HIJRAH: FROM HYPOCRISY TO SINCERITY


{O YOU WHO HAVE BELIEVED! WHY DO YOU SAY WHAT YOU DO NOT DO? IT IS MOST HATEFUL IN THE SIGHT OF ALLAH THAT YOU SAY WHAT YOU DO NOT DO}

[As-Saff: 2-3]

Verses like these moved the Sahābah (Companions) so that they would not be counted by Allah amongst the hypocrites. The fear of hypocrisy creeping into their hearts did not leave them time to rest, contrary to the Muslims of this era who constantly feel safe and secure concerning their faith and deeds. The Sahābah knew that the essence of hypocrisy – both major and minor – is discrepancy between what the inner self encloses and what the outer self discloses, and that minor hypocrisy can beget major hypocrisy.

Therefore, an unkept promise of hijrah to Allah could result in a devastating ending for the slave.

Allah (‘azza wa jall) said,

{AND AMONG THEM [THE HYPOCRITES] ARE THOSE WHO MADE A COVENANT WITH ALLAH, [SAYING], “IF HE SHOULD GIVE US FROM HIS BOUNTY, WE WILL SURELY SPEND IN CHARITY, AND WE WILL SURELY BE AMONG THE RIGHTEOUS.” BUT WHEN HE GAVE THEM FROM HIS BOUNTY, THEY WERE STINGY WITH IT AND TURNED AWAY WHILE THEY REFUSED. SO HE PENALIZED THEM WITH HYPOCRISY IN THEIR HEARTS UNTIL THE DAY THEY WILL MEET HIM – BECAUSE THEY FAILED ALLAH IN WHAT THEY PROMISED HIM AND BECAUSE THEY USED TO LIE}

[At-tawbah: 75-77]

In these verses, Allah mentions that He punished the hypocrites with further hypocrisy as a result of them breaking a previous covenant to Him.

This attitude towards obligatory deeds was also that of Bānī Isrā’īl.

Allah (‘azza wa jall) said,

{HAVE YOU NOT CONSIDERED THE ASSEMBLY OF BĀNĪ ISRĀ’ĪL AFTER MŪSĀ WHEN THEY SAID TO A PROPHET OF THEIRS, “SEND TO US A KING, AND WE WILL FIGHT IN THE WAY OF ALLAH”? HE SAID, “WOULD YOU PERHAPS REFRAIN FROM FIGHTING IF FIGHTING WAS PRESCRIBED FOR YOU?” THEY SAID, “AND WHY SHOULD WE NOT FIGHT IN THE CAUSE OF ALLAH WHEN WE HAVE BEEN DRIVEN OUT FROM OUR HOMES AND AWAY FROM OUR CHILDREN?” BUT WHEN FIGHTING WAS PRESCRIBED FOR THEM, THEY TURNED AWAY, EXCEPT FOR A FEW OF THEM. AND ALLAH IS KNOWING OF THE WRONGDOERS. AND THEIR PROPHET SAID TO THEM, “INDEED, ALLAH HAS SENT TO YOU TĀLŪT AS A KING.” THEY SAID, “HOW CAN HE HAVE KINGSHIP OVER US WHILE WE ARE MORE WORTHY OF KINGSHIP THAN HIM AND HE HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN ANY MEASURE OF WEALTH?” HE SAID, “INDEED, ALLAH HAS CHOSEN HIM OVER YOU AND HAS INCREASED HIM ABUNDANTLY IN KNOWLEDGE AND STATURE. AND ALLAH GIVES HIS SOVEREIGNTY TO WHOM HE WILLS. AND ALLAH IS ALL-ENCOMPASSING [IN FAVOR] AND KNOWING”}

[Al-Baqarah: 246]

This attitude of Bānī Isrā’īl was also displayed when they asked complicating questions about the cow they claimed to be searching for, upon being ordered by Mūsā (‘alayhis-salām) to slaughter any cow. They asked these questions only to evade responsibility; and when they finally obeyed, they did so reluctantly.

{SO THEY SLAUGHTERED IT [THE COW] AND YET THEY NEARLY DID NOT}

[Al-Baqarah: 71]

Therefore, every Muslim professional who delayed his jihād in the past under the pretense of studying Sharī’ah, medicine, or engineering, etc., claiming he would contribute to Islam later with his expertise, should now make his number one priority to repent and answer the call to hijrah, especially after the establishment of the Khilāfah. This Khilāfah is more in need than ever before for experts, professionals, and specialists, who can help contribute in strengthening its structure and tending to the needs of their Muslim brothers. Otherwise, his claims will be- come a greater proof against him on Judgment Day.
As for the Muslim students who use this same pretense now to continue abandoning the obligation of the era, then they should know that their hijrah from dārul-kufr to dārul-Islām and jihād are more obligatory and urgent then spending an unknown number of years studying while exposed to doubts and desires that will destroy their religion and thus end for themselves any possible future of jihād.

Abū Hurayrah (radiyallāhu ‘anh) said that Allah’s Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,

“WHOEVER DIES WITHOUT TAKING PART IN A BATTLE AND WITHOUT INTENDING TO TAKE PART IN A BATTLE, HAS DIED WITH A TRAIT OF HYPOCRISY”

[Sahīh Muslim]

Therefore, abandoning jihād is a trait of hypocrisy. So be wary of it or else it may seize you by your heart.

Al-Hasan al-Basrī (rahimahullāh) said,

“NO ONE FEARS HYPOCRISY EXCEPT A BELIEVER, AND NO ONE FEELS SAFE FROM IT EXCEPT A HYPOCRITE”

[Jāmi’ al-‘Ulūm wal-Hikam]

Ibn Rajab (rahimahullāh) said,

“Sahl at-Tustarī said,

‘THE MURĪD (DEVOUT WORSHIPPER) FEARS BEING AFFLICTED WITH SINS, BUT THE ‘ĀRIF (KNOWLEDGEABLE SLAVE) FEARS BEING AFFLICTED WITH KUFR.’ FOR THIS REASON THE SAHĀBAH AND THE RIGHTEOUS SALAF AFTER THEM WERE AFRAID OF NIFĀQ (HYPOCRISY) FOR THEMSELVES, AND THEIR WORRY OF NIFĀQ WAS SEVERE. THEREFORE, THE BELIEVER IS AFRAID OF MINOR NIFĀQ FOR HIMSELF, AND HE IS AFRAID THAT SUCH COULD OVERCOME HIM PRIOR TO DEATH AND THUS DRIVE HIM INTO MAJOR NIFĀQ, AS WE MENTIONED BEFORE THAT DEEPLY HIDDEN EVILS BRING ABOUT SINFUL DEATH”

[Jāmi’ al-‘Ulūm wal-Hikam]

So abandoning hijrah the path to jihād is a dangerous matter. In effect, one is thereby deserting jihād and willingly accepting his tragic condition of being a hypocritical spectator. He lives in the West amongst the kuffār for years, spends hours on the Internet, reads news and posts on forums, only to be encompassed by the verse,

{THEY THINK THE PARTIES HAVE NOT [YET] WITHDRAWN. AND IF THE PARTIES SHOULD COME [AGAIN], THEY WOULD WISH THEY WERE IN THE DESERT AMONG THE BEDOUINS, INQUIRING [FROM AFAR] ABOUT YOUR NEWS. AND IF THEY SHOULD BE AMONG YOU, THEY WOULD NOT FIGHT EXCEPT FOR A LITTLE}

[Al- Ahzāb: 20]

On should ask himself, “What is the assurance that I’m not encompassed by this verse or others like it?”
He should also contemplate,

{AND IF THEY HAD INTENDED TO GO FORTH, THEY WOULD HAVE PREPARED FOR IT [SOME] EQUIPMENT. BUT ALLAH DISLIKED THEIR BEING DISPATCHED, SO HE KEPT THEM BACK, AND THEY WERE TOLD, “SIT WITH THOSE WHO ARE SITTING.” HAD THEY GONE FORTH WITH YOU, THEY WOULD NOT HAVE INCREASED YOU EXCEPT IN CONFUSION, AND THEY WOULD HAVE HURRIED AMONG YOU, SEEKING [TO CAUSE] YOU FITNAH. AND AMONG YOU ARE AVID LISTENERS TO THEM. AND ALLAH IS KNOWING OF THE WRONGDOERS}

[At-Tawbah: 46-47]

Ibnul-Qayyim (rahimahullāh) said,

“ALLAH DISLIKED THEIR OBEDIENCE DUE TO THE FILTHINESS OF THEIR HEARTS AND THE CORRUPTION OF THEIR INTENTIONS, SO HE KEPT THEM BACK AND MADE THEM SIT. HE HATED THEIR CLOSENESS TO HIM DUE TO THEIR INCLINATION TOWARDS HIS ENEMIES, SO HE EXPELLED THEM AND DISTANCED THEM FROM HIMSELF. THEY TURNED AWAY FROM HIS REVELATION, SO HE TURNED AWAY FROM THEM, BROUGHT THEM AGONY, DID NOT MAKE THEM HAPPY, AND RULED UPON THEM WITH A JUST RULE THAT LEAVES THEM WITH NO HOPE FOR SUCCESS UNLESS THEY REPENT”

[Madārij as-Sālikīn]

Ask yourself,

“WHAT IS THE ASSURANCE THAT ALLAH DID NOT DISLIKE MY BEING DISPATCHED? MAYBE HE SAW IN ME A TRAIT OF HYPOCRISY WHICH I CANNOT SEE, AND THEREFORE HE BANNED ME FROM JIHĀD?”

This constant feeling of self-doubt should destroy one’s insides. In the recent past, sincere Muslims would weep and pray daily for an escape from the lands of qu’ūd (abandonment of jihād) to the lands of jihād, even if to live only as a soldier in constant wait for the opportunity to battle. They would dream of going to Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Chechnya, Algeria, Somalia, and Waziristan, but to no avail. They knew that the only way for a man claiming a mustard seed of faith in his heart to preserve his faith would be to leave the West. Before, such an idea might have sounded impossible for some, but now there is a Khilāfah prepared to accept every Muslim and Muslimah into its lands and do all it can within its power to protect them while relying on Allah alone.

Revealed upon the Prophet of the Muslim Ummah! Whereas when you compare the situation of the Sahābah after hijrah and jihād, you see that the dunyā came to them without them following its tail. They dedicated their lives to Allah, so the dunyā came to them unwillingly.

Anas (radiyallāhu ‘anh) said that Allah’s Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,

“WHOEVER’S CONCERN IS THE HEREAFTER, ALLAH WILL GATHER FOR HIM HIS AFFAIRS AND WILL PLACE HIS PROSPERITY IN HIS HEART.

The dunyā will come to him against the modern day slavery of employment, work hours, wages, etc., is one that leaves the Muslim in a constant feeling of subjugation to a kāfir master. He does not live the might and honor that every Muslim should live and experience. It is as if Bilāl (radiyallāhu ‘anh) never were emancipated to live a free man, the Islamic State of Madīnah were never established, and the verses of jihād, jizyah, and war booty were never its will.

AND WHOEVER’S CONCERN IS THE DUNYĀ, ALLAH WILL SCATTER HIS AFFAIRS AND PLACE HIS POVERTY.

It is the provision taken by might, honor, and subjugation of Allah’s enemies. It was made the most beloved thing to Allah, and so no other income can stand up to it. And Allah knows best”

[Zādul-Ma’ād]

BAD COMPANY DESTROYS THE HEART


Living amongst the sinful kills the heart, never mind living amongst the kuffār! Their kufr initially leaves dashes and traces upon the heart that over time become engravings and carvings that are nearly impossible to remove. They can destroy the person’s fitrah to a point of no return, so that his heart’s doubts and desires entrap him fully.

In the hadīth of the man who killed ninety-nine people and decided to repent, the scholar told him,

“GO TO THE LAND OF SUCH AND SUCH, FOR IN IT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WORSHIP ALLAH. WORSHIP ALLAH WITH THEM AND DO NOT RETURN TO YOUR LAND, FOR IT IS A LAND OF EVIL”

[Sahīh Muslim]

Jarīr ibn ‘abdillāh (radiyallāhu‘anh) said that,

Allah’s Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sal- lam) said,

“I DISASSOCIATE MYSELF FROM EVERY MUSLIM WHO LIVES AMONGST THE MUSHRIKĪN. THEY SHOULD NOT SEE EACH OTHER’S TENT FIRES”

[Hasan – reported by Abū Dāwūd and at-Tirmidhī]

Even if one were to spend all his hours at a masjid in prayer, dhikr, and study of the religion, while living amongst Muslims who reside amid kuffār and abandon jihād, then such a person would only be establishing the strongest proof against himself and his sin.

Also, Abū Mūsā (radiyallāhu ‘anh) said that Allah’s Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,

“THE SIMILITUDE OF GOOD COMPANY AND BAD COMPANY IS THAT OF THE MUSK PERFUMER AND THE IRONSMITH. EITHER THE PERFUMER OFFERS YOU SOME MUSK, OR YOU BUY SOME FROM HIM, OR YOU SMELL A PLEASANT ODOR. AS FOR THE IRONSMITH, EITHER HE BURNS YOUR CLOTHES, OR YOU SMELL A REPUGNANT ODOR”

[Al-Bukhārī and Muslim]

Thus, the sinful company affects you whether you desire so or not. And of the worst of sins in modern times is that of qu’ūd (abandonment of jihād), for jihād now is fard ‘ayn (an obligation upon each individual). Then how can one be pleased with the company of the jihād abandoners?

Shaykhul-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullāh) said,

“THE CRUX OF HIJRAH IS TO ABANDON SIN AND ITS PEOPLE, INCLUDING HAJR (ABANDONMENT/ AVOIDANCE) OF THE CALLERS TO BID’AH, THE SINFUL, AND THOSE WHO INTERMINGLE WITH THEM OR AID THEM. SIMILARLY, ONE WHO ABANDONS JIHĀD – THE DEED WITHOUT WHICH HE CAN ACHIEVE NO MASLAHAH – SHOULD BE PUNISHED BY HAJR, SINCE HE DID NOT ASSIST THE MUSLIMS IN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PIETY. AND SO, THE ZUNĀH (FORNICATORS/ ADULTERERS), LŪTIYYAH (SODOMITES), ABANDONERS OF JIHĀD, AHLUL-BIDA’ (PEOPLE OF RELIGIOUS INNOVATIONS), ALCOHOLICS, ARE ALL HARMFUL FOR THE RELIGION OF ISLAM, AND INTERMINGLING WITH THEM IS ALSO HARMFUL. THEY DO NOT ASSIST IN RIGHTEOUSNESS NOR PIETY. WHOEVER DOES NOT ABANDON THEM HAS THUS LEFT AN OBLIGATION AND FALLEN INTO A PROHIBITION”

[Majmū’ al-Fatāwā]

Are you pleased to intermingle with those who Shaykhul-Islām mentioned after the zunāh and lūtiyyah, and before ahlul-bida’ and the alcoholics? Wallāhi, they destroy the religion of the person until he finds himself in Hellfire?

HIJRAH AND FORGIVENESS


‘AMR IBN AL-‘ĀS (RADIYALLĀHU ‘ANH) SAID,

“WHEN ALLAH INSTILLED THE LOVE OF ISLAM IN MY HEART, I CAME TO THE PROPH- ET (SALLALLĀHU ‘ALAYHI WA SALLAM) AND SAID, ‘STRETCH OUT YOUR RIGHT HAND SO THAT I MAY PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO YOU.’ HE STRETCHED OUT HIS RIGHT HAND; THEN I WITHDREW MY HAND.

THE PROPHET SAID,

‘WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU, O ‘AMR?’ I REPLIED, ‘I WANT STIPULATE A CONDITION.’ HE ASKED, ‘WHAT CONDITION DO YOU WANT TO STIPULATE?’ I SAID, ‘THAT I BE FORGIVEN.’ THE PROPHET RESPONDED, ‘ARE YOU NOT AWARE THAT ISLAM WIPES OUT ALL PREVIOUS SINS? AND THAT HIJRAH WIPES OUT ALL PREVIOUS SINS? AND THAT HAJJ WIPES OUT ALL PREVIOUS SINS?’”

[SAHĪH MUSLIM]

WHEN THE PROPHET (SALLALLĀHU ‘ALAYHI WA SALLAM) MIGRATED TO MADĪNAH, AT-TUFAYL IBN ‘AMR AD-DAWSĪ (RADIYALLĀHU ‘ANH) MIGRATED TO THE PROPHET, AND ALONG WITH AT-TUFAYL MIGRATED A MAN OF HIS TRIBE. THEY LATER DISLIKED RESIDENCE IN MADĪNAH [BECAUSE OF DISEASE AND FATIGUE CAUSED BY ITS CLIMATE]. THE MAN FELL SICK AND LOST PATIENCE. SO HE TOOK HOLD OF A WIDE ARROWHEAD AND CUT OFF HIS FINGER-JOINTS. THE BLOOD GUSHED FORTH FROM HIS HANDS, UNTIL HE DIED. AT-TUFAYL IBN ‘AMR THEN SAW HIM IN A DREAM. HIS APPEARANCE WAS GOOD BUT HE WAS COVERING HIS HANDS. AT-TUFAYL SAID TO HIM,

‘WHAT DID YOUR LORD DO WITH YOU?’ HE REPLIED, ‘ALLAH GRANTED ME FORGIVENESS BECAUSE OF MY HIJRAH TO HIS PROPHET.’ AT-TUFAYL SAID, ‘WHY DO I SEE YOU COVERING YOUR HANDS?’ HE REPLIED, ‘I WAS TOLD, ‘WE WILL NOT MEND WHAT YOU HAVE DAMAGED.’ AT-TUFAYL NARRATED THIS DREAM TO ALLAH’S MESSENGER (SALLALLĀHU ‘ALAYHI WA SALLAM). THEN ALLAH’S MESSENGER PRAYED, ‘O ALLAH, FORGIVE HIM ALSO FOR HIS TWO HANDS.’”

[Sahīh Muslim]

ADVICE FOR THOSE EMBARKING UPON HIJRAH


Before you make your trip, keep in mind the following hadith of the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam),

“IF YOU WERE TO RELY UPON ALLAH AS HE SHOULD REALLY BE RELIED UPON, ALLAH WOULD PROVIDE YOU LIKE HE PROVIDES THE BIRDS. THEY FLY IN THE MORNING HUNGRY AND RETURN FULL AT NIGHT”

[Sahīh – reported by Imām Ahmad, at-Tirmidhī, and others, on the authority of ‘Umar]

This was said concerning matters of the dunyā, so what of the religion that Allah promised to support!

Ibnul-Qayyim (rahimahullāh) said,

“IF THE SLAVE RELIED UPON ALLAH AS HE SHOULD BE RELIED UPON, IN REMOVING A MOUNTAIN FROM ITS PLACE, WHILE BEING ORDERED BY ALLAH TO RE- MOVE IT, HE WOULD ELIMINATE IT SUCCESSFULLY”

[Madārijus-Sālikīn]

So do not say to yourself,

“I WILL NEVER SUCCEED IN MY HIJRAH.”

Most of those who have tried, have successfully reached the Khilāfah. Amongst them are those who travelled by land, sometimes on foot, from country to country, crossing border after border, and Allah brought them safely to the Khilāfah.
Do not say to yourself,

“I MIGHT GET ARRESTED.”

That fear is unsure and the obligation of hijrah is certain. It is not correct to nullify what is certain with what is unsure (as has been stated by Shaykh ‘Abdullāh ‘Azzām in some of his speeches and writings).

IF YOU FEAR ARREST, THEN DO WHAT IS WITHIN YOUR CAPABILITIES TO AVOID DETECTION, BY NOT INFORMING ANYONE OF YOUR INTENTION.

Do not worry about money or accommodations for yourself and your family. There are plenty of homes and resources to cover you and your family.

Keep in mind that the Khilāfah is a state whose inhabitants and soldiers are human beings. They are not infallible angels. You may see things that need improvement and that are being improved.

“IF YOU WERE TO RELY UPON ALLAH AS HE SHOULD REALLY BE RELIED UPON, ALLAH WOULD PROVIDE YOU LIKE HE PROVIDES THE BIRDS THEY FLY IN THE MORNING HUNGRY AND RETURN FULL AT NIGHT”.

You may find mistakes that need fixing. You may find some of your brothers with traits that need mending. But remember that the Khilāfah is at war with numerous kāfir states and their allies, and this is something that requires the allotment of many resources. So be patient.

Finally, when you arrive, do not let the achievement of hijrah nullify your deeds by allowing pride to enter your heart and then looking down upon your brothers from the Ansār! Muhājirīn cannot exist without Ansār. Thus, know that hijrah is a great deed but it is not a license to view yourself better than others.

Ibnul-Qayyim (rahimahullāh) said,

“It has been authentically narrated in the Sahīh that he (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,

‘NO ONE WITH A MUSTARD SEED OF ARROGANCE WILL ENTER JANNAH.’ THEY SAID TO HIM, ‘O ALLAH’S MESSENGER, A MAN MIGHT LIKE TO HAVE GOOD SHOES AND GARMENTS. IS THAT ARROGANCE?’ HE SAID, ‘NO, ALLAH IS JAMĪL AND HE LOVES JAMĀL (BEAUTY). ARROGANCE IS DISDAIN OF THE TRUTH (OUT OF SELF-CONCEIT) AND CONTEMPT FOR THE PEOPLE’

[Sahīh Muslim]

SO ARROGANCE IS DISDAIN OF THE TRUTH, REJECTION OF IT, REPELLING IT AFTER AWARENESS OF IT, AND HOLDING CONTEMPT FOR PEOPLE WITH AN EYE OF SCORN, AVERSION, AND BELITTLEMENT. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH SUCH IF IT IS DONE FOR ALLAH. THE SIGN THAT SUCH IS DONE FOR ALLAH IS THAT THE PERSON HOLDS EVEN MORE DISDAIN AND BELITTLEMENT AGAINST HIMSELF. BUT IF HE DESPISES THEM BECAUSE HE CONSIDERS HIMSELF GREAT, THEN THIS IS THE ARROGANCE WHICH WILL NOT ENTER HIM INTO JANNAH”

[Rawdatul-Muhibbīn]

Imām Ahmad reported that the tābi’ī Wahb Ibn Munabbih (rahimahullāh) said,

“MŪSĀ SAID TO BANĪ ISRĀ’ĪL, ‘BRING ME THE BEST OF YOUR MEN.’ SO THEY BROUGHT HIM A MAN. HE SAID, ‘ARE YOU THE BEST OF BANĪ ISRĀ’ĪL?’ HE RE- SPONDED, ‘THAT IS WHAT THEY CLAIM.’ SO MŪSĀ TOLD HIM, ‘GO AND BRING ME THE WORST OF BANĪ ISRĀ’ĪL.’ SO HE LEFT AND RETURNED ALONE. MŪSĀ SAID, ‘DID YOU BRING ME THE WORST OF THEM?’ HE REPLIED, ‘I DO NOT KNOW SO MUCH ABOUT ANY OF THEM AS I KNOW ABOUT MYSELF.’ MŪSĀ SAID, ‘[THEN] YOU ARE THE BEST OF THEM’”

[Az- Zuhd]

Abdullāh Ibn ‘Amr (radiyallāhu ‘anhumā) said that,

Allah’s Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,

“THERE WILL BE HIJRAH AFTER HIJRAH. THE BEST PEOPLE ON EARTH WILL BE THOSE WHO KEEP TO THE LAND OF IBRĀHĪM’S HIJRAH. THEN THERE WILL REMAIN ON THE EARTH THE WORST OF ITS PEOPLE. THEIR LANDS WILL CAST THEM OUT, ALLAH WILL HATE THEM, AND THE FIRE WILL GATHER THEM TOGETHER WITH THE APES AND SWINE.”

[Hasan – Reported by Imām Ahmad, Abū Dāwūd, and al-Hākim]

Allah knows best. We ask Allah to facilitate your hijrah. Āmīn.

HIJRAH TO SHAM


The hijrah of the strangers to Shām was in adherence to the path of Ibrāhīm (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) who established for them the tradition of declaring enmity and hatred towards the mushrikīn and their tawāghīt.

Abdullāh Ibn ‘Amr (radiyallāhu ‘anhumā) said that Allah’s Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,

“THERE WILL BE HIJRAH AFTER HIJRAH. THE BEST PEOPLE ON EARTH WILL BE THOSE WHO KEEP TO THE LAND OF IBRĀHĪM’S HIJRAH. THEN THERE WILL REMAIN ON THE EARTH THE WORST OF ITS PEOPLE. THEIR LANDS WILL CAST THEM OUT, ALLAH WILL HATE THEM, AND THE FIRE WILL GATHER THEM TOGETHER WITH THE APES AND SWINE”

[hasan – reported by Imām Ahmad, Abū Dāwūd, and al-Hākim]

The Prophet’s statement,

“AND ON THE EARTH WILL REMAIN THE WORST OF THE PEOPLE [TO THE END OF THE HADĪTH]” REFERS TO THE PERIOD AFTER “ALLAH SENDS THE PLEASANT BREEZE AND IT CAUSES EVERY PERSON WHO HAS SO MUCH AS THE WEIGHT OF A MUSTARD SEED OF FAITH IN HIS HEART TO PASS AWAY. THEN THERE WILL REMAIN ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE NO GOOD IN THEM WHATSOEVER”

[Sahīh Muslim]

In another narration,

“SO IT [THE BREEZE] GRASPS THEM UNDER THEIR ARMPITS, TAKING THE SOUL OF EVERY BELIEVER AND EVERY MUSLIM. AND THERE WILL REMAIN THE WORST OF THE PEOPLE, HAVING INTERCOURSE AS DONKEYS DO [IN FRONT OF OTHER PEOPLE AS THEY WATCH]. SO IT IS UPON THEM THAT THE HOUR WILL BE ESTABLISHED”

[Sahīh Muslim]

And in another narration,

“ALLAH WILL SEND A COLD BREEZE FROM THE DIRECTION OF SHĀM, SO NO ONE WILL REMAIN ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH WITH SO MUCH AS THE WEIGHT OF A MUSTARD SEED OF GOODNESS OR FAITH IN HIS HEART EXCEPT THAT IT TAKES HIM. EVEN IF ONE OF YOU WERE TO ENTER INTO THE CENTER OF A MOUNTAIN, THE BREEZE WOULD ENTER INTO IT, UNTIL IT TAKES HIM. THEN THERE WILL REMAIN THE WORST OF THE PEOPLE, WHO HAVE THE AGILITY OF BIRDS (IN THEIR HASTE TO COMMIT EVIL AND SATISFY THEIR LUSTS) AND THE WITS OF VICIOUS, PREDATORY ANIMALS (IN THEIR HOSTILITY AND OPPRESSION OF ONE ANOTHER). THEY DO NOT KNOW ANY GOOD, NOR DO THEY DENOUNCE ANY EVIL”

[Sahīh Muslim]

This pleasant breeze takes the souls of the believers everywhere on the earth: al-Hijaz, Iraq, Yemen, Sham, and so on. It will be sent forth a number of years after the demise of the Dajjal and the passing away of the masih ‘Isa (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam).

Shaykhul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullāh) said,

“ISLAM IN THE END OF TIMES WILL BE MORE MANIFEST IN SHĀM. […] SO THE BEST OF THE PEOPLE ON THE EARTH IN THE END OF TIMES WILL BE THOSE WHO KEEP TO THE LAND OF IBRĀHĪM’S HIJRAH, WHICH IS SHĀM”

[Majmū’ul-Fatāwā]

Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullāh) also said,

“SO HE INFORMED THAT THE BEST OF THE PEOPLE ON THE EARTH ARE THOSE WHO KEEP TO THE LAND OF IBRĀHĪM’S HIJRAH, IN CONTRAST TO THOSE WHO PASS THROUGH IT OR LEAVE IT. THE LAND THAT IBRĀHĪM MADE HIJRAH TO IS SHĀM. IN THIS HADITH, THERE ARE GLAD TIDINGS FOR OUR COMPANIONS WHO MADE HIJRAH FROM HARRĀN (AN AREA OF IRAQ) AND ELSE- WHERE TO THE LAND OF IBRĀHĪM’S HIJRAH, AND FOL- LOWED THE PATH OF IBRĀHĪM AND THE RELIGION OF THEIR PROPHET MUHAMMAD (SALLALLĀHU ‘ALAYHI WA SALLAM). LIKEWISE, THIS HADĪTH CONTAINS A CLARIFICATION THAT THIS HIJRAH OF THEIRS IS EQUAL TO THE HIJRAH OF THE COMPANIONS OF ALLAH’S MESSENGER (SALLALLĀHU ‘ALAYHI WA SALLAM) TO MADĪNAH, BECAUSE HIJRAH IS MADE TO WHEREV- ER THE MESSENGER IS AND LEFT AN IMPACT. AND THE LAND OF IBRĀHĪM’S HIJRAH, HAS BEEN MADE FOR US EQUAL TO THE LAND OF OUR PROPHET’S HI- JRAH, BECAUSE HIJRAH TO MADĪNAH WAS DISCON- TINUED AFTER THE CONQUEST OF MAKKAH”

[Majmū’ul-Fatāwā]

Abdullāh Ibn Hawālah (radiyallāhu ‘anh) said that Allah’s Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,

“MATTERS WILL RUN THEIR COURSE UNTIL YOU BECOME MOBILIZED ARMIES: AN ARMY IN SHĀM, AND AN ARMY IN YEMEN, AND AN ARMY IN IRAQ.” IBN HAWĀLAH SAID, “CHOOSE FOR ME [WHICH ARMY TO JOIN] IF I REACH THAT TIME.” HE SAID, “GO TO SHĀM, FOR IT IS THE BEST OF ALLAH’S LANDS, AND HE DRAWS HIS BEST SLAVES TO IT. AND IF YOU DO NOT, THEN GO TO YOUR YEMEN AND DRINK FROM YOUR WELLS. FOR ALLAH HAS GUARANTEED ME THAT HE WILL LOOK AFTER SHĀM AND ITS PEOPLE.”

[Sahīh reported by Imām Ahmad, Abū Dāwūd, al- Hākim]

So those who left their tribes – the best of Allah’s slaves – rallied together with an imām and a jamā’ah upon the path of Ibrāhīm. They gathered together in the land of malāhim shortly before the occurrence of al-Malhamah al-Kubrā, announced their enmity and hatred for the cross worshippers, the apostates, their crosses, their borders, and their ballot boxes, and pledged allegiance to the Khilāfah, promising to die defending it. Then, they were opposed and forsaken by “the wise ones,” the “theorizers,” and “the elders,” who labeled them as being khawārij, harūriyyah (a branch of the khawārij), hashāshīn (a heretical ismā’īlī sect), the grandsons of Ibn Muljim (the khārijī who killed ‘Alī Ibn Abī Tālib), and the dogs of Hellfire! So if the muhājirīn of the Islamic State in their thousands are the dogs of Hellfire, then who are the ones referred to in the hadīth as being “those who break off from their tribes” and “the best of Allah’s slaves”? Apart from them, there are no other muhājirīn left in Shām, except for a small number whose hearts yearn for the Islamic State and for giving bay’ah to the Imām. Then there will remain outside of the Islamic State only he who is obstructed from it by mountainous waves of envy and arrogance, so that he drowns in the methodologies of the hypocrites, the rumormongers, and the weak-hearted, and he aids the sahwāt of apostasy, following rukhas (concessions) on his path to heresy. We ask Allah for forgiveness and well-being in this life and in the hereafter.

THERE IS NO LIFE WITOUT JIHAD AND THERE IS NO JIHAD WITHOUT HIJRAH


Allah (‘azza wa jall) said,

{O YOU WHO HAVE BELIEVED, RESPOND TO ALLAH AND TO THE MESSENGER WHEN HE CALLS YOU TO THAT WHICH GIVES YOU LIFE}

[Al-Anfāl: 24]

‘Urwah Ibn az-Zubayr (rahimahullāh) said,

“{THAT WHICH GIVES YOU LIFE} MEANS WAR, BY WHICH ALLAH HONORED YOU AFTER HUMILIATION, STRENGTHENED YOU AFTER WEAKNESS, AND DEFENDED YOU FROM YOUR ENEMY AFTER THEIR SUBJUGATION OF YOU”

[Tafsīr Ibn Kathīr]

Jihād not only grants life on the larger scale of the Ummah, it also grants a fuller life on the scale of the individual.

Ibnul-Qayyim (rahimahullāh) said,

“If there were nothing in archery except that it repelled worry and sorrow from the heart, then that would be a sufficient virtue. Moreover, the people of archery have experienced this.

Also, At- Tabarānī reported from the hadīth of Hishām Ibn ‘Urwah from his father, from ‘Ā’ishah that Allah’s Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,

“WHENEVER ONE’S WORRY SEIZES HIM, HE ONLY NEEDS TO WEAR HIS BOW AND USE IT TO THEREBY EXPEL HIS WORRY”

[The isnād contains a very weak narrator named Muhammad az-Zubaydī, as mentioned in “Majma’ az-Zawā’id”]

This is similar to the statement of the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam),

“PERFORM JIHĀD FĪ SABĪLILLĀH, FOR IT IS A GATE OF THE GATES OF JANNAH BY WHICH ALLAH REPELS WORRY AND SORROW FROM THE SOULS”

[Sahīh – reported by Imām Ahmad and al-Hākim on the authority of ‘Ubādah Ibn as-Sāmit]

This is also derived from the statement of Allah ta’ālā,

{FIGHT THEM; ALLAH WILL PUNISH THEM BY YOUR HANDS AND WILL DISGRACE THEM AND GIVE YOU VICTORY OVER THEM AND SATISFY THE BREASTS OF A BELIEVING PEOPLE AND REMOVE THE FURY IN THE BELIEVERS’ HEARTS. AND ALLAH TURNS IN FORGIVENESS TO WHOM HE WILLS; AND ALLAH IS KNOWING AND WISE}

[At-Tawbah: 14-15]”

[Al-Furūsiyyah]

This life of jihād is not possible until you pack and move to the Khilāfah.

HIJRAH AND JIHAD


Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,

“HIJRAH WILL NOT CEASE AS LONG AS THERE IS JIHAD”

[Musnad Ahmad]

Allah’s Messenger (Sallallāhu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) said,

“SHAYTĀNSATINWAITFORTHESONOFĀDAM UPON THE ROADS. HE SAT IN WAIT FOR HIM ON THE PATH OF ISLAM AND SAID, ‘WILL YOU ACCEPT ISLAM, AND LEAVE YOUR RELIGION AND THE RELIGION OF YOUR FOREFATHERS AND THEIR FOREFATHERS!’ SO HE DISOBEYED HIM AND ACCEPTED ISLAM.

THEN HE SAT IN WAIT FOR HIM UPON THE PATH OF HIJRAH AND SAID, ‘WILL YOU EMI- GRATE AND ABANDON YOUR LAND AND YOUR SKY? THE MUHĀJIR IS LIKE A HORSE FASTENED BY A ROPE TO A PEG!’ SO HE DISOBEYED HIM AND EMIGRATED.

THEN HE SAT IN WAIT FOR HIM UPON THE PATH OF JIHĀD AND SAID, ‘IT’S EXHAUSTION OF ONESELF AND ONE’S WEALTH; YOU’LL FIGHT AND BE KILLED. YOUR WIFE WILL BE MARRIED [AFTER YOU], AND YOUR WEALTH WILL BE DI- VIDED.’ SO HE DISOBEYED HIM AND PER- FORMED JIHĀD.

WHOEVER DOES THIS OF THEM AND THEN DIES OR IS KILLED OR DROWNS OR IS STOMPED UPON TO DEATH BY HIS RIDING ANIMAL, IT IS THEN INCUMBENT UPON ALLAH TO ENTER HIM INTO JANNAH.”

[Musnad Ahmad]