Striving against oneself

Fadalah ibn Ubaid reported: I heard the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم saying:

The one who strives in the way of Allah the Exalted is he who strives against his soul.” {Saheeh At-Tirmidhi: 1621. Graded Saheeh by Sheikh Al-Albaani}

In explanation of this Hadeeth, Al-Mubarakpuri رحمه الله said:

“This means he conquers evil inclinations within himself and performs acts of obedience pleasing to Allah and he avoids acts of disobedience. This jihad is the foundation for all other types of jihad, for indeed, if he does not perform this struggle then he cannot struggle against external enemies.” {Sharh Sunan At-Tirmidhi: 1621}

Striving against the evil of oneself is no easy task. If we were to occupy ourselves with just conquering these evil inclinations and performing acts of obedience and distancing ourselves from acts of disobedience, indeed we would be firm enough to stand against any external enemies. As it stands we are so preoccupied with the dunya, satisfying our desires and focusing on the external that we neglect what is truly needed for our self and this in turn leads to the death of the heart as Ibn Al Qayyim رحمه الله states:

“The death of the heart is caused by the lack of reckoning oneself and following one’s desire.” {Al-Igaathah: Vol.1 Page: 157}

We know that if we do not rectify our selves that we will not gain the Aid of Allaah, yet in reality our actions do not reflect a true understanding of this fact.

“That is so because Allah will never change a grace which He has bestowed on a people until they change what is in their ownselves. And verily, Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.” {Surat Al-Anfaal 8:53}

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When we rectify the deficiencies within ourselves, the effect reaches those around us; when we stop looking externally to make sense of the condition of the Ummah and instead look inside ourselves we will gain the good required to rectify the Ummah.

“To think of one’s deficiencies is the key to all the good. It disciplines the soul so that it can live harmoniously.” {Ibn Al-Qayyim. Al-Jawabul Kafi: 182}

The root of all good is At-Tawheed and the root of all evil is Shirk. It is therefore imperative that the ‘Aqeedah be rectified in order that the deeds are correct. Performing actions in abundance while one believes that Allaah is in everything, like some Sufis, or that He is nowhere, like the Asha’ira, makes these actions null and void. Allaah has stated numerous times in the Qur’an that He is above His Throne which is above the skies.

“The Most Beneficent (Allah) Istawa (rose over) the (Mighty) Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty).” {Surat Taha: 5}

It is only when tawheed is established that we can expect to reap its fruits. Once it is firm in our hearts, the limbs will perform actions in accordance. The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“Beware! There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart.” {Saheeh Al-Bukhari: 52}

The Muslim, the true believer rectifies his heart first so that the actions of his limbs are accepted. In the well known hadeeth, A’ishah رضي الله عنها narrates:

“I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, ‘And those who give that (their charity) which they give (and also do other good deeds) with their hearts full of fear.” [23:60] Is this the one who commits adultery, steals and drinks alcohol?’ He said: ‘No, O daughter of Abu Bakr’ – O daughter of Siddiq – rather it is a man who fasts and gives charity and prays, but he fears that those will not be accepted from him.’”

 This is the state of those who realise the gravity of their deeds and how important it is that they are accepted from him. The righteous one performs good while fearing that it will not be accepted, yet the corrupt one commits evil while hoping he will not be recompensed for it. This is why striving with heart and limb against the evil of one’s desire is such a great task and one that should not be taken to lightly. It is as Sheikh Al Mubarakpuri so beautifully states “…if he does not perform this struggle then he can not struggle against external enemies” (quote above)
الحمد لله رب العالمين
We ask Allaah for sincere deeds, done purely for His sake, that are accepted and for the strength and diligence required to constantly struggle against our own evils and the evils that the Shayateen present to us. May the peace and salutation be upon the Final Messenger, his companions and his family.

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The Power of Doing- Part two

Find Part One here

“…O My servants, it is but your deeds that I account for you, and then recompense you for. So he who finds good, let him praise Allah, and he who finds other than that, let him blame no one but himself.”

We know then that our deeds are a reason for a good end or a bad end. They are the reason for our receiving mercy and entrance to Gardens of Bliss, or they are a reason for torment. The responsibility to act is on us, yet we are not and never will we be able to perform enough deeds to “deserve” entrance in to Paradise. It is but a mercy from Allaah as His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم said in the narration by Abu Huraira:

I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying, “The good deeds of any person will not make him enter Paradise.” (i.e., None can enter Paradise through his good deeds.) They (the Prophet’s companions) said, ‘Not even you, O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)?’ He said, “Not even myself, unless Allah bestows His favour and mercy on me.” So be moderate in your religious deeds and do the deeds that are within your ability: and none of you should wish for death, for if he is a good doer, he may increase his good deeds, and if he is an evil doer, he may repent to Allah.” {Saheeh Al-Bukhari: 5673}

It is clear from both hadeeth therefore that it is upon us to ask for guidance and strive in worship but it is Allaah that guides and facilitates us to perform deeds of righteousness:

O My servants, all of you are astray except those whom I have guided, so seek guidance from Me and I shall guide you.

We can not fathom the mercy of Allaah upon His slaves. He is more merciful to us than our mothers; He admits to Paradise those who fulfill His Covenant though He is Free of need. Were He to wish that every one of us went to the Fire then it would not be an injustice as He is the Creator. He recompenses based on our deeds, whether good or bad therefore it is upon us to act:

“So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.

And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.” {Surat Az-Zalzalah 99:7-8}

These actions, whether large or small, must be in accordance to the Shariah, based on the Qur’an and the Sunnah and they must be for the sake of Allaah alone. It is not enough that an action has a good intention, seeking the pleasure of Allaah and His reward, but it is an innovation that neither the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم did, nor his companions, nor the righteous predecessors. The one that commits such an act is making the claim that either he is more knowledgeable about a deed which gets one closer to Allaah than the Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم or that there is an action which the Messenger صلى الله عليه سلم concealed and only the “special Awliya” are aware of these acts. Both premises are dismissed as ignorance as the Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

“If anyone introduces in our matter something which does not belong to it, will be rejected”. {Agreed Upon}

And he صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“I am leaving you upon a (path of) brightness whose night is like its day. No one will deviate from it after I am gone but one who is doomed. Whoever among you lives will see great conflict. I urge you to adhere to what you know of my Sunnah and the path of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs, and cling stubbornly to it. And you must obey, even if (your leader is) an Abyssinian leader. For the true believer is like a camel with a ring in its nose; wherever it is driven, it complies.” {Sunan Ibn Maajah: Book 1 H:45}

There is, therefore, only one way of action that will lead to Paradise and that is the way of the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم. Any action that does not comply with his Sunnah is rejected. In the same way, if an act is from the Sunnah but it is dedicated to other than Allaah, or used to seek nearness to other than Allaah then it is rejected. The act may be small but the Noble Angels are recording. The All-Mighty is Ever-Watching and All-Knowing. He knows the actions of the limbs and the actions of the heart. The power of doing an action, is that be it small or large, difficult or easy, it will all add up on the scales. Mountains, after all, are made up of small stones.

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We can not expect to follow our desires at every turn and neglect the obligations of Allaah upon us and expect that we will not be recompensed accordingly. It is as Ibn-ul Qayyim رحمه الله said:

“The intelligent person perceives forbidden things like a delicious food, which contain fatal poison. Whenever its pleasure arouses his interest, the reality of the poison would push him away from it. Also, he perceives the orders of Allaah as bitter medicine that leads to good health and recovery.” {Al-Fawaa’id (pg. 232 eng. trans)}

Let us not be deceived by the adornments of this worldly life. Let our actions reflect those of the righteous in order that we receive Mercy from The Merciful. We must remember that:

“The Paradise is surrounded by hardships and the Hell-Fire is surrounded by temptations.” {Saheeh Muslim: 2822}

We must remember that both are closer than we anticipate as the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

 “Jannah is nearer to anyone of you than your shoe-lace, and so is the (Hell) Fire”. {Saheeh Al-Bukhari: 6488}

May Allaah make our deeds those of righteousness, our hearts the hearts of the Muttaqeen and may He facilitate us towards evil and protect us from evil. May His Salaah and Salaam be upon the Final Messenger, his family, his companions and all those that follow them in goodness until the Day of Resurrection.

 

Save me!

We will embark upon a Day which shall be the first and last of its kind. A day when the child’s hair will grey, the pregnant woman will miscarry and mankind will be rendered to a drunken way.[1] The day Allaah will tell our Father, Adam, who from his offspring is for the Fire:

“Out of each thousand, take out 999.” [2]

The Day that man will bite his hands in regret and wish he had taken a way with the Messenger [3] (صلى الله عليه وسلم). The Day he will curse himself for sinning in the life which passes like a dream, only to be faced with the consequences for an eternity.

He will cry for destruction when he hears the roars of the Hellfire.[4] One will wish he were turned to dust, as is the fate of the animals on that Day[5]. How far he shall fall from his self regarding greatness, from his self proclaimed status, from his self centred vainness.

We will embark upon a Day in which our only concern will be salvation. Saving ourselves from damnation. Our only concern will be protecting our skin. Forgotten will be our ties of kin[6].

We are driving to our Lord, and this Day is the station. Following its end is but two destinations. Delight or destruction is all there will be. And a cry made in vain from the losers…

“Please… Save me!”

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[1] Surat Al- Haj: 2

[2] Narrated by Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri. Sahih Al- Bukhari

[3] Surat Al-Furqan: 27

[4] Surat Al-Furqan:12-14

[5] Refer to Tafsir Ibn Kathir. Surat An-Naba’: 40

[6] Surat ‘Abasa: 34-37

Do we really want Jannah?

Do we really want Jannah?

Why then are the tear ducts dry at the mention of His aayaat (signs, verses, evidences, proofs, miracles) when He, سبحانه وتعالى, said:

“Those were the ones upon whom Allah bestowed favor from among the prophets of the descendants of Adam and of those We carried [in the ship] with Noah, and of the descendants of Abraham and Israel, and of those whom We guided and chose. When the verses of the Most Merciful were recited to them, they fell in prostration and weeping.” {Surat Maryam: 58}

And He said:

“And when they hear what has been revealed to the Messenger, you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of what they have recognized of the truth. They say, “Our Lord, we have believed, so register us among the witnesses.” {Surat Al-Ma’idah:83}
Do we really want the reward that is reserved for the believers, when our hearts do not tremble like that of the mu’minoon?:
“The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His Verses (this Quran) are recited unto them, they (i.e. the Verses) increase their Faith; and they put their trust in their Lord (Alone)” {Surat Al-Anfal:2}

Do we see the many sins we commit to be a cause of our destruction or have they become a part of the norm? ‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ud said:

“A believer sees his sins as if he were sitting under a mountain which, he is afraid, may fall on him; whereas the wicked person considers his sins as flies passing over his nose and he just drives them away like this.” Abu Shihab (the sub-narrator) moved his hand over his nose in illustration.” {Sahih Al-Bukhari}

Do we really want Jannah? Do we fear from the Fire? Does our speech reflect this? Do our actions reflect this? Or are we hoping that Ar-Rahmaan will show us mercy because we said we believed?

“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested?” {Surat Al-‘Ankabut: 2}
Are we losing our grip on the only means of salvation when He said:
“And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Quran), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah’s Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islamic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be guided.” {Surat Al ‘Imran: 103}
He, the Most High, saved us from the brink of a pit of Fire and gave us the blessing of opening our breasts to Islaam:
“And whomsoever Allah wills to guide, He opens his breast to Islam, and whomsoever He wills to send astray, He makes his breast closed and constricted, as if he is climbing up to the sky. Thus Allah puts the wrath on those who believe not.” {Surat Al An’am: 125}

Will we not  then act accordingly? Will we not leave the Zeenah (adornment) of this dunya (worldy life)? Will we not race for the akhirah (Hereafter)?

Do we really want Jannah?…

Allaah knows and you do not…

Allaah, the Most Wise, said:

“Jihad (holy fighting in Allah’s Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.” {2:216}

Ibn Kathir commented:

“This Ayah is general in meaning. Hence, one might covet something, yet in reality it is not good or beneficial for him, such as refraining from joining the Jihad, for it might lead to the enemy taking over the land and the government.”

This ayah, therefore, can be applied to various other situations, other than the Jihad which is specified. The Muslim may seek something in this life which Allaah knows is detrimental for his well-being, his happiness and most dangerously, his religion. Allaah is Wise, and may decree that the slave does not attain this desire in this life as it is in actuality better for him not to.

“Allah knows but you do not know.”

Inversely, it may be that the slave is afflicted with something that appears to be bad for him/her but in reality it is a means of increasing his faith and elevating his rank in this life and the Hereafter.

“Allah knows but you do not know.”

It is imperative for the Muslim to accept the decree of Allaah and be pleased with it even if their hearts are overcome by emotion. The Muslim should not let emotion hinder him from saying and acting in a way that is pleasing to Allaah. If it is a Shari’ah ruling his heart should be content and fulfilled in hearing and obeying, even if he may not understand the wisdom behind it.

Allaah said:

“It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error.” {33:36}

Allaah is Most Just and Most Wise and though we may not understand the wisdom behind a specific ruling, there most certainly is a great wisdom behind it.

“Allah knows but you do not know.”

If it is an ailment or affliction, he/she should be patient and know that everything is good for the believer and this may be a means of erasing sins and earning good deeds.

“Allah knows but you do not know.”

 If it is a particular trial with a husband, wives, family, health, property or wealth, he/she is comforted that everything is decreed by the One who is merciful, kind to His slaves and fully able to relieve this trial for him/her. So tawakkul (trust) and patience are what is required and the trial will soon be alleviated by the permission of Allaah.

“Allah knows but you do not know.”

 May Allaah make it easy for the Muslimeen to rely on Him alone and to keep firm in His obedience. May the Salaah and Salaam of Allaah be upon the Messenger, his wives, companions and all those that follow them in righteousness until the Day of Resurrection.

Al-Sidq- Truthfulness

‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud narrated  that the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Truth leads to piety and piety leads to Jannah. A man persists in speaking the truth till he is enrolled with Allaah as a truthful. Falsehood leads to vice and vice leads to the Fire (Hell), and a person persists on telling lies until he is enrolled as a liar” {Agreed upon}

And in the narration in At-Tirmidhi, he (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Abide by truthfulness. For indeed truthfulness leads to righteousness. And indeed righteousness leads to Paradise. A man continues telling the truth and trying hard to tell he truth until he is recorded with Allaah as a truthful person. Refrain from falsehood. For indeed falsehood leads to the wickedness, and wickedness leads to Fire. A slave (of Allaah) continues lying and trying hard to lie, until he is recorded with Allaah as a liar.” {Sahih}

Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen said in his explanation of Riyadhus Saaliheen, in regards to Al-Sidq:

“Honesty: The original meaning is: to comply with actual news (or event). And it is about the news/information that is being conveyed. So if one communicates news about something and this news is in accordance with the actual event then, it is said: “it is true”. Example: (if it is Sunday) and the person says: Today is Sunday. Then this news is true because the day is Sunday. But if someone says it is Monday, then this news is false.

 

So if the news is in accordance with the actual incident then it is true; and when it opposes the incident then it is false. Truthfulness can be in speech as well as in actions.

 

Truthfulness in actions: It is when the internal (feeling) of a person is similar to his outer (reaction); so that if he does something, then it should be in accordance with what is in his heart.

 

Example: The show-off is not truthful, because he pretends in front of the people to be religious whereas he is not.

 

The Mushrik (the one who associates partners) with Allaah is not truthful, because he pretends to be upon Tawheed whereas he is not.

 

The hypocrite is not truthful because he pretends to have faith whereas he is not a believer.

 

The Mubtadi` (the innovator in religion) is not truthful because he pretends to be following (the Sunnah of) the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم whereas he is not a follower.

The important thing (to understand) is that truthfulness is in accordance with the actual event, and it is one of the characteristics of the Believers. And its opposite is falsehood, and it is one of the characteristics of the hypocrites – and Allaah’s refuge is sought.” {End quote from the Sheikh- Source:Ilm 4 All

Allaah said:

“O you who believe! Be afraid of Allaah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds).” {Surat At-Tawbah: 119}

Ibn Kathir said about this ayah:

“The Ayah says, adhere to and always say the truth so that you become among its people and be saved from destruction. Allaah will make a way for you out of your concerns and a refuge. Imam Ahmad recorded that `Abdullah bin Mas`ud said that the Messenger of Allaah (صلى  الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Abide by truthfulness. For indeed truthfulness leads to righteousness. And indeed righteousness leads to Paradise. A man continues telling the truth and trying hard to tell he truth until he is recorded with Allaah as a truthful person. Refrain from falsehood. For indeed falsehood leads to the wickedness, and wickedness leads to Fire. A slave (of Allaah) continues lying and trying hard to lie, until he is recorded with Allaah as a liar.” {The narration quoted above}” {Tafsir Ibn Kathir}

May Allaah make the Muslimeen firm on the word of truth and make us practise and teach these values. May His Salah and Salam be upon the Final Messenger, his companions, his wives and all those that follow them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement.

“Verily, I am going to my Lord. He will guide me!” (37:99)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم ، والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين. أما بعد

The believer slave of Allah is always migrating to what his Lord loves with two types of migrations:

A migration to Him – exalted He is – by loving Him and turning to Him with love, fear, hope, submission, etc.

And a migration to His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم by following him inwardly and outwardly with all that he came with.

This migration is neither completed nor established until a person leaves the disbelievers and abandons them and their disbelief, with his heart and body.

The Muslim is not permitted to even live where they gather/live even if it is a Muslim country; so how about living with them in their countries of disbelief ? The Messenger  صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“I have nothing to do with any Muslim who stays among polytheists.” They asked: “Why O Messenger of Allah?” He said: “Their fires should not be visible to one another.” Meaning that their houses should be far enough to a point that the Muslim cannot view the light in the Mushrik’s house. {Narrated by Abu Dawood, Tirmithi, and others. Authenticated by Al Albani.}

And he صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“Whoever lives with a Mushrik and mixes with him is like him” {Narrated by Abu Dawood, Shaikh Al Albani said : Sahih hadith.}

And He صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“Allah does not accept the deeds of a Mushrik (polytheist) after he has embraced Islam till he leaves the Mushrikeen (polytheists) and goes to the Muslimeen. ِ{A Hasan hadith as Al Albani said, narrated by Imam Ahmad and Al Nasa’i.}

The warning for not making Hijrah (migration) is also found in the Qur’an. Allah said:

“Verily! As for those whom the angels take (in death) while they are wronging themselves (as they stayed among the disbelievers even though emigration was obligatory for them), they (angels) say (to them): “In what (condition) were you?” They reply: “We were weak and oppressed on earth.” They (angels) say: “Was not the earth of Allah spacious enough for you to emigrate therein?” Such men will find their abode in Hell- What an evil destination!” {4:97}

Therefore whoever is able to make this migration must make it; the slaves are asked to migrate to Allah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم with all of their ability, Allah said:

“So flee to Allah, verily, I (Muhammad  صلى الله عليه وسلم) am a plain warner to you from Him.” {51:50}

And Allah said:

“O you who believe! Answer Allah (by obeying Him) and (His) Messenger when he (صلى الله عليه وسلم) calls you to that which will give you life.” {8:24}

Therefore the more one flees to Allah, and migrates to Him and His Messenger the more life He has, and the closer he is to the mercy of his Lord.

And He said:

“Verily, those who have believed, and those who have emigrated (for Allah’s Religion) and have striven hard in the Way of Allah, all these hope for Allah’s Mercy. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most-Merciful.” {2:218}

So glad tidings are  for the one who abandoned disbelief and migrated to Eman (faith), left what he wants to what his Lord wants; glad tidings to the one who migrated from where the disbelievers live to to where the believers live.

This migration is a great act of worship and a great deed on the scale.  Abu Fatimah رضي الله عنه narrated that he said:

“O Messenger of Allah, tell me of an action that I may do and persist in it.” The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said to him: “You should emigrate, for there is nothing like it.”  {Sahih Hadith , Narrated by Al Nasa’i.}

There is nothing like Hijrah; it is a deed of the slave which Allah loves. This act of migration was done by a great Imam, by a great Prophet, it was done by Ibrahim عليه السلام. Allah said:

“So when he had turned away from them and from those whom they worshipped besides Allah, We gave him Ishaque (Isaac) and Ya’qub (Jacob), and each one of them We made a Prophet. And We gave them of Our Mercy (a good provision in plenty), and We granted them honour on the tongues (of all the nations, i.e everybody remembers them with a good praise).” {19:49-50}

Ponder upon this ayah and give it what it deserves from its right; see what was given to Ibrahim due to this Hijrah. Ibrahim left his family, his town, his land, his people, his house, even his own father for the sake of Allah. He left those who used to worship other than Allah, and when he did that, Allah gave him what is better. Ponder how Allah said: So when he had turned away from them and from those whom they worshipped besides Allah, We gave him…

Allah gave him what is more lasting; He gave him Ishaque and Ya’qub, two great Prophets that were a coolness for the eyes of Ibrahim. He gave them an abundance of mercy from Him and gave them honour and good remembrance that remains forever. This is a Sunnah of Allah for those who migrate for His sake. It is how Allah treats those who migrate for His sake, and I say as Shaikh Muhammad Taqiyyul Deen al Hilali said:

“Whoever is in doubt in this then let him try!”

Meaning let him attempt Hijrah, and he will see the beautiful things that Allah will give him. Although one must be patient, sincere, and remember that his hijrah is for Allah and not for the Dunya (the world) and money. Allah said:

“And those who believed, and emigrated and strove hard in the Cause of Allah (Al-Jihad), as well as those who gave (them) asylum and aid; – these are the believers in truth, for them is forgiveness and Rizqun Karim (a generous provision i.e. Paradise).” {8:74}

And He said:

“Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism) and emigrated and strove hard and fought in Allah’s Cause with their wealth and their lives are far higher in degree with Allah. They are the successful. Their Lord gives them glad tidings of a Mercy from Him, and that He is pleased (with them), and of Gardens (Paradise) for them wherein are everlasting delights. They will dwell therein forever. Verily, with Allah is a great reward.” {9:20-22}

 

“Those who emigrated in the Cause of Allah and after that were killed or died, surely, Allah will provide a good provision for them. And verily, it is Allah Who indeed is the Best of those who make provision.” {22:58}

 

“He who emigrates (from his home) in the Cause of Allah, will find on earth many dwelling places and plenty to live by. And whosoever leaves his home as an emigrant unto Allah and His Messenger, and death overtakes him, his reward is then surely incumbent upon Allah. And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” {4:100}

Also the Sunnah came showing the virtue of Hijrah. The Messenger said عليه الصلاة والسلام said:

“Verily emigration wipes out all the previous sins” {Sahih Muslim}

And he said:

“I am a Za’im – and the Za’im is the guarantor – for the one who believes in me and accepts Islam, and emigrates: A house on the outskirts of Paradise and a house in the middle of Paradise.” {Narrated by Al Nasa’i, graded Sahih by Al Albani}

These Ayaat  and narrations give glad tidings for the one who walked out of his house striving for Hijrah. Allah promises that this person will have the reward even if he didn’t reach the land he was making Hijrah to, and the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم the truthful, promised him Jannah.

Therefore O Muslim, do not stay among the Kuffar! Try to migrate; do not raise your children there; do not disobey Allah; do not throw your children in the fire by scattering them in the lands of Kuffar; fear Allah and His punishment!

هذا والله أعلم وصلى الله وسلم على رسوله.

Source: http://www.muwahidoon.com/verily-i-am-going-to-my-lord-he-will-guide-me-3799/