Muhammad was not born in the year of the Elephant. It is an Islamic myth.

Muhammad was not born in the year of the Elephant. It is an Islamic myth

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Muhammad was not born in the year of the Elephant. It is an Islamic myth.

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No one knows exactly when Muhammad, who was to become the Prophet of Allah, was born. It was believed to have been during the reign of Khurso Anosharwan, that is before 579, which seems probable. It was said to have been in the Year of the Elephant - the year, that is, in which the birds of the air routed the army of Abraha before Mecca - but that is certainly untrue. The precise date, arrived at by means of some highly dubious calculations, varies between 567 and 573. The most commonly accepted year is 571. (Mohammed, Maxime Rodinson, 1961, translated by Anne Carter, 1971, p 38-49)

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