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Jabal Thawr

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Jabal Thawr

Jabal Thawr
Map of Saudi Arabia Showing the location of Jabal Thawr
Jabal Thawr
Location of Jabal Thawr in Saudi Arabia
Elevation 1,405 m (4,610 ft)
Location Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Jabal Thawr (Arabic: جبل ثور‎) (Mount Bull) is the name of a mountain in Saudi Arabia, located in the lower part of Mecca to the south of the district of Misfalah.[1] Height of the mountain is 1,405 m (4,610 ft).[2]


The Mountain is notable for housing a cave known as Ghar al-Thawr ( Cave of the Bull), in which the Islamic Prophet Muhammad and his companion Abu Bakr hid from their persecuters, the Quraish, during the migration to Medina. For the hadith, see Abu Bakr#Migration to Medina. The cave is still visited by a very small number of the pilgrims while observing the Hajj—the small number is due to its distance from Mecca.

Story of Prophet Muhammad and Abu Bakr

During the Hijrah, Muhammad and Abu Bakr took refuge in this cave, with the help of Abu Bakr's family and slave. When the Quraish came to look for them, Abu Bakr worriedly told Muhammad that they were only two people, but Muhammad assured him that Allah was the third in the cave. When the Quraish reached the cave, they thought that nobody could go to a cave with a spider web spread across the mouth and birds nesting near it.


  1. ^ Celebrating Makkah al-Mukarramah as a capital of Islamic culture for 2005
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