AL-FĪL

The Elephant

الفيل

Meccan (surah 105 • 5 ayahs)

»The surah that tells of the destruction of the armed force that came to be known as the company of THE ELEPHANT, after the animal they intended to use to destroy the Kaʿbah, in the generation before the advent of Islam. This surah is a reference to events that happened in 570 CE, the year of the Prophet Muḥammads birth. It takes its name from “the elephant” (al-fīl) mentioned in verse 2, which refers to the force dispatched by Abrahah (a Christian ruler of Yemen) to Mecca, that is “the men of the elephant” (aṣḥāb al-fīl). The destruction of this army is cited here to encourage the believers and warn the disbelievers.«

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,

THE ALL-BENEFICENT, THE ALL-MERCIFUL.

1

القرآن:

ألم تر كيف فعل ربك بأصحاب الفيل

TRANSLATION:

Have you not regarded how your Lord

dealt with the Men of the Elephant?

2

القرآن:

ألم يجعل كيدهم في تضليل

TRANSLATION:

Did He not make their stratagems go awry,

3

القرآن:

وأرسل عليهم طيرا أبابيل

TRANSLATION:

and send against them flocks of birds

4

القرآن:

ترميهم بحجارة من سجيل

TRANSLATION:

pelting them with stones of shale,

5

القرآن:

فجعلهم كعصف مأكول

TRANSLATION:

thus making them like chewed-up straw?

Source:al-quran.info


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