THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD'S LAST SERMON
(This Sermon was delivered on the Ninth Day of Dhul
Hijjah 10 A.H in the Uranah Valley of mount Arafat ) Note: Found on the Net, but without source or copyright information. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have information
"O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I don't know whether,
after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore
listen to what I am saying to you carefully and TAKE THIS 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 your 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 right 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 comitted 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 Ramadhan, 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
Remember, one day you will appear before ALLAH and answer for your
deeds. So beware, do not astray 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
QUR'AN and my example, the SUNNAH 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 direcly. BE MY WITNESS O ALLAH
THAT I HAVE CONVEYED YOUR MESSAGE TO YOUR PEOPLE."
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(c)Paul Halsall Jan 1996