This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

The Migration to Yathrib

In the year 622, after much persecution in Mecca, Muhammad received a delegation from Yathrib, a city 280 miles north of Mecca. Muhammad’s teachings had gained a following there and they invited him to come and lead them. This was to them a perfect solution to internal rivalries that threated their city. After they agreed to uphold the precepts of Islam, Muhammad received a sign letting him know that he could accept their offer, and he did. There were seventy families who migrated with him.

The city would eventually come to be called Medinat al-Nabi, the City of the Prophet, known to us as Medina.

This event was called the Hijra, and would be seen as so significant that it is the point from which Muslim’s date their calendar.

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