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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Prophet's Last Sermon

This is the Prophet's last sermon...and for all those who accuse the Prophet of being a paedophile and an opportunist and tyrant, I ask one thing and one thing only, judge a person by the whole of his conduct and his words and these are his last words. It does not include any self interest nor hate nor bigotry. Ask yourself what a reasonable man would construe of a stranger's character by the most important words he would say when one is at the mercy of death. So for all those people that think blindly Islam is a religion of honour killings, discrimination against women and violence, just read the following excerpt and ask yourselves, are you making these deductions out of baseless ignorance which you justify as the rightful just because popular culture and the media is portraying Islam that way or are your deductions based on solid proof and authority?:

This sermon was delivered on the ninth day of Dhul Hijah, 10 A.H. (632 A.D.) in the valley of Mount Arafat. The contents of the message were collected from different narrations, and there are other parts to it that are not mentioned here. This sermon still needs the authenticity of all of its parts to be checked.

"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 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 interest, therefore, all interest obligations shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer inequity. Allah has judged that there shall be no interest and that all interest due to Abbas bin Abdul-Muttalib (the prophet's uncle) shall henceforth be waived.

Every right arising out of homicide in pre-Islamic days is henceforth waived and the first such right I waive is that arising from the murder of Rabiyah bin Al-Harith (relative of the prophet). O Men, the unbelievers indulge in tampering with the calendar in order to make permissible that which Allah forbade, and to forbid that which Allah had made permissible. With Allah the months are twelve; four of them are holy; three of these are successive and one occurs singly between the months of Jumadah and Shaaban.

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 right 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 commit adultery.

O People, listen to me in earnest, worship Allah, say your five daily prayers, fast during the month of Ramadhan, and give your wealth in zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to. All mankind is from Adam and Eve,

an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black, nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action.
Learn that every Muslim is the brother of another Muslim, and that Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to your selves.

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 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 that those who listen to me directly.
Be my witness O Allah, that I have conveyed Your message to Your people."


Handsome Geek said...

Thank you for sharing..

Jessie said...

This is so, so wonderful.

I will admit, I know nothing about Islam. I am not Islamophobic, I was just raised in a Christian community and not exposed to it much.

Reading something like this is so eye-opening for someone with a background like mine.

I hope you don't mind if I post a link to this post on my page, so people that I know might read it. I think everyone needs to. I will certainly honor your wishes if you don't want me to - just let me know.

Thank you for sharing, and please keep doing so!!


Su Kyaw Khairun said...

Hello Jessie!

Sorry for the late reply. It would be my deepest pleasure if you would do that :) Im glad that I was able to show a different side of a very misunderstood religion. Thanks for commenting and taking the time to read my humble little blog. I will read urs in return :) Take care.

Su Kyaw Khairun said...

handsome geek: ure welcome