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Hijrah is not just sweet talks
By Ameen Misran
This is the time of the year when everybody talks about Hijrah.
Sweet talks yeah.
Lectures about Hijrah are flooding at mosques, on television, radios and even at your home with your family.
People are amused with these lectures. They feel entertained after hearing the story behind Hijrah.
“What a GREAT event!” They say in their hearts.
But all that feeling of greatness lasts only for an hour or two or less than that. Once they walk
away to their homes, their just the same old person they were before. No change at all.
How many years have we lived?
How many times have we gone through Ma’al Hijrah?
Talks are sweet to hear
We love to hear good things but we do not want to push ourselves to apply what we have heard.
We love to say good things but we fail love others.
We do not hold the concept of actions speak louder than words in our hearts.
What are left of our deeds are only words that do not exist in actions?
Hijrah is not merely an occasion but it is an example for us to follow.
I heard the Prophet saying, "The reward of deeds depends on the intentions, so whoever emigrated for the worldly benefits or to marry a woman, his emigration was for that for which he emigrated, but whoever emigrated for the Sake of Allah and His Apostle, his emigration is for Allah and His Apostle." 
Change is a must!
Do you know why bad things always happen here and there? It is because of what we have done in this world. It is because we do not want to change! No denial.
Allah has said in His book so that we realize and take warning:
whatever misfortune happens to you, is because on the things your hands have wrought, and for many (of them) He grants Forgiveness.
He also said:
whatever good, (o man!) happens to thee, is from Allah. but whatever evil happens to thee, is from Thy (own) soul. and we have sent Thee As an apostle to (instruct) mankind. and Enough is Allah for a witness.
Allah can change you but first you have to change yourself:
for Each (Such person) there are (angels) In succession, before and behind him: They guard Him by command of Allah. Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until They change it themselves (with their own souls). but when (once) Allah willeth a people's punishment, there can be no turning it back, nor will They find, besides him, any to protect.
Let us change! Let us become better!
Salaam Ma’al Hijrah J
 Bukhari :: Book 5 :: Volume 58 :: Hadith 238
 Surah Ash-Shoora 42: 30
 Surah An-Nisa 4: 79
 Surah Ar-Ra’d 13: 11
 Surah Ar-Ra’d 13: 11