Prophet died in Medina


“On this day” (June 8) states that the Prophet Muhammad, peace to him, died in Mecca.

That is not correct. The Prophet died in Medina which is nearly 450 kilometres from Mecca. The Prophet’s dying in Medina is, and was, significant. While the Prophet was native to Mecca, his Muslim faith was rejected there and he, along with a small band of Muslim followers, fled to Medina which was home to a number of Jewish and Arab tribes. It was in Medina that Islam was firmly established and from there it spread, including to Mecca; the latter was the major Arabic centre for pagan worship at the time of the Prophet. At the beginning of the Islam faith, followers used to pray in the direction of Jerusalem; this was then changed to Mecca.

It is interesting that shortly before he died, while on the arduous journey from Mecca to Medina, the Prophet is reputed to have appointed his son-in-law, Ali, as his successor. Those Muslims that follow this tradition are called Shiat, or shiat Ali, that is followers of Ali.

Micheal O’Cathail, Fermanagh