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Abraha

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The Oxford Dictionary of Islam What is This? Covers the religious, political, and social spheres of global Islam in the modern world

    Abraha

    Ruled in sixth-century Yemen on behalf of the Negus of Abyssinia. Attacked Mecca in 570 . His assault was, according to the Quran (surah 105 ), foiled by God, who sent a flock of birds that bombarded his army with clay pellets. The event is important for the traditional dating of Muhammad 's birth.

    See also Year of the Elephant

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