In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Grande Strategy

My Hijrah to Malaysia

Meinhaj Hussain

After a year of planning and working towards this goal, I am finally getting out of the West insh'Allah and doing hijrah to Malaysia, Insh'Allah. After endless preparations and soul-searching, the plan has finally come to its final stages of fruitation, insh'Allah. Why am I doing hijrah to Malaysia? Leaving the comfort, wealth and opportunity of living in the West?

1. Because living in the West today means indirectly supporting through taxes states that are fighting to hurt Islam and Muslims.
2. Means being silent and tacitly in agreement with what the West is doing in Muslim lands.
3. Means either working directly or indirectly with the financial sector, the government or the military, all (in my humble opinion) haram sources of income OR typically, working in deadend, hard-to-make-ends-meet jobs.

4. Not being a hypocrite and living what I preach.
5. Taking decisive action to bring my plans and hopes insh'Allah towards implementation.
6. Beating down a path for others to follow and work towards our dreams. If I can do it, others will believe that they can too.

My flight leaves insh'Allah on the 28th of July. I have admittance in a PhD program. I have funds for a short while insh'Allah. Not where I ideally want to be, but my hope is insh'Allah to be able to make it work.

[If you can help either with contacts or with advice, please don't hesitate to email me at I have an MBA from the US and undergraduate degree in Economics externally from the London School of Economics and would ideally like to find a teaching job]

Update 11/27/2011: Its been about a year and half since I  left the US. I am well settled alhamdulillah. Truly Allah has blessed me and I have seen miraculous things happen through my hijrah; when all chips are down, Allah's promise is not down.

Whoso migrateth for the cause of Allah will find much refuge and abundance in the Earth, and whoso forsaketh his home, a fugitive unto Allah and His messenger, and death overtaketh him, his reward is then incumbent on Allah. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.
An-Nisa, 4:100

Update 7/21/2015: I left Malaysia, moved to Brunei, was there for about 3.5 years. Now I am in my country of origin - Bangladesh. I must say, Allah was always there for me every step of my journey. I also travelled to other Muslim countries including Indonesia and Turkey. Istanbul is truly an amazing city.

Fair warning: Our Muslim people look great from far away. Coming closer, its a whole different ball-game. I know no one will want to hear this but today's Muslims are in many ways worse in their behavior than the non-Muslims. You will find a people who are at some level sick, with very little of the values found in the Quran. Everywhere I went... its very disheartening.

In Malaysia I found that the "Islamic University" was being run by a cabal of Malay racists with merit in promotions down the drain. In Brunei I found a people who have everything, yet are racist, lazy, and deeply materialistic. I could not find anywhere Muslims living by the values and ethics given in the Quran and practiced by the Sahaba - I don't mean an ideal but to no reasonable level.

I don't really know what to do or where to go anymore. I'm trying to start a small organic sustainable farm / village in rural Bangladesh but people with a beard and Islamic dress, if they are young like me are looked suspiciously, as if I were starting a terrorist training camp.

I have now kept only a small beard and given up on my juba, to save myself any further trouble. My heart however still weeps for a community of Muslims that live by the values and ethics of the Quran.

Project to help others with Hijrah
Vision Without Glasses


Nathan Linley said...

As salaamu alaikum brother. I found your site while looking for hijrah details on various countries. I'm sorry to hear of some of your bad experiences. I'm working on a project to compile details related to making hijrah to various muslim countries. I would like to invite you to share your experiences (the good and the bad), to help anyone who is looking for a place to make hijrah.

Post a Comment