Once they begin, they could snowball and reach the major cities of the Hejaz, including Jeddah, Mecca, Taif, and Medina.
The bazaars are well supplied with food-stuffs imported by sea, and fruit and vegetables from Taif and Wadi Fatima.
Arriving in the Hijaz, they added dates from Yasrib or Taif.
Far to the left rose the blue peaks of Taif, and the mountain road, a white thread upon the nearer heights, was pointed out to me.
It was the best way to curb the resistance of the inhabitants of Taif.
The next considerable action was the siege of Taif, a town sixty miles east from Mecca.
The force at Taif were blockaded, and, on the 23rd September, this force also surrendered.
By 630 he had captured Mecca and through the great battle of Taif he made himself master of all Arabia.
Midhat and Damad died in chains at Taif some months ago, having been starved to death.
The fruit trees with which it was planted were brought in part from Taif in the Hejaz, in part from Syria.