His gadl repeats what has been written about the rest of his colleagues—that they came together to Ethiopia, settled temporarily in the palace, and dispersed to establish centers of religious activities. Like that of Gubba, Alef’s name is not found listed with those of his colleagues in the fifteenth-century palace calendar of saints. However, the famous monastery Dabra Halle Luya is believed to have been founded by him. His name may be related to the name of the first letter in the alphabet. The feast of Alef is celebrated on 11 Maggabit (Baramhat).