The Prophet peace be and blessings upon him had a vision that he entered Makkah and circumambulated the sacred House of God. It was a true dream from God, as it would later come true, although the period, month or year of the pilgrimage had not been indicated in the vision. The companions of the Prophet were overjoyed when the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him told them about it.
Everybody esteemed and revered Makkah and the holy sanctuary there. The opportunity of paying a visit to it had been denied to them for a very long time, but nobody ever ceased to think of the holy city. They had been longing to go on a pilgrimage to Makkah all those years and were looking forward to the day when their hearts’ desire
would be fulfilled.
The Muhaajirun were especially consumed with such desire since Makkah had been their birthplace and they had lived and grown up there but they were forced to abandon it.
As soon as the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him informed the companions of the vision, all of them started making preparations for the journey while their over‐enthusiasm at the prospect of realizing the ambition of their life convinced them that they were going to call upon the house of God that very year. Almost all of them promptly agreed to accompany the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him with hardly anyone opting to be left behind.
Tripe To Makkah;
It was the month of Dhul‐Q’adah, in the sixth year of Hijrah, when the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him traveled to Makkah with the
intention of performing ‘Umra (the lesser pilgrimage).
The Prophet peace be and blessings upon him had no intention of performing the Hajj, however. He had with him fourteen hundred companions as pilgrims, along with the sacrificial animals so that
everybody would know that he was going not for war but for paying homage to the Ka'bah.
(Zad al‐Ma’ad, Vol. I, p. 380, Ibn Hisham, Vol. II, p. 308).
When he neared Makkah, the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him sent ahead a man from Khuza’a to find out the reaction of the Quraysh.
When the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him reached Usfan, a village between Makkah and Madinah, the informer came back to tell him that the tribesman of K’ab b. Luayy had assembled a strong force of nomad warriors to check his advance to Makkah.
The Prophet peace be and blessings upon him, continued to drive ahead.
Upon reaching a depression in the valley of Makkah, his dromedary called Qaswa knelt down and would not get up.
The men around the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him started exclaiming,
“Qaswa won’t get up, Qaswa won’t get up!”
But the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him said: “Qaswa has not refused, for such is not her nature. The One who restrained the elephants is keeping her back.” He was referring to how Alah witheld the Ethiopian army from entering Makkah many years before.
The prophet peace be and blessings upon him continued: “I swear by Him who holds my life that if they propose anything to me pertinent with the regard due to Allah and asked me to show kindness, I will certainly accede to their request.”
The Prophet peace be and blessings upon him then spurred the camel to move.
The camel immediately sprang up on her legs, but changed her
direction and started off towards Hudaybiyah. She came to a halt in a place at which end there was a ditch that had but little water. Certain persons complained to the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him that they were thirsty.
He took out an arrow from his sheath and asked them to throw it in the ditch. Thereupon, water started gushing out quenching everyone’s thirst.
(Zad al‐Ma'ad, Vol. p. 381).