By Vincent J. Truglia
As we watch the tens of thousands of refugees now entering Europe, you would have to lack humanity if you didn’t feel for their plight. However, in a relatively few years, Europe will be inundated with a large minority, many of whom will be intent on turning Western Europe into an Islamic Europe.
For those who say this is simply hysterical xenophobia, I invite you to explore the Muslim tradition of Hijra, or the migration by faithful Muslims to foreign lands with the intent of turning those lands into Muslim lands. If you think that this is simply scaremongering, I invite you to read an article much of which is copied below, which appeared in the Saudi Gazette, not your typical anti-muslim rag.
The Significance of Hijra
Hijra (migration), an important principle in Islam, has played a significant role in Islamic history. It might be described as an uninterrupted process, beginning in the very early days of Islam, and continuing right up to the present day. Hijra means, literally, to leave one’s homeland and settle in another place. In Islam, this self-exile is not just a matter of moving from one place to another. And it is not meant to serve any material interests; it is meant rather to be undertaken for the sake of Allah: in other words, for some higher purpose.
Hijra has always had, and still has a great role to play in the process of da’wah [Introducing Muslims and non-Muslims to knowledge of Islam]. Some examples from Islamic history will demonstrate this….
There, and wherever else they went, they engaged in da’wah work, and that is why there are now more than one billion Muslims spread across the globe. They intensified their missionary activities to such an extent that they were able to transform entire societies. Eventually whole nations changed their faith, their culture and even their languages. Before the coming of Islam, the Egyptians spoke the Coptic language, but now their mother tongue is Arabic.
In Syria, Syriac was the lingua franca, but this has been replaced by Arabic which has become the first language. The same happened in the case of the Berber language in Libya. In Palestine, Hebrew was commonly spoken, but with the great changes which took place there, the entire populace of Palestine began to speak in Arabic (i.e. up until 1958). It was this Hijra of the Companions after the Prophet’s death which brought into existence this vast Islamic domain, now commonly referred to as the Arab World. This process of da’wah, of which there are many outstanding examples, took place everywhere. This brings us to the third example, that of Spain. After the collapse of Muslim rule in Spain, there was much hostility toward and oppression of the Muslims. As a result, they had to flee to the adjacent lands of North Africa. It is this Hijra from Spain which led to the Islamization of North Africa. If North Africa is now an Islamic territory, the credit must go to those Muslims who migrated from Spain. The fourth example is that of the Indian subcontinent, to which, as is well known, there came many Muslims who had left their own countries – Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, etc. Once there, they engaged themselves, sometimes directly and sometimes indirectly, in da’wah work. It is thanks to their great efforts that approximately half of the total world Muslim population lives on the subcontinent. There is a fifth example of Hijra, i.e. the exodus from most of the Muslim countries to the US, Australia and the European countries. It has been estimated that there are at present about 20 million Muslim migrants. A whole new phase in da’wah work has been started by this universal migration. Access has been gained to Western countries by the large-scale settlement of Muslims there. Thousands and thousands of new mosques and Islamic centers are being built by these migrant Muslims. Every day there are meetings and conferences on Islamic subjects. There is widespread interaction between Muslims and non-Muslims, so that wittingly or unwittingly, Islam is being introduced into these non-Muslim host countries. The results of this Hijra are visible everywhere, and the local people – both blacks and whites – are embracing Islam day in and day out.
All that remains to be done is to accelerate this process by engaging in da’wah work in a disciplined manner. In the early days of Islam, the Companions of the Prophet adopted a single and natural formula – one man, two missions. On the one hand, they earned their livelihood, and the other hand, they undertook da’wah work. This “one man, two missions” formula has to be acted upon with equal zeal by present-day Muslim migrants, so that history may repeat itself and Islam may once again be accorded a position of glory in the modern world. – Taken from alrisala.org
How the West and the rest of the world will deal with this modern Hijra is, as of yet, unknown. Just one year ago, who would have thought Europe would be the destination for masses of Muslim immigrants? Although many commentators in the West poke fun of Hungary’s Prime Minister when he speaks about “Christian Europe” being at risk, he is nonetheless quite correct. Maybe Europeans no longer care. If so, Islam will prevail there. To the victor belongs the spoils.
As always, Clear and Candid.