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Migration for the Cause of Allah

Migration for the Cause of Allah

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A short extract detailing the issue of making hijrah fi Sabeelillah or migration for the sake of Allah.
A short extract detailing the issue of making hijrah fi Sabeelillah or migration for the sake of Allah.

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Published by: zaki77 on Nov 27, 2009
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Migration for the Cause of Allah
Taken from the book entitled: 'Al Wala' wa'l Bara' by Muhammad Sa'eed Al QahtaniThis is one of the most important facets of our discussion, since alliance and dissociation are always amongthe primary motivating factors of migration for the sake of Allah. We will divide our discussion of this intotwo broad areas:1. Living among the disbelievers and its ruling.2. Migrating from the abode of disbelief to the abode of Islam.1. Living in the abode of disbelief The jurists have explained the complimentary concepts of the "Abode of Disbelief' and that of "Islam" asfollows:The Abode of Disbelief is whatever land is ruled by the disbelievers, in which the laws of the disbelieversare supreme and political power is in their hands. These lands may be of two types. One which is at warwith the Muslims and one which enjoys a truce with them. The determining factor is that it is ruled by thelaws of the disbelievers; for it is the "Abode of Disbelief' or "Dar ulKufr", even if a large majority of Muslimslive there. [33]The Abode of Islam is any land that is ruled by the Muslims, where the Shari'ah is the supreme law and theMuslims hold political power. It is Dar ul-Islam, even if the majority of the population are disbelievers, solong as the Muslims rule it according to the Shari'ah. [34]As Islam is the religion of dignity and authority, it was impossible to think of any Muslim submitting himself to the disbelievers; indeed it is forbidden for a Muslim to go to live amongst them and acknowledge theirauthority over him, because his presence amongst them would make him feel weak and isolated, and, thenhe would become docile and apologetic before them. He would first be called upon to approve of them,and then to follow them. But Muslims should be filled with morale and confidence, they should be leaders,not followers. They should hold the reins of power; no power should be above them but that of Allah.Therefore Muslims were forbidden to remain in countries where Islam is of no account, except when theyare able to freely practice their religion and to observe it without any impediment, and without any fearthat their presence there could damage them in any way. If this is not the case, then they must migrate toa better place where the authority of Islam is of some account. If they refuse to do so, while they are able,then they would have no further claims on this religion. About this Allah has spoken in Surat an-Nisa:Verily! As for those whom the Angels have taken (in death) while they are wronging themselves (as theystayed among the disbelievers even though emigration was obligatory to them), they (angels) asked them,"In what condition were you?". They replied, "We were weak and oppressed on earth". The Angels asked,"Was not the earth of Allah spacious enough for you to migrate therein?" Such men will find their abode in
Hell - what an evil destination! Except the weak ones among men, women and children who were unableto devise a plan, nor are they able to direct their way [35]The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “I am not responsible for any Muslim who stays among polytheists.They asked: 'Why, Apostle of Allah? He said: ‘Their fires should not be visible to one another.’, and he(peace be upon him) said, “Who joins the polytheists and lives with them then he is like them” and he(peace be upon him) said: “Migration will not end until repentance ends, and repentance will not end untilthe sun rises in the west.”[36]Al-Hassan Ibn Salih said: "whoever remains in the land of the enemy, will be treated like the disbelievers,so long as he was able to join the Muslims but did not do it. If one of the disbelievers accepts Islam, but stillremains with the disbelievers, even though he was able to go to join the Muslims, he is to be treated likethem; neither his blood nor his property will be protected. , [37]Al-Hassan said: "If a Muslim emigrates to the land of the disbelievers, yet does not renounce Islam, he willbe an apostate by virtue of his abandonment of 'Dar ul-Islam"'[38] . (The Arabic text of the precedingpassage refers to the land of the disbelievers as ‘dar ul-harb' and 'Ard ul-Adu', that is: the 'land of theenemy'; this indicates an active military opposition to the Muslims, as if in a state of war).Ibn Hazm states that: "Whoever joins the 'land of war and disbelief, of his own free will and in defiance of whoever amongst the Muslims calls him to his side, is by virtue of this act an apostate, by all the laws of apostasy, in Islam. Whoever is able to kill him must do so. His property is unprotected, his marriage nulland void, all his rights are swept away.But whoever flees to the 'land of war' for fear of oppression, who neither opposes the Muslims in anythingnor bears any malice towards them, and who was not able to find any refuge among the Muslims, is free of any guilt since he was compelled to leave.As for someone who takes the Muslims as his enemies, offering his help and his service to the disbelievers,he is a disbeliever. But those who would emigrate to non-Muslim lands in search of wealth or prosperity tolive under their protection, while they were able to go to live amongst the Muslims in their own land, butstill do not withdraw themselves from the disbelievers; such people are not far from the fold of disbelief,and we can find no possible excuse for them, so we ask Allah's Forgiveness.As for the person who lives in the land of Karmathians by his own free will, he is without doubt adisbeliever, because they are avowed enemies of Islam, disbelievers and apostates who only long for thedestruction of the Muslims. Concerning those who live in a land where some heretic tendencies, leading todisbelief, are manifested, they are not considered disbelievers, as Islam is supreme in the land where it ispossible to practice Islam openly; to confirm the message of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him),read the Qur'an, establish the prayer, perform the fast of Ramadan and fulfil one's obligations entirely.The words of the Prophet (peace be upon him), "I am not responsible for any Muslim who stays amongpolytheists" should clarify what we have said so far. It is clear that the Prophet (peace be upon him) refershere to the 'Dar ul-Harb', and because he (peace be upon him) appointed some Companions as governorsof Khaibar (Jewish land), even though everyone who lived there were Jews.If a disbeliever conquers a Muslim country, then acknowledges their religion (Islam), but assumes authorityover them, and then claims any other religion than Islam, whoever lives with him, supports, or serves himin any way is a disbeliever, even if he claims to be a Muslim, as aforementioned. ,[39]
Sheikh Hamad Ibn Ateeq, may Allah have mercy upon him, divided those Muslims who live in nonIslamiccountries into three groups: Those who prefer to live amongst Non-Muslims because of their affection forthem; those who live amongst non-Muslims yet ignore their obligation to denounce disbelief; and thosewho live amongst the non-Muslims but uphold their obligation to denounce disbelief.The first group: stays amongst the disbelievers by choice and inclination, they praise and commend them,and are happy to disassociate themselves from the Muslims. They help the disbelievers in their struggleagainst the Muslims in any way they can, physically, morally, and financially. Such people are disbelievers,their position is actively and deliberately opposed to religion. Allah says,The believers shall not take the disbelievers as allies in preference to the believers. Whoever does this shallnever be helped by Allah in any way [40]At-Tabari remarks that such a person would have washed his hands of Allah, and that Allah would havenothing to do with a person who actively rejects Him and denies His Religion. Allah , says:0 you who believe! Do not take the Jews and the Christians as protectors, they are protectors of oneanother, whoever takes them as protectors is one of them.[41]Then, in the words of the Prophet (peace be upon him): "Whoever joins the,disbelievers and lives amongstthem is one of them'[42]Abdullah Ibn Omar said: "Whoever settles amongst the disbelievers, celebrates their feasts and joins intheir revelry and dies in their midst will likewise be raised to stand with them on the Day of Resurrection.[43] .Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab, may Allah have mercy upon him, mentioned that in the case of a Muslimwhose people remained bound to disbelief and followed the enemies of Islam, he too would become adisbeliever if he refused to abandon his people, just because he found it difficult. He would end up fightingagainst the Muslims alongside his nation, with his money and life. And if they were to order him to marryhis father's wife, but could not prevent that unless he migrates from his country, he would be forced tomarry her. His alliance and participation with them in their campaign against Islam and their struggleagainst Allah and His Messenger is far worse than marrying his father's wife. He is also a disbeliever, aboutwhom Allah has said:You will find others who hope for your protection, and for that of their own people. But whenever they aresent to temptation, they yield thereto. If they do not withdraw from you, nor offer you peace, nor restraintheir hands, then seize them and kill them wherever you may find them. In their case, We have given you aclear warrant against them. [44]The second group: are those who remain amongst the disbelievers because of money, family or homeland.He does not demonstrate a strong attachment to his religion (Islam), nor does he emigrate. He does notsupport the disbelievers against the Muslims, whether in word or deed. His heart is not bound to them, nordoes he speak on their behalf. Such a person is not considered a disbeliever merely because he continuesto live among the disbelievers, but many would say that he has disobeyed Allah and His Messenger by notgoing to live among the Muslims, even though he may secretly hate the disbelievers. Allah has said,Verily! As for those whom the Angels have taken (in death) while they are wronging themselves (as theystayed among the disbelievers even though emigration was obligatory to them), they (angels) asked them,"In what condition were you?". They replied, "We were weak and oppressed on earth". The Angels asked,"Was not the earth of Allah spacious enough for you to migrate therein?"

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