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Ibn Abdillah As-sudaisiy Al-Iloori


Part of the significance of hijrah is the establishment of Masjid by the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم where Muslims had the opportunity to attend the best University in the history of mankind. In the masjid of the Prophet in Madeenah, the Companions رضي الله عنهم learnt and preserve the deen that we now enjoy today. 

It is however unfortunate that in the present day, people build masaajid, not for the sake of Allaah, but for fame and several acts not sanctioned in Qur'an and Sunnah. A masjid supposed to be a place of worship where only Allaah would be called. It should be a place where people would learn and memorize the Qur'an and hadith, and a place where beneficial books of scholars of Islaam would be read and explained on daily basis.

The leaders of Muslims in the community must redefine their aims and objectives and make sure they are in line with the provisions of Qur'an and Sunnah. Many of our Muslim leaders today have misplaced their priority of guiding people to the right path. They want to compete with the rich, politicians and traditional rulers in terms of houses, cars and other material things. We must retrace our steps before it becomes too late.


The above is just to mention a few. There are many other benefits derivable from the hijrah. Even though, 1st of Muharram is used to signify the commencement of a new Islaamic Calendar, Muslim must be made know that it doesn't call for any form of celebration whatsoever, because the past generations of Muslim did not celebrate it. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم restricted us to just two 'Eids ('Eid el Adha and 'Eid el Fitr). We should rather use this period to reflect on our status and the great differences between us and our past predecessors. We should work on how we can emulate them. We should think about the difficulties they went through while trying to establish this religion. It wasn't easy for them, it was a great task. The essence of hijrah is for us to migrate from sins to righteousness, from innovations to Sunnah, from acts of disbeliefs to acts of beliefs, from stinginess to generosity, from arrogance to humility, from rudeness to courtesy, from stupidity to wisdom and so on. 

May Allah guide us aright.

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