Armah

IntroEthiopian Emperor
Is

Monarch

From

Ethiopia

Type

Royals

Gendermale
Death 1 October 630

Asham (Ge’ez: አርማህ) (reigned 614–631), known in some Muslim sources as Al-Najashi (Arabic: النجاشي‎), was the ruler of the Kingdom of Aksum. He is primarily known through the coins that were minted during his reign. It has been suggested that it was either he or more probably his father who gave shelter to the Muslim emigrants around 615–6 at Axum.

Accounts

Confirmed Muslim sources indicates that the Islamic prophet Muhammad prayed an absentee funeral prayer, (Arabic: صلاة الغائب‎), a kind of funeral prayer that is performed upon a dead Muslim if they die in a place with no Muslims to pray for the dead. This is one of the justifications provided by Muslims that Al-Najashi died as a Muslim.

Scholar of ancient Ethiopia Stuart Munro-Hay (1947–2004) states that either Armah or Gersem were the last Axumite kings to issue coins. Bronze coins from the reign of Armah show him depicted as a full-length figure enthroned, with Christian cross motifs throughout.

Artifacts

Armah’s silver coins have an unusual reverse, showing a structure with three crosses, the middle one gilded. Munro-Hay quotes W.R.O. Hahn as suggesting that this is an allusion to the Holy Sepulchre, as a reference to the Persian capture of Jerusalem in 614.

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