Hijra is a milestone in Islam and for Muslims so much so that it was chosen to mark the beginning of the Islamic calendar, thus; it is important to ponder on the lessons learned from this migration.
These are some of the lessons we can learn from Hijra
1. The migration wasn’t just a transfer of the Prophet’s (SAW) residence, or just to take shelter in another city, but as soon as he arrived at Madina he began the transformation of the city in every aspect. He built a masjid and started a modrasah (school), spreading the knowledge of Islam, He and his companions help develop the city by digging wells for clean water which was otherwise unavailable, he encouraged cultivation of lands, growing of gardens, and peaceful coexistence between the Muhajiroon and the Ansar. Best of all, he cared for the city as he did for his home town and he took care of it just as he would his own town.
The Prophet (SAW) said
“Verily [Prophet] Ibrahim declared Makkah sacred and supplicated (for blessings to be showered) upon its inhabitants, and I declare Madinah to be sacred as lbrahim had declared Makkah to be sacred. I have supplicated (Allah for His blessings to be showered) in its sa’and its mudd (two standards of weight and measurement) twice as did Ibrahim for the inhabitants of Makkah.” (Muslim)
The lesson we can learn from this is that where ever we go as Muslims, we should take with us goodness, work for the betterment of the society, and live in peaceful coexistence with its inhabitants.
2. Hijra was a preplanned journey
The Prophet (SAW) didn’t just embark on the journey from Makkah to Madina, but he had made plans ahead, – people to bring food every night, how to cover their tracks, hiding places, people to bring them information – we might wonder why he had to go through all that trouble – being a Prophet and all, this is because there are lessons for Muslims to learn, the lesson is in balancing the means and trusting in Allah, because despite making all necessary preparations for the journey, they placed their trust in Allah, The above point is highlighted further in those precious moments where Abu Bakr Al-Siddeeq (May Allah be pleased with him) spent with the Prophet in a cave between Makkah and Medina. They were hiding there, but the Makkans were able to trace their tracks to the cave. When the Makkans approached the cave, Abu Bakr Al-Siddeeq started panicking saying: “O Prophet, if they look to their feet they’ll see us!” But the Prophet’s confident response was: “Don’t be Afraid, Allah is with us”. (Productive Muslim)
This teaches us that as Muslims it isn’t enough to just work without trusting in Allah or just saying we trust in Allah without working our fair share, we should work like we’ve not prayed, and pray like we’ve not worked and then hope in the mercy of Allah.
3. The migration reminds us of our duty as Muslims to defend our legitimate freedom and right, to stand in the face of all forms of aggression against those rights, tyranny and oppression.
We pray that as we ponder on these lessons, Allah reforms us into better Muslims.
Peace be with you…