Surah al-Fil, Chapter 105

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

In the Name of God the Compassionate, the Merciful

Verses 1 – 5

أَلَمْ تَرَ كَيْفَ فَعَلَ رَبُّكَ بِأَصْحَابِ الْفِيلِ {1}

1. Did you notice how your Providence treated the forces of elephants?1

أَلَمْ يَجْعَلْ كَيْدَهُمْ فِي تَضْلِيلٍ {2}

2. Did he not turn their (entire) intrigue into a failure?

وَأَرْسَلَ عَلَيْهِمْ طَيْرًا أَبَابِيلَ {3}

3. And sent an army over them of small birds.

تَرْمِيهِمْ بِحِجَارَةٍ مِنْ سِجِّيلٍ {4}

4. Which were casting over them earthen balls dried up.

فَجَعَلَهُمْ كَعَصْفٍ مَأْكُولٍ {5}

5. Which rendered them like brown dust as though swallowed up.


God, Who is Omnipotent to safeguard His Sanctuary is also Omnipotent to safeguard His Islam when His beloved Prophet died when Ali was busy in his burial ceremony, and his companions having no faith, buried to seize Ali’s succession on plea of a rising.

  • 1. An Abyssinia king, Abraha sent an army of elephants to pull down the holy sanctuary of the Ka‘ba with the white elephant Mahmood at their head, who refused to enter the sanctuary. The entire army was filled by Divine Army of tiny birds flowing over their heads, with pebbles in the claws and mouth and dropping them over them.