When we think about our hijrah, we start to list a series of things that we ‘wish’, almost ‘want’ before even moving to dar al-Islam.
The list could be long: first of all I want to live in THIS city, I cannot live anywhere else in Algeria, otherwise I prefer to stay in Europe (Allahul Must’an). I want a house, I cannot live in a flat…. my children have to attend a school that is 100% on the manhaj… my husband has to work during the day, not long hours please otherwise we won’t be able to see him … and the list could be even longer. We ask Allah to guide us and purify our niya.
But WHY we make hijrah, what for?
This is what we read in the famous hadith of the niya (intention), the hadith that talks about hijrah, the first hadith an-Nawawi:
Umar ibn Al-Khattab reported, The Messenger of Allah, sallaAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said:
إِنَّمَا الْأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّةِ وَإِنَّمَا لِامْرِئٍ مَا نَوَى فَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ لِدُنْيَا يُصِيبُهَا أَوْ امْرَأَةٍ يَتَزَوَّجُهَا فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى مَا هَاجَرَ إِلَيْهِ
Verily, deeds are only with intentions. Verily, every person will have only what they intended. So whoever emigrated to Allah and His Messenger, then his emigration is for Allah and His Messenger. Whoever emigrated to get something in the world or to marry a woman, then his emigration is for whatever he emigrated for.
It is really really important to study this hadith in order to understand the real reasons behind our hijrah. We don’t do it for our husband, for our children, for our in laws, for our friends, for our sisters in Islam, we do it for Allah and His Messenger (his Sunnah). We understand the reality of applying the tawhid, to leave everything behind from this dunya and move in a completely different country for His sake ONLY.
Also some of us think that in Algeria there is ‘ilm (knowledge) only in Algiers, that the sisters on the manhaj are only there, that we can find halaqas only in Algiers. It’s not like this dear sisters. Let’s not forget that one of the most famous Shuyukh is in Ghardaia (in the desert!) and that we are not in Europe where we can go online, google and find all the durus we want in this or that masjid. Here is about asking the right people, the right community, the right questions. Let’s keep the real niya for our hijrah always in our heart and mind or we could end up just gossiping about other people and forget the reason behind our hijrah. May Allah protect us from all that!.
Shaikh Muqbil rahimahullah used to say to his students that if he could, he would pour knowledge in a glass for them but knowledge can be gained only working hard (Nubdhah Mukhtasarah, 44].
Hijrah is not easy but it’s not hard either! Allah will test our ikhlas and our patience, we will learn the real meaning of patience.
On a sisters only forum about hijrah in Algeria, once I read a sister saying: “Hijrah will make you a better wife, a better mother and a better sister in Islam”. We ask Allah to make us better muslimat, help us to have patience, purify our niya and guide us until the end.