Migration and Community Building, Dr Emdad Khan, Ottawa


Migration and Community Building, Dr Emdad Khan, Ottawa

Migration of early Muslims and our own migration

ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَهَاجَرُواْ وَجَـٰهَدُواْ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ بِأَمۡوَٲلِهِمۡ وَأَنفُسِہِمۡ أَعۡظَمُ دَرَجَةً عِندَ ٱللَّهِ‌ۚ وَأُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمُ ٱلۡفَآٮِٕزُونَ (٢٠) يُبَشِّرُهُمۡ رَبُّهُم بِرَحۡمَةٍ۬ مِّنۡهُ وَرِضۡوَٲنٍ۬ وَجَنَّـٰتٍ۬ لَّهُمۡ فِيہَا نَعِيمٌ۬ مُّقِيمٌ (٢١) خَـٰلِدِينَ فِيہَآ أَبَدًا‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ عِندَهُ ۥۤ أَجۡرٌ عَظِيمٌ۬ (٢٢)

Surah Al-Tawba9: 20-22: Those who believe and have left their homes and striven with their wealth and their lives in Allah’s way are of much greater status in Allah’s sight. These are they who are successful (20) Their Lord giveth them good tidings of mercy from Him, and acceptance, and Gardens where enduring pleasure will be theirs; (21) There they will abide forever. Indeed! with Allah there is immense reward. (22)

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: Embracing Islam wipes out all sins which were committed before it and making Hijrah also erases all the sins that were committed before it.”

Plan/ Execute of Migration: Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) planned and executed by relying on Allah swt. He consulted his plan to Abu Bakr, (RA) and even appointed a non-Muslim guide We should have our plan, as we are now in Ottawa Canada

Muslim Community Development: Aim Migration & Companions

 1st Intention: three reasons: 1) seeking the bounties of Allah(swt), 2) please Allah(swt) , 3)support the faith  and 4) support His messenger . If we migrated safety, money and education, we should change to serve Allah (swt) and to establish Islam by building masjid with community center

 2nd step Build Masjid with services: School/Quran learning with Social services: build a masjid. With community services but fill it with multiethnic people and provide   School and Quran learning and social services – if the masjid is empty then our hearts are empty.

3rd step Mentors, Brotherhood: Muhajirs and Ansar’s, Identity:  welcome multiethnic Muslims as a family unit, brothers, sisters, kids. Develop the brotherhood between the mujahedeen and Al-Ansar. Important brotherhood was needed than anything else. The mujahedeen need of material help and Al-Ansar needed a new identity to hold educational and spiritual sessions in the Prophet’s masjid. Social celebrations and gatherings—such as weddings—took place in the masjid. As brothers in Islam our masjids must welcome all ethnicity or fqih

 4th  step Madinah Treaty Identify and Citizenship: make a treaty with the Jewish tribes of Madinah.  guaranteed freedom of worship, a school and synagogue in Madinah.   He allowed Nazran Christina to stay and worship Christian faith. Peaceful Co-Existence: multi ethnic & multi  faith communities

5th  step Good relation and welcome Non-Muslims and Multi Ethnicity: Develop a strong community is to have healthy and normal relations with your non-Muslim neighbors. Not divided on different cultures and ethnicities.

6th  step Attract Kids and Sisters, Youths? Plant Build Masjid with Community Center integrated?? One of the challenges we have today is how to transfer Islam to our children- especially for Muslims living in a non-Muslim environment.

7th  step: Our Children education: Lessons from Prophet Yaqub and Ibrahim: Three things will help us after our death: Our Righteous Children: your children you benefit them as well as yourselves  both secular and Islamic

 8th Canadian Citizenship: Canadian Muslims our identity: Prophet Muhammad and his Companions from Makkah loved and cared about Madinah  the same way they cared  about Makkah, Now Canada is our madina

9th Peaceful Co-Existence: Inter community & Inter faith: Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his Companions established good relations with other communities living in Madinah. There was a large Jewish community as well as some other Arab tribes who had not accepted Islam. The Prophet (PBUH) prepared a covenant or a constitution) for organizing relations between these communities, Muslims and non-Muslims. Protection of life and property, and freedom of thought and of worship were guaranteed.

10th Developing the Community: Cleaning, Water systems, agriculture, trade: Before Hijrah, Yathrib was a polluted city.  We should participate also in Ottawa City/hospitals  all volunteer activities: a) Cleaning the City:  b) Water System in the City:   c) Agriculture and Gardening:  d) Poverty Eradication d) Safety, Security, Law and Order

Conclusions: Hijrah teaches us that wherever Muslims go, they should work for both moral and material goodness of the society working with multiethnic, bother brothers, sisters, youths as a unified family unit. Also work in a harmonious way with murti faith groups.

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