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What is Hijrah?
The term Hijrah is the arabic word to depart or to emigrate. Prophet Muhammed () and his followers performed Hijrah from Mecca, where the Quraish were oppressing and killing them, to Yathrib (Medina). The Hijrah is such a pivotal historic moment in Islam that the Islamic calendar commences from this point. The Hijrah was the beginning of Islam.
It was only after Hijrah that the socio-economic system of Islam was established. Before this Islam was an idea in the minds of a few believers, but could not be practiced in its entirety due to the system of Islam not being in place.
Every aspect of the beloved Prophet’s life has a message for mankind. The Hijrah was Muhammed’s () answer to the oppression of his people. Allah commanded Muhammed () to perform Hijrah in order to fight against this oppression and establish Islam. The true believers gave up their houses, possessions and family to perform Hijrah with the Prophet (). What proceeded was the rapid growth of Islam. Within ten years Muhammed () and his army of now 10’000 strong Muslims marched peacefully into Mecca and destroyed the false idols in the Kabbah.
What is the Significance of The HIjrah for Muslims Today?
Since the attack on the World Trade Centre in 2001, Muslims have been the target of mass murder, oppression and dehumanisation. Our lands have been pillaged, our women and daughters raped and our men massacred. How do we end this oppression? What are the first steps we need to take? How should we respond? There are many ideas and theories claiming to have the solution to these convoluted questions. But every single Muslim agrees that Allah has commanded us to follow the Qur’an and Sunnah (sayings and ways of the Prophet ). So let us ask ourselves this: Was there ever a time in the Prophet’s life that his people were living under oppression? If so, how did he respond? What did Allah command him to do in this situation? Ask yourselves honestly and you will inevitably conclude that Prophet Muhammed () performed Hijrah. He () took his followers away from the Quraish and migrated to a city where they would be safe and could establish Islam. Only by performing Hijrah were the Muslims able to free themselves and grow to a 10’000 strong ummah within ten years that was able to walk peacefully back into their homeland. Subhan’Allah.
The Strange Two realise that this truth may be difficult to come to terms with, perhaps because our imaan is not at a stage where we have the strength to make this life-changing decision. This is why we are here. Our aim is to start a movement of Muslims residing in the UK (and in sha Allah beyond) who wish to start their Hijrah. If we all make the steps required together it will, in sha Allah, be easier for us. Muslims have achieved unmatched greatness in the past by uniting and working together to establish social justice. Join us, teach us, learn from us, help us and in sha Allah we will achieve greatness once more together.
In the Qur’an there is a clear command to perform Hijrah if you find yourself in a state of oppression:
“Indeed, those whom the angels take [in death] while wronging themselves – [the angels] will say, “In what [condition] were you?” They will say, “We were oppressed in the land.” The angels will say, “Was not the earth of Allah spacious [enough] for you to emigrate therein?” For those, their refuge is Hell – and evil it is as a destination.” [Surat An-Nisa, 97]
Sheikh Imran Nizar Hosein is an eminent scholar who has devoted his life to studying and teaching Islamic Eschatology (study of the end of times). His concept of the Muslim Village implores Muslims to establish a self-sufficient community of their own, to wake up to their enslavement within the Dajjal run system and break free from it so that they can truly practice Islam. Watch the video below to learn more about the concept of the Muslim Village.