Where Did Abrahah Die?

Name of Questioner: Farsana

Date: 6-12-2016 05:16:49 PM

Consultant: Ask About Islam Editorial Staff


What is the name of the place where Abrahah died?

Dear questioner, thank you for your question.

I quoted the following part of Abrahah’s story which illustrates the place and the circumstances of his demise along with his soldiers when they marched to destroy the house of Ka`bah.

“As for the army, Allah sent from the sea birds like Balasan (starling birds). With each bird were three stones, two in its legs and one in its beak. The stones they carried were like chickpeas or lentils. When they flew over the army, they hurled the stones down upon them. If any person in the army was hit with a stone, he died, but not all of the people in the army were hit. Allah M said:

Have you (O Muhammad) not seen how your Lord dealt with the owners of the elephant? (The elephant army which came from Yemen under the command of Abraha 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 (back clay) . And made them like an empty field of stalks (of which the corn has been eaten up by cattle). (Al-Fil 105:1-5)

Allah sent upon Abrahah a disease in his body. His soldiers fled back towards Yemen, and (their body parts) were falling off in every land (they passed through). Abraha's fingertips began to fall off. After each fingertip fell off, it was followed by a discharge of pus and blood. When he reached Yemen, he was like a young bird among those who remained from his companions (perhaps this refers to how few they were in number). And then he died.[1]


[1] As-Seerah An-Nabawiyyah by Abu Hatim As-Subti (34-39); also refer to As-Seerah An-Nabawiyyah by Ibn Kathir (1/30-37).


Source: Taken with modifications from “The Noble Life of Prophet Muhammad” by Dr. Ali As-Sallabi