The brother currently based in The Gambia, Abul Laith Yahyaa has responded with the following:
Baarakallahu feekum. Indeed benefits do remind the believers. Allah has commanded us, saying:
“So ask those who know, if you know not” [Soorah an-Nahl:43]
Regarding an issue such as Hijrah, we therefore conform with this principle and seek the advice of our kibaar `ulemaa’. We all agree and acknowledge this position. Illusrtating this, we can quote one of our posts in the Forum – Muhaajir – dated July 24th 2003.
“Disclaimer: We are not calling upon anyone to make Hijrah to the
lands in Africa. Rather, our resolute position is that such matters
of importance should be referred to the scholars of Ahlus Sunnah wal
Jamaa`ah. We are merely providing the information that could then be
relayed to the `ulemaa by the potential Muhaajir, and with which they
might base their words of advice upon.” you can find this under the link:
When we began calling to the Da`watus Salafiyyah here in The Gambia our objective was to:
“Daarul Athaar Gambia has been established for the sole purpose of calling the Muslims dwelling within the West African region to the pure Islaam that the Salaf were upon. We should desire to spread this truth as far and as wide as Allah has ordained for us, for verily Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things . And it is for this premise that we appeal for the support of our brothers in faith and methodology. We need your help. For the sake of Allah, please aid us so that we may become as our Lord has described: You are the best nation who have come out to the people, you enjoin the good and forbid the evil and you believe in Allah . ”
find this at the link – http://www.dagambia.com/featured.html
Regarding Hijrah, then I can honestly say that at the initial stage the issue was subsdiary. As such, it was the last point on our list of objectives.
“To cooperate with all those who traverse upon this methodology, whether they are nationals or are from abroad, welcoming and aiding those who intend to make Hijrah to this land.”
view the page at – http://www.dagambia.com/objectives.html
As our efforts progressed, it coincided with increasing interest from brothers residing in UK and US in particular regarding the prospect of the Gambia being a potential Hijrah destination. We subsequently found ourselves responding to enquiries sent to our mail box regarding settling, studying and working in The Gambia.
This went alongside our da`wah efforts. As such we held regular classes on `aqeedah and tajweed.
In all honestly, there have been times when we felt that we needed aid and support from our fellow Salafee brothers whom like us were living in The West practicing their deen and were looking to make Hijrah. We therefore conceived that had some du`aat or tullaab migrated with their families here it would have been indeed truly beneficial in propagating what little we had tried to teach the people.
Close evaluation of our communications suggest that it was along these lines that certain misrepresentaton could have arisen regarding our objectives. As such was the article “A Salafee Community” that was put up on our website:
“So far all of what has been mentioned here is a mere vision, an invitation to those who are Salafee and are considering the Gambia as a destination for Hijrah. The vision by the permission of Allah shall be realised when the brothers and sisters take it upon themselves to invest and definitely sacrifice the standards of living that the West offers and bid for a place which will ensure them success in their dunyaa as well as their aakirah.”
Find at – http://www.dagambia.com/featured_community.html
This led to some unavoidably holding the view that we were some type of Hijrah project since we had explicitly mentioned that we were inviting those who were Salafee and considered West Africa as a potential destination. In light of this, we make a clarification that this is indeed questionable for we do not reserve the right to call anyone to come and sit with us and study any Science of the deen with us.
Furthermore, we benefitted from the following example. This is an extract from a post in the Muhaajir Forum:
“In any and every situation concerning hijrah and studying in the lands of the Muslims, it is incumbent upon you, Yaa Salafy, to contact the ‘Ulama as we turn to them for naseehah in matters in which we have no knowledge. It has become known to the people that the Salafiyyoon already in Egypt have been coming together for the purpose of seeking the Face of Allah. My family and myself are making it clear that no one (including my family and myself) is calling anyone to come to Egypt to study or to make hijrah. And we are not saying that anyone should even come to Egypt at all. All questions of this matter should be turned towards the ‘Ulama as they are the most knowledgeable amongst us. We rely upon them and their statements and naseehah are what should be followed. We are calling the people to the Kibaar al- ‘Ulama not to places or individuals.”
Link – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Muhaajir/message/1392
“The staff of Mersa Matruh Development Company contacted Shaykh Ubayd Al-Jaabiree with questions regarding the development of a community in Mersa Matruh, Egypt.
Here are the Shaykh’s responses:
1. Concerning the hijrah to Egypt:
“First of all, the Shaykh said the hijrah is waajib. He stated that Egypt is better than America, but he advised the people to go to Yemen or the Emirates; these places are better. As for the people who have already committed themselves to the land and building, then the Shaykh said it is ok for them to continue in their affairs.”
Read at – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Muhaajir/message/1700
With these “wake-up” posts, I personally realised the need to make our objectives clear so that the intent of our call is made manifest. Therefore, i made sure that future correspondence involving Daarul Athaar clearly featured this. And thus, we adviced the people to refer to ahlul `ilm and seek their advice regarding where the most suitable places are for Hijrah.
And we continue to do so. For this is deen. Allah said: “And do not follow your desire for it will mislead you from the path of Allah”.
We apologise to our brothers and sisters for any confusion caused.
Abul Laith Yahyaa ibn Muhammad
(Narrated From Awn Ibn Abdullah who said: “I said to Umar ibn Abdul Azeez it is stated:
“If you are able, be a scholar and if you cannot be a scholar then be a student of knowledge and if you cannot be a student then love the students, and if you cannot love them then do not hate them.”
So he said: “Subhanallah Allah has made a way out for him (ie the one who said it)
(Kitaabul Ilm Al Hafidh abu Khathaima Zuhair ibn Harb an nasaaee) 1st Narration
This message was edited by Yusef.Magribi on 8-12-03 @ 12:41 PM