My dear brother Nadzru Azhari wrote the admirable text, Tributes to Hijrah and Emigrants. He wrote :
“I wrote the piece from my heart, from heart to keyboard . I just want to express the universalism of a religion and humanity , for us to get out from daily events to the bigger challenge of period sustainability”.
“Nothing happens when I am sedentary but when I leave any of my three residences things simply happen which amuse me. God has so much in favour of the wayfarer and the one who is most times in the caravansèrail. Ibn Khaldun felt that civilisation stops and the Faith crumbles upon sédentarisation. Both Imam Shafie and Ahmad Ibn Hanbal reckon that what they wrote on The Hadeeth and arguments on Fiqh lose meaning upon society not physically moving.
However, when we leave our homes , it is not to abandon them in dejection and abject failure , as others will immigrate in to replace us , for they may do better and be more competitive. We must always be on our Silk Road. We should never talk and dwell on the repeated obvious and the place of sameness.
Regionalization and globalization are not new to us. It comes with our Faith, for it came ‘strange’ and we must always keep ourselves always at the ‘fringes’ , at the point of challenge and expansion of our faith and societies.
We must master the art of making ourselves understood in the vernacular of those whose hearts we want to endear.
We must have an inbuilt instinct of ‘imperialism’ and the need to expand, to emigrate and to consolidate and keep sharing in peaceful coexistence , so doing, stooping to conquer, while not oppressing.
Brothers and sisters, it is these three verses that made Ali Bin Abi Taleb said and quoted in Nahj Al-balaghah , ‘Oh Prophet, when in the battle in defense of my Faith , I am butchered to more parts than the sum total, please, let me pray to God, make me live, LIVE to keep serving thy cause.’ Ali never prepared for death in peaceful retirement doing the routine day in and day out in a sameness like the cockerel ‘s crow at the crack of dawn.”
Almighty Allah revealed the following to humanity
اِنَّ الَّذِيۡنَ تَوَفّٰٮهُمُ الۡمَلٰٓـئِكَةُ ظَالِمِىۡۤ اَنۡفُسِهِمۡ قَالُوۡا فِيۡمَ كُنۡتُمۡؕ قَالُوۡا كُنَّا مُسۡتَضۡعَفِيۡنَ فِىۡ الۡاَرۡضِؕ قَالُوۡۤا اَلَمۡ تَكُنۡ اَرۡضُ اللّٰهِ وَاسِعَةً فَتُهَاجِرُوۡا فِيۡهَاؕ فَاُولٰٓـئِكَ مَاۡوٰٮهُمۡ جَهَـنَّمُؕ وَسَآءَتۡ مَصِيۡرًا ۙ
(4:97) While taking the souls of those who were engaged in wronging themselves, the angels asked: ‘In what circumstances were you?’ They replied: ‘We were too weak and helpless in the land.’ The angels said: ‘Was not the earth of Allah wide enough for you to emigrate in it? For such men their refuge is Hell – an evil destination indeed;
اِلَّا الۡمُسۡتَضۡعَفِيۡنَ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ وَالنِّسَآءِ وَالۡوِلۡدَانِ لَا يَسۡتَطِيۡعُوۡنَ حِيۡلَةً وَّلَا يَهۡتَدُوۡنَ سَبِيۡلًا ۙ
(4:98) except the men, women, and children who were indeed too feeble to be able to seek the means of escape and did not know where to go .-
فَاُولٰٓـئِكَ عَسَى اللّٰهُ اَنۡ يَّعۡفُوَ عَنۡهُمۡؕ وَكَانَ اللّٰهُ عَفُوًّا غَفُوۡرًا
(4:99) maybe Allah shall pardon these, for Allah is All-Pardoning, All-Forgiving.
وَمَنۡ يُّهَاجِرۡ فِىۡ سَبِيۡلِ اللّٰهِ يَجِدۡ فِى الۡاَرۡضِ مُرٰغَمًا كَثِيۡرًا وَّسَعَةً ؕ وَمَنۡ يَّخۡرُجۡ مِنۡۢ بَيۡتِهٖ مُهَاجِرًا اِلَى اللّٰهِ وَرَسُوۡلِهٖ ثُمَّ يُدۡرِكۡهُ الۡمَوۡتُ فَقَدۡ وَقَعَ اَجۡرُهٗ عَلَى اللّٰهِ ؕ وَكَانَ اللّٰهُ غَفُوۡرًا رَّحِيۡمًا
(4:100) He who emigrates in the way of Allah will find in the earth enough room for refuge and plentiful resources. And he who goes forth from his house as a migrant in the way of Allah and His Messenger, and whom death overtakes, his reward becomes incumbent on Allah. Surely Allah is All-Forgiving, All-Compassionate”.