Wadi Muhassar

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The al-Muhassar valley (وادي محسر) in the region of Hejaz is believed to be the stage of destruction of Abraha's Army during the invasion of Hijaz. Between Mina and Muzdalifah; it is here according to tradition that Allah destroyed Abraha and his army of elephants. This incident in mentioned in Surah Fil in Quran.


The stage of destruction of Abraha's Army, it is a small stretch of land some two kilometers long and some six hundred meters wide. According to tradition, Abraha, the Abyssinian, Christian ruler of Yemen, which was subject to the Kingdom of Aksum of Ethiopia, marched upon the Ka‘bah in Mecca with a large army, which included war elephants, intending to demolish it.

The Event

circa 570 CE

An imaginary picture of the invasion, and retreating army of Abraha.

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