Migration, Feelings of Belonging to a Land, and the Universality of Islam

According to Islamic theology, human beings are natural immigrants and migration is viewed positively in a variety of circumstances. There are many verses in the Qur’an praising those who migrate. Qur’an 2: 218 says, “Those who believed and migrated and struggled in the way of God are those who are hopeful of the mercy of God. God is Forgiving and Merciful.” Another verse says, “Those who have migrated…surely I will forgive their sins” (Qur’an, 3:195). A common element in these verses is the combining of faith and migration. One verse asks those who were persecuted yet did not migrate: “Wasn’t the land of God large enough that you could have migrated?” (Qur’an, 4:97).