Hijrah

Hijrah is one of those topics that seem to go deep and detailed. However we must realize that it an important  part of Islam, it is one of the things that many of us don’t pay much attention to and some do not know the ruling and seriousness about it. Others just simple don’t care. There may be more reasons to this and Allah knows best.

Allah Subhanawatala Says in the Quran:

“Verily, as for those whom the angels take (in death) while they are wronging themselves (as they stayed among the disbelievers even though emigration was obligatory for them), they (angels) say (to them): “In what (condition) were you?” They reply: “We were weak and oppressed on the earth.” They (angels) say: “Was not the earth of Allaah spacious enough for you to emigrate therein?” Such men will find their abode in Hell — what an evil destination!  Except the weak ones among men, women and children who cannot devise a plan, nor are they able to direct their way.  These are they whom Allaah is likely to forgive them, and Allaah is Ever Oft-Pardoning, Oft-Forgiving” [al-Nisaa’ 4:97-99]

The above verse should shake a firm believer without having any second thoughts. There are hadiths that have been narrated regarding Hijrah such as :

In the Sunnah, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “I disown every Muslim who settles among the mushrikeen.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 2645; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.

and more.

Ofcourse the Deen of Allah swt is easy and Allah swt does not burden any soul more then it can bear. There are conditions mentioned by the scholars if one needs to go to the land of the mushrik but in general if one uses common sense one will realize that there are many religious practices that may not be carried out in the land of the mushrik and one may be missing out on a lot of rewards. Most importantly how can one forget the temptations in the land of the disbelievers. Other things like division among the family, division among the muslims etc may take place.

It is known around the world that people like to move to the west, some maybe influenced by the western movies they see and some by the money and some for other reasons. Many a times it may happen when one visits a Muslim country and  the people find out that the person is from the west they inquire on how one can settle there, hows life there, wheres the money at etc.

Many people want to live and migrate to the west without actually first looking in the sharia for the ruling on migrating to the land of kuffar. Not only that one also needs to see if the country is at war with the muslims. The importance of seeking rulings of matters in sharia is really important. Whenever we come across a situation that we are not sure of we must always consult about it’s ruling.

Moving on, it shouldn’t be surprising to see many people in the east disliking their country for various reasons, yet people care less about their religion and about their self respect while willing to move to the west, where they may face raceism and suffer due to their beliefs.

In the west people who reverted or people who moved from other places while being young or during their jahilliyah often inquiring about making hijrah. During this time many may say that with all the laws, the wars and situation around the world, the visa restriction it may seem hard to make hijrah to the land of the muslim. But one should look back and realize that things may not always get any easier when it comes to hijrah. One may see that as loopholes are discovered they may be covered up by various agencies etc. But one should also realize that people who have been firm and have had the pure intention of making hijrah only for the sake of Allah subhanawatala have been succesful.

We should realize that with Hijrah comes great tests and there are no royal roads in life, but the reward is greater. Many people who make hijra get a shock seeing how some countries have westernized so much and a lot of people may bring this up and say that the land of the muslim is no different then the land of the mushrik. We must realize that every person and every country has a different situation, for eg if you choose to migrate to UAE and move to dubai then you yourself are asking for trouble. However if you choose to migrate to UAE you must find a place where the western influence is not widespread. There are cities and towns and countries which are very laid back and simple. One needs to do thorough research and go from there. And yes there are still mud houses in existance and tents to live in, no i’m not recommending to go find a place like that but just mentioning it lol

Ponder upon the following:

Narrated ‘Aisha(radhiyallahu anha): When Allah’s Apostle reached Madinah, Abu Bakr and Bilal became ill. When Abu Bakr’s fever got worse, he would recite (this poetic verse): “Everybody is staying alive with his People, yet Death is nearer to him than His shoe laces.” And Bilal, when his fever deserted him, would recite: “Would that I could stay overnight in A valley wherein I would be Surrounded by Idhkhir and Jalil (kinds of good-smelling grass). Would that one day I could Drink the water of the Majanna, and Would that (The two mountains) Shama and Tafil would appear to me!” The Prophet(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) said, “O Allah! Curse Shaiba bin Rabi’a and ‘Utba bin Rabi’a and Umaiya bin Khalaf as they turned us out of our land to the land of epidemics.” Allah’s Apostle then said, “O Allah! Make us love Madinah as we love Makkah or even more than that. O Allah! Give blessings in our Sa and our Mudd (measures symbolizing food) and make the climate of Madinah suitable for us, and divert its fever towards Aljuhfa.” Aisha added: When we reached Madinah, it was the most unhealthy of Allah’s lands, and the valley of Bathan (the valley of Madinah) used to flow with impure colored water. (Bukhari)

Many people when addressed to regarding the topic of hijrah tend to argue and debate over it while taking sides for the land of the mushrik, such people who haven’t even step foot in the land of the muslim hold no weight in their talk and tend to focus on the dunya stuff. We can continue talking on Hijrah but theres abundant info on the web by people and scholars who have done a great job so i’m going to close it with the following stories i came across a while back on the web, it’s from a sister which tells a lot:

Mashallah It is a big step for most of us to actually leave America, after all the time taken to plan for it, supposedly save all this money for it, buy stuff to take that we think that they wont have where you are going, talking about the idea, thinking about the idea, the possibilities,in addition to the fears of what is to come, the fear of leaving what you know, the fear of what is
to come, leaving family and friends, etc…

There are SO many benefits to being in the land of the Muslims!, mashallah. Some are apparent and you can expect and some you have to look “between the lines” or come by surprise! One of the best ways to see the benefits is to look at the how your children or someone else’s children that have made hijrah. My children’s lives have changed so much since I have been in the land of the Muslims.

It is a majority modest place, where you do not see much skin. The girls see as examples,covered women out in the street, in cars, in stores, in the masjids, working in different types of professions. The boys see beards & thoubes, and men praying their prayers in the Masjids.

We hear the call to every prayer and do not have to look at clocks to know when to pray or break fast. Men that wear their thobes to do almost any task! Women that wear their abayas/jilbabs and even cover their face to do almost any task! And in America we feel it hampers us physically. We are the majority so it is normal to look the way we look where ever we go.

My daughter has become more modest at an earlier age without even talking to her or asking her, or pleading with her and even checks me! Sometimes more than I would like~ On a hot long day out,…”mommy your niqab, there is a man…” We can just go to stores and not search or order by mail and buy a jilbab and khimar, thobe pants, thobes, kufis, etc. My sons are gaining a ’gheerah’ that they should have over their mom and sister and other family.
We can go to the malls, furniture stores, baby stores, hospitals, clinics, even some large parks,and fun fairs and there will be a masjid or prayer place there for you to pray.

There are masjids in every neighborhood.Some things I have taken for granted, or I guess I can say gotten used to seeing so much. I thought one day, My children can actually SEE the construction of a Masjid being built! What a blessing it is inshallah to the one who decided to spend to build a house of Allah. Most of us come from places where basically it is just one struggling masjid that we can go to.

We are so much more ’Free’ here than in the Land of the Free. There are women only places and times, so it is the opposite of what the media and kuffar teach you that women are oppressed!

You are free to cover correctly and as much as you like and not be embarrassed, ashamed, out of place, stared at, remarks made. Womens parks, womens resorts, womens beaches, womens pools, womens times for museums, womens branches and sections of banks, womens centers
for learning, womens fitness centers, womens days for outdoor fun fairs. Women only salons.

You can go to any salon and not have to schedule a special time or cover the windows or only do it at home. There are certain areas of the city that you will find women walking for fitness.

If you step out on the curb to cross the street or even step your foot out into the road, cars or trucks with slow down put on their hazard lights to allow you to cross, it is a sign of respect to the fully covered woman.

It really touches my heart to listen to my children stand up and want to recite all the Quran that they have learned mashallah. In America we had our children learning the Fatiha and those short surahs in the back of the Quran (Juz Amma), here the effort is just so much easier and easier to attain to them learning Quran. We have easy access to Hafith(memorization) tapes for each Juz’(part) of the Quran. They sell small Juz’ booklets in alot of places to use to read along. The radio has two stations that is just for Quran. They hear the Quran and take Quran Everyday.

My children have learned so much of Juz Amma, and now they are on the first 25 ayat of Surah Baqarah! in the first and second grades!. This is impressive to ME. They know more than me now, and I learn from them just hearing them recite over and over again. When we first started out, one of my children was shy to recite with their other sibling side by side because theydidn’t catch on as fast. Now they race! and compete in the car to recite! My younger children that stay at home, are learning from their older siblings and are reciting as well. Even the baby is reciting in his, what we can tell is his “Recitation Baby Talk”. It is so “Cute” but really It makes me want to tear up and cry mashallah. But I hold back most times and just make sure to praise them so they will continue to want to keep doing those good things.

You want this for your children. When I put my children into free Quran classes given at a local masjid for one month, I saw their self confidence RISE so much. Now the shy one will even ask others “can I recite for you?”
We have struggles many a night with trying to complete Arabic homework or just translating what the assignment is. (lol) I am proud of them, as they also deal with being some of the few Americans and English as a first language speakers in the classes and at their ALL Arabic school
and they continue to have satisfactory and also high marks(grades).
Other moms here have encouraged me to keep them in Arabic school, they say “you’ll see…” In the first semester I wondered how MUCH are they learning??? And on hard nights and slowmornings I had second thoughts of keeping the gusto going, or letting them miss, but then whenthe first long break came after the Eid, I saw the children playing and “having school” in Arabic.

They started to use Arabic terms with me and asking, “when can we go back to school?” I would not see this potential where I in America. I would not have the option to send mychildren to a fully operational school, a school run by Muslims for Muslims, with a complete curriculum already set to teach Islam and the other subjects In the Arabic Language.

The children are easily encouraged to fast at a young age in Ramadhan because the lunchtime is shortened and many children fast, so they want to as well. The children are easily encouraged to pray at a young age because there is a musallah at the school.

I see a potential in my young sons capacity of his memory of Quran impresses me, and the way he pronounces those Hard Arabic letters and words to the American tongue. Now I can imagine him being a Hafiz maybe, or a student of Knowledge, a “sheik”. It touches my heart that at first
grade level, I can now include my children in to Quran reading times, because They Can Read Arabic! mashallah.

I guess I could go on and on, but this is what I wanted to point out.
The possibilities are endless for the Good that can come of this, IF we as the parents still continue to keep them on the better path, sometimes the path of the minority, which we all know Salafiyyah is, but the Haqq is the Haqq even if we are alone in it. And inshallah, Allaah will grant us patience and ease in our situation, allow for hijrah, allow those of us to stay that have made it, and for our children to be a benefit for the ummah ameen.

InshaAllah i will try to post hijrah info for different places. May Allah saw make it easy for all the muslim brothers and sisters to migrate to the land of the muslims only and only for the sake of Allah swt. Ameen.

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