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Articles Section > Attacks on Islam by Latter-Day -- "Companions of the Elephant" by Imam Kalamazad Mohammed Sahib

Attacks on Islam by Latter-Day -- "Companions of the Elephant":
Based on the commentary of chapter 104 [al-Fil; The Elephant] of the Holy Quran by Hazrat Mirza Sahib)
by Imam Kalamazad Mohammed

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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Hast thou not seen how thy Lord dealt with the possessors of the elephant? Did He not cause their war to end in confusion? And send against them birds in flocks? Casting at them decreed stones -- so He rendered them like straw eaten up? (The Holy Quran, 105: 1-5)

For those who may feel a bit discouraged at times at the present depressing state of affairs in the Muslim world and the persistent rejection of Ahmadiyyat on all sides, the following commentary by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Mujaddid of the 14th century Hijrah, on chapter 105 of the Holy Qur’an comes as a refreshing tonic -- a tonic to reinvigorate us, and to cement our oath to put religion above the world and to spread Islam to all corners of the globe. For Allah, Most High, promised the Founder, that this Movement would never come to an end, but instead would triumph over all adversaries, within and without the fold of Islam.

Before the commentary itself, we present a little background information relating to the event of the "Companions of the Elephant", a well-documented episode in Arab history.

Abrahah’s attack on Makkah:

"This is hardly the place for dwelling at length on the extraordinary events that are related to have attended the Holy Prophet's (pbuh) birth. We content ourselves with referring to just one, by itself a mighty sign. The very year that the Holy Prophet (pbuh) was born, the Christian chief of Yemen erected a magnificent church in his capital, San'a, with a view to make it a general centre for people, both commercial and religious, in place of the Ka'bah which he resolved to demolish. This was, in fact, a life and death struggle between Trinity and Unity. Abrahah, the chief, marched at the head of a large army against the Ka'bah to pull it down. He encamped at a distance of three stages from Makkah, and sent word to the Makkans, intimating his mission to them. The Quraish (i.e., the Arab tribe that looked after the Ka'bah), finding themselves too weak to offer any resistance to Abrahah, evacuated Makkah, taking shelter in the neighbouring hills. While leaving the city, 'Abd al-Muttalib (Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) grand-father and the chief of Quraish) took hold of a curtain of the Ka'bah and prayed: ‘O Allah! This is Thy Own House. We feel too feeble to defend it. Be pleased to take care of it Thyself.’ Historians say that a most virulent form of smallpox broke out in the camp of Abrahah, which wrought a terrible havoc, destroying the major part of his forces. The rest took to flight in utter confusion. This miraculous event came to pass simultaneously with the Holy Prophet’s (pbuh) birth. According to some reports, the day of Abrahah’s discomfiture was the very day of the Holy Prophet’s (pbuh) birth. According to others, he was born forty days after this event." ('Muhammad the Prophet' by Maulana Muhammad Ali, pp. 29-30.)

Commentary of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad:

"Allah, Most High, has revealed in the Holy Qur’an a chapter which makes manifest the lofty eminence and status of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and this chapter is: Alam tara kaifa fa’ala Rabbuka bi ashabil fil (Hast thou not seen how thy Lord dealt with the possessors of the elephant?) -- The Holy Quran, 105:1.

This chapter was revealed at a time when the Chief of Creation (pbuh) was undergoing extreme difficulties. Allah, Most High, is consoling him here during this trying period and is assuring him of His friendship and help. In this incident, there is a great prophecy. Allah is saying: 'Do you not see how your Lord dealt with the owners of the elephant?' That is, He ruined their plot and turned it against them, and He sent some small birds to destroy them. There were no guns in the possession of those birds, but rather sijjil (damp pieces of clay).

In this famous chapter, Allah, Most High, bequeathed the Ka’bah to the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and in presenting the story of the companions of the elephant, He prophesied his success, help and victory.

That is, whatever plans and preparations the enemies made and whatever practical stratagems they brought in order to demolish the Holy Prophet’s (pbuh) entire mission, Allah, Most High, in order to annihilate them, made their very plans and efforts work against them. As such, as the birds destroyed the owner of the elephant, so too, this prophecy will endure till the Day of Resurrection. Whenever any owners of the elephant arise, in order to destroy them, Allah, Most High, always makes the necessary arrangements to demolish their efforts.

This is the doctrine of the Christian Fathers. Islam is a rock on their chest -- all the other religions, in their opinion, are powerless. Hindu converts to Christianity are writing books to refute Islam. Ram Chandar and Thakur Dass have exerted all their energies in writing books in order to refute Islam. The plain fact is that their conscience is telling them that their destruction will come from Islam. In a natural way, they are overcome by a fear that is the source of their downfall. On merely seeing a cat, a chicken begins to make fearful sounds. In this way, the followers of different religions, generally, and particularly the Christian Fathers, who are opposing Islam tooth and nail, are doing so not only because they are intellectually certain, but more so, deep within them, their heart also tells them that Islam is the religion which will smash all false creeds into smithereens.

At present, the likes of the owners of the elephant are launching an assault against Islam, and Muslims are riddled with weaknesses. Islam is in a wretched condition and the possessors of the elephant are in a strong position of ascendancy. But Allah wants to show the same example again and He will use birds to do the same job once more. What comparison can our Jama’at (i.e., our Movement) bear with them? Compared to them we are insignificant. When we consider their allied strength, their power and their wealth, our Jama’at does not even exist. Nevertheless, we see right before our eyes, in the events of the companions of the elephant, what verses of comfort were sent down."

He goes on to explain the essence of sincere faith and true Islam and gives the following words of advice:

"I received this revelation from Allah in which it is made very clear that having done my work, Allah’s help and victory will surely continue.

Indeed, that kind of certainty is entertained only by those who love the Holy Qur’an. How can those who do not have love for the Holy Qur’an and for the religion of Islam appreciate this matter? The meaning of Islam and faith is this -- that one’s will should merge with that of Allah. He who has no regard for the honour and glory of Islam, whoever he may be, has no honour or esteem in the eyes of Allah and is not a conscientious Muslim.

Do not treat Allah’s words with contempt. And consider as deserving of compassion those who, on account of prejudice, have denied the truth and have advanced the argument that in the time of peace, what need is there for anyone to come (from Allah). How pitiable are they that they do not perceive how Islam is tightly besieged by enemies, and attack after attack is being made on our religion from all sides -- such scorn and contempt are being heaped on the fair name of our Holy Prophet (pbuh) -- and yet they say that there is no necessity for anyone to come (as a reformer)" (Malfuzat, Bk. 1, pp. 172-174).

In conclusion, let us remember that the same promise that was given to the first Messiah, And We shall make those who follow thee above those who disbelieve to the Day of Resurrection (3:54), was also given to the second Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. However, he warns us that we cannot become part of that extraordinary promise and glad-tidings until we have conquered our nafs-ul-ammarah (spirit that commands evil) and have advanced to the stage of nafs-ul-mutama’innah (the soul at rest). He also advises us not to become like those who accepted him initially, but then reneged and so have bought for themselves the punishment of everlasting fire.

Rabbana la tuzigh qulubana ba’ada idh-hadaitana wa hablana mil-ladunka rahmah. Inna Antal-Wah-hab (Our Lord, make not our hearts to deviate after Thou hast guided us and grant us mercy from Thee; surely Thou art the most Liberal Giver) -- (3:7).

Articles Section > Attacks on Islam by Latter-Day -- "Companions of the Elephant" by Imam Kalamazad Mohammed Sahib