Jump to navigation. 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. Imam al-Tirmidhi has mentioned this sermon in Hadith nos. Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal has given us the longest and perhaps the most complete version of this sermon in his Masnud, Hadith no.
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In an historical perspective, the Hajjat al-Wida', or Farewell Pilgrimage, should be seen not as an isolated event in the life of the Prophet, upon whom be peace, but as a climax of a long historical process.
This means that the Muslim Ummah becomes perfect through perfect understanding and practice of Islam. In this perfection lies that greatest favor of Allah bestowed on the Muslims, as Allah says in the verse revealed in the day of Hajjat al-Wida':. Allah, the Most Powerful, could have brought that perfection to the Muslims overnight, or at any earlier stage of the Prophet's Mission.
It took twenty-three years, almost the whole time of the Prophet's career. No human being can claim to know the Divine wisdom in all its aspects. But, the manifestations of the Divine wisdom are clear in the Divine plan of revealing the Qur'an in stages, as well as in the emergence of the best Ummah in stages.
The kuffar wanted the whole of the Qur'an to be revealed at once. But Allah's wisdom in revealing it at intervals, covering the whole career of the Prophet, upon whom be peace, is made clear in the Qur'an itself. It was revealed at intervals in order to provide continual support to the Prophet, and to give him time to teach his Companions how to live according to its instructions.
In this manner, the best Ummah could emerge after a long and thorough process, taking its natural course to achieve perfection.
The periodic revelation of the Qur'an is directly connected with the long historical process of producing the best Ummah. That historical process went through various stages, the most important of which are the following:. The first, roughly covering the pre- Hijra period in Makkah. It extends to about thirteen years, during which time the Muslims lived under uninterrupted persecution, which included torture, and the constant fear of Islam being rooted out completely.
It is necessary to go through all the vicissitudes in order to build the best Ummah because human effort, endurance and suffering for the sake of Allah are necessary, so that Allah's word may rule supreme. This stage is called in Qur'anic language ibtila' affliction , or fitnah commotion , testing the faith of the Muslims, on both the communal and the individual level, to prove their sincerity and ascertain whether they can withstand the harshest conditions of the struggle for Allah's cause:.
If He wanted, Allah could have defeated them the kuffar but He wanted to test you thus it is ordained that He may test you by one another. Indeed, We shall test you, till We know those of you who strive hard [for Allah's cause] and the steadfast, and We test your records. We tested those who were before you; Thus Allah establishes those who are sincere [to their beliefs] and knows those who feign.
This testing was, at the time of the Prophet, upon whom be peace, an inseparable part of educating the Muslims. This is the Divine norm. Those who think that Islam can spread, and the best Ummah can emerge, without Muslims going through the long and arduous process of education and without hard and bitter struggle for Allah's cause, are absolutely mistaken.
In the Qur'an, there are many references to hijra; especially as an effective means to fight the jahili way of life and to change the conditions of the Muslims from a state of oppression to a state of strength, through getting together and living an Islamic way of life.
Except those who are [really] weak, men, women and children, who have no means, nor guide. For those there is hope that Allah will forgive them. Allah is ever clement and forgiving. Those who migrate for the cause of Allah will find refuge and abundance in the earth. Thus Muslims must never consent to live in conditions under which they are humiliated, oppressed and unable to practice their deen.
They should do everything they can to change the evil status quo, because it prevents them from living an Islamic way of life. Therefore, hijra in Islam is a form of jihad, which is why it is mentioned in connection with jihad in several verses. Thus, in Madinah, they were able to live Islam together as an Ummah and apply the Shari'ah. They were also in a better position to fight the tyranny of the mushrikun of Makkah and the treacherous conspiracies of the Jews and the munafiqun in Madinah.
At the same time, they were being prepared by the Prophet, upon whom be peace, to play their future role of achieving the universal goal of Islam, i. And to liberate humanity from the two most tyrannical systems of the time: the Persian and Byzantine empires. Within a century of its advent, Islam penetrated deep into Africa and Europe. We cannot fully understand that expansion unless we reflect on the steps taken by the Prophet and their meanings. We refer especially to the following steps:.
The answer to the mystery of how it was possible to spread Islam in so short a time is because the Muslim community had acquired certain characteristics without which success would not have been possible. The Prophet's khutbah in the Hajjat al-wida' spells out these characteristics. A reading of the Prophet's khutbah will show that the most important of them are:.
This is a clear indication that the message of Islam was for all mankind. Behind the brevity of the expression lies a great ideal, which humanity still dreams of achieving, that all human beings are equal, regardless of race, colour or nation.
In Islam, the only criterion of superiority is taqwa. This criterion is emphasized in the Qur'an:. The noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the best in conduct.
The Prophet alluded to this criterion in the khutbah referred to: "O People, your Lord is one, and you ancestor is one, you are all from Adam, and Adam was made of dust. No Arab is better than a non-Arab except by taqwa. The Prophet urged the Muslims to live by this principle and declared that for Muslim shedding each other's blood is an act of unbelief kufr.
The believers' faith in Allah cannot be true unless they do justice to each other, especially the rulers to the ruled, the rich to the poor and, generally, the strong to the weak. Islam, as a religion of Justice, would not have spread as fast as it did if Muslims had been committing injustice against each other. This is why in his khutbah the Prophet stressed that all jahili forms of oppression and exploitation have been abolished.
The principle of I'adat al-amanat safe return of trusts to their owners is one of the most important moral and legal obligations of the Islamic government towards the Muslim community. This is why the principle is linked to ruling people justly. This is illustrated by the Prophet's reference to the practice of nasi.
The Unbelievers of Jahilliyyah used to tamper with the calendar according to their whims and interests, to postpone a sacred month in which killing was forbidden when they wanted to make war and make up for it by hallowing another month. The khutbah had made it clear that none of this tinkering with time is allowed. The family is the most vital unit of the Muslim community.
The whole structure of the Community would not function according to Islam were its units not leading an Islamic way of life. Few people would be convinced of the Islamic ideal if it were not even working in reality, especially in family life. So long as husbands and wives do not know their rights and duties in Islam and act accordingly. And as long as Muslim women are kept in a state of ignorance and oppression, and as long as the children are not brought up according to Islam, the attempt to establish a Muslim Ummah and an Islamic state is futile.
The Prophet enjoined the believers:. If you follow them, you will never go astray'. It is obvious that the plight of contemporary Muslims stems from the fact that they take their guidance from the east or west, but not from the Qur'an and Sunnah. The Prophet emphasized that what he said should be conveyed to other people, and repeatedly asked Allah and the Muslims to witness that he himself conveyed the Divine message:.
The Qur'an emphasized that tabligh is an obligation on every Muslim qualified for it. There are many verses emphasizing this obligation on both the Prophet and scholars. These are the main points emphasized in the khutbah. It is clear that the Farewell khutbah is not just a casual speech on a passing occasion but rather constitutes a historical declaration of the most vital principle of the Muslim community. From the khutbah , contemporary Muslims can learn important lessons, some of which are the following:.
The Qur'an has given us both the warning and the description of the new Ummah , which possess the unique qualities to those believers who love, and are loved by, Allah:. Allah is All-Embracing and All-Knowing.
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