Who are the companions of the elephant mentioned in Surah Al-Fil (The Elephant), what was their treacherous plan and how did it go astray?

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The companions of the elephant refer to the army of Abraha, so-called because it included a number of war elephants. He felt slighted by the Quraysh, and planned to exact revenge by destroying the kaaba.

He didn't succeed.

  • he felt because kaaba more popular than his site. Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 2:59

The Madain Project explains the companions or the people of the elephant in the following passage; I have added the link to the article as well.

The Companions of the Elephant (أصحاب الفيل) are a group of people whose story is recounted in the chapter of the Quran named "The Elephant
Companions of the Elephant are referred to in verse (105:1) of chapter (105) sūrat al-fīl (The Elephant): (أَلَمْ تَرَ كَيْفَ فَعَلَ رَبُّكَ بِأَصْحَابِ الْفِيلِ) Translation: Have you not considered, [O Muhammad], how your Lord dealt with the companions of the elephant?"

Source: https://madainproject.com/companions_of_the_elephant

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