First of all I wish to take this opportunity to wish all Muslims Salam Maal Hijrah leaving behind 1434 ushering 1435 based on Islamic Calendar with a new white book venturing into new year with refreshing body,spirit and soul collectively! Alhamdulillah.
So while we celebrating Hijrah, it’s not enough to merely recount the history of Hijrah. Rather, we need to look and review our pattern of living today, wherever we are, through the periscope of the principles laid down by the noble Prophet Muhammad SAW.
When we talk about nation-building, a common idea that comes to our minds is the creation of national paraphernalia that can help to solidify and unite the people. In actual fact, nation-building is the whole process of constructing or structuring a national identity using the power of the state.
This process aims at the unification of the people within the state so that it remains politically, economically and socially stable. In effect, this process will make the nation become strong and resistant in the long run. A nation is perceived to be doing well when it is able to defend itself against the internal and external threats that aim to weaken the foundations of society.
As we can see in his practice upon arrival in Madinah, The Prophet did not seek to have the Muslims become a parasite on the society, trying to consume and exhaust the benefits that the host state provided, despite the fact that the generosity and hospitality shown were extremely abundant. On the contrary, the Prophet sought, first and foremost, to demonstrate to the host people that the newcomers were not there to overtake the land or expropriate its resources, nor did they have any purpose of granting themselves any kind of preferential treatment at the expense of the original inhabitants.
By crafting document that many experts, ancient and contemporary, describe as the first Bill of Rights or Charter or perfect standard for the modern constitutions, the early Muslims, led by the Prophet transformed the migration into a proper vehicle for the creation of a well-integrated society where migrants and host people live side by side in peace and prosperity. And this later became a guiding principle for the early Muslims in their other migrations as they sought to spread the light of dakwah elsewhere in the Arabian Peninsula and other regions.
Let us celebrate the diversities that exist in our society as something that enriches the nation. We need to know each other better, set aside prejudices and stand upon the spirit of muhibbah that was inherited to us by our forefathers. It was done out of trust and sheer belief that the future generation will continue to uphold this important legacy and enjoy living peacefully and in harmony with one another.