Preparation and Planning Behind The Hijrah

Prophet Muhammad   had the most amount of trust on Allah (S) but that did not mean he would simply put his trust on Allah (S) and then hope for the best. He   has been planning an emigration to Madina for almost two years, and nothing had been left to chance. He   had planned his journey with Abu Bakr (R) in great details. Here we look at some of the arrangements that they made to have a safe and successful journey.

  • Abu Bakr (R) had been preparing two camels for this journey for last 3 months providing special food and water.
  • It was planned that the Prophet   and Abu Bakr (R) will stay for 3 days and nights in a cave called Ghar-e-Thour. and then go to Madina via a less travelled route. This cave was at the opposite direction from the usual route to Madina.
  • Abdullah bin Arkad, a non-Muslim from far away tribe was hired to lead the journey on this new route. He was very honest and loyal person.
  • Abdullah bin Abu Bakr, the younger son of Abu Bakr (R) was assigned to collect news from the twon about the expeditions sent to arrest the Prophet   and pass it to the cave for alternative arrangement.
  • A freed slave of Abu Bakr (R) was asked to remove the traces of foot of camel and man from the sand through passing flocks of sheep near the cave and on the way around. So that the enemy can not trace their presence.


The content of this page was compiled from video lectures on the Seerah of the Prophet Muhamamd (PBUH) by Yasir Qadhi. The video can be found here.