Words Of Shaykh Al-Albaanee Regarding Hijrah
From the things that are extremely unfortunate is that those who accept Islaam in current times – in spite of their large number, all praise be to Allaah – do not respond to this ruling of disassociating from the disbelievers and migrating to the lands of Islaam (i.e. hijrah), except for a few amongst them. I attribute this to two reasons:
First: Their greediness for worldly luxuries, easy means of living and extravagant lifestyle found in their countries on the basis that they are already living a pleasant materialistic life with no spirit in it, as is well known. Therefore, it is difficult for them to move to a Muslim country in which the means of good living are not as abundant for them, according to their perception.
Second: The other, and this is the most important, is their ignorance of this ruling (of hijrah being compulsory). If this is the case, they are excused, since they did not hear about it from any of the callers whose words are widespread and translated into several foreign languages, or from those who go to them in the name of da’wah. This is because most of them are not fuqahaa (jurisprudent scholars)…
These individuals as well as those (Muslims that leave the Muslim lands) should know for certain that Hijrah is permanent and ongoing just like Jihaad, as the Prophet (saw) said, “Hijrah will not come to an end so long as the enemy continues to be fought.” And in another hadeeth, he (saw) said, “Hijrah will not cease until repentance ceases. And repentance will not cease (to be accepted) until the sun rises from where it sets.” This hadeeth is referenced in Irwaa Al-Ghaleel, 1208.
[Silsilat Al-Ahaadeeth As-Saheehah, 6/848]