Mohammed Arrives at Mecca

This manuscript pages comes from the Qisas al-anbiya (History of the Prophets) by Ishâq al-Nishâpûrî - this copy was made in Qazwin, Iran, 1581.

The people of Mecca initially rejected Mohammed's monotheism - they preferred to their pagans gods with their ornate cult statues. Some of the first Muslims fled, and Mohammed too had to leave in 622 to seek refuge in Yathrib, a town which is now better known as Medina. This journey or migration - the hijra - became Year 1 of the Muslim calendar, and it marked the move by Mohammed from being a preacher to a military power. (Source: BNF)

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