Haile (Selassie) received a western education at a French Catholic Mission in Harar, Ethiopia. In 1910 AD, at the age of 18, Haile Selassie was appointed governor of Sidamo, a city in Ethiopia. In 1912 A.D. before he became 20-years-old, he was the governor of Harar, Mulet and Sahli. In 1928 A.D., at the age of 36, he was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia. According to some Rastafarians, God is the supreme and the highest.
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Haile Selassie was referred to as “The Conquering Lion of Judah”. Yet, he was not much help when Ethiopia was invaded by Mussolini in 1935 A.D. During that time Ethiopia was occupied for five years during which the Italians killed, raped and beheaded thousands of Ethiopians.
During that crucial time, Haile Selassie went into exile in Bath, England. He didn’t go to Israel because of fear. Rather than stay and aid his countrymen, Haile Selassie chose to hide for a total of five years. Haile Selassie did not go to Jamaica, where he was very much loved and revered, because he did not acknowledge them as his disciples. These being the same people who saw him as a Christ with divine powers.
After all efforts to keep peace in the Sudan between the Ansaars and the opposing party (which consisted of the Khatmiyya, the communists and the Egyptians) had failed, As Sayyid Al Haadi Abdur Rahmaan Al Mahdi decided to leave the country for Ethiopia. In the year 1970 A.D. , he was to meet with Ansaar leaders, many of whom had been exiled, outside of Sudan at Alraduwk Mountain Camp, 22 Kilometers (12.4 miles) east of the Sea of Alkurmuk. Unknown to As Sayyid Al Haadi Abdur Rahmaan Al Mahdi, Haile Selassie betrayed the Ansaars by making this known to the May regime.
An agreement had been reached between him and Haile Selassie, to allow the Ansaars to secretly immigrate to Ethiopia and to maintain training camps on the border; but Haile Selassie betrayed the Ansaars. He informed the British government who worked with the Americans and the Anglo-Egyptians, who he had always had a pact with, of this plan. On the way to the border, on March 31, 1970 A.D., a police force surrounded as As Sayyid Al Haadi Abdur Rahmaan Al Mahdi and his companions, Sayfuddiyn Anaji and Muhammad Ahmad Mustafa.
As Sayyid Al Haadi Abdur Rahmaan Al Mahdi was shot in his right leg, his two other companions were assassinated, and their bodies were buried in Aldown Valley (near Bawu in Ingasana Mountain). The police then took As Sayyid Al Haadi Abdur Rahmaan Al Mahdi to jail. Haile Selassie was informed that he was there in jail and then Haile Selassie, ordered As Sayyid Al Haadi Abdur Rahmaan Al Mahdi death. As Sayyid Al Haadi Abdur Rahmaan Al Mahdi was shot repeatedly in the back of his head. His body was later taken to the same place where they buried As Sayyid Al Haadi Abdur Rahmaan Al Mahdi’s other two companions.