It is narrated on the authority of Amirul Mu’minin, Abu Hafs ‘Umar bin al-Khattab, radiyallahu ‘anhu, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, say:

“Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.”

[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

I just had an epiphany! When you read the online ramblings of Expats (in the Muslim world) on various forums and blogs, you usually hear them ranting and venting about just about any and everything. When they have nothing real to complain about, then they start just using their imagination and creating drama. Others have genuine beefs. The one thing I have noticed is their intention.

Many left the comforts and standard of living they were accustomed to and came to the Muslim world for various reasons. Some to work, some to study, some for marriage, and some for the sake of Allah (The Prophet stated one good intention, ‘migration for the sake of Allah and His Messenger’ and two bad intentions ‘migration for the saske of worldly gains or marriage’). Migrating to another land is difficult on so many levels. However, only the one who migrates for the sake of Allah will be rewarded for their difficulties. This is why you may find the two sides waring at times (Expat vs Muhajir). It seems like when those who migrate for the sake of Allah mention their intentions – those who migrated for other reasons and/or those who have remained in the abode of disbelievers will make mockery of the muhajir.You will also find that with the general Expat, their is a strong resentment about being in the land of the Muslims and this resentment leads them to attacking all things Islamic. To them a good Muslim is a bad Muslim and anyone that agrees with them and harbors the same type of animosity they have. A bad Muslim to then is in fact a good Muslim and anybody that tries to practice Islam pure and simple striving to please their Lord.

The above  hadeeth is considered to be one of the greatest ahadeeth in Islam. This hadeeth was said by the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, at the time when a man emigrated from Makkah to Madinah during the Hijrah for the sake of marrying someone and not for the sake of Islam.

It’s all so clear now…

Expat who came to make money…get your money.

Expat who came for marriage…get all that that entails.

Expat who came for a ‘Cultural Experience’…why are you complaining about what they do in their culture? That’s what you came for that’s what you get.

Yaa Muhajir who left the abode of disbelievers and migrated to the abode of the Muslims, await the reward from your Lord! “Those who believe and who migrated and who struggled in the Path of Allah, and those who gave shelter and aid, these are the true believers. Forgiveness and bountiful provision are theirs.” [AI-Anfal: 74].


Oh Allah accept my hijrah and expiate my sins…aameen