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The Last Sermon of the Prophet

    The last sermon of the Prophet-peace be upon him- is known as Khutbatul Wada'. It is mentioned in almost all books of Hadith. Following Ahadith in Sahih Al-Bukhari refer to the sermon and quote part of it. See Al-Bukhari, Hadith 1623, 1626, 6361) Sahih of Imam Muslim also refers to this sermon in Hadith number 98. Imam al-Tirmidhi has mentioned this sermon in Hadith nos. 1628, 2046, 2085. Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal has given us the longest and perhaps the most complete version of this sermon in his Masnud, Hadith no. 19774.

    This Khutbah of the Prophet-peace be upon him- was long and it contained much guidance and instructions on many issues. The Prophet-peace be upon him- gave this sermon in front of a large gathering of people during Hajj.

    Whosoever heard whatever part of the sermon reported it and later some scholars put it together. It is a great khutbah and we should all pay attention to its message and guidance. Following are the basic points mentioned in this khutbah:

O People
Lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefor 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. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity.

Allah has Judged that there shall be no interest and that all interest due to Abbas Ibn ‘Abd al Muttalib (the Prophet's uncle) 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 in regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives, only under Allah's trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat you 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 anyone of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.

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.

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 a white- except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the 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 therefor, do injustice to yourselves.

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. People, no prophet or apostle will come after me and no new faith will be born. Reason well therefore, O people, and understand words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Quran and the Sunnah (Hadith), 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 listened to me directly. Be my witness, O Allah, that I have conveyed your message to your people."



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umar zaman , shelton ct - wrote on 2/11/2012 4:50:32 AM
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Comment: Good, but incomplete,may God advance us in knowledge.


Abdullahi Aliyu, Akwanga, Nigeria - wrote on 11/13/2011 4:26:28 AM
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Comment: Alhamdullillah, I'm happy to be one of those who belief in the Last Prophet that such a world-class sermon. O Allah! Help Muslims stick to the teachings of the prophet (SAW).


muzafarhussainshah, makkah - wrote on 1/30/2011 9:43:25 AM
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Comment: “And We have sent you (O Muhammad) not but as a mercy for the ‘Aalameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists)”[al-Anbiya’ 21:107] ‎"Oh Prophet, We have sent you as a witness, news bearer and a warner and as someone who invites people to God by His permission and a shining Lamp" (33:45-46) As the Messenger finished the Last Sermon following revelation came to him, "Today I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favors upon you and have chosen for you Islam as the way of life for you" (5:3)


muzafarhussainshah, makkah - wrote on 1/30/2011 9:20:16 AM
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Comment: “And We have sent you (O Muhammad) not but as a mercy for the ‘Aalameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists)”[al-Anbiya’ 21:107] ‎"Oh Prophet, We have sent you as a witness, news bearer and a warner and as someone who invites people to God by His permission and a shining Lamp" (33:45-46) As the Messenger finished the Last Sermon following revelation came to him, "Today I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favors upon you and have chosen for you Islam as the way of life for you" (5:3)


umar farooq, kashmir - wrote on 12/2/2010 11:36:48 PM
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Comment: ALLAH`s Prophet`s words are important for all the world. if we follow Muhammad(SAW) we will be successful in this world & hereafter.may ALLAH(J.S) protect us from this evil world


Kareb, Harrisburg - wrote on 11/18/2010 5:48:50 PM
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Comment: This is a wonderful service to are providing for English speaking Muslims mashallah.


follower of islam, london - wrote on 11/12/2010 5:43:11 PM
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Comment: May Allah swt help us to be better muslims. May the guidance of Prophet Muhammad pbuh help us become steadfast in our religion. Aameen!


Hasan, New York - wrote on 10/17/2010 2:14:45 PM
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Comment: Alhamdulliah! Thank you god for keepig me in right path as Muslim!


ibrahim saidu, bauchi nigeria - wrote on 9/26/2010 10:26:19 AM
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Comment: alhamdulillah may Allah help and unite all muslim umma.


Raihan, Dhaka - wrote on 9/17/2010 10:10:55 PM
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Comment: Alhamdulillah, It's the best sermon of the universe, the best direction for the mankind. May Allah give us ability to understand the meaning of the last sermon,to practice it in our life and let us pass this to others.All the praise for Allah who has made us as the ummat of MOHAMMADUR RASULULLAH SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WASALLAM.


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