The Truth about Migration in Islam
Why are so many Muslims migrating to Europe and North America? Are they commanded by any text in the Qur’an to do so? What is the truth of the matter?
This issue is definitely one of the most pressing of our age, and probably one of the most depressing. I don’t expect any English-speaking Muslim, especially any well-known spokesman or “community leader” based in the Anglosphere, to explain the matter honestly and in detail, and the reason why becomes clear when one looks at those same details.
The key verses in the Qur’an are in the fourth chapter, verses 97–100. I don’t need to copy them out here as you can read them online or listen to the podcast. The point is very simple: Muslims are commanded to worship Allah and therefore they are commanded to reside in a land where worshiping Allah and manifesting their faith is made possible and feasible. Should a Muslim ever find himself in a situation where this is no longer possible, due to persecution, war, or the like, he must pack up and leave. This is the general principle.
Living outside the Muslim world is only permissible in select circumstances and should never be with the intention of permanent residency. Examples would be to study and gain knowledge that is not available in the Muslim world or to obtain medical treatment. However, if a Muslim can set up a community and build it, which would be by calling people to Islam through persuasion and conviction (as opposed to coercion and violence), that would be the sole justification for staying longer, because in this case the Muslim (or Muslims) is having an effect on the host society and culture and not the other way around.
This is a very important point to get across. What it means is that if a Muslim is being affected and influenced by the host society and culture, i.e. his faith is weakening over time, this is a clear indication that he must leave.
Think of the analogy of a burning building. A fireman can stay inside and try to put out the fire, or run in and out as he tries to rescue as many people as possible, but if the fireman or his superior realizes that the fire is too powerful or that the building is going to collapse, he has to pull out, to save himself.
What is the situation in Europe and the Anglosphere?
Just under 20 years ago, spokesmen for Islam in the United States, along with the support of a few people in the Muslim world, started spreading something called “Fiqh of Minorities”, i.e. Islamic law for Muslim minorities. Such a move, regardless of its motives or how it was presented, was an admission of defeat. Despite claims to the contrary, Islam was absolutely not spreading in the United States and establishing a firm foothold. Instead, it was gradually being dissolved and disintegrated into the host culture. This was immediately recognized by the great authority, Imam Muhammad Sa’id Ramadan al-Bouti of Damascus, who spoke out against it in June 2001.
The pretext was that Muslims in the United States were finding it “difficult” to implement their faith and were facing “hardships”, but in such a situation, as explained above, it is a Muslim’s duty to move to where it is not difficult to implement their faith. It is antithetical to the teachings of the Qur’an to a) complain about the land one is in (especially when one is fully capable of moving) and b) devise a new body of legislation to somehow facilitate one’s residence in that land. Yes, a legal opinion, or fatwa, can be given for specific circumstances and eventualities, but a new fiqh, or new body of legislation, is a huge step and a step too far. If the situation of Muslims in the United States requires such a drastic step then the situation must be quite dire, but if it’s so dire, why are they striving to remain there?
Let’s go back to the burning house analogy. If the fire is controlled and therefore restricted to certain areas, once those fires are put out the house should be salvageable. On the other hand, if the whole house has to be covered in water and foam, what is going to be left of it?
All of this took place before the events of September 11, 2001, which is noteworthy. The terrorist attacks did not initiate this step, but it was certainly accelerated in their wake. As I explain in my forthcoming book, The Big Step, one of the most prominent spokesmen for Sunni Islam (i.e. someone who is supposed to represent Orthodox Islam or Ahl as-Sunnah wa al-Jamaa’ah, and they are the vast majority) in the United States (and by extension the Anglosphere and the West) claimed that Muslims had to “change their discourse”, and they did in four major ways. Fiqh of Minorities was the first, and was fully laid out in a series of classes and lectures that were recorded and published in 2003. The second, which became clear from 2007 onward,was ecumenicism in terms of Orthodox Islam and cults, which had the effect of making “Islam” and “Muslim” relative terms. If you identified as a Muslim then you were one. Theology, i.e. the objective standard, was no longer deemed important. The third was the Mardin Declaration in 2010, which basically stated there was no longer any distinction between the Muslim world and the lands of unbelief and that the world was a great place, as good as it could ever be expected to be, because of international treaties and organisations. The fourth and final way, in 2016, was the endorsement of The Study Quran, a dubious translation and interpretation of the Qur’an that nullified and negated any reason for being a Muslim in the first place.
So Imam al-Bouti turned out to be right. In 2001, he stated that Islam in the United States was being dissolved and by early 2016, just under fifteen years later, the job was done. This is why since 2001, Imam al-Bouti and scholars like him have consistently told Muslims in the West to move back to the Muslim lands.
Not only is Islam not compatible with the West, Islam in the West, or Europe and the Anglosphere, is a failed project. There might be a few pockets here and there, i.e. successful Muslim communities who are independent and providing a net benefit to those around them, but they would be small and far removed from the mainstream.
The current crisis
The current refugee/migrant crisis, in which hundreds of thousands of Muslims are migrating in droves to Europe and the Anglosphere, is the opposite of what Allah has commanded. Muslims in war-torn countries should seek refuge in other Muslim countries. Migrating to Europe or the Anglosphere must be an absolute last resort and they should have a firm intention to get out of there as soon as possible.
The coming backlash
Muslims in Europe and the Anglosphere have allowed themselves to be used as a pet minority of the left, and thus the rise of nationalism and populism will ultimately be to their detriment. Also, terrorism is a major problem. Rape is a major problem. I discuss these matters in detail in my book so I don’t want to delve into them here and therefore go off topic. Nevertheless, the conclusion is the same. If you’re a Muslim in Europe or the Anglosphere, step out of the bubble of political correctness and look at which way the wind is blowing. If you can, get out. If you can’t, at least get out of the way, because a lifeboat is always better than a sinking ship.
And the Lord knows best.