In the name of Allah, Gracious, Merciful.
1Do you not see how your Lord dealt with the companions of the elephant?
2Did He not make their treacherous plan go astray?
3And He sent against them flights of birds.
4Striking them with stones of baked clay.
5Then did He make them like an empty field of stalks and straw has been
Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim
1Alam tara kaifa faala rabbuka biashhabil fil
2Alam yajal kaidahum fi tadhlil
3Wa arsala alaihim thairan ababil
4Tarmihim bihijaratim minsijjil
5Fajaalahum kaashfim makul
1. All the
commentators agree that the “People of the Elephant” are the people of Yaman
who followed their King to revenge the desecration of his Church by the
people of Mecca whose shrine (Kaabah’s) business was declining because of
the influence of the Church. The King Abrahah marched against Mecca with
some say 13, others say one elephant, the mere sight of which scared the
Arabs and drove them to the hills. Maulana Ali mentions that Muhammad’s
grandfather Abdul Mutallib prayed for Allah to defend the city, which Allah
is alleged to have done by sending some mysterious birds to cover the sky
where the Christians were and drop stones on them killing them instantly,
after which heavy rains came and washed the bodies of the dead, and those not
yet dead, away. Thus Allah allegedly granted them victory over the Christians.
The truthfulness of the story cannot be
established anywhere beyond pre-Islamic Arabia, in any case, King Abraham
was going to take matters into his own hands. God Almighty says that
vengeance is His and He would repay. The King was about to play God and
punish a whole nation for the offence of a few undesirable elements. Sin
always brought the Israelites to their knees in battle against their enemies
and it was different here.