This time we discuss about “hijrah”, an Arabic term which implies a move towards the better (point) in life. Hijrah starts with the desire to improve oneself. For hijrah to be blessed by Him, we need to refer to His rules. The rules of The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.
The definition of God as the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful, which implies God as Love is universally accepted. The ‘correct’ way of living is thus by radiating such love in every second of life. That we always do good deeds, full of love, to all.
The components of hijrah are remembrance (of God) and thankfulness. The implementation is by consistently acting out of love as described by the Holy Book. The output is taqwa (awareness of God as one moves through life) and good deeds.
The remembrance of God is the true meaning of “shalat”, prayer. To remember (His dos and donts), to do what He has asked us to do and to avoid what He has forbid us to do. To remember as much as we can every second of our life.
Thankfulness for all the blessings we have: the body, the soul (the sight, hearing, touch, feeling, smell and thoughts). By using them and taking care of them as best as we can.
The Holy Book Al Qur’an is used as the main guidance in life. To be read, studied, understood, applied and shared. Muhammad has created quite a comprehensive reminder system (the five pillars of Islam, Adzan, Iqamah) to help us remember at all times.
The Hijrah is a lifetime process. This is fortitude. The true Jihad. As best as we can. It is all a process.
[There was an interesting conversation about mosque. As with the misconception in shalat, there is a misconception about mosque (masjid in Arabic). The word masjid means a place to bow. Conceptually speaking, the place for one to bow resides within one’s heart.
So God’s true ‘home’ is within the heart of the believer. The act of remembrance of God is done within one’s own heart (masjid). I like this concept ☺.]
Full note (in Indonesian) can be downloaded from here.