The advent of the 15th Century Hijra is a very important event in the history of Islam 1400 years ago the Holy Prophet. Hazart Mohammad (peace be upon him) migrated fromMeccatoMedina. The Hijrat marked not only Use beginning of the glory of Islam, but also opened the most illustrious chapter of world history. Within a few years the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) created an ideal society, knit together on the basis of love and equality. The light of justice, peace and brotherhood that he lit In Arabia spread out and illuminated within a century the entire area fromSpaintoCentral Asia. It we look back on the past 1400 years two facts stand out prominently. As long as the Muslims continued to hold firmly Use ropes of Allah, remained united and worked hard they were blessed with success in every walk of life. The world felt the Impact of Khalid Bin Waild, Mohammed Bin Qasim and Tanq Bin Ziyad in the field of politics.
The Muslims also established their superiority in the field of knowledge. The name of famous philosophers, historians and men of letters like lbn-e-Khaldun, Razi arid Khayyam stir remind us of that age. As opposed to this when the Muslims adopted a life of comfort and luxury and strayed from the path of research, failure and despair became their lot. So, it is need of the hour that the Muslims must rekindle among themselves the same spirit of research and inquiry which had distinguished them in every field in the past.
The 15th Century Hijra began on Monthly, Nov.10. 1980. On this momentous occasion the President Zia ul Haq addressed the nation about one and a halt hour after the last sunset of the 14th century Hijra. Addressing the nation on radio and television networks to mark the beginning of the 15th Hijra Century, the President urged the people to make a pledge to spend every moment of their life in obedience to God and Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) as true Muslim and make the new century a century of the glory of Islam. He explained the significance of the Event of Holy Prophet Mohammad’s Hijrat fromMeccatoMedinain the history of Islam and also spoke about the periods of the rise and fall of the Muslims in the world.
He announced the Institution of a “Hijra Award’, valuing Rs.10 lakh, on the pattern of Nobel Prize. This award would be conferred on a person who will perform outstanding or extraordinary service to the cause of Pakistan and entire mankind. In Pakistan the first day of the 15th century was observed with due fervour and solemnity. On this historic occasion the nation offered Zu1r prayers is congregations in mosques throughout the country. “Nafle-shukrana” and special prayers for the world peace, solidarity arid integrity ofPakistan, security, unity and wellbeing of the Islamic world, liberation of Al-Quds, occupied Arab land,Kashmirand other Muslim occupied territories, were also offered.
Newspapers brought out special supplements to high light the significance of the new Hijra century. RadioPakistanbroadcast special bulletins and PTV telecast special programs to mark the significance of the occasion. The Advent of the 15th Hire Century was a great historic event. All the Muslims pledged on this glorious occasion to mould their lives in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah. We prayed to God Almighty for the peace and prosperity of the Muslim World and for His eternal guidance of mankind.