The Prophet ﷺ prayed, “O Allah, bless us in our Yemen.” There is no doubt that his prayer was answered and these blessings remain for all time.
Tarim is the religious and spiritual capital of Hadramawt. Its establishment dates back to at least a century before the Common Era and it is named after its founder, Tarim. Its people accepted Islam in the time of the Prophet ﷺ and remained firm after his passing, when some tribes in the region waivered. They pledged allegiance to Sayyiduna Abu Bakr al-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him) as soon as he was instated Khalifah. He subsequently made three supplications for the city and its people. He asked that the city:
- Remain inhabited until the Day of Judgement
- Be blessed with abundant water supplies
- Be blessed with abundant pious people
For this reason the city is sometimes known as Madinat al-Siddiq, ‘the city of al-Siddiq.’
Since members of the blessed Prophetic household settled in Hadramawt in the fourth century of the Hijrah, it has been a centre of sacred knowledge and the attainment of spiritual perfection. For that reason it has been said that while the Hijrah (migration) of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) was from Makkah to Madinah, the migration of his progeny was to the Valley of Hadramawt.