Dr. Zohurul Hoque & Husain Nuri
9:20 Those who believe and migrate and struggle in the way of Allah with their wealth and their lives, have the highest rank in the sight of Allah. And these are themselves the winners.
9:20 The term hijrah (lit. migration, exodus) derived from the verb hajara (lit. he migrated) is used in the Qur'ân in two implications. One is the historical migration of the Prophet and his companions from Makkah to Madinah, and the other is the spiritual connotation, 'forsaking the domain of evil and migrating towards the God.' It may be noted that after the conquest of Makkah, the physical migration to Madinah ceased to be obligatory to the contemporary Muslims; therefore, hijrah does not always imply physical migration from the land of evil, but also suggest migration from evil towards God without leaving ones home. It is in this spiritual sense migrating from evil towards righteousness continues to be central requirement in Islam (cf. 2:218; 4:97; 16:110; 22:78; 29:6; 49:15; 61:11).
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