Juz 5: Who emigrates

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A verse that tells a lot about Islam and human history and which, with the recent “political” events, finds new life and meaning …

Those who abandon their home as migrants

Today is a central verse both if you think about the current migrant situation and, more simply, to the whole human and faith history. The saying “nemo propheta in patria” in this case combines perfectly and, in a certain sense, also tells how monotheistic religions have spread throughout the world. Just think of his progenitor, Abraham, who had to emigrate from his homeland to follow the will of God and thus find the “promised homeland”. The examples of course do not stop there, to the list of “migrants” are in fact added figures of unparalleled value such as Moses and even Jesus himself before being born.

Juz 5, Surat An Nisaa, vv. 100

In Islam, in particular, the role of the migrant is almost sacred and is very connected to its history. For the uninitiated, the first Muslims were forced to flee Mecca following fierce persecutions suffered by the polytheists, finding refuge from the Ethiopian negus. The latter, fascinated by the closeness between the two faiths, decided to reject the Meccan demands, giving believers a first corner of peace, away from violence and barbarism. A fundamental episode of Islamic history which, with the recent “political” events, finds new life and meaning …

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