|Part of a series on|
In the Pre-Islamic era in Arabia there was a system of clan protection, and a people without a clan would stand without protection. Such a person could request for Istijarah (asylum) from a person already having a clan association in order to receive protection from that person. This was a common practice in Arabia, this was used by some Muslims who returned from the first Migration to Abyssinia, and Muhammad himself requested Istijarah from Mut`im ibn `Uday after his return to Mecca from the visit to Ta'if.
The term is also used in the Qur'an: