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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Short Stories from The Holy Quran: How Allah Saved Kabah from the Invading Army of Elephants

Chapter 105 Sūrat al-Fīl (The Elephant) is an amazing incident that happened few months before the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and due to its relevance to the elephants, the year is remembered in the history of the Arabia as the Year of the Elephants.

This  sūrah narrates an actual event that occurred in 570 AD, months before the birth of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). This sūrah is called "The Elephant" because a large army under the command of Abraha Al-Ashram, the Christian viceroy of Yemen (then ruled by the Abyssinians) which came with the intention to destroy the Ka’bah at Makkah. Since the invading army also included battle elephants, the sūrah is appropriately named.





We have already provided the exegesis of the Sūrat al-Fīl - however, the purpose of this post is to share a short clip which has filmed the incident, in which an elder is shown praying to Allah to save Ka'bah from the invading army of elephants, something that had never been seen before the people of Makkah and nor they had any defence or weapons to beat back these wild beats charging on to Ka'abah with full might and ferocity.

And sure enough, Allah heard the prayers and sent squadrons of Ababeel or the Martin swallows with "sijjil (baked clay) in their beaks which when struck the elephants had embedded in the pebbles the Divine force which made the elephants turn away, running back, and trampling the accompanying army. And as said in the last verse of the surah: And He made them like (an empty field of) stalks (of which the corn has been eaten up by cattle)”

While you may read the full account of the incident in the post on Sūrat al-Fīl, watch the short film which animates the entire episode as described in the history books and Sūrat al-Fīl itself:
One should never challenge the Divine Power for its wrath can befall in magnitude one can not even imagine. May Allah help us to stay on the right path as described in the Holy Qur'an and elaborated by the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him.

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