Estimates say that between 20-40 thousand Christians were killed in that human massacre. The
Qur’ân related part of that story in Al-Buruj (zodiacal signs) Chapter.
Christianity had first made its appearance in Arabia following the entry of the Abyssinian (Ethiopian)
and Roman colonists into that country.
The Abyssinian (Ethiopian) colonization forces in league with
Christian missions entered Yemen as a retaliatory reaction for the iniquities of Dhu Nawas, and
started vehemently to propagate their faith ardently. They even built a church and called it Yemeni
Al-Ka‘bah with the aim of directing the Arab pilgrimage caravans towards Yemen, and then made an
attempt to demolish the Sacred House in Makkah. Allâh, the Almighty, however did punish them and
made an example of them – here and hereafter.
A Christian missionary called Fimion, and known for his ascetic behaviour and working miracles, had
likewise infiltrated into Najran. There he called people to Christianity, and by virtue of his honesty
and truthful devotion, he managed to persuade them to respond positively to his invitation and
The principal tribes that embraced Christianity were Ghassan, Taghlib, Tai’ and some Himyarite
kings as well as other tribes living on the borders of the Roman Empire.
Magianism was also popular among the Arabs living in the neighbourhood of Persia, Iraq, Bahrain,
Al-Ahsâ’ and some areas on the Arabian Gulf coast. Some Yemenis are also reported to have
professed Magianism during the Persian occupation.
As for Sabianism, excavations in Iraq revealed that it had been popular amongst Kaldanian folks,
the Syrians and Yemenis. With the advent of Judaism and Christianity, however, Sabianism began to
give way to the new religions, although it retained some followers mixed or adjacent to the Magians
in Iraq and the Arabian Gulf.
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