Between the Prophet’s Hijrah and Today’s Migration

Within few days, Muslims will be celebrating Hijrah while facing many challenges in many parts of the Muslim world. One cannot help but ask:

What have Muslims learnt from the concept of Hijrah?

How did the migration of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and Muslims from Makkah to Madinah inspire them?

Have they gone beyond the notion of “just do as the Prophet did and migrate”?

Do they resign themselves to the status quo characterized by lethargy and passivity? 

Have Muslims failed to live the true meanings of Hijrah?

Sticking to the Concept of Truth: An Important Lesson from Hijrah

The Prophet’s migration is full of important lessons for Muslims in many aspects. One important lesson is sticking to the concept of “truth”.

Since truth is enlightening, as they say, finding the path to upholding truth is in itself empowerment. This is part of what the early Muslims earned through their migrations, first to Abyssinia, and later to Madinah.

As we know, their ordeals in Makkah were due to an adamant adherence to what they perceived as “truth”. This strong belief emboldened their spirits. It gave them an effective immunity against the waves of persecution.

Muslims would not have left Makkah if evil schemes had not reached such dangerous level of total annihilation. Makkah’s polytheists even attempted to get rid of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

Life in Makkah was becoming so unbearable for Muslims who were unable to protect their identity and belief. At such critical time, Madinah beckoned to them with blissful breeze cooling their hearts, though it was blowing from afar.  Through this encouraging sign, Muslims found a channel that would help them continue upholding the truth.  This gave them empowerment.

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