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                       THE LAST SERMON



Delivered by Prophet Muhammad Sallalaho-Alayhi Wasallam in the Valley of Arafat.

"O people, perhaps you shall not see me again after this. 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. It they abide by your rights, 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 anyone 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 Ramadaan, 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 another 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 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 directly. Be my witness O Allah, that I have conveyed your message to your people.

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