There is one person who survived the trench, and he traveled all the way to visit the Roman Empire. He went there because the Roman Empire was Christian. Even though these two people would be different Christian sects. Why? because by that time the Romans might have already adopted the Trinity and the divinity of Isa. But they still considered themselves to be followers of Isa.
That’s why he went to seek help from the Roman emperor and said “This is what happened to us. We were persecuted, we were killed. We need your help”. The Roman emperor said “We are too far from Yemen but what I could do is send a message to the Najashi. The Nagus of Abyssinia who is also a Christian and he can help you.”
The Roman emperor did that and they sent a message to a Najashi (in English the Nagus). He sent an army led by a general named Ariyat who invaded Yemen, he fought with Dhu Nuwas. Dhu Nuwas was losing and when he lost he committed suicide. They say that he was on his horse and he just jumped into the Red Sea, killing himself.
How about we have a one on one fight, man to man. Me and you?
Now the Abyssinia were ruling over parts of Yemen and they did this as a revenge, for the Christians who were killed by the Jews of Yemen. Ariyat ruled over Yemen for a while but he was very strict. One of his army generals staged a revolt against him and the Abyssinian in Yemen was divided. A group of them were with Ariyat while the other group were with the new leader called Abraha, and they were fighting.
Ariyat told Abraha “If we kill each other, the people of the land will take over. So how about we have a one on one fight, man to man. Me and you?” Abraha agreed. But Abraha made a secret agreement with some of his security guards, that “If you see me losing, jump in and help. And If you see me winning leave me alone.” Picture this, you have all of these people surrounding the fight while Abraha and Ariyat are in the middle.
Ariyat was described as a tall and thin man and Abraha was short and chubby. Ariyat was able to strike Abraha from the top and a chopped off his nose, which result Abraha being called Abraha Al-Ashram. Ashram means his nose is chopped off. When that happened the bodyguards jumped in and they killed Ariyat. He betrayed him obviously, this is against the rules but the issue is over and Ariyat is dead.
He was so angry he decided that he must get rid of Kaaba
Abraha now took over and he was the one ruling over Yemen. Abraha wanted to change the religion of the people and forced them to become Christian, but since the Arabs were attached to the Kaaba he decided to build a counterpart to Kaaba in Sana’a in Yemen. He built a huge cathedral and this was described as a wonderful piece of art, huge and great because he had access of wealth from Abyssinia.
They built this huge cathedral in Sana’a to compete with Kaaba but one man didn’t like this idea. What he did was a bit crude, he went to the cathedral and he defecated it then not only that he also took it. The stool and made it spread all over the walls before he ran away. Abraha was furious, what is this guy doing! He was so angry he decided that he must get rid of Kaaba.
I mean ‘I’m going to put an end to this and destroy the Kaaba’, mobilize an army and he marched towards Mecca. There was some resistance along the way, one of the chiefs of a tribe name is Nufayl. He put up some resistance but he was defeated, Abraha had a huge powerful army and they captured Nufayl as a prisoner of war.
When Abraha reached to a Ta’if, the people of Ta’if assisted Abraha and one of them offered to be a guide for Abraha for the rest of the journey. This man name is Abu Righal, Abu Righal went out with the army but then immediately when they got out of Ta’if he died. Then the Arabs were so upset that they built in the place of his death a monument, where they would stone because of his betrayal.
Anyway Abraha made it to the outskirts of Mecca and there were some shepherds with camels grazing, he took possession of them. Two hundred of these camels belonged to Abdul Muttalib the grandfather of Rasul’Allah (saw).