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The Questioner: Assalaamu alaykum warahmatullaah
Shaikh Ubaid (may Allaah preserve him):Wa-alaykum salaam warah-
matullaahi wabarakaatuhu- marhaban bikum
The Questioner: Kayfa Haalukum Shaykhanaa, Tayyiboon?
Shaikh Ubaid(may Allaah preserve him):Al-hamdulil-laah hayaakumul-
The Questioner: Shaykhanaa (may Allaah preserve you); in respect to
a statement attributed to you with specific (reference) to Birmingham..
Shaikh Ubaid (may Allaah preserve him): The voice is weak, raise it
O Shaikh (i.e. your voice is not loud enough; raise your voice O Saiklh)
The Questioner: Shaykhanaa, can you hear now?
Shaikh Ubaid (may Allaah preserve him): Yes, listening to
you/lending you an ear.
The Questioner: I say: in respect to a statement attributed to you,
for indeed some of the hizbi (websites) in Europe transmitted long ago that
you said, 'Indeed Birmingham in Britain is a place of hijrah.' This
is the manner in which they stated it: 'Wallaahi it (Birmingham) is a
place of hijrah.' Furthermore we find Shaikh Falaah Bin Ismaa-eel
transmitting it or attributing it to you. So I don't know what your
explanatory remarks are on this statement. May Allaah preserve you.
Shaikh Ubaid (may Allaah preserve him): In the name Allaah and all
praise is due to Allaah. May Allaah send His salaah and salaam upon our
Prophet Muhammad and his family and all his companions.
I say: The establishment of this affair is not excluded from that
which the Book of our Lord and the Sunnah of our Prophet demonstrated--,
and (that which) the Imaams of Knowledge and the Religion (past and
present) tread(ed) upon, pertaining to migration from the lands of kufr
to the lands of Islaam, or from a kaafir land or to another kaafir land in
which the Muslim's Religion and honour is safe. In summary, the one who
sits and accompanies me knows that of me.
I say, and with Allaah is facilitation of Tawfeeq;
Firstly: This Hijrah is from the legislated ordinances of Allaah and
He has not abrogated it. He (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said:
'Hijrah will not cease to continue until repentance ceases to continue,
and repentance will not cease to continue until the sun rises from the
west.' So, it ( hijrah) remains.
Secondly: What is apparent to me concerning Hijrah at present is of
 Obligation  Sunnah
The Obligatory Hijrah:
If a person is in a kaafir land (being) put to trial in his religion and
honour, and he is unable to establish that which Allaah has enjoined upon
him pertaining to his Religion and worship of his Lord, then Hijrah is
obligatory upon him on the basis of what has already been clarified; if he
is able to make Hijrah, yes, then he migrates to a Muslim land and this is
the Asl, or to a Kaafir land in which his Religion and honour is safe, just
as the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) commanded the Muslims to
migrate to Habasha (Ethiopia) when the Quraish harmed them; and (he-sallal-
laahu-alayhi-sallam) mentioned that there was a king (in Habasha) who
oppresses no one under his protection, or as he (sallal-laahu-alayhi-
sallam) said: ''(oppresses no one) next to him.'' This is what I affirm
and adhere to as (religion/an act of worship) to Allaah.
As for the recommended prescribed Hijrah: It is the Hijrah from the
land of the disbelievers to the lands of Islaam in order to strengthen his
religion, or to gain knowledge, or to earn lawful earnings in the land of
So when this is established, and if I did say on a day from the days about
making hijrah to Birmingham unrestrictedly, then this is a slip/mistake and
I seek Allaah's forgiveness from this if it was an upright transmission of
the trustworthy people of Sunnah. This is the third point or affair.
The Forth Point: Many amongst the people in Europe or in the Asian
States in India or other than it ask; they are put to trial in their
Religion by some of the innovators from the brelviyyah, they are the
extremist soofees from the people of Wahdatul Wujood and other than them.
So I say them (i.e. those put to trial): Make Hijrah to Birmingham because
Maktabatus Salafiyyah is there.
Therefore, my answer to them is not that Birmingham is a land of Hijrah
unrestrictedly, for Birmingham is from the cities of Britain and Britain is
a Kaafir Land. I urge them to make Hijrah to where they will find the
Maktabah, where they will affiliate with Maktabatus Salafiyyah over there
(in Britrain), and to participate in lessons and muhaadaraat within which
are scholars of excellence, from them: Ash-Shaikh Abdullaah Bin Abdur
Rahmaan Al-Ghudiyaan from the Committee of Major Scholars and Fatwah
Committee of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He delivered lessons to them and
has died (rahimahullaah).
So the likes of this Maktbah is worthy of being affiliated to (for) the one
who cannot find a place to seek shelter; especially if he has a desire to
attain knowledge of the Sharee-ah, particularly in the affair of
Aqeedah,the Sunnah and waging war against innovation and its people.
This is what I mentioned and I affirm it. And I repeat: if I did
establish/affirm the opposite of that, then it is one of two affairs:
 It is either a slip/mistake from me or  a distortion/
misrepresentation of (my speech). And that which is from me, then
indeed I seek the forgiveness of Allaah from it; and that which is a
distortion/misrepresentation of my speech and a forged saying on me, then I
ask Allaah to set it aside between me and my adversaries on yaumul
And at this time of recording this answer with you in this meeting, I
address the one who is bright and is a possessor of sure knowledge, fear of
Allaah, uprightness and Sunnah, and is not one following the foolish ones
nor a wrangler against the scholars. I seek Allaah's protection from that.
Wasallal Laahu Alaa Nabiyyinaa Muhammad Wa Alaa Aalihee Wa-Sahbibee