In 610 AD Mohammed received a vision and from this time he began to preach in his hometown of Mecca. It did not go well. He gained a few followers but most of the tribes were angry about his preaching. Things were getting pretty hot in Mecca and Mohammed told most of his followers to flee to the Christian kingdom of Axum, in what is now Ethiopia. But he stayed, still trying to convince people to reject their pagan gods and worship the One True God.
But then, Mohammed was warned by his few followers that there was an assassination plot against his life in Mecca so he fled to the city of Yathrib, which was later renamed Madinat un-Nabib, meaning “city of the prophet”. It was shortened to Medina later. This flight is called the Hejira.
First print The Hejira Codex Book.
Cut along the solid black line. Then tape the two pieces together to make a long strip. Color the pictures. Fold the book accordion style on the gray lines. Glue the backs of the pages together with a glue stick. Now read the story of the Hejira.
- You will see the prophet’s name spelled Mohammed, Muhammad, and Mohammad. Other words relating to Islam, like Hejira, will also have multiple spellings because these are all words written originally with Arabic characters. Different authors have transcribed the sounds in different ways.
- It’s always good to learn as much about our world as possible, including other faiths. Such learning prevents the fear that is natural to feel about the unknown. Fear can bring devastating results to the world in terms of wars, abuses, discrimination, and hatred. Make it a point to learn with your kids about foreign cultures, peoples, and faiths.
- A codex is a book where the pages are folded accordion style after an author or scribe writes on one side of a long sheet. It follows the same pattern this little booklet does. Codex style binding was the most common form of book binding in the middle ages, including among the Arabs of Mohammed’s day.
- Most Muslims do not show Mohammed’s face in artwork as they think this is disrespectful. Our book with its simple little drawings does show the prophet’s face, such as our drawing skills allow. If you are a Muslim and want to do this book with your kids, you can white out the face on the images.
- This activity can also be found in Layers of Learning Unit 2-3, all about the start of Islam.