During the early years of prophethood, Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) and his cortege went through a host of different complexities that were put in his way by the people of Arabia. The biggest enemies of Muslims were their own kinsmen, the Quraysh of Makkah.
622 AD marks the first year of Hijrat, as the start of the Hijri calendar Muslims around the world follows. After Allah Almighty had given Muslims of Makkah the authority to migrate away from the city, Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) asked his companions and other family members to move towards Medina as he would join them later on.
The Quraysh’s plot to kill Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W)
After the migration to Medina began, the Quraysh of Makkah again plotted to murder the Holy Prophet (PBUH) while he slept in his bed. However, due to Allah’s guidance, the Prophet (PBUH) escaped successfully, leaving little Hazrat Ali (R.A) behind in his bed. Then began the Prophet (PBUH)’s journey to Medina and the miraculous events that occurred inside Ghar-e-Thawr.
Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) left Makkah with his most trusted friend, Hazrat Abu Bakar Siddiq (R.A). While they were on their way away from the city, the Quraysh sent hitmen to execute the duo wherever they saw them. This lead to the Prophet (PBUH) and Hazrat Abu Bakar (R.A) staying inside the Ghar-e-Thawr (Cave) — one that was very close to Makkah.
Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) and the event of the snake
Upon entering the cave, Hazrat Abu Bakar (R.A) decided to clean the cave before the Prophet (PBUH) entered it. There were a lot of snake pits inside the cave and Abu Bakar (R.A) tried to cover all of them with pieces of a cloth. All but one. When the Prophet entered the cave, he felt so tired that decided to rest in Hazrat Abu Bakar (R.A)’s lap. The remaining snake pit that was open, Hazrat Abu Bakar (R.A) covered it with his foot.
While the Holy Prophet (PBUH) slept in his lap, Hazrat Abu Bakar (R.A) was bitten by the snake that was inside the pit he had covered with his foot. The poisonous snake kept striking his foot, bringing immense pain to him but Subhan’Allah, the companion didn’t even move once because he knew that Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) was sleeping. However, due to excruciating pain, tears from his eyes fell on the Prophet’s cheek and he (S.A.W) woke up.
Upon finding out what had happened, the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) took some of his saliva and rubbed it on the snakebite. Hazrat Abu Bakar felt relief and the pain started to go away. Such was the power of the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W)’s saliva. The duo stayed inside the Cave of Thawr for 3 days and 3 nights.
The spiders and pigeons get to work to help Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W)
At one point, the Quraysh almost entered the cave, but here another miracle happened. At the entrance of the cave, spiders and pigeons went to work and gave the cave a look that nobody had entered it in years. The spider knit its web all around the entrance and the pigeons gave eggs, make it seem as if no human had been nearby.
Due to Allah’s immense support, the Prophet PBUH and Hazrat Abu Bakar (R.A) found their way out of the cave and towards Medina thanks to Hazrat Abu Bakar’s son Abdullah (R.A), his shepherd Amr bin Faheera (R.A) and the guide they had hired named Abdullah bin Ureeqat.
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