Monday, April 25, 2011
Q: WHEN DID IT ALL START?
A: With the Hijra or Hegire – the migration of the Prophet Mohammed from Mecca to Medina in 622.
This date marks the beginning of Islam and the Muslim era.
Medina – “city of the Prophet”
After Muhammad’s revelations he began to preach with great zeal. This was still in the area of his home town, Mecca. Some 100 or so followers joined Muhammad, however, there was also great opposition to him. Unable to make any progress in Mecca, Muhammad decided to move to Yathrib, a city some 450 kilometers or 280 miles north of Mecca. The city was later named Medina meaning, “city of the Prophet”.