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The Owners of the Elephant

The Owners of the Elephant The Year of the Elephant: April 20, 571 AD “Have you (O Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam)) not seen how your Lord dealt with the Owners of the Elephant? [The elephant army which came from Yemen under the command of Abrahah Al-Ashram intending to destroy the Ka'bah at Makkah]. Did He not make their plot go astray? And sent against them birds, in flocks, Striking them with stones of Sijjil. And made them like an empty field of stalks (of which the corn has been eaten up by cattle).” [Surah al-Fil, 105:1-5] “The Owners of the Elephant” refers to the army of Abrahah ibn Al-Ashram Al-Habashi, who became ruler of Read more ...

Birds of a Feather Hopefully will Flock Together

Birds of a Feather Hopefully will Flock Together A Muslim’s Reflections on the New Pope By - Imam Afroz Ali 1. Birds, Francis and the New Pope I was somewhere in between Singapore and Sydney when fumata Bianca from the chimneys of the Sistine Chapel announced to the world of a new Pope who would lead its over 1.2 billion Catholic adherents. I was flying on a modern mechanical bird; an airplane. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first non-European, was elected the new Pope on 13th March. Interestingly, before the chimneys went off in white smoke, birds flocked around it, and for some Catholics, the birds were already a positive sign given the Read more ...