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Abū Righāl
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Abū Righāl was a pre-Islamic figure identified in differing traditions either as a member of the Thamūd tribe who survived divine punishment or as a man of the Thaqīf who guided Abraha’s expedition towards Mecca but died before reaching his destination.

In the tradition that identifies him as a man of the Thamūd, he is said to have survived briefly the divine punishment that destroyed the people who rejected Ṣāliḥ’s preaching. He was saved only because he was in Mecca at the time, but as soon as he left the holy territory, punishment a…

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Tottoli, Roberto, “Abū Righāl”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 06 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_SIM_0180>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004161634, 2007, 2007-2

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