Obligatory to make hijrah
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Is it obligatory for muslims to make hidrah? if so must it be to a muslim land? What makes a land a muslim land? And after making hidrah can a husband band his wife from going to vist her family because he says it s not a muslim land where the family lives? The family is to poor to visit her.
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Obligatory to make hijrah
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Your question: Is it obligatory for muslims to make hidrah?
Hijrah or migration from a land where the believers are prosecuted for their faith becomes obligatory in certain conditions, and voluntary in some conditions. If the state of the place where the believers are staying is like the state of Makkah before Hijrah, and there is an Islamic State available which will welcome them, then Hijrah becomes obligatory. But if there is no Islamic State available, then the Hijrah is optional like the early migration of the believers from Makkah to Habasha (present Ethiopia).
Your question: if so must it be to a muslim land?
If a believer is being prosecuted and oppressed because of his faith in Allah, and there is an Islamic State available which will welcome him, then he must migrate to the muslim land. But if there is no Islamic State available, he may do Hijrah to a non-muslim land where he believes he will not be prosecuted and oppressed because of his faith, if he wishes to do so.
Your question: What makes a land a muslim land?
A land will be considered an Islamic State where the laws of the land are in accordance with Shariah or Islamic Law.
Your question: And after making hidrah can a husband band his wife from going to vist her family because he says it s not a muslim land where the family lives?
Allah Subhanah has given some rights of the woman that is due to her parents and her relatives, and the husband does not have a right to refuse permission to his wife if she wants to visit her family, whether they live in a muslim land or a non-muslim land. For a husband to refuse his wife permission to visit her parents and relatives, just because they happen to reside in a non-muslim land, is against the principles of Islam. But if the husband fears for the safety of his wife, or if there is a reason to fear that the disbelievers in the non-muslim country might harass or oppress his wife for whatever reason, he may make arrangements for her safety, or accompany her is he wishes to do so, or delay the travel. But as a general rule, a husband should not forbid his wife her right to visit her parents or relatives.
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Your Brother in Islam,