In Islam responsibility is more important than the right because Allah will question about responsibility on the Day of Judgment to judge, but Allah will reward for the deprivation of the rights without judging it.
The entire life from birth till death is a test of duties or responsibilities.
Allah says in the Holy Quran: “He (Allah) Who created Death and Life, that He may test which of you is best in deeds (performing duties and responsibilities)” [Quran 67:2]
Therefore, Islam teaches Muslims to be mindful all the time about discharging their Allah-Given duties. Let me highlight a few duties of Muslims as immigrants.
Duty 1: To carry the flag of truth. It includes our faith, righteous actions, and the identity that we are Muslims. We get the title Muslim from Allah because of our humble surrendering to His will. Muslim title derives from Islam. Islam means Peace and Muslimmeans the bearer of peace flag. When Allah commanded Prophet Muhammad (s) to migrate, the reminder was as following:
“Say: ‘O my Lord! Let my entry be by the Gate of Truth and Honour, and (make) my exit by the Gate of Truth and Honour.” [Quran 17:80]
Duty 2: To carry the safety device firmly installed in us. That device is called “Taqwa”. Taqwa is the faith and awareness that Allah knows our open and secret deeds for which He will either reward us or judge us. That safety device saves us from criminal actions, imprisonment, dishonour, and all sinful actions as immigrant. Moreover, it guarantees Allah’s help in all sorts of hardship in new environment. Allah’s guarantee is mentioned in the Holy Quran:
“And for those who have Taqwa, Allah always prepares a way out for that person. And Allah provides for that person by (Sustenance from a source) that he could never imagine.” [Quran 65:2-3]
Duty 3: To contribute positively any way possible as immigrants. Allah’s messengers are the role models for the positive contributions. For example, Prophet Ibraheem (a) as an immigrant built the city of Makkah in a desert land which turned out to be the “Ummul Qurra” mother of all cities with peace, safety, and economic prosperity.
Prophet Yusuf (a) was an immigrant in Egypt. With his honesty, love, and compassion along with his talent, he became a great contributor to Egypt for which Egyptians loved and acknowledged him by putting higher responsibilities on him.
Prophet Muhammad (s) was an immigrant in Medina city. He turned a sick city into a healthy one, established peace around the region with peace treaty, contributed peace by reconciliating between two major tribes to stop bloodshed and life loss. He built a city with peace, harmony, safety, fairness, and prosperity.
Muslims are the humble followers of those great role models, and our duties as immigrants are to be the positive role models in building peaceful and prosperous societies.