CELEBRATING THE HIJRIAH OR HIJRAH NEW YEAR
By Ustaz Syed Hasan Alatas
Translation by Radzi Sapiee
The Hijrah, Prophet Muhammad SAW’s migration to the city of Madinah, formerly known as Yathrib was very instrumental to the spread of Islam. The Prophet’s Hijrah has managed to consolidate all available strengthsw, starting with the peace made between the local tribes Aus and Khazraj who have been at odds with each other for hundreds of years.
The Prophet SAW also managed to unify the strength of the Muhajirins, those who migrated with him to Madinah along with that of the Ansaars, the welcoming local populace by making them brothers with each other. Thus the Hijrah resulted in the consolidatioon of all tribes and races, some from different religions . Then the Prophet created the Madinah Accord where all of them regardless of religion agreed to work together under ther his leadership in protecting Madinah from any enemy attack. Under the accord all are free to practice their respective religions.
Soon enough Islam began to spread wide on to Mecca where the Prophet was born before extending its light to the whole of Arabia and the rest of the world. Preaching would meet success and Islam accepted in good faith as long as we are able to prove that those who practice Islam could be made the best examples in all field.
Allah said in the Quran: "Your are the best of communities, born for mankind, advocating righteousness while forbidding wrongs, and believe in Allah."
Spreading the religion is a duty for all Muslims according to their respective abilities and capabilties. Those who have knowledge spread it through knowledge, those with riches contribute a portion of their possessions for Islam. Likewise those who have energy contribute some for the cause. The momentous event that is the Hijrah has shown that by virtue of working together along with the sacrifies made by Muslims of that time, all difficulties could be dealt with together and the Muslims indeed became a foremost community which should be emulated by all.
All the related events which makes up the Hijrah could be used as examples to improve the condition of the Muslims today and on until we become the exemplary community of choice again. For this to happen all parties must work together hard and continously until the best becomes a reality.