Thawr Cave : a story of a shelter from the pages of history of Islam

Thawr Cave has a special place in the history of Islam. It is the cave which Prophet Muhammed(saw) used as a hide out with his friend Abu Bakr(r.a) for three days just before the Hijrat(migration)

Thawr cave is located 5 miles south of Mecca and the mountain Thawr has many hill and caves. Prophet(saw) and companion Abu Bakr took shelter in the cave before they took off to Madina, since the pagans of Mecca were trying to capture them and launched a search party.

The cave they stayed for three night was very tiny, one can only crawl to in and out.

Moguls of Mecca declared bounty on the Prophet’s head(saw) for 100 camels, whomever brought him dead or alive. All the interested parties searched thoroughly around the road Madina. Abu Bakr(r.a) was anxious for the sake of the prophet himself(saw), knowing all these. Prophet Muhammed(saw) soothed him by indicating “Allah(j.j) is the third companion to any pair of friends.”

Holy Quran mentions this incident in:

If ye help not (your leader), (it is no matter): for Allah did indeed help him, when the Unbelievers drove him out: he had no more than one companion; they two were in the cave, and he said to his companion, “Have no fear, for Allah is with us”: then Allah sent down His peace upon him, and strengthened him with forces which ye saw not, and humbled to the depths the word of the Unbelievers. But the word of Allah is exalted to the heights: for Allah is Exalted in might, Wise. (At-Tawba 9/40)

While the two stayed in the cave, Abu Bakr’s son Abdullah(r.a) sneaked to the cave from the city of Mecca an night to bring the news and word on the street. Amr bin Fohayra,(r.a) had some flock of sheep feeding on his grassland nearby, and he brought milk for them at nights.

Finally, on the morning of the fourth day, both Amr and Abdullah bin Uraayket whom has been hired as a guide has arrived in front of the cave with the camels. So, four of them has started their journey Madina.

The most important journey in the history of Islam has started with such events in this cave, named Thawr.


One Response to Thawr Cave : a story of a shelter from the pages of history of Islam

  1. Mohsin Naveed February 9, 2013 at 7:37 am

    nice info really helped me in my homework…

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