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Alhamdulillah! The New Year of 1443 Hijri has ushered in. It means that the Hijrah (migration of the Prophet) from Makkah to Madinah has been passing over 1443 years ago. The Hijrah is a physical journey undertaken by the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his companions from Mecca to Madinah. The Hijrah is a milestone event in Islamic history, an event that inaugurated significant changes in the historical direction of the world, an event that has become the focal point of the destiny of the Muslim world. It is a story planning, patience, endurance and striving.

In the valley of Arafat, on this great occasion, hundreds and thousands of people are assembling, all of them in groups shouting “Here we are, O God! Here we are, in Your Presence!” This experience of a pilgrim cannot be described in words; it can only be felt by one who has gone through such an experience himself.

The pilgrimage has its economic benefits for Muslims. They come from various walks of life; some are traders or industrialists; others are capitalists or farmers. They can discuss the economic problems of their mutual benefits; exchange of technical know-how or skill, or exchange of goods and machinery between them. The rich countries can think of the ways to give financial aids or loads to the poor or underdeveloped Muslim countries. The poor countries can discuss their economic problems with their brother pilgrims from the rich countries.