Part 18 (II)
The Quraysh declared a prize of hundred camels for whoever finds Muhammad, so everyone went out to find him and Abu Bakr.
But the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم instead of going in the direction of Yathrib, he went in the opposite direction towards Yemen. He had Abu Bakr with him. When they had reached Mount Thawr, Abu Bakr entered first to see if everything was clear, and he covered the few holes that was there inside with a cloth. They entered the cave and the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم slept on Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه ‘s lap. Suddenly, something stung Abu Bakr’s foot, nut he did not twitch, fearing that would wake the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, but the pain was so intense that tears began to roll down his cheeks and fell on the Prophets’ صلى الله عليه وسلمface . the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم woke up and saw Abu Bakr was in pain , so he applied some spittle on the injury and the pain disappeared. For three nights the Prophet and Abu Bakr stayed in the cave, and during this time the Abu Bakr’s son Abdullah would spend the nights in the outskirts of Makkah and update them about the news of Quraysh. Abu Bakr’s slave,would graze his goats near the mountain and provide them with fresh milk.
Meanwhile the search party scoured the south of Makkah where the Prophet and Abu Bakr were hiding. Once the Quraysh even came upon the mouth of the cave , and they had looked down while standing at the edge of the cavem they would have surely found the men they were hunting. With Quraysh so close to discovering their hiding place, Abu Bakr became very tensed about the Prophet’s safety. The Prophet reassured him,
“How can you be apprehensive about two with whom is the third, especially when the third one is Allah?”
On the first night of Rabi-ul-Awwal, the guide hired by the Prophet came to take them to Yathrib with Abu Bakr’s two camels. Abu Bakr’s slave also accompanied them.
They journeyed all night and half of the next day. The Prophet rested for a night and they resumed the journey the next day and on the way they found a tent of Umm Ma’bad on the outskirts of a place known as Qadid, about 130 km from Makkah. They asked her if she had anything to offer for four weary travelers, and she apologized since she had nothing to offer, saying that her goats were grazing far away. The one she had with her was unable to give enough milk for the four travelers.
The Prophet asked for permission to milk it, and when he did, the milk overflowed from its udders. He filled a large bowl with milk and first let her drinkm after that the other travelers drank their share of the milk. After they had finished, he milked the goat once again and left a whole bowl of milk for her. When Umm Ma’bad told her husband of what happened, he said: “That was the man from the Quraysh that I have been hearing about, if I ever have the opportunity, I will join his followers.
On the third morning, and when they left Qadid , a man by the name Suraqa bin Malik spotted them. When he came close to the Prophet and his companions, the Prophet was unconcerned, he kept moving reciting the verses of the Qur’an all through. And everytime Suraqa tried to come close, his horse would slip on the sand, and finally he surrendered to the Prophet. Suraqa offered them food, but they refused his ration, but the Prophet told him not to inform the Quraysh about their whereabouts and he agreed, and asked to be given a letter of safe conduct for future security. He then returned to Makkah and told the hunters that their search will go vain since he searched the whole area and failed to find the fugitives.
The four travelers continued their journey and reached Qubaa, which was on the outskirts of Madinah (Yathrib), where they were warmly welcomed.