In the 19th century the K’abeena were part of the Hadya Kingdom, one of the two principalities of Hadya, an autonomous state ruled by Umar Baska. It became known as Kebena or Hadya Womba. It also became an important commercial and Islamic center under Baska rule. It was conquered by Menelik II soldiers after a fierce battle.
The Kebena subsist on agriculture. Unlike their southern kinsmen, the Hadya, the Kebena are followers of Islam. The K’abeena people live in Ethiopia’s Gurage Zone. This is the name of the people group and their language.
The Kebena people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will. In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.
The Kebena people need the opportunity to embrace and follow Jesus Christ, the King of kings.
Pray to the Lord to send people to faithfully intercede for the Kebena. Ask the Lord to send laborers, especially from among the Hadya to reach the Kebena people. Pray for the Lord to bring about an unstoppable movement to Christ among the Kebena people of Ethiopia.
Scripture Prayers for the K'abeena in Ethiopia.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||K'abeena|
|People Name in Country||K'abeena|
|Population this Country||90,000|
|Population all Countries||90,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||2|
|Region||Africa, East and Southern|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||38 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Language||Alaba-K'abeena (90,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||alw Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Alaba-K'abeena
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2017)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Audio Recordings||DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Alaba-K'abeena|
|General||Gospel resources links|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 1.07 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|