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Hijrat: The Islamic Psychology of Migration

  • Sajaudeen ChapparbanEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_200184-1

Was not the earth of Allah wide spacious enough for you to emigrate therein? – Quran (4:97).

Hijrat” is an Arabic word, derived from “ hijr,” means “to depart.” It is also used for “to shift” or “abandonment.” In Islam, it generally means “to give up one’s own land” or “to migrate from one place to another place” mostly for the sake of Deen/faith and Allah. Hijrat as a term came into prominence from the Hijrat (migration) of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH and his followers from Mecca to the city of Medina in 622 A.D. The Islamic almanac starts from this remarkable event in the history. It counts years in “Hijri” as in Alexandrian CE/AD. Various interpretations of this term by different Islamic scholars has given multiplicity to its meanings. Enaytulla Subhani in his biography of Prophet, Mohammad-e-Arabi writes, “Leaving home and place for the sake of God is and settling in other place is called Hijrat” ( translation is mine 175). Thomas Patric-Huges in his Dictionary of Islamwrites, Hijrat...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Studies of DiasporaCentral University of GujaratGandhinagarIndia