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HISTORY in TRANSLATION Part: 09

By Maulana Habibur Rahman Usmani ex-Rector Darul Uloom, Deoband

Abraha attacks the Holy Ka’ba Translated by: Hifzur Rahman Qasmi

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n the lifetime of Abdul Muttalib, the grandfather of the Prophet (saws), Abraha, the governor of Yemen came to Makkah on huge camels to pull down the Ka’aba. The Quraish of Makkah did not have a standing army to fight with him. Abraha first sent one of his leaders, Aswad ibn Mafsood, to Makkah. He caught all the goats and camels of Makkan people and took them. Two hundred of the camels belonged to Abdul Muttalib. Abraha, then sent his another leader to the leader of Makkah to convey his message that he had not come there to fight with them but rather his intention was only to demolish the holy Ka’ba, and he would not fight with them until they did not begin. At that time, Abdul Muttalib was considered the leader of whole Quraish. The messenger conveyed the message. “We too do not want to fight with him. This is the house of Allah made by Ibrahim, His friend. Allah has power to protect His house. If he does not protect it, we do not have the power to fight, replied Abdul Muttalib. Abdul Muttalib then accompanied the leader to Abraha. Since Abdul Muttalib had a very handsome and impressive look, Abraha came down from his throne and sat on the floor along with Abdul 45 EASTERN CRESCENT | MAY 2014

Muttalib, when he saw the latter. Abdul Muttalib asked him to return his two hundred camels. “I thought of you as a very great person, but your talk about your camel and silence about the house of Allah, which is the Qibla for you and your ancestors surprised me, replied Abraha. Abdul Muttalib said, “I am the owner of camels, therefore I asked for it. As far

Abraha, then sent his another leader to the leader of Makkah to convey his message that he had not come there to fight with them; rather his intention was only to demolish the holy Ka’ba, and he would not fight with them until they did not begin. as the house of Allah is concerned, it belongs to Allah Himself. So he, himself will protect it.” After returning from there, Abdul Muttalib recounted the whole story to the people of Makkah and then he took them to hillside to take shelter. While going from there, he caught the door of the Ka’ba and prayed to Allah and left after reciting

the couplets: “O Lord! I do not hope anyone other than you to fight with them. O Lord! Protect your house from them. The enemies of your house are no doubt your own enemies. Restrain them from demolishing your house.” Looking at the empty battlefield, Abraha wanted to enter Makkah and put Mahmood, the biggest elephant forward to lead the charge. But it fell down on the earth could not put even one step forward. Furthermore, Allah sent flocks of birds, which rained stones on the troops, which killed them all and those who were safe, just escaped from there. Abraha himself turned rotten, every part of his body withered and he was left like a piece of flesh like a baby. People carried him in the same state to Sana’a where he died. (Tareekh Tabri: Vol. 2, P. 110114) This even made the holy Ka’ba much more respectable and holy. Permission to fight in the Haram It was the unique feature of the Prophet (saws) that he had the permission to attack Makkah and fight within the premises of the Haram. To be continued…..

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