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Explain the Hijrah and asses its significance for Islam

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Explain the Hijrah and asses its significance for Islam (20 marks) The Hijrah is the flight or emigration when Mohammad left for Medina in 622, the Hijrah can also mean to leave a place to seek sanctuary or freedom from persecution and this is what Mohammad did. Mohammad was rejected by the people of Makkah because he was a Monotheist, worshipped one God and the people of Makkah where Polytheists and therefore believed in more than one God. ...read more.

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Moving to Medina was the most important event for Islam because it is when the Islamic Calendar began because the first Muslim community (umma) was formally formed and once in Medina Mohammad was free to preach openly. Once in Medina Mohammad took on a new role as the cities political statesmen, he undertook a role as military commander and defeated a challenge from the Makkan army at the Battle of Badr. ...read more.

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Also in Medina social sanctions where introduced in order to protect the poor and infantasise and exposure was forbidden and was replaced by community loyalty payment of Zakat, this is because through Gods revelation the people were given an understanding that the needs of the Islamic community had to ocme first. As you can see from the above the Hijrah was significant for Islam because without Mohammad being rejected from makkah and having to escape persecution so emigrating to Medina the first Muslim Community might not have been set up. ...read more.

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