Seerah 007 – Invasion of the Elephants
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hamdulillah salat wa salam ala rasulillah.
Shalom, we're continuing with our series on the Sierra the prophetic biography of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam. In the previous session we were talking about, actually, since the sessions have started, aside from the first couple of sessions, where we talked about the objectives and the method and the purpose and benefit of studying this era. Over the last four to five sessions, we've been talking about pre Islamic Society, and the conditions that existed before the even the birth of the prophets allottee some let alone the Prophet hood, being given to the prophets a lot a summon what a divine revelation, arriving, even before the birth of the prophets a lot he sent him. The in
the previous session we were talking about, we're pretty much at the brink of getting to know the immediate family of the prophets, a lot of them such as his grandfather, his uncles, and then of course, his parents as well. And then getting into the birth of the profits a lot. So, but the previous session, we talked about kind of as an introduction to learning about his family, particularly his grandfather, Abdulmutallab, we were talking about a couple of the key landmark incidents that occurred very close to the birth of the prophets a lot, he said, um, and the thing about this is, this is not important to know, just as a tidbit, just as an issue of history is not
just a random fact, about pre Islamic history. But it's very important and pertinent because as the scholars of Sierra, they point out, that these major events were occurring almost as a foretelling of the birth of a prophet sallallahu wasallam. That's something monumental, something great, something that is about to change the course of humanity. And in the world, as we know it, something major and drastic is about to happen. Something monumental is about to occur. And so these events were the foretelling of that great event. That was a birth of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So it directly involved the grandfather of the prophets a lot of the time. And of course,
this was by no coincidence, either. And these incidents also involved places that are very sacred, even within the Islamic tradition, from the teachings of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. The first of those incidents was the rediscovering All right, the discovery of the well of Zamzam, that the well of Zamzam. Of course, we talked about its origins and how it became lost and buried after a certain amount of time. And then, of course, the grandfather of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was given the location of the wealth through a dream. And he was able to go there and dig this up. And so he was given the blessing of being the person who, who uncovered this great blessing that we know
as the well of Zamzam. And in I mean, we understand very well, the Islamic significance of it, I talked about it with some textual evidence as well. But we obviously understand its importance. You know, we have millions of people as we speak right now preparing to undergo next week, the great journey as that we know, as hedge, people are heading out from now,
on the way to hedge and so we know that zum zum is, of course, something very important and significant. The second event that we got into at least the beginning of that conversation, and that is the invasion by the army of the elephants. All right, the year of the elephant, I told you that the year in which the prophets Allah Nizam was born, was born is known as almond feed the year of the elephant. And that in and of itself is very indicative of how huge this event was, and how it was understood by the people of that time that this define them. You know, this was something that literally define these people, you know, there's, there's always something major in every generation
that happens. And the people of that generation, they identify with that great event. You know, for a lot of people like here, even the entire generation, but especially here in Dallas, the previous generation, one of the those types of events that they used to identify with, or they everybody knew where they were, when that happened was like the assassination of JFK. And that happened here in Dallas. So everyone knew where were you What were you doing, when all of a sudden the news broke, and you're listening to the radio, and they told you, for our generation, it was 911. You know, everybody remembers who they were, they weren't who they were with and how they heard the news. So
there's some type of a huge event that occurs of regeneration. And people remember that people almost identified themselves with it. And so that type that incident at that time, and that arrow was the invasion of the army of the elephants. All right, and that was known as that drastic landmark event. We talked a little bit about the history of Yemen, and exactly who
In power in Yemen at that time and how we exactly came into power. We talked a lot, a little bit about the history and we got to know a little bit better. A little bit more about this. This enigmatic individual known as abre. All right, the infamous Abra some a name that even Sunday school children are taught even Sunday school children No. And so we got to know a little bit more about him what he was motivated by what he was inspired by. And what exactly led him to do what he did. You know, what pushed him to the brink, where he was willing to do something. So,
you know, so heinous, so nefarious. And we talked how he built this cathedral. And in fact, in between last week, and this week, I was just looking online and doing a lot of research and reading in, and that that place where that cathedral was called lace is still known even till today, the police, it's still known till today, and it's kind of marked there. And when people visit, they actually they A lot of times, they go there and they visit that place. And they see it as like one of those places where you go for sightseeing. And what exactly happened with that Cathedral we'll talk about towards the end of the session tonight. Nevertheless, he builds this place, yes, as a
sacred space. But I talked about how aloha was, while he was obviously somebody who was religious, I identified with his religion as a Christian. Nevertheless, he was more of a military strategist, he was a economic and military strategist is who he was as a leader. That was his identity. So he wasn't the priest, king or the priest leader. He was more of the military, the army, the general, the economist leader, is who he was. And so building a cathedral for him was a very strategic move. It wasn't just purely out of religious devotion that he built it. But nevertheless, it was more of a strategic move, how we could bring viability back to this area that had been decimated, that had
been ravaged, that had been so bleak for so long. There were families, there were droughts, there were floods, natural disaster after natural disaster, I'd let this entire region had left it completely depleted. And so he wanted to make his place his homeland. So it was also very patriotic for him. He wanted to make it viable again. All right. And so he builds his Cathedral and he says, we'll be able to attract the masses and we'll be able to bring the people back. Like people go flock to Makkah today for the Kaaba. So definitely he had his eye set on the Kaaba, but I talked about this last week, he had his eye set on the Kaaba, more as a competition, more as a rivalry, but a
competition. And so he said, we'll bring we'll build something that rivals that. And we'll be able to bring people our way as well. And our said, our place our land will flourish as McCain who just flourishes today.
What ended up happening at that time is and he wrote a letter back to Dina joshy, the king of adversity, and he wrote a letter to him saying that I've built a place that will make you proud, and I've devoted dedicated to you. And I've built it so that we can you redirect people from the muck up back to here. And this kind of became public information that is kind of, he's built his own shop, and he's trying to compete with our store, almost like that type of mentality. And so some, a canal, any one of the
people from that area, he comes out to there, he comes to visit this place, this huge Cathedral. And he goes in there and Ed files it. All right, he violates it, he vandalizes it. All right, and specifically the narrations talk about the fact that he used the restroom inside of it, like not in the restroom, but he basically he, he, he, you know, just did his business like in the middle of the cathedral. And then not only that, but it even goes as far as talking about how he took, you know, his extra minutes and then rubbed it all over the walls and the decorations and all the ornate fixtures and really, really did a number on the place. Now he leaves him who's on the next day Abra
when people discovered is Raphael draws attention right away, because this is project this is his baby. So it's brought to his attention. He's enraged, like he sees red. I mean, nothing makes sense to him anymore. He only has one thing on his mind. And that is the P and then the word on the street. By the way this individual narrations actually talked about he goes and he brags about what he did. And some of them kind of take it up as kind of a rallying point like, yeah, that's what we did. That's what we did to you. You're going to try to compete with our Kaaba, that's what will do to you. And when this news hits the street, that these people are bragging about what they did, and
they're taking credit for what he did, he just he set out on a mission. I will destroy the karma. They want to defile my Cathedral, I will destroy their Kaaba and I talked about how a very subtle but nevertheless important point that we learn from this is that's what we had the etiquette in Islam. We have a truth and we speak our truth. All right, but nevertheless we have an etiquette within Islam that in speaking our truth and delivering our message, we never
Ever Ever desecrate we do not violate we do not defile, we do not degrade other people's belief systems and what they might engage in, we give them the message we give them the Dow but at the end of the day, we leave them be even if you don't want to look at in terms of we respect what they worship or what they do, that's fine. But we do leave them be all right, we don't impose our will on to someone and we definitely do not mock and we do not do defile. And we do not desecrate other people's worship or what they worship and how they worship. That is an established principle that Quran talks about how do not curse their gods, their false deities, their idols. Why? Because then
they will curse a lot. Either one, believe it or even build
animosity when somebody pushes you. What's your very first instinct to push back? Sometimes you don't even think about where you are and who it is and what they're doing or what they're saying or who's around you. Right? So it could be the question, and you are the most respectful, calm, peaceful individual. But if somebody walks up and shoves you really hard, your very first instinct is to shove back, and then you realize where you're at. And you admit your mistake, but it's just that human reaction, either one, right, somebody will cross the line against me. So I'm going to cross the linebacker against them, the lady even without one proper understanding and knowledge of
what they're doing. And so that's exactly what happened in this case. So abre gathers an army together some of the Urban cathedra, Angola mentions integration, where he says he had 60,000 soldiers that just want you to just get an idea of the sheer number of people who gathered together isn't again, this is a general this is a military strategist. This is somebody who led a coup against his own key and his own
leadership. And so obviously, he's got the military resources. So he gathers an army of 60,000 strong. And then it said that he actually sends for and recruits an individual who is an elephant breeder and elephant herder, whatever you want to call it. All right, and he brings, he recruits this elephant breeder and tlemcen to bring these elephants, and then we're up to about a dozen elephants. All right, and he specifically gets them for a couple of reasons, not only because of the sheer power, it's like rolling into town with a dozen bulldozers. Alright, do you just walk through, you don't even fight at that point, you just walk through and it's done. All right. And remember,
we're not talking about modern day structures like this. We're talking about clay huts and mud huts and little homes and shacks. You're just gonna walk them down.
Secondly, also being a military strategist, he realizes the element of human fear. All right, and something being alien elephants or something the Arabs had never seen before. Now, the avatar himself is affiliated associated with the powers that are sent, that are located that are centered out of the out of Eastern Africa, the Horn of Africa. And so he knows he's gone there. And he's seen these majestic beasts, these animals, right. And so he's familiar. But generally speaking, an Arab has never seen an elephant before. It's like seeing an alien. And so just the sheer shock, and the fear would cat would would make people catatonic would freeze, people would confuse people, and
people would go running for the hills. And that's exactly what was the strategy and it worked to quite an extent. So I was talking about how he gathers all these people together, and he heads out on his way. Now, here's the very interesting thing. I told you last week that the Quranic narrative of this incident focuses in on the decimation of Orion his army, right, how they were destroyed how allowed sent his miraculous army, Allah sent these birds with the pebbles and it completely decimated that army and destroyed them and defended the Kaaba by means of them. That is the focus of the Quranic narrative, from the sirop perspective, what it's almost like the Sierra like, of course,
we understand and I talked about in the initial sessions, they this complements the put on an understanding of the Quran is supplemented. So the seerah narrative focuses on the journey. Alright, aside from what sparked this, then especially the journey, the journey on the way to the Kaaba, and then the Koran gives us a very, very accurate, very descriptive picture of exactly what happened. But the journey is very important. And it highlights a lot of key very interesting things.
So abraha sets out on his journey, as he starts traveling upwards, north. He's, of course, passing by the Arabs, and then all these different Arab tribes in these cities and locations and towns. And people hear about him coming as well, that Abra has gathered an army I mean, 60,000, large, you know, especially back in those days, it's going to be noticed, and so people notice and people here and people, some people start to prepare and they start to get ready. We got to defend him, we got to ward him off, we got to fight him. Why? Because for all the Arabs, the mcca the Kaaba in Mecca specifically was a very sacred place. All right, it was a sacred institution. It was a sacred place,
and so they want to defend it.
And they want to and this is seen as a defense of their honor at the same time. And so they're gathering together and they start to rally each other together to defend the Kaaba and to fight against sobra.
Something very interesting
that one thing is mentioned within generations is,
as Oprah has traveling, and I talked about this yesterday, last week, and I don't want this to be misunderstood, but abre was a was a tyrant. By all definitions, Abraham was a tyrant. You know, I talked about how even in building the police, if somebody was a little late to work, you would literally cut their hands off. If they were late toward the construction site, he would cut their hands off. So he was a tyrant. But at the same time, he being a military strategist, being a very intelligent man, he wasn't just bloodthirsty. There's a difference. He wasn't just outright bloodthirsty. And so as he's traveling through, and he's meeting with people and talking to people
who would actually make time to speak to a lot of the leaders, and a lot of the people that he would come across, and one of the things that he was telling them was, he would tell them exactly what happened to the police. He would tell them that look, somebody came in default that so generation actually mentioned that what are Oh, jihad, Allah him.
Right. And so one of the things is, aside from fighting him, they thought that this was obligatory on them to defend the Goblin, fight him. But some of them kind of even understood why he was there. They understood like yeah, if you were somebody who had done that to the Kaaba, we'd be knocking on your door as well. If one of your people did to discover you, could you better well Expect us. And so But nevertheless, they they understood that fighting against him is something that we are obligated to do. All right, Hina semirara, we know who you need to headman Kappa, beta login Hara, they knew that this was a sacred place. And so they knew defending it. And it's honor is our
responsibility, something we are obligated to do.
So now as he's traveling through, one of the people that he comes across, is Vanessa. And this man who nefer was the king like the leader of his people, and these were people that were located right at the almost what you could imagine to be the border or the boundary of the of the Yemen region, and the Giles region. So the the border in the boundary of that place, there was a tribe that was settled near there, and the leader of that tribe, literally who they saw to be their king, it was a man by the name of doing nothing. And that's what they, at least that's what they used to call him. And he gathered his people together, and he, you know, rallied everyone together from around his
tribe as well. And he gathered together and came out to fight abraha eyebrows army literally ran over his army. They ran over his army, they were able to defeat them very easily. Finally, this leader of the army that was gathered to fight against Iran, he was brought through enough for he was brought to abre and when he was brought to abre, and abre was about to give the issue about the issue the command to kill this man. He says, Yeah, Al Malik lots of Tony. He said, Listen, King, don't kill me. For in Nevada and Hakuna Matata America hate on the Camino.
Because leaving me alive, like keeping me with you, fine. Take me as a prisoner. But keeping me alive might end up working out for you. You know, I know these people I know people, people respect me, people know me. And so having me with you might actually serve some type of a tangible, practical benefit. And so why don't you think this through? So Abraham says, Alright, fine. That makes a lot of sense as a strategist. So he says, Okay, fine. Don't kill him, tie him up. He's a prisoner of war with us.
As they proceed forward, they come across another tribe and other group of people that have gathered together to tribes by the name of Sharon, and now he is at the place of Hassan. They come across them, they've been rallied together by their leader by the name of new Faisal bin Habib. All right, Aloha, Tommy, he's rallied it and gathered these people together, the people from these two tribes, Sharon, and is and now they're fighting against a battle as well, of course, again, I literally just walks over their army, he destroys them. And once he destroys them and defeats them, he takes the leader.
He takes the leader newfane, he takes him as a prisoner of war. So he's got these two leaders do nothing to fail the two leaders who had the courage and the audacity to actually fight against up, stand up against him. He takes him as prisoners of war. And he proceeds on his way. Now as he proceeds, and now he's kind of gaining a bit of a reputation. So this isn't just all pomp and show. He's literally ran over two armies, it's they they haven't even been speed bumps. Right? Just he's just going he's just tearing through. So I started to develop a little bit of a reputation. So as he starts to come across more and more Arab tribes, more and more of them are unwilling to fight him.
They're not resisting him. They're giving up they're surrendering as he arrives, and they're letting him just walk right on by someone. So that
comes across tarrif when he crosses thought if the leader of the thief tribe
by the name of Masuda puppy, he comes out to meet abre and he says, Hey, you and Malik in the manga hobby duck, oh King, we are your slaves. So not just surrendering, we're at your service, suddenly owner luck multi own laser and, and alcohol often, when is a beta how the beta need to read.
He says that not only are we are slaves, but we will obey you, we will listen to you we are at your service. And by the way, we have no disagreement with you. We are completely in agreement with you. And just so that, you know, we have no affinity, we have no affiliation with that house that you're going to destroy the GABA. We don't have anything to do with that. We have our own bait. And remember, I had mentioned a few sessions back talking about the religion of the Arabs before Islam, that they were, of course, primarily idol worshipers but then it kind of escalated the practice that escalated to the point where they had specific idols. And just like they had the Kaaba in Mecca to
house the idols, he started building houses, they started building sanctuaries. All right, we started building religious shrines to these idols in different major locations. So Ty was one of those locations where the major idol of a lot was located, and then literally built a shrine around there. And he said, that's where we were. So that's where we go, we got nothing to do with the Kaaba. So you feel free to do whatever you want to do. Not only that, but I'll one up you. I'll give you something else. I'll give you something extra. Then this man Masuda coffee, he says, I got a guy by the name of a booty horn. I haven't I got a guy by the name. Oh, boo, boo, ha, this guy is like
the human map. All right, this guy is a human man. He's like a human GPS. This guy knows exactly. He knows how to go. He knows all the roads and all the routes. And not only that, but he's like a scout. Like he knows everybody along the way. He knows where people live is guys the ultimate guide. So I'm going to send him with you free of charge as a gift, just to let you know that we're on the same side here. You ain't gotta run over our town. We're cool. All right. So he attacked he gives him this man, a booty Ivana. And he says you lead them to Mecca.
So this they had are on their way now. So you're seeing two dynamics, you're seeing some tribes, some people starting to stand up to abre fighting against them, but getting obliterated, all right, and their leaders or their kings or tribe leaders being taken prisoners of war. And then you find another dynamic where some of the tribes are completely rolling over and letting up law pass by. And not only that, but then you find certain conniving type of leaders where they're even willing to help them out are willing to,
they're willing to, you know, even work with him, and help him out and help him accomplish his goal. So now he's on his way. And he's got this guide with him a little bit of a interjection of history here. They reach a place outside of Macau by the name of Alamo hardness. There's a little place a little more landmark, outside of Macau known as aloha misty reached this place and that guide, a Buddha Hall, he ends up dying over there, he gets really really ill he gets very sick, he catches a fever and he dies. reason why I mentioned this something kind of interesting.
He dies at this place. And he's buried over there obviously, later on, much of the story is over. And we all know the outcome of the story. The Quran tells us so obviously the Arabs he survived and the Kaaba is okay, and everything's alright. Well, guess what, once everything is said and done, and everything's over, now, you kind of go back and you check who did what and who was down with what and who was doing what? A Buddha Hall everybody knows, okay. He was one of our people. He was a Sufi. He was a man from five years and an Arab he was out. And he did this. He was guiding these people here and he's working with them and he was serving the king. So they see him as a trader.
He's basically the pre Islamic Arabian Benedict Arnold. Alright, so before there was Benedict Arnold, there was a booty hot. Alright, so that's who he is. And so, I mean, it literally becomes a cuss word. Like when we call somebody a Benedict Arnold like your trader, right? That's, that's what that is. That's what that's known as. All right. So he gets known as a trader. So like for the younguns. Like, he's LeBron James, like somebody who often left his city and left his team and left his people. Right. So that's what he's known as. So I would evolve is like the olden LeBron James, right. So that we as people know him, like this guy, treat us as the ultimate traitor. And so where
he's buried, now, they go back out and they find Okay, he ended up dying, he's buried here. And that becomes like a place like when we go for HUD right now, and we're gonna do the jamara. They used to go out there and do jamara and Abu Ghraib, they would throw stones, they would go and they would spit. They would go and they would like pour like being, you know, dumped the intestines of animals on his grave. It was a place where you would go and you would defile the place to show your distance.
stain for such a trader, somebody would turn his back on the house of a law unit because he I told you even the pre Islamic Arabs still saw it as a sacred place, and a man who would turn his back on his people. So that's what he was known as. And something else very interesting that some of the scholars they mentioned in certain narrations.
And that is an In fact, even Cathy's in his car in his book and B die when he hire. When talking about the history of the herbs, he talks about the people of the mood. And we know that the mood the people or the mood, solly Holly salaamu Center for mood, the they were Arabs, and in fact, their ruins were still located in the Hejaz region. So when the Prophet ceylonese was traveling much, much later in his life towards the end of his life, when he was traveling to Dubuque, they passed the ruins of the mood. And the process uncovered his face and he started to do is to father and told the Sahaba to ask Allah for forgiveness and for safety and security as they passed by. So we know that
the new people were from the Arabs, the Arabs knew about the history of the mood. Something very interesting that had been 50 dimensions was, there was a man by the name of a booty Hall amongst a mood as well. There was a man by the name of a Buddha Hall amongst us a mood as well. And even into the mood. He was a very notorious individual. He was someone who actually used to discourage people from worshipping and from praying, and he was one of the key ringleaders who was against the Prophet salallahu alaihe salam. So even the ancient man, a Buddha, this guy's namesake, if you will, he was also a very, very bad person. And so he didn't concede makes a connection. And he says, What ended
up happening to him was that because he was such an enemy, and he led the people against, you know, Saleh Ali salam, and the Prophet and the messenger, and eventually the punishment of a like a bomb these people. Some of the narrations mentioned something that to the effect that he wasn't killed along with the rest of his people, he was gone away when the punishment of a loved descendant so he was one of those few survivors. And when that ended up happening was that when people got to know later on, when people heard that this was the man who needs to tell his people to not listen to the Prophet, and look at the punishment of Allah descend upon his people, people ended up stoning him
and people and literally ended up stoning him to death for dooming his people. Because he was a ringleader, he was an instigator. So nevertheless, even cathedra himolla kind of makes that connection about look, that man was in the Buddha Hall, he was stoned to death. And this man was named a Buddha. And his grave used to be stoned by the Arabs as well. So it makes that type of a connection there. And nevertheless, we know the spiritual significance is from the teachings of the prophets, a lot of them are giving good names and that that part of giving a good name to your child is almost like a dua to Allah subhanho wa Taala. To bring about the same qualities, traits and
characteristics within your child, whether it'd be a good meaning, or it'd be named after a noteworthy individual, it's almost like a motivational technique to the child or it's like making a dua to Allah subhanaw taala, to bless your child with these type of qualities, nevertheless, going forward, so now abre is on the outskirts of Mecca. That's where we're at. He's on the outskirts of Mecca Park bear with his 60,000 large army with this dozen elephants or so. And he's just parked outside of Makkah.
He sends an individual, a man into Mecca.
he sends him into and this was a, this was an African man habashi individual, he sends him into Makkah, and he says, Go and find out some stuff and see what's going on and see what you can find out.
And try to talk to some of the leadership there and convey my message to those people. Let them know. And he conveys a very specific message. He says, Let them know that I'm not here to kill you. I have literally no interest in killing anyone.
I didn't come here to shed blood. I've come here with a very specific purpose. All right. I'm here to knock down the copper. That's.
So if you get out of my way, if you don't resist, nobody's gonna get hurt today. I'm gonna come inside, I'm gonna do what I got to do. And I'm gonna leave, I'm gonna be on my way. You'll be okay. I'll be okay. Everybody will be okay. So just clear my path. That's it. That's my message, delivered this message. Take this message into the people into the folks. Now, one of the things that ended up happening as the army of opera was camped out now you can imagine 60,000 people to huge RP and these aren't, you know the most. A lot of times they don't tend to be the best of people. All right. So they start to raid places and they're looking for food, and they're just trying to gain some stuff.
So their star rating, a few houses and a few towns and villages and they find a bunch of camels grazing and they raid the camels and they start doing that. So they find a pasture that has 200 camels grazing on it and a shepherd there they go. They kill the shepherd. They take the 200 camels and they take them and they bring them back to the camp. We're gonna have a feast. We're gonna
Have a good time. 200 camels. Now when this man unless we're going to talk soon when he goes into MCC, and he starts asking around, I need to talk to your leader, I need to talk to your leader. Now we know MCC, I've talked about this, the political system before Islam, they didn't necessarily have one elected leader, they didn't have a king, nothing of that nature. But deep By default, the leadership, you know, the go to guy where everything eventually ended up with was Abdulmutallab the grandfather of the Prophet ceylonese. Um, so the direction to go talk to him. If there is anybody, he's the guy to talk to. So this is okay. He goes in, he talks to him and he says, you know, our
king is here. We have our army. He's here to destroy the Kaaba. And that's it.
So I've done metallic tells him
I need to talk to your king.
He says, Okay, I can I can set that up. I can set that up, I can have you and he goes, I just need you to give me some time to be able to talk to your king. So he says, fine, that's good. Actually, first generation talks about optimal planning after talking to this messenger. He goes in and together all the leaders of MCI and Qureshi together and says, here's the deal. This is what's going on. They initially get very excited and riled up, they said, Let's go out and fight him. But then they kind of come to their senses. And they say, we don't have the means or the resources to fight him. He'll kill everybody. So we don't know what to do. Can you go and just reason with him? I don't
understand. Sure. So he tells us, man, that's what it says, I need to go talk to your king. That's all I need. I just need you to set up a face to face meeting. So he says fine. Okay, I think I can help you out with that. They come in. And now what this man who is the messenger, what he does is he talks to the SAT is alright, the size, size and field. What that basically means is that breeder of the elephants, the elephant breeder, he talks to him and he goes, you know, he's somebody that the king is keeping very close to him because of these elephants, and how to manage these orphans. And he's kind of won some favor with the king. Yes. And here with the king. And so let me talk to him.
And let me see if he can get you some FaceTime, we can get you through the door. So now he brings up the Taliban to the encampment, and they're walking through and next thing you know, I'm done with other spots that same leader of his tribe do nefa. Remember, the one that stood up against his people was taken as a prisoner of war. He spots him. So he goes to the unifor and he says, Can you help me out? Can you get me some FaceTime to the king? Hello, and then indigofera in femaleness Urbina, first of all, he says, Can you help us out? You got me inside information? Can you help us out with something? Do an offer says Mazda orajel in a seat in?
Ba ba ba Malik, yada, yada, who do wanna washy? And he says, How is a prisoner supposed to help you? Who is titled by the king? I don't know if he's gonna kill me tomorrow morning or tomorrow evening. I don't know if you'll hear me in the morning will kill me in the evening. How do you expect me to help you, what I can do is I can try to get you into the door to meet with the king. So the model is working a couple of angles. The King finally hears that, okay. He wants to talk and by the way that that elephant breeder, his name was nice. It's kind of important. It's something that comes up later. So his name is Denise. So they get often what's in the drawer and often wanted to get some
face time with the king. And this is why I was saying that, while being Harvard, he was he was somebody who was still willing to dialogue and willing to talk. So he agreed to meet with Abra Abra walks into Abra agrees to meet with Metallica, Donatella walks through the door, as soon as Abra lays eyes on him, after looked at him, was a very impressive individual. I mean, aside from being very physically, like header, yet a great physical presence. He was tall, he was broad, but I think, um, he just had this aura about him, he was a natural born leader. And obviously, as I mentioned previously, some of the scholars identify him from those last few people left those dozen or so
people left, who are still worshiping one, God went a lot properly. So they're naturally had to be a certain, you know, just dignity about the individual, all right, about being in a proper spiritual condition. So there has to be just some type of a presence of such a man. And so as soon as you walk through the door, Avraham sees Abdulmutallab as as instantly affected by seeing this man. He's just filled with on respect for this man that this looks like a respectful human being. It looks like a dignified man. He's a leader. He just sees, like, you know, he sees confidence in him. So now abre wants to show him a gesture of respect. He doesn't want him to come and sit on his throne with him.
So what he does is he himself comes in, sits down on the ground, and he asked to come and sit with me. That's, that's, that's huge in and of itself. So abre sits on the ground, asked him to tell him to join him sit down on the ground with him and has some, you know, hospitality presented for him and says, Yes, what can I do for you? You know why I'm here and you know, I'm not going back without getting what I want. But you're obviously here to talk so you must you look like an impressive, reasonable human being intelligent man. So what would you like to
Talk to me about I've done metallic tells him He says, You know, I own 200 camels. And my camels are rated by your people by your soldiers. And I would just really would appreciate my camels returned back to me.
Now you can imagine it's an old story, we all know it. But just I mean, try to imagine just being there in that room, try imagine being a fly on the wall. Right? just just just imagine what that must what's your reaction would be to hearing other Muslims say that, regardless of what side of the issue you're on, if you're one of the Arabs, and you want to slap up the will to live across the face, like, homeboy, your candles can wait for later. All right, and if you're on the other side of the army, then you just you all of a sudden are very relaxed. These seem to be some pretty unintelligent people, to say the least. Like, I don't think we have to worry about these people. I
don't think these people get it. I don't think they understand what we're here to do. They seem pretty oblivious. Right? So everything we heard about these people is right. They're just a bunch of nomads roaming around in the desert. He's here to talk about his camels, foolish man. And so others reaction is exactly the same. abre actually tells him because you know, when you walk through the door, when you walk through the door, then
I was instantly an all of you. I was very impressed by you. I said, here's the man, here's a leader. But he says, Go into
a truck. As soon as I saw you, I was actually shocked and surprised by yours free and all of you. But now when I hear you talk hemicolectomy to me, I say Barry.
What are what are two beighton? Who are Dino COVID? Dino Obi. He says, Are you really here to talk to me about 200 camels that you say I have of yours. And you are not here to talk to me about debate debate to live at all. That place that is literally the center point of your religion and the religion of your forefathers. Your religion is based out of there, your whole identity is based there. And you're not here to talk to me about that. You're here to talk about 200 camels, what's wrong with you?
That's not a lot to live said those very famous words. Very famous statement about the motor lives. He said to him in the Hon.
You see, what I want you to understand is I own these camels.
We're in the middle at Robin Salem now.
in me, hon.
I'm the owner of these camels. So they're my responsibility. I'm here to defend my property.
We're in an elevator open. But what you're not realizing is that that house that you're going to attack also has an owner also has a master say him now and he'll take care of it. He'll he'll defend it. In fact, Abdulmutallab even when the messenger first came to him and
told him for him now who minoo for what Heroku will be to where you have the Vayner who avena who for lucky mind in a different angle. He said, Look, this is a lighthouse. If Allah wants to defend it a lot more defended. It is haram, it is bait, it's his house. But if Allah wants to leave it be and if Allah wants to clear the path between abraha and debate, the Kaaba, follow Him and another fan who, then we can defend it. We're lucky we know none of us can do anything. I swear to God, none of us are capable of doing anything. It's up to Allah what Allah wants to do, and tells abraha It's a must place. Allah will take care of it. I'm here to speak on behalf of my property. So why don't
we get back on topic that and, uh, Bryce you know Abdulmutallab is intelligent. He's confident the way he says it. It resonates in not just for us as Muslims, but anyone who has any shred of spirituality statement like that would resonate with them, like, Yo, this guy knows what he's talking about. Like, that's deep. You know, when we hear that we're like, yo, that's deep. And so that's exactly abre you know, just drops the hammer on it.
You want to go mess with the rubber of the bait a Be my guest I ain't nobody would tell you not to.
Looks like you're one of those fellas. I learned the hard way.
So go ahead. And opera has kind of taken aback so Opera House has Makana Liam Tommy, the Anthony. I mean, he says nothing can stop me. What's gonna stop me? You see my army? You see my office? What's gonna stop me? Are you kidding me? Abdulmutallab says ANOVA
Okay, you and alone you guys take it up. You end up you take it up. I mean, don't ask me. I don't know what's gonna stop you. Huge between you and him. It's none of my business. ferrata.
He gives up on autonomous camels back this is a somebody raised some camels. Yeah, bring them here. Give him back to him.
And under metalheadz back on his way. Now what? I've done not only phenomen sarafa Abdulmutallab elaborate
He gets back to operation he tells them exactly what happened. And he also wants to know, this man is not back to back down. This man is not here to reason he's not here to talk. He's not backing down. I advise all of you clear out the town evacuated MCO.
So to evacuate MCO
daily leave, and they head up into the mountains, and they camp out into the mountains and they just wait for the storm to blow over.
Before as they're leaving of the motel, it goes to the door of the Kaaba. He goes to the door of the Kaaba, and he holds like the ring that is on the door of the cowboy almost like the door handle. He holds the ring the door handle of the Kaaba, and he says some words, it's like a Dr. Abdulmutallab. It's a supplication, but it's also beautiful, beautiful poetry. He says lahoma in the lab, the young now yumna Rhonda who from Nationale de la Yoni berners Lee Boom,
Boom adewunmi hanoch enquanto Jericho Joaquin Latina I'm Roma botanique he says that Allah loves them
that you know stop them, stop them love them in and run away from Niantic Ola, stop them.
Stop them. And he says Why? Because if any men in the slave your slave a human being, you
know, if somebody tries to attack his home,
somebody tries to attack his place his home his property.
He defends it from a HELOC. So law please defend your home.
And what's very interesting, he calls a huddle because it's
very interesting because the Harlem is called the Harlem because it's sacred. Things are some things are not allowed there. All right, it's it's sacred, it's a sanctuary and certain things are not allowed there. But for Alliance, it's it's the heylen for alights permissible and is the only one that everything in anything is permissible for. So he says from na hydrolock. So please defend your place defend this sacred sanctuary, lie Obama Saliba, whom we had Obama, Edwin Michalek
a lot, do not let the cross Do not let their cross dominate here that they're Christians are and they've come here. So don't let their religion overtake the religion that is meant to be here. And then he says when we had a woman
that all their energies are being focused and being directed and animosity against you. They're attacking you all alone. They they're not just attacking a structure. They're not just attacking four walls. They're attacking you, Oh Allah, with all their mind and all their energy in Quinta tariku vocabulary.
But Allah if you decide that you want to leave them be and you want to leave the Qibla as it be, you want to get just not interfere between them in particular, and let them have their way with the GABA phenomenon. Robert Alexander will let you know what's best. We trust you. We you know what's best. But I'm here to make an appeal, please defend it. And in our law, you know what they're here and that they're here with animosity with hatred. So like you defend it. But if you decide all along that you leave it be, then that's fine.
And they leave Kaabah they leave, they evacuate the city of Mecca, opera Hana
approaches. The, towards Mecca, he's walking into Mecca with his army, something very interesting happens. One of those leaders that that were taken as prisoners who had tried to fight against abre. And this is where you see the difference between men. The difference between men, some of them, you know, and you know, the famous analogy, the famous parable, the famous example given by the olana, right, the white hawks and the Black Hawks, right? And when one of them sells the other one out, and we eventually when the lion or the tiger comes to eat the other ox, he says that, well, I was done the day that I gave the other one up to you. You when you sell another one of your people out,
that's the day that you've died, actually, you've you sold yourself out, right? So those people for five, they were willing to sell out the people that knock on the door like whatever and willing and provide directions to you. We'll give you a GPS, we'll help you get there on your way. Right. But then there were some people who stood up, they weren't very successful, or at least it didn't seem like they were successful. But they stood up and they stood their ground and they tried to do what they could. There was some honor some dignity there. So one of those people was that man by the name of newfane, who had gathered an army together and tried to fight against it all but he was defeated.
When the end newfane had been hanging around with the elephant breeder, he'd been hanging around with him for a long time. He'd been watching him listening to him, and he kind of picked up on how he would communicate with the elephants and how he would get their attention and things like that. Even picking it up smart man. He's a leader of his people.
So as the Army's about to depart, he goes over to the largest elephant. Alright, the big the big dog, he goes to the biggest elephant. And it's actually mentioned that this elephant thing was machmood. All right, he was given a name and he was very revered. He was like a freak of nature. It was this super huge elephant. And that was the one that I used to ride on. That's the one that Oprah would sit on. So he goes over to this huge elephant's ear. Mahmud kind of gets his attention. And he does something very interesting. And this is where you see that the divine intervention starts to begin here. He lives that narration actually mentioned he lives that year of my mood, the elephant
and he speaks into his ear, just talks to him talking to an animal, he just talks him and he says, Listen,
you're about to go and attack the house. And the place that he that belongs to my Creator in your Creator. You're about to go and attack the place the land, the house, that belongs to my creator and your Creator.
understand what's going on here. So he tells him open look, mode open, okay?
Sit down and broke. Boo. It's called boo boo.
All right. Or buckle burrito guru goodbye. What that refers to is camels have a very distinct behavior. camels are very distinct behavior. camels are like dogs in the sense of their loyalty. They're very loyal. They're very compassionate. They they're very sentimental. Just like a dog is very close and very sentimental and loyal to his master. camels are like that. A camel when he grows up with the child that will run around with the child that will play with the child. it'll sit next to the child like a dog acts like a puppy bH a camel will act the same way. It's very affectionate. That's the correct word. It's a very affectionate animal. But it's kind of different than a dog in
the sense of a camel at the same time is a very noble, very honorable animal as honored as nobility. So like a dog, if you abuse a dog many times more often than not a dog will tolerate the abuse. All right, but a camel won't take it like camel just will not go along with the program. camel has a thing that it does where it sits down. And when it sits down, and it's displeased or it's angry, and it's exactly refuses to get back up again. And this is a camel, it's not an ordinary animal. You can't just make it stand sound like a goat or a cow simply by its neck and make it stand up. So camel just refuses a powerful animal just sits and it just ignores you. And it will ignore you to
the point where either you kill it or you leave it be but it's when it's angry. It's angry. It's taking a break. Doesn't want to talk to you right now. Right? That's what camels are like. Alright, so it's very distinct behavior. So he tells him being an Arab, he tells a camel,
he tells the elephant to open up just like you would tell a camel sit down and don't get back up again. He tells an elephant to do that. Okay, my throat. What did you
think? He says go back to where you came from for in McAfee Bella, the login hurrah, because you were treading on the sacred ground that belongs to Allah.
And then he left his ear. He let him go and he kind of walks away. The narration says for better can feed by who just sits down, just parks it. And this goes completely against an elephants behavior. Elephants Don't act like that camels do that. Elephants don't do that. Elephants are trained animals. So it just sits down and just refuses to get back up again. Much like a camel would. And it's very strange. And so everyone starts to run around. Nobody knows what's going on. Even the camel, the elephant herder winner, he can actually Sue Haley, one scholar at Rogan. And
in one of his books, he actually makes mention of this. He says sakata
Not only did he just sit down, but he just laid over on the side. Like the camera just just lay down on the ground and refuses to get back up again, just lays out, he refuses to get back up again. And now they're all confused. They're like what's going on here where it's go time what's going on. And so he calls when he was angry. He's furious. He calls on a camel breeder. And he says woody wood. What's wrong with your cat which I keep saying Campbell had called called the elephant breeder and said, What's wrong with your elephant? What's wrong with your elephant? What's wrong with my mood? Come on. I don't have time for this nonsense, get get your act together. So now when he is over
there, trying all of his tricks and giving snacks and doing the treats and he's doing whatever he can. He's all but singing and dancing for this elephant and it just won't get up.
So then they finally he tries to make him stand up and walk towards the Kaaba and he sits down again.
And so then finally Mahmoud goes okay. Something must have spooked him. So he goes, let's try something different. So he turns him over to the side and the elephant gets up and starts to walk around. As soon as he turned back towards the MCI. He sits back down again.
And then finally hits
muram in the opposite direction he gets in. So the elephant gets up, he starts walking and keeps walking. Second, they do a U turn, The turn is down again.
And so the narration even mentioned that these starts sticking hooks into his belly. They stick hooks into his belly and trying to lift him and they're licked injuring his animal, they're hurting him. But he just won't play you just won't play along, you just won't be game. And so some narrations actually say that he just sat there and he just stayed there and didn't move. He refused to go along. Either way, whatever happens at the army proceeds, and they enter into Mecca. And that's where exactly we know that the incidents unfold. And I'm talking about aboukir vs haben feelings you see how your Lord, how we manage how we handled how we took care of the companions of
the elephants, right? And then Allah subhanaw taala tells us exactly what happened. So we know that these dirty small small birds are what we would consider the equivalent of sparrows. All right, there's a lot of narrations that even Kathy had mentioned, that mentioned a lot of very exotic random things about the birds, how the birds looked and what they were like. And so some of the narrations kind of give you the impression that these were not ordinary birds. They're almost like, very strange, weird, unique creation of Allah that were sent just for this purpose. Well, Lakota, Allah, Allah, Allah knows best. But we do know that the word that the Quran uses about being that
and even had been 15 mentions a lot of these very exotic narrations are very weak and unreliable. But we know the about being that word that used the ancient the classical Arabs would use it for small small birds like what we would consider sparrows. So they would use it for that, that that type of a bird. So these are small, small birds they come and the direction is mentioned in the more authentic nations that they were coming from the from the seaside, they were coming from the direction of the ocean. And actually the place later on, asked people, they asked people that lived in that direction to tribes, I lived out there Did you see some birds flying over in DC, I was our
birds. We saw birds, we saw birds, we saw birds. And they trace it all the way back to the people that will literally live near the ocean, on this ocean side on the sea side. And they asked him and they said, these birds is just the whole sky became covered with birds. And these beers, these verses flew in from the ocean, we didn't see where they came from. So Subhanallah there was something very miraculous about that, like these birds just came out of the blue, they flew in from the ocean. And they flew straight over Makkah. And then the, you know, out of Salalah him played on a Bobby termi him bishi Jonathan mincy G, that it doesn't mention that they had stones. The
narrations actually mentioned that they were small, small, tiny stones, the size of chickpeas, size of chickpeas, and in mentions that the birds were holding three stones each to in their claws, and then one in their beak. And they were flying over and they were tossing these stones. Now.
Here's something interesting. So now when they start tossing down the stones, he started dropping the stones. Now we know that it decimated and destroyed it obliterated his army. But what exactly was the dynamic? What exactly happened? Was it just like is there you know, and it's understandable? You know, as a kid, you always hear a loved one Um, I don't know I was kids, we would talk about it. You dropped a penny from the Sears Tower and it would fall this fast. No one knows best. Whether that stuff true or not, we would have to ask somebody who actually understand physics or not. But maybe just the physics of it are such that you know, these even these small pebbles dropped from
such a velocity, you know that that would be enough to severely injure people or hurt someone. Right? Like when hail falls and things like that it damages you see what it does to cars. So it may be just physics that played a part in it. But nevertheless, there are narrations which give us the impression that no, there was something miraculous, there was something supernatural, there was something out of this world that was going on there that when these stones would fall, it would literally if it hit somebody on the arm he would literally Pierce to and cut off their limbs.
Alright, so they were they weren't the it wasn't just stones falling from the sky. It was all of these were like bullets.
Right? They were flying fast, and they were flying hard. And they were literally burning through tearing through people. So much so that it would fall on the head of the elephant, it would literally cut through the head of the elephant and kill the animal right there on the spot. All right. And so there's actually narrations I've mentioned that it was completely just decimating that there was something miraculous happening here. And this divine intervention was playing, obviously, the birds themselves in their presence of divine intervention. But even someone saw that these pebbles were special in the way they were falling was special as well. And so next thing you know,
it's just, there's bodies lying all around, literally, their army is falling left and right. And a lot of them retreat back in something very specifically that the narrations mentioned, is that not everybody was killed so that this message reached back and this created so much lore like a legend. Right, this created lore and legend about the Kaaba in Mecca and our sacred displacement. Now this place was untouchable. So it was almost bringing back so you have this miraculous event happening divine intervention occurring, literally months, two months before the birth of the prophets allottee Center, and you have this all this respect and this lore in this aura being received.
toward to the Makkah to Makkah into the GABA two months before the birth of the Prophet salallahu alaihe salam. So you see the very strategic timing of the event as well.
Now what happened with abre what happened with Abra Harrison's talk about that Abra
he was hit by these stones, a few different places in his body. And this is where I mentioned that there was something unique or something special, even in the stones and how they were falling, that or somebody was even hit once enough, not enough to kill the person, he would, he was able to escape that place. But then the person after a few days would fall very, very ill who would fall very sick, and his body would literally start to rot, his body would start to just rot away, and this person would eventually die, like his body would start to fail, he would become paralyzed, and his internal organs would start to fail. And this person would just stop breathing, you would just die. abre was
hitting a few places by the stones, but he was able to escape. And they they you know, with the survivors, now, this is their kingdom or ruler, they're taking him back to Yemen trying to get him back to safety. And as he's going, he falls ill and his body starts to rot. And he specifically mentions that his fingers, even his fingers in his toe started to rot and started to fall off. Like his body just started to rot away and his limbs started to fall off to the point that by the time he reached back to, you know what we know, as you know, the Capitol today, like somehow by the time he reached back to the center of his kingdom, he was literally a vegetable at this point. Most of his
limbs have rotted and fallen off, his body had become completely useless. And he had even become physically completely disabled. And to the point where he had lost his mind he was in a vegetative state. And soon after he reached back to Yemen, he ended up dying. And even then they say his heart to stop beating, it just cease to exist. But even the condition, the physical condition he was was just terrible. his limbs had fallen off and he was in a vegetative state, he didn't know anything, he didn't realize anything. And he died with this type of in this type of a condition and with this type of a humiliation.
So you see that how elaborate and how powerful and how convincing and strong the defense of the Kaaba in Mecca was by Allah subhanaw taala and we know sort of two field is of course, it speaks about that entire incident and what exactly occurred and transpired at that time, and it's safe to say it suffices to say that this ended up defining that generation people ended up identifying themselves with that great incident This was known as I'm gonna feed and strategically now speaking about the birth of the prophets, a lot of them it was also very strategic as I just mentioned that it restored the aura the respect back to Makkah, back to the huddle back to the GABA and it
specifically was like this major divine act that happened that made people at least at some level become conscious of the fact that there is a higher power at work that these idols are not the only thing that matters but there is a supreme being there's a greater power at work here. And that at least started to bring people's attention back to that one very interesting thing that I found really, really fascinating was that
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in his books,
the law even the Buddha. He mentioned in his books that I shall have the love honor she says La La Katara a Ducati delfield was a is a will be Makka Khomeini maka, Dini is a money. She says that I shall not be alone. And I want you to imagine how young she is. So how much later on she was born after the Ireland feed. Alright, so I showed her the love mana is born like 40 years, 40 plus years after I will feed after the year of the elephant. So I want you to imagine how much later she's won. She says that not only was the story of the invasion of the army of the elephants famous and how Allah defended the Kaaba, but she said that, that man who was the elephant breeder on eighth, him
and another guy, his assistant, so the elephant breeder RNAs and his assistant, they were still in Makkah, 40 years later. And we should know people used to know them, and we would see them, and they were blind. In that attack that happened, they had gone blind. They were blind, and they used to sit around on the corners of the streets, and they would beg and they would ask for food. And she said that we so often reflect on that and on how Allah allowed these people to a few of them to remain alive and remain amongst the people so that that Lord that legend could live on so that people could remember exactly what happened. So she says, I myself, I saw it when as the size of the feed via the
elephant breeder and his assistant, whose name I don't remember, but she says, I remember seeing both of them and they were blind and they would sit around in corners and they would bet from people. So it's mentioned that
The thing that's very interesting some of the scholars they mentioned a Natasha mentioned this in his tafsir of certain field, that now imagine that the scene in Makkah, after the invasion is over, after the birds have come and gone, everything is said and done. When the people of Makkah come in now you have all these, it's literally maybe 1000s of bodies lying around. And you have these huge elephants lying around, like what do you do with all that? So they say, actually, immediately after the army was destroyed, and the people retreated, there was a huge storm,
a huge storm and it caused the flood like a flash flood. And that flooded literally carried all the bodies outside of America.
So this, this has mentioned in the books that the shield I love literally cleaned up. Not only did he protect, but then he cleaned up afterwards. So how, and this all of this this incident, this invasion of the army of the elephants occurred in the beginning of the month of Muharram. So it happened at the beginning of the year. And so that's why it's also very strategic. It was like at the New Year, it happened at the beginning of the month of Muharram. And then of course, we know that in
you know, depending on the difference of narrations, but anywhere from between 50 to 60 days after this event happened, the prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was born and so shall I will go ahead and stop here and we'll start from here again, inshallah.
Just inshallah as an announcement, because some of the brothers and sisters have been attending regularly and the people watching at home as well shala next week, I'm going for HUDs inshallah, so I get to kind of go and kind of put a place to name I guess, is the other way around, but nevertheless, inshallah get to go and visit the mecca visit the harem visit the Kaaba inshallah, so I'm leaving for Hajj next week, so we won't be having this next week and so the ducks will be on pause for about three to four weeks inshallah. So I'll definitely I know a Mumsy is going as well but nevertheless, we'll get the word out to the brothers and We'll also post it on the website and
stuff inshallah for exactly the date that the Dutch will be starting up again, but it should not be a break longer than about three to four weeks and challenges depending on the situation when I get back, but so break will be the dust will be on hiatus for a few weeks here inshallah. And then when we get back from Hajj will resume. May Allah subhanaw taala give us the proper understanding of the life of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and allow us to benefit from it. I also request your prayers that may allow us to allow myself and everyone else who's going for Hajj to do the Hajj properly and May Allah accept from us just talking about some kind of labor from these Veronica Lomi from Nick