Makkah

Cave of Hira

Ghar Hira history holds a lot of significance in Islam. Ghar Hira is three kilometers away from the northeast of the city of Makkah. It is situated on the Mountain called Jabal-Al-Noor which is located in the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia, just outside of Mecca. Jabal al-Nour translates to “Mountain of Light.” Prophet Muhammad may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him received his first revelation from Allah the Glorified and Exalted through Angel Jibreel (Gabriel) in the Hira cave. Prophet Muhammad may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him used to climb this mountain often even before receiving his fist revelation from Allah the Glorified and Exalted. There is nothing on the mountain except the un-grown thorny bushes. The peak of mountain is also straight and slippery. It is opposite to the famous mountain of Jabal-al-Shabeer. The cave is about 3.6 m long and 1.60 m wide. Before prophecy, the Holy prophet Muhammad peace be upon him used to worship Allah here for days and nights. The first revelation in the cave of Hira that was: “Read! (O’ Prophet) in the name of your Allah who created man with a piece of clotted blood. Read! And your God is very gracious who has taught man knowledge with the pen. The knowledge that was previously unknown to him.” It was 27th of Ramadan and Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him was forty years of age when the first revelation was sent to him. It was the era when Makkah was suffering from darkness of ignorance and illegalization. There was no respect for the poor and slaves. Women, on the other hand, were treated in the most terrible manner. With the start of Islam from Ghar-e-Hira, all bad norms started to eliminate from the world. Islam showed the ways for living a peaceful and happier life. According to Ibn-e-Hazam, Prophet peace be upon him used to go there at the will of Allah because there was no one to whom you (P.B.U.H) could have followed going to the cave of Hira. At present people who go to Makkah for the pilgrimage, visit the Cave of Hira whereas, it is not a necessary part of pilgrimage. People love to go to this place only for the curiosity to see the place where their beloved Prophet Hazrat Muhammad peace be upon him used to worship Allah. During pilgrimage, about 5000 people climb to the mountain daily to see Ghar-e-Hira. The entire life of our beloved prophet is the symbol of peace and a great model for all of us to follow. All the solution of our problems are vested with the teachings of Islam which started from the Cave of Hira.