Reports show that we are witnessing the highest level of human movement ever recorded. About 258 million people, or one in every 30, were living outside their country of birth in 2017, according to UN DESA reports. That’s an increase of 49% since estimates taken in 2000. Throughout history, man has either voluntarily or forcibly moved from one area to another in a quest for benefit or an escape from harm. The specific reasons are innumerable. 

A couple of years ago, I tutored a feminist humans rights activist from a local NGO, who too was living outside of her country of birth. During our sessions we spoke about many contemporarily and sometimes controversial issues and surprisingly we agreed on many topics. A discussion on migration arose and she was baffled to hear that there are people, in the 21st century, who are relocating for religious reasons. Honestly, I thought she was about to interview me and some friends and put together some award winning thesis report for a doctorate or something.

I believe that I live in one of the most Islamic countries in the world and definitely not one of the wealthiest. Yet I’m always surprised at the amount of foreign faces I see here, looking primarily for dunya.

On this page, the topic is man’s migration towards Allaah and His Messenger (peace be upon him). We’ll cover the meaning of Hijrah, the different types of it, its objectives, and other issues pertaining to it, bi idhnillah.

And with Allâh is our success.