Story No. 166 – Mohammad, the Prophet of Islam (saw), Migration (Hijrah/Hijrat)

Mohammad, the Prophet of Islam (saw), Migration (Hijrah/Hijrat)Mohammad, the Prophet of Islam (saw) was well aware of the fact that people who were plunged in prejudice, superstition and ignorance would not abandon their beliefs and ways easily and that it would take extensive struggle, severe hardships, and sincere self sacrifice to save them from the pit of corruption and guide them onto the path of virtue and monotheism. He could easily read in the faces of the people of Makkah, the opposition to Islam and their bigoted determination to fight the Muslims.

 

The divine foresight of Mohammad, the Prophet of Islam (saw) had given him a dark image of the future. With such an insight and divine knowledge, he held high the banner of prophecy and adopted patience and tolerance. Mohammad, the Prophet of Islam (saw) struggled with the enemies of Islam in Makkah for 13 years and resisted all their torments and obstructions, but the opponents of Islam did not give up their devilish beliefs and manner and utilized all their power to destroy Islam. Under such circumstances, the universal mission of Mohammad, the Prophet of Islam (saw) necessitated his migration to a calm, suitable place and to find a new arena for his work and mission.

 

Yathrib – Ready to submit to Islam and Mohammad, the Prophet of Islam (saw)

 

At the time of the pilgrimage to the Kaaba, some of the men of importance of the Khazraj tribe came to Makkah and met with Mohammad, the Prophet of Islam (saw) in the Masjid al-Haram. He explained the divine faith of Islam to them and encouraged them to believe in this religion, which is the faith of peace and fraternity. The Khazraj chiefs, who were tired of their deep-rooted disputes and conflicts with the Aws tribe, felt that Islam was exactly what they needed, and so they most willingly submitted to Islam.

 

When the Khazrajis, who had become Muslim, were about to return to Yathrib, they asked Mohammad, the Prophet of Islam (saw) for a missionary, and he assigned Mus’ab ibn Umair (first envoy of Islam) to accompany them. Thus, the people of Yathrib were informed of the rising sun of Islam and hurried to gain information about the new faith.

 

The most effective factor in making the people ready and eager to adopt Islam was listening to the luminous verses of Noble Qur’an. Mus’ab ibn Umair reported the conversion to Islam of the chiefs and leaders of both the Khazraj and Aws tribes to Mohammad, the Prophet of Islam (saw). Later on, a large number of the people of Yathrib who had come to Makkah to take part in the Hajj pilgrimage held a secret meeting with Mohammad, the Prophet of Islam (saw) at midnight and swore allegiance to support him just as they supported and protected their own families.