Sheikh Hussein Pilgrimage

Sheikh Hussein, Ethiopia

Every year, seventy days after the end of Ramadan, there is an important Muslim pilgrimage to the village of Sheikh Hussein.

The village took its name from the holy Sheikh Hussein, born in the twelfth century. According to legend, he lived for over two hundred and fifty years in this area, and was distinguished by his devotion and his miraculous acts. He spent the last seventy years of his earthly life teaching religious tolerance and spiritual unity among peoples. The tomb where his body is buried and also the bodies of two of his followers, has been a pilgrimage destination for thousands of faithful for centuries. More than any other place in Ethiopia, the tomb of Sheikh Hussein represents the union between Islam and animism.