- Rider(s):Ahmed Gurey
Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi (c.1506 –1543) was a Somali Imam and General of the Adal Sultanate who fought against the Abyssinian empire. With the help of an army overwhelmingly manned by ethnic Somalis, supplemented with the Hadiya, Afars, Hararis and a small number of Ottoman Arabs and Turks. Imam Ahmad (nicknamed Gurey in Somali meaning “the left-handed”), embarked on a conquest which brought three-quarters of Abyssinia (modern day Ethiopia) under the power of the Muslim Sultanate of Adal during the Ethiopian-Adal War.
Photo by Somalian government