Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
From all of the places on the earth, Allah chose for His Prophet (saw) the most beloved of lands to Him - the inviolable city, the holy city, the city of pure soil, the city that was under His constant protection.
Yes, the Prophet (saw) was born in Makkah, the city wherein Prophets and Messengers performed Prayer, the city in which revelation came down. Moreover, Makkah was the city that contained in it the Ancient House - the Kabah.
It was in Makkah that the Prophet (saw) was raised as a child; it was Makkah's streets that the Prophet (saw) became familiar with as a boy, and then as a young man; and it was Makkah that became dearer to the Prophet (saw) than all other lands.
When he was forced to leave Makkah, he was going to a place where he would be honoured, and yet he did not really want to leave.
Addressing the city he loved the most, the Prophet (saw) said around the time he was forced to leave it, "By Allah, you are the best of Allah's lands, and the most beloved of Allah's lands to Allah. And had it not been for the fact that I was forced to leave you, I would not have left".
It was in Makkah that the Prophet (saw) first received revelation; it was there that he first preached his message; and it was there that he and his followers congregated for the very first time.
When the Prophet (saw) was forced to leave Makkah, he bid farewell to it in a beautiful manner; and when he actually left, he could hardly endure the pain of separation - the pain that one feels when one is forced to leave something that is very near and dear to one's heart.
I swear by this city, Makkah -
And you, [O Muhammad], are free of restriction in this city -
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad, upon his family and upon his companions as long as stars appear in the sky, as long as birds continue to sing, and as long as the wind continues to blow - Ameen!