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MOUNT THAWR OR JABL-E-THAWR IN ISLAMIC HISTORY

Mount Thawr or Jabal-e-Thawr is the mountain that contains the cave (ghaar) in which the Prophet (PBUH) and Hazrta Abu Bakr (may ALLAH be pleased with him) sought refuge for 3 days and nights from the Quraish, as they left city Makkah and emigrated to Madina.

When the Prophet (PBUH) and Hazrat Abu Bakr (may ALLAH be pleased with him) arrived at the cave (ghaar) on Mount Thawr, Hazrat Abu Bakr (may ALLAH be pleased with him) entered initial to clear away everything that might injure the Prophet (PBUH). He found a few holes and stuffed them with pieces of cloth.

For 3 consecutive nights the Prophet (PBUH) and Hazrat Abu Bakr (may ALLAH be pleased with him) remained hidden in the ghaar (cave). During this period, Hazrat Abu Bakr’s (may ALLAH be pleased with him) son, Abdullah, would pass his nights close. The young man would return back to Makkah in the early hours in morning so that the Quraish had no idea that he had slept somewhere else. Each day in Makkah he composed information about the activities and actions of the Quraish, and each night went back to the Mount Thawr to tell all the information to the Prophet (PBUH) and his father Hazrat Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him).

When they were inside the cave ALLAH Almighty sent a spider to spin or make web from a bush crossways the entrance to the cave. ALLAH Almighty also commanded 2 doves to fly downwards between the spider and the tree, make a nest and lay eggs. In the meantime the Quraish look for party scoured the area south of city Makkah where the Prophet (PBUH) and Hazrat Abu Bakr (may ALLAH be pleased with him) were hiding. They came upon the Ghar-e-Sour (mouth of the cave), and had they looked down as standing at the boundary of the cave, they would have definitely found whom they were hunting.

With the Quraish so near to discovering their hiding site, HazratAbu Bakr (may ALLAH be pleased with him) became very nervous about the Prophet’s (PBUH) security. The Prophet (PBUH) reassured him,

How can you be apprehensive about two with whom is a third, especially when the third one is ALLAH?”

On seeing the spider’s web or netting and dove nest, the Quraish done with that no one could have entered the ghaar and left. Describing this scene the Holy Quran mentions in Surah Taubah:

If you do not aid the Prophet – ALLAH has already aided him when those who disbelieved had driven him out [of Makkah] as one of two, when they were in the cave and he said to his companion, “Do not grieve; indeed ALLAH is with us.” And ALLAH sent down his tranquillity upon him and supported him with angels you did not see and made the word of those who disbelieved the lowest, while the word of ALLAH – that is the highest. And ALLAH is Exalted in Might and Wise

After 3 days when they learnt that the searching by the Quraish had petered out they left the ghaar and headed towards city Yathrib (Madinah).

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