When we bring up the story of Hijra, we should realise the commitment of determination of the Prophet, who remained steadfast in leading the propagation and change of the community. Even though he faced many obstacles and tribulations, but under the leadership of the Prophet, Muslims stand steadfast to the principle and believed in Allah SWT.
The Hijra incident certainly opened a new dimension in the history of Islamic civilisation. Sentiments and communalism based on tribes, which thickened among the Arabs at the time, was successfully torn and broken down.
The migration of Muslims from Mecca to Medina marked the beginning of a new era in the development of Islam. The consolidation of the Asnar and Muhajjirin was the starting point of building a civil society and government based on the principle of al-Adli wal ihsan (justice and spirituality).
Thus, the appreciation of the Hijra should be sown through the understanding of the philosophy of reforms promoted by Prophet Muhammad. Large voids in the matter of mannerisms which ignore the principles of accountability and transparency should be addressed and corrected.
Wastage and leakages which have become a culture in governance practices cannot be allowed to continue. Changes cannot be achieved if we continue to be desolate and fatigued. Allah says in the Qur’an:
“Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.”
(Surat Ar-Rad: verse 11)
On behalf of KEADILAN, I wish Salam Ma’al Hijra 1435 to all Muslims in Malaysia. May Allah SWT continue to bestow blessings and guidance for us and give us strength to continue the fight to bring about changes in our beloved country, Malaysia.
Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim
MALAYSIAN PARLIAMENT OPPOSITION LEADER
GENERAL CHIEF of PARTI KEADILAN RAKYAT