Monday, 9 March 2009

12 Rabi al-Awwal and The Last Sermon

Today is the Prophet's Birthday - Prophet Muhammad - may the peace and blessings of God be upon Him! He was born in Mecca in the year of the Elephant. Whenever a major event happened, the Arabs would refer to everything that happened in that year after that by the name of the event.
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was sent as a mercy to all of mankind. All other Prophet's were sent at a specific time and to a specific people - but been the Seal and Final of the Prophet's - he was sent by God to everyone - and the Final Book was also revealed to him through the Archangel Gabriel.
The following is the Prophet's Last Sermon during his final pilgrimage. It is, once again, a reminder for all of mankind - remember Prophet Muhammad was sent to all of mankind - and i hope, firstly myself and all you who are reading it will reflect upon it, renew one's intentions and implement its teaching.

In the name of Allah most Gracious most Merciful.
This Sermon was delivered on the Ninth day of Dhul Hijjah 10 A.H. in the 'Uranah valley of Mount Arafat'.
"O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether, after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and TAKE THESE WORDS TO THOSE WHO COULD NOT BE PRESENT HERE TODAY.
O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your LORD, and that HE will indeed reckon your deeds. ALLAH has forbidden you to take usury (Interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived.
Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.
O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not Make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to commit adultery.
O People, listen to me in earnest, worship ALLAH, say your five daily prayers (Salah), fast during the month of Ramadan, and give your wealth in Zakat perform Hajj if you can afford to. You know that every Muslim is the brother of another Muslim. You are all equal. Nobody has superiority over other except by piety and good action.
Remember, one day you will appear before ALLAH and answer for your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.
O People, NO PROPHET OR APOSTLE WILL COME AFTER ME AND NO NEW FAITH WILL BE BORN. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand my words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Quran and my example the SUNNA and if you follow these you will never go astray.
All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness O ALLAH, that I have conveyed your message to your people."