Adapted from his article in Malay written titled “Hijrah Rasulullah Membawa Kepada Keadilan Umat”, and another article written by USTAZ RIDHWAN MOHD BASOR titled “5 Key Messages of Hijrah”.
With input by Dhaniah Suhana
The hijrah is one of the most pivotal events in Islam’s history. It sparked the next phase of the Prophet s.a.w.’s mission, which spread a more universal dakwah (missionary work) for the ummah then and yet to come.
Historically, the hijrah refers to Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.’s emigration from Makkah to Madinah as commanded by Allah s.w.t. He and his companions had faced persecution and threats to their lives in Makkah, and many of them travelled to Madinah to seek refuge.
Many Prophets – if not all – have carried out hijrah by which something that was bad was made better. However, Rasulullah s.a.w.’s hijrah was unique, because the changes that he brought about laid the cultural foundation of a new ummah, yet also suit the nature of all human beings who strive towards morality and humanity for all time.
In Madinah, the Prophet s.a.w. was able to build a strong community and establish a successful city that propelled the birth of Islam’s renaissance period. The people of Madinah were made up of Makkah immigrants, Madinah natives, and people of other faith traditions, who co-existed in harmony.
Rasulullah s.a.w.’s hijrah more than 1,400 years ago was clearly a meaningful one, because through it, the concept of fairness emerged in the community, applicable to people of all faiths and beliefs.
“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.”
The Madinah community radiated blessings to all of humanity in its time. It remains an example to follow of how we can continue to carry the torch of our faith to spread goodness to all people and achieve excellence together.