Lord alone is the King of Kings of Ethiopia and none shall bring a chair or a throne of any other of any sort near His Throne. Tell them and let them tell their children that the Lord's matters can not be a subset of any human philosophy or conventions or rules or regulations.
Remember the miracles of the Lord and praise the Lord. Ethiopians, our fathers, crossed many an Eirthrean Sea divided up by the Lord's Mercy, but they didn't pay attention. Italy rose up and began marching to devour the rest of Ethiopia more than one hundred fifteen years ago. Our Ethiopian fathers were in dire, dire trouble. However, they knew what to do - they did not just pick up the gun to respond. The man, the woman, the king, the bishop, the monk, the nun, the priest, the deacon, the solder, the farmer, the merchant, the old, the young, the child went to Church and to the monasteries and cried and petitioned. The Lord inclined His Ear and listened and He responded. He fought for Ethiopia and brought Italy down to its knees right before the vulnerable and weak Ethiopians. Yet, to this day, everybody remembers and celebrates and rejoices about the delivery and nobody, not one, remembers the deliverer. Many even go as far as glorifying the flesh, Atse Minilik, with laudatory remarks, how he crushed the Italians with his might and superior intelligence, how he marched bravely on horseback switching from one horse to another, his military genius, his farsighted calculations etc. They shower him with all the goodies and declare him, ex-post-facto, the architect of the war and the deliverer. This has been a mockery - an affront to the Lord. The only strategy that won the war was prayer and Mihila and the only deliverer was God. We Ethiopians carry this burden to this day and it should be paid back to the Lord by remorse, deep sorrow, tears and penance and by a commitment to make full.
Again, about seventy five years ago, Italy rose up and marched again to devour Ethiopia and the Europeans conspired with it. Again, the Ethiopians, old and young, went to the churches and monasteries and cried and petitioned to the Lord. The Lord inclined His Ear and listened again and He pitted the conspiring Europeans against each other and rained on them showers of war and placed them under the yoke of each other, which they thought would be on Ethiopia . Europe was ravished and could no longer manage colonial holdings. Thus the Lord delivered Ethiopia and with it the rest of the world from colonialism, yet, to this day, nobody, not one, remembers what the Lord did for Ethiopia and for the rest of the weak and marginalized humanity. Rather, the Ethiopians celebrated the British and honored Winston Churchill by naming a street after him and General Wingate by naming a school after him. They were also enamored by the things of Europe and made Europeans counselors of their affairs and left the Lord to adopt Europe's gods. This has been an affront to the Lord to this day. We Ethiopians carry this burden and it should be paid back to the Lord by compunction, poignant grief, self-infliction, tears, fasting and penance and by a commitment to the Lord.
What Will Be
Now Abraha and Atsbha decreed, by way of official proclamation and by ordinance through liturgical inauguration, that Eyesus Christos is King of Kings of Ethiopia and Christianity its mode of life. Thus Ethiopia and Ethiopians have been consecrated to the Governance of the Lord ever since. All that was Ethiopian shall therefore be gathered back to Ethiopia for it belongs to the Lord. Yemen and the Ethiopians therein, Sudan and the Ethiopians therein, Somalia and the Ethiopians therein, Djibouti and the Ethiopians therein, Mereb Melash and the Ethiopians therein, the Oromo speaking Ethiopians in Kenya, the Somalis in Kenya will all return to Ethiopia and will serve the Lord. Though scattered to too many strange faiths, they are all the Lord's and therefore will be gathered back to the Lord. No Ethiopian will pick up a sword or a gun to bring this about for the Lord Himself will do it. No Ethiopian will need to organize a party or a front or a convention or a campaign to do this, for the Lord needs no human help to do His Plan. All will submit to the Lord for he or she who does not serve the Lord will perish. All others will come to serve the Lord at their volition. Again, that which will not serve the Lord will perish.
To the Spies of Babylon and Islamia Who Read This
I have tidings for you: Zechariah 14:12
Tell those who sent you to be afraid of the tidings because they are knocking on their doors.
I'm not a preacher or a teacher of the Gospel. I grew up studying sciences and engineering and have mastered the Western art of scientific observation by extracting information based on evidence, by experiment, by measurement, by verification and by prediction and all by way of extended training and practice. That is my story. I declare here that I encountered a much more compelling and overwhelming evidence to the truthfulness of the letters in the Good Book than I have found evidence to the truthfulness of science in all logic and mathematics.
Be informed, therefore, that the kernels of the messages above are not mine own but the Lord's words from the Good Book. It is up to you to consider them and make peace with them or to scatter and dismiss them. It is all up to you.
June 5, 2011 European Calendar
Ginbot 28, 2003 Ethiopian Calendar
1 Cairo or Al-Qahira means the city of destruction, it was so named by Arabs in 641 AD after the invading Islamic Arabs vanquished the Christians of Egypt
3 Islam - The Signs Before the Day of Judgment, World of Islam Portal
4 Middle East Quarterly, September 1997, Volume IV: Number 3, pp. 59-66