Have you (O Muhammad (SAW)) not seen how your Lord dealt with the Owners of the Elephant? (1)
Did He not make their plot go astray? (2)
And He sent against them birds, in flocks, (3)
Striking them with stones of Sijjîl (baked clay). (4)
And He made them like (an empty field of) stalks (of which the corn has been eaten up by cattle).(5)
This surah is a favourite choice for either read aloud/ story telling session.
For extra reading, can read Tafsir Ibn Kathir on the story of Al Feel, you can read it
My children have heard the story of Al feel many times. This must be the most favourite read aloud story for the children. So I thought of making it a bit more visual for them.
We got ourselves a large Saudi Map,
Cut up a picture of elephants heard.
And trace up the route (roughly) that they took to go to Makah
So Abrahah built this church so high that people may drop their skull cap looking up to the church. Then he wanted people to make pilgrimage to te church instead of Kaabah in Makkah. he must have thought that by building a grander more sophisticated building, people will immediately flock to it. Kaabah was just a simple structure. But Allah puts love of people to Kabbah than any other.
Things happen that finally lead to the charges of army towards Kaabah. It must be quite a sight in the land of arab to see elephants marching.
Indicate the small clashes along the way
Emphasise is to show that Allah WILLS, Abarahah’s army to win many times to the arabs.
Ask them to imagine, the grand march of the elephants trashing through the arab land. Imagine how great and powerful Abrahah must have felt.
Along the way can introduce the scene between Abarahah and Abdul Mutalib. Remind them who Abdul Mtalib was
1. Rasulullah s.a.w. grandfather
2. Leader of the Quraysh
Finally ask them to imagine the early sign of trouble for Abrahah, when the leader of the elephant mahmoot) refuse to charge to the Kaabah but willing to charge elsewhere.
Then a flock of birds came in like some airfighters with three little bombs each.
Ask them to imagine the effect of the bomb on those who were hit. Imagine the elephants scamper away. And so were the soldiers. And probably the herds they captured along the way.
Reflect on what Nufayl said, as the Quraysh were onlooking Abarahah’s army being attacked by the flock of birs,
“Where will they flee when the One true God is the Pursuer? “
Think about it and reflect on the current world situation. Imagine how defeated the Arabs felt when some of them tried their very best to stop the Abarahah’s army but failed. Battles after battles and none could stop the mighty elephants as Allah has not will it.
Abrahah may have planned, but Allah is the Greatest of all planners. He wills Abarahah’s army to approach Kaabah only to destroyed them at the very end.
And when Allah sends the flock of birds pursuing those who intend to destroy the kaabah, can they even run anywhere? When Allah sends down His punishment, no one can escape.
Think of these words when you think you want to be naughty. Know that Allah is Al Alim and He sees you all the time. And there is no way that you can hide from His knowledge for he will bring forth even the tiniest grain of sin you are trying to hide.
Also think of those who are oppressed by some people. Remember that Allah favours the dua’ of the oppressed ones. And where will the aggressors flee when Allah is pursuing them?
Something to Ponder
Abrahah is among the Christians. While the people in Makkah at that time were pagans. Mushriks. Before Islam came through Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. into the world, people who followed Isa a.s. were the Muslims as long as they believed in One God and Isa is not the God’s son. The Christians were closer To islam compared to the pagans. But Allah were on the pagan’s side. Why do you think?
1. First and foremost, Allah wants to save the Kaabah
2. Allah wants to raise the status of the Quraysh
3. these are all in preparation of greater events to follow suit. Allah in indeed the best of planner. Allahu Akbar.
4. The most complete religion will be revealed in Makkah which is Islam. And thus is the religion to be followed and not Christianity.