Adapted from an article in Malay written by
USTAZ HAMREY MOHAMAD titled “Hijrah Rasulullah Membawa Kepada Keadilan Umat”.
It is a natural tendency in human beings to desire or hope to change for the better, whether in a worldly or spiritual manner.
Some people want a bigger house. Others would like a better job. Yet others would like to improve themselves – from within or in their actions.
The word hijrah refers literally to a migration. Conceptually, it can also refer to the transformation that individuals make within themselves in order to become better or more enlightened.
More than 1,400 years ago, Rasulullah s.a.w. made the hijrah with his companions, which brought about changes and a transition in the environment and livelihood of the people of the Arabian Peninsular. This hijrah was a spark that catalysed the evolution of Islamic dakwah (missionary work) from one that was focused on the Arab Quraysh community, to a more universal one for the general ummah.
“The ones who have believed, emigrated and striven in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives are greater in rank in the sight of Allah. And it is those who are the attainers [of success].”
“Their Lord gives them good tidings of mercy from Him and approval and of gardens for them wherein is enduring pleasure.”
“[They will be] abiding therein forever. Indeed, Allah has with Him a great reward.”
The verses begin with a call to faith, which emphasises the importance of the people’s unity and faith towards Allah s.w.t.’s Greatness. The life challenges that they faced as a result of the hijrah, and the changes required of them, would result in a great and beautiful merit.
Once Rasulullah s.a.w. arrived in Yathrib, which was eventually renamed Madinah, he began to make changes without delay. These changes included the building of mosques, uniting the Muhajirin and Ansar tribes, establishing the charter of Madinah, and others.
Rasulullah s.a.w.’s hijrah brought about changes that laid the cultural foundation of a new ummah, but which also suit the nature of all human beings who strive for morality and humanity.
Thus, we should remember that every hijrah is full of challenges as a test for us. This process is to strengthen our faith and our selves. Rasulullah s.a.w.’s immediate actions in Yathrib also acts as a reminder that once we have made the intention to carry out something, we should take the steps to make it a reality as soon as we can.
So, may we be successful in our own individual hijrahs and not be defeated by the trials that we face along the way.