Your Journey continues
Well done for virtually travelling the first third of the hijrah! Now we move on to the second third of your journey.
The Prophet (PBUH) and Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (RA) at this point are into day 3 of their journey and are moving further from the commercial centre that was Makkah. The Arabian desert stretches ahead of them for miles to see and they’re still being pursued by the Quraysh of Makkah.
The route of the Hijrah
Aside from a few bedouin rest stops, there are no significant towns in this next portion of the journey.
If you notice on the map, the hijrah route deliberately stays along the edges of the caravan trade route due to these rest stops, which provided necessary amenities for shelter, food and water for travellers.
For the landscape, if you’ve been picturing perfect rolling sand dunes, this is not quite the terrain of the desert that you would be walking through at this point.
A little known fact about Saudi Arabia is that it stretches over 2,000 dormant volcanoes. They are not dead and have caused throughout their long history, 13 main eruptions of lava. These eruptions have left tracts which you travel along as part of the hijrah journey.
Makkan Desert Lava Tracts
The podcast picks up the journey with the Prophet (PBUH) and Abu Bakr (RA) descending mount Thawr and moving West towards the Red Sea whilst still being pursued by the Quraysh of Makkah.
You will journey along the tracts and find yourself looking upon some surprising (but sparse) greenery and learn about further revelation that the Prophet (PBUH) received on his journey.
We wish you all the best with your journey and we look forward to checking in with you for the final part of your virtual travels soon!