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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 Quran 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.
"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 Prophets (pbuh) birth. According to some reports, the day of Abrahahs discomfiture was the very day of the Holy Prophets (pbuh) birth. According to others, he was born forty days after this event." ('Muhammad the Prophet' by Maulana Muhammad Ali, pp. 29-30.)
"Allah, Most High, has revealed in the Holy Quran a chapter which makes manifest the lofty eminence and status of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and this chapter is: Alam tara kaifa faala Rabbuka bi ashabil fil (Hast thou not seen how thy Lord dealt with the possessors of the elephant?) -- The Holy Quran, 105:1.
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, Allahs help and victory will surely continue.
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-mutamainnah (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 baada 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).