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Concept of Hijrat and its Modern Interpretation.

Hijrat is a mammoth sacrifice and deed that is solely undertaken for the sake of Islam. Hijrat is defined as emigration from home or place to another land or place for the sake of Allah. Its context and cause however, are different and should be understood deeply and minutely. Hijrat during the time of Prophet (PBUH) was circumstantial due to unbearable cruelties and obstacles made by Mushrekeen-e-Mecca (Non-believer in Mecca). Also, Prophet Muhammad did not emigrate at his own, but he was compelled to emigrate as he had the responsibility to protect Islam. Today the concept of Hijrat is not applied on anyone according to authentic Islamic principles and doctrines. Those migrating to Syria or Iraq for joining ISIS must realise that by doing such act, they are not performing Hijrat but committing great sin. After migrating, they kill innocent people which is strictly forbidden in Islam.

The Quranic verse (4:97) motivates people, who are being oppressed and deprived, to emigrate from their places and houses to the land which is peaceful and prosperous, a place where they can earn their livelihood properly and respectfully. However, this phenomenon in modern terminology is referred to as globalisation. People migrate from their countries to other countries in search of livelihood, prosperity, peace and better facilities. In search of livelihood and better life, migration from one place to another place is permitted and constituted in Islam. On the other hand, some people migrate from their peaceful country to join extremist and radical groups to kill innocent people in the name of jihad and safety of Islam; they try to compare their emigration with that of Prophet’s emigration which is an absolute misunderstanding and erroneous comprehension.

As far as Indian Muslims are concerned, though, it is pertinent to mention that they did have choice to emigrate to Pakistan at the time of partition, yet their ancestors opted to stay in India as they knew that their religion, culture, creed, home, land and livelihood are entirely safe in India. In the prevailing scenario & in the light of Islam, Indian Muslims should not emigrate to another country for joining radical groups and people who falsely claim to protect Islam. Extremists name this as emigration for jihad which is not even remotely related to the original Hijrat. Hijrat for doing Jihad has a flawed notion as armed jihad can only be announced by a ruler of an Islamic nation. Similarly, Hijrat in Islam had different meaning and context in 7th century and today. Therefore, all Indian Muslims should understand the meaning of Hijrat and Jihad rationally and proficiently for making their community prosperous and safe. By doing this they will be able to defend their own motherland India rather than joining extremist people with violent mind sets.

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