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    Concerning Hijrah (Emigration)


    (1) Concerning Brothers in Britain and Hijrah to Muslim Lands

    Hijrah is of two types:

    (i) the Hijrah that was obligatory upon all, i.e., that from Makkah to al-Madeenah

    (ii) Hijrah that depends upon the condition of the land where the person resides and the land to which he goes:-

    so if he is unable to manifest his Deen in the land where he resides, then hijrah is obligatory upon him.
    But if he is unable to (fully) practice his Deen and there is a land where he would be able to practice his Deen – then Hijrah is obligatory upon him
    If he is unable to (fully) practice his Deen in his land, and there is no land where he can (fully) practice his Deen, that he can go to, then Hijrah is not binding upon him.
    All this falls under the Saying of Allaah, the Most High:

    Fear Allaah as much as you can. Soorah at-Taghabun (64):16

    And the saying of the Prophet, sallallaahu ’alaihi wa sallaam, "If I command you with something, then fulfil it as far as you are able."

    "So we cannot give a single comprehensive answer applying to everyone in the lands of Kufr that they should leave and come to the lands of Islaam today. Rather we say: if you are able to establish Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic’s, commands in yourselves and your families, and your remaining there is more beneficial for Islaam and the Muslims – such that you are callers to Allaah, the Mighty and the Majestic, or that Allaah brings about benefit through you amongst those with whom you live, then in this state of weakness – particularly with respect to the trials and evils that are seen day and night, hidden and open – then in general I prefer that every Muslim in those lands who is not firm upon his Deen – that he should go out to a land of less wrong-doing, and less Fitnah, and we cannot today recommend all of the lands of the Muslims, that one how performs Hijrah anywhere will find what he seeks, no? but:

    Fear Allaah as much as you can. Soorah at-Taghabun (64):16

    And as is said ‘some evils are lesser than others’, and there is no doubt that the lands of Islaam are less in Fitnah than the lands in Kufr, and that amongst the Muslims you will be speaking Arabic – even though there may be faults due to dialects and corruption’s, but this is better than totally speaking in foreign tongues which contain nothing of the language of the Arabs.

    Likewise the signs of the Muslims are manifest in the lands of Islaam – the Adhaan for the Prayer times, and the outer appearance. Except for one unable to perform Hijrah, for example that he cannot afford to perform Hijrah, or can find no place – such that if he goes to the lands of the Muslims he will be dealt with in accordance with the unjust systems – such as the system of the residence permits and so on which will prevent him from remaining, or will in future cause him to be exposed to expulsion, abuse, imprisonment and so on.

    So in any case the answer to this question is:

    Fear Allaah as much as you can. Soorah at-Taghabun (64):16

    And each person knows better about his own circumstances, and should fear and obey Allaah, and consider what is soundest for his Deen, and soundest for his family and offspring, and consider whatever will draw him closer to Allaah, the Perfect and Most High, and most beneficial for his Deen, and his Hereafter…."

    (2) How is the da’wah to the unbelievers, and in particular the People of the Book to be carried out, and how are we to deal with them?

    The da’wah is obligatory upon those able to carry it out. So one whom Allaah has given some knowledge should convey it. The Prophet, sallallaahu ’alaihi wa sallaam, said, "Convey from me even if it is a single Aayah." It begins with Tawheed, that they should enter into Allaah’s Deen and there are ways and means for the attainment of this. From them is that you the caller are upright upon the Deen, since if you call and you are not upright upon the Deen, then you will an obstacle blocking the way:

    O You who Believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? Most hateful it is with Allaah that you say that which you do not do. Soorah as-Saff (61):2-3

    Enjoin you al-Birr on the people and you forget (to practise it) yourselves, While you recite the Scripture! Have you no sense? Soorah al-Baqarah (2):44.

    ...to be continue...


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