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Imam Ahmed's first war with the invaders
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Translation from the book Feth Al Habasha

Ras Dagalhan, the in-law of Libne Dingil, gathered several of his commanders and soldiers and went to the border town of the territory of the Muslims and embarked on immense destruction and looting. He also kidnapped many women. Among those that were kidnapped was the mother of Amir Abubakar Kachin, who was the close advisor of the Imam.

As mentioned earlier the Imam was tending to the conflict between the Giri and Marayhan (Somali) tribes. It was then that the Imam heard about the approach of Ras Dagalhan toward the Muslim territory with 600 horsemen and an army so numerous that it resembled an infestation of roaches. The Imam immediately started to mobilize his army. By the time of maghrib prayer (at sunset) they left the town and traveled night and day until they reached and settled the Agam river at crack of dawn the next day. The Imam then sent Amir Husain toward the invading army so he could assess their strength. Amir Husain made the assessment and informed the Imam of the approximate number of the invading army as well as their position and other pertinent information.

Thereafter, the Imam and his army took a position near a mountain such that the invading army could not detect them. Along with Wazir Adele and Amir Berede, the Imam observed the invaders descending from a place known as Addir. The Imam spent the night at his position, while Dagalhan unaware that the army of Imam Ahmed is just around the corner started preparation to go back to his country with his army.

At sunrise the army of Imam Ahmed was preparing for a war with the invaders. (The writer of Fath Al Habasha described the mood of Imam Ahmed?s army in his poem as follows:)

Those who sacrifice their soul generously
Those who seek martyrdom, to win the pleasure of Allah
Those that resemble lions when they are mounted on horses
Those who are the foundation of the nation when they are dismounted
The call before dawn of ?arise for jihad!?
How pleasing it is for them to hear that call!


The army of Imam Ahmed assembled and was ready for Jihad at dawn. The brave warriors mounted their horses. The Imam divided his army into the left wing, right wing, and center as well as two other divisions to assault the invaders. Thereafter, the Imam with his seemingly solid formation initiated the war.

The well known and brave warrior, Farshaham Sultan of the Yemli tribe charged upon the enemy while makings takbirs and tahlilats. After killing several soldiers from the invaders and splitting their ranks, he snatched one of their commanders by the name of Sabaro-Takhlai from his horse and took him as a prisoner. Following the example of Farshaham Sultan, Amir Ali also killed several of the enemy soldiers and took another commander as a prisoner. These two brave warriors then handed over their prisoners to the Imam.

Eventually, the two armies mixed and were entangled in a heated war. The Imam?s soldiers were fighting bravely. They would let go of the rein of their horses and aim their arrow with deadly accuracy, so much so that that they appeared like lions who leave no leftovers. The battlefield was engulfed with flames of war. Heads were rolling and the ground was full of severed hands. The Imam?s soldiers battle cry on that that day of ?Ya Huwa, Ya Huwa? along with takbirs and tahlilats shook the ground and struck terror in the hearts of the invaders.

Imam Ahmed himself was full of tranquility. Anyone that dared approach him was swiftly put to the sword. The rank of the invaders was in complete disarray. The invaders were exposed to the sword of the Muslims so much so that it appeared the lion was devouring a goat that was tied up. After so many people whose count only God knows have been killed, the army of the Imam took the upper hand. Besides being able to return the goods that were plundered by the invading army, the Imams soldiers also managed to acquire numerous horses as spoils of war.

After the war was over some of the 484 prisoners of war were put to death, while others were sent to Amir Sulayman of Zabid. Thus at the hands of the Imam and his companions the light of Islam started to shine, may the Lord accept their deeds. At the time Imam Ahmed started heading back to his beloved Harar with victory and numerous spoils of war at hand, he was a 21 years old man.


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The flag of Imam Ahmed was white, and circular in shape. On it there were several Qur'anic verses, and a couplet which was supposedly used by Imam Ali (RA) on his flag. It reads as follows:

When you face a war, don?t be among the losers!
Your time of death has been decreed by the Creator
(Therefore) be patient in its adversity.


Source: Fath Al Habash

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