if at the national level the way of life, economy, penalty and punishment one not those prescribed by Allah, then it cannot be judged as Tawheed, it is Sherk and Kufr. For this reason alone, despite hearing profound faith in Allah and Ebrahim (AS), belief in the Kaaba to be the House of Allah, saying their prayers, observing fast, performing Hajj, sacrificing in His Name and starting any new thing in Allah’s name – the Arabs of that time were Moshreks and Kafers. It was to bring them into the folds of the all encompassing Tawheed, that Allah sent the Messenger . The present day ‘Muslim’ population in an almost identical scenario, believe wholeheartedly in Allah as the Creator and sustainer of the universe, Lord of life and death yet in their collective, national life they do not abide by the guidelines, the way of life as prescribed by Him. The Arab Moshreks followed the guidelines the clergy of their gods and goddesses provided them with and in case of the present day Muslims, the new forms of gods and goddesses are democracy, socialism, secularism, monarchy, fascism. The clergy that they adhere to are the guidelines provided by Jews and Christians. The only difference is La’at, Uzza, Manat and Habal were idols of wood, stone and clay. Whereas today’s idols are those of ‘isms’ not tangible. However, the worship of the idols of ‘isms’ are far greater Sherk and Kufr because the intention of worshipping the stone idols was that they would bring the worshipper closer to Allah, help them gain proximity to Him – Qur’an, Sura Yunus – 18. “We only serve them in order that they may bring us nearer to Allah” – Qur’an, Sura ZOmar: 3 – this is what the Arabs said about the worship. Whereas in today’s world the adherence and acceptance of the ‘isms’ have nothing whatsoever to with Him, in fact are opposed to Allah altogether, ‘Tagut’ in His words. It is rather believed that Allah’s/God’s area of dominion is the personal and spiritual sides of human existence; the national and collective arena is best governed by humans themselves. Then wherein is the difference between the Allah believing idol–worshippers among whom the Messenger was sent and the present day Allah fearing defacto Moshrek population? The Qur’an bears testimony that one can still be a Moshrek, despite belief in Allah – “And most of them believe not in Allah without associating (others as partners) with Him – Qur’an, Sura Yusuf: 106.
The meaning of Hejrat is not only to migrate from one place to another the literal meaning is also to sever relations, to disown a group, as well as to migrate to another place from one’s homeland – (Concise Islamic Encyclopedia 2nd part page – 560–6; Islamic Foundation.] The people who brought faith on the Tawheed, the message of truth brought by the Messenger of Allah among the Moshrek Arabs, understood its importance and joined him, they first distanced themselves, engaged in Hejrat, from the Sherk and Kufr prevalent all around them. From that time till they migrated physically to Yathirb, they performed two types of Hejrat. Firstly, although they maintained business relations with them, within their hearts they distanced themselves, disowned their group and refrained from performing ‘Ebadah’ with the Moshreks. And secondly they formed their own group, their own brotherhood with the Messenger of Allah at the centre. Thirteen years later the band of Mo’mens performed the third Hejrah, which was the migration to Madina. From then onwards till the gain of Makkah 9 years later, these was no need of the third type of Hejrah, but the necessity of the first two types remained and still does. Whenever there is distortion among the Deen and the majority of the population walks that misguided route, those whom Allah in His Mercy bring to the right guidance, to Serat–ul–Mustaqeem, must follow the Messenger of Allah and his companions (RA) and migrate within their hearts and their minds, perform Hejrah, meaning distancing themselves, from the gone-astray general mass. The need necessity of this type of Hejrah will never cease.
The role and situation of Hezbut Tawheed today is similar to that of the Messenger of Allah and his companions (RA) within the Allah believing, yet Moshrek Arabs of fourteen hundred years ago. At that time, the Messenger of Allah and his followers called the Arabs to the all encompassing Tawheed; as true Ummah of himself, Hezbut Tawheed too in engaged in similar activities. Echoing the Messenger of Allah and his followers in their non–participation with Moshreks in matters related to the Deen, in not performing any Ebadah with them, as people trying to become true Ummat–e–Mohammadi, Hezbut Tawheed too has to refrain from similar activities. Otherwise, the Messenger of Allah’s sunnah will not be adhered to and no help from Allah can be expected to come this way in the cause of establishing the Deen of Allah. The Messenger of Allah has said, “Hejrat will not end till the time of Tawba is over, and Tawba will not end till the sun rises from where it is supposed to set”, [Muauriyal (RA) Ahmed, Abu Daud, Darimee]. One of the signs of ‘Keyamah’ doomsday is the rising of the sun from the west. After that, no Tawba will be accepted. Therefore, the scope of Hejrah will remain till ‘Keyamah’, just as the need for Jihad will not end till Keyamah (Hadis).
Jihad – fi–sabilil Allah. This final responsibility of Mo’mens, believers, is the aim and goal of the last four. The previous four hold no value, no importance if the fifth one is not fulfilled.