The Hijrah of the Heart

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Before making hijrah with our actions we should first make hijrah in our hearts. But what is the hijrah of the heart? Is it an exodus from what trespasses our sensibilities? Or is it to embody a holistic framework for our presence in the world? The latter is more comprehensive and the hijrah we aspire to.

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Hijrah to Home

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When you see people becoming too greedy, following their own desires, and sticking each to his opinion; then stay at home, keep silent, take what you know and leave what you do not know. Care only about yourself and forget about the common people.

Messenger Muhammad ﷺ

In the last decade we have witnessed unprecedented greed. We have consumed vast stores of the earth’s treasures and yet our desires remain unsatiated. Political parties are at odds, religious strife abounds, and war is on the rise.

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The Hijrah Narrative

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Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

― Emma Lazarus

Building community is a process. We cannot will it into existence, rather we craft community slowly over time, experience by experience. It’s a dynamic process that can be guided by bylaws but best realized through love.

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