A path to spiritual and personal growth

During Mar Hijra (Awwal Muharah), a time of reflection and renewal in the Islamic calendar, we learn how embracing the principles of Muwasafat Talbiyah strengthens personal integrity, community service, and alignment with God’s guidance.

Accepting Hijras

“Hijra That is important; ISIS condones it. ISIS committed a crime. “Islam exists to fulfill obligations.”

“I believe in all of you. Kita Sambut Mar Hijra; those who follow the Islamic faith. Don’t give up anymore.”

The above verses will be resounding on radio and television stations every time Mar Hijra or Awal Muharram is celebrated.

The word “Hijra” is of Arabic origin and means moving to a new place, state, or nature.

This means that Muslims who intend to make the hijra (emigrate) are leaving behind adverse living conditions, a lifestyle that is contrary to Islamic teachings, and a profession that is contrary to religious principles, and are seeking Allah’s forgiveness and mercy.

Verse 218 of Surah Al-Baqarah states, “Those who believed, and those who emigrated, and those who fought in the way of Allah – it is they who hope for Allah’s mercy, and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”

There are many inspirational benefits to performing Hijrah in life as explained and promised by Allah in the Quran.

An article published in Harian Metro on August 4, 2023 quoted the Vice Dean for Student Affairs at the Academy of Modern Islamic Studies at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) as saying that migrants will be rewarded by Allah, find open space and be guaranteed a livelihood. Those who perform hijra will have no worries and will receive greater benefits in this world and the hereafter.

Furthermore, those who emigrate will have their sins forgiven and will be accepted into heaven because of their sacrifice (moving from unbelievers to believers for the sake of good).

In addition, if one dies during the Hijrah, they are guaranteed a large salary and living expenses.

A person who performs the Hijrah has a higher status and position in the sight of Allah than one who provides water to a pilgrim performing the Hajj.

Use Muwasafat Tarbiya as your guide

But how can migration be steered in a more positive direction? What guidelines should be followed?

To develop good Muslim character, one must possess the following ten muwasafat tarbiyah (standards):

• Pure Faith (Salimul Aqida)

A Muslim who has a pure faith has a close relationship with Allah and will not stray from the path of Allah. For example, a person with a pure faith will not consult fortune tellers or seek help from those who ask the jinn for help.

• True Worship (Sahihul Ibadah)

A Muslim must perform acts of worship that uplift the mind and soul, always behave in a correct manner, understand what is halal and what is haram, and avoid excess in any area of ​​life.

• Virtuous deeds (Matinul Kuruku)

A Muslim must always act and think with integrity in his dealings with Allah and His creation, including not being arrogant, standing up for his position, not committing fraud, not taking oaths, loving his juniors and respecting his elders, keeping promises, and keeping secrets.

• Independence (qodirun alal kasbi)

Even wealthy Muslims need to work, but material possessions and worldly status should not be their priority. In addition, all Muslims need to develop certain skills to avoid becoming overly dependent on others to solve their problems.

• Knowledgeable (mutsaqqaful fikri)

One of the important elements of a Muslim’s character is the ability to think intelligently. The Messenger of Allah possessed this quality (fatna).

• Healthy body (Kawiyul Jisumi)

A physically strong Muslim is able to fully practice the teachings of Islam thanks to his healthy body. In addition to participating in struggles (in the path of Allah), Islamic practices such as prayer, fasting, zakat and hajj require a strong and healthy physique.

• Resisting temptation (Mujahadatun Linafsihi)

One of the essential qualities for a Muslim is the ability to resist temptation, because everyone has both good and bad tendencies. It takes seriousness to practice the good tendencies and avoid the bad ones. Therefore, it is necessary to align one’s desires with Islamic principles through discipline and dedication.

• Well organized (munazhzhamun fi syuunihi)

The Quran and Sunnah emphasize the importance of a Muslim’s systematic character in all matters.

• Proper time management (Harishn Ala Waktihi)

Time is fleeting and will never come back. Therefore, every Muslim must manage his time well to make the most of it and not waste it. In a hadith narrated by Ibn Abbas and narrated by al-Hakim, Prophet Muhammad advised: “Make good use of five out of five: youth before old age, health before sickness, wealth before poverty, leisure before busyness, and life before death.”

• Being beneficial to others (Naafiun Ligoilich)

It means that wherever he is, those in his immediate vicinity will know of him because of his immense value. So that Muslims can continue to make a positive contribution to society, they should always be exploring their options, making the necessary preparations, and striving to be helpful in any given situation.

So on this Awra Muharram, let us Muslims look at our lives. Have we been on the right path or have we strayed from it? If we have strayed, let us make hijrah to the path that is pleasing to Allah.

However, we must remember that the challenge of a hijra is not just in the initial stages, but also in maintaining istikama (steadfastness on the right path). As my religious teacher once said, “Istikama is painful precisely because heaven is beautiful.”

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