1st Muharram 1432 Hijriah. Few days later will be the Islamic new year, it states that 1432 years ago, Rasulullah salallahu alaihi wasalam left Mecca and moved to Medina. This event became the basis for calculating the year Hijri. Once, i thought the event happened only to escape persecution and to defend the faith. But apparently, more lessons are taught by us looking back to that event.
Hijrah is the term that is used to explain the activities done by a person or society move away from bad towards better things. Thus, hijra would happen if someone/society are leaving something and towards something else. It is both valid to be called for moving from a place or a habit. For example: if someone leaves the habit of smoking, then this could be called a hijra.
Many lessons we can learn from the hijra history of the Prophet salallahu alaihi wasalam. In his book, Membumikan Al-Qur’an, Quraish Shihab, listed a few lessons we can learn :
When Abu Bakr heard the news about hijra, he was very excited and immediately bought two camels and he handed one of them over to the Holy Prophet as a gift. However, the Prophet refused. After Abu Bakr insisted, the Prophet finally agreed to buy it. The fact is, before and after the events of hijrah, the Prophet often receive the gift from Abu Bakr.
The lesson we can learn from this is, that to achieve something big must have been difficult, and it takes sacrifice. By paying the camel, the Prophet taught us that to serve God Subhaana Wa Ta’ala, we should not overlook any abilities, so long as we have the ability to execute the action.
2. The Meaning of Life
When the Prophet was about to leave for Medina, the Prophet his nephew ‘Ali bin Abi Talib, to defraud the musyrik by lying in bed while covered in blanket. May God Subhaana Wa Ta’ala bless him, ‘Ali bin Abi Talib was agreed to do it. With this willingness, ‘Ali is actually been committed to hand over his body and soul to defend the religion of Allah.
Life is not just about breathing. There are people who have been buried, but in the Quran, they are told to be alive and even receive sustenance;
“Think not of those who are slain in God’s way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord; ” [Al ‘Imran (3): 169]
Indeed, there is no meaning to live in this world if one is not aware of the greater obligations greater than anything in this world. Everyone who has faith must believe and realize that there is more beautiful place than this life on Earth.
3. Tawakal and Taqwa
When the Holy Prophet and Abu Bakr ra Tsur hiding in caves and pursuers they have stood in cave entrance, the Prophet soothe the troubled, saying: “Do not worry and do not be sad, Allah is with us.” Then about one-half year after the hijrah, in the battle of Badr, Abu Bakr’s turn to soothe the worried Prophet.
Two different attitude of the Prophet and Abu Bakr taught us some deep lessons in religious life. Two of these events required two different psychiatric and exemplified by the Prophet with a very perfect attitude. The lessons we can learn are tawakal and taqwa.
Commands on doing hijra came without warnings , no time to be prepared (in the long term before the hijra). Therefore, the command must be executed with the belief that whatever will happen, it will be God’s choice, so no need to dither, scared, or sad.
Unlike the condition of the battle of Badr, the Prophet has been ordered to get ready to face the enemy. The Prophet’s doubt at the time was about the preparation that has been done so far. If his doubt was true then he was worry that he can mislead people.
Surely there are many more lessons and wisdom of the history of hijra. So it is just fair that Umar ibn al-Khattab made it as the beginning of the Islamic calendar.
Happy Islamic New Year! May Allah subhana wa taala help us to hijra into a better person in His eyes. Amen.