Memorable sermon of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) during his Farewell Hajj Pilgrimage
Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On March 9, 632 AD, the Almighty’s Last Messenger to mankind, Prophet Mohammad (SAWA), delivered his memorable sermon on 9th Zilhijja 10 AH at the plan of Arafat during his Farewell Hajj Pilgrimage (Hajj-at-al-Weda). The Prophet directed his speech to all humanity for all time, as is evident by his use of the terms “O People” and “O Mankind”, rather than “O Muslims” or “O Believers”.
His intention was to address all people, regardless of their creed, colour of skin, class distinction, languages spoken, eras, and geographical locations around the world (until the Day of Judgement). The sermon, recorded in all reliable books of hadith and history by all denominations of Islam, consists of a series of general exhortations to be followed after him, especially his emphasis on the “Hadith Thaqalayn”.
He said in clear words: O People! I have been summoned (to God’s presence from the mortal world) and am leaving behind among you the Thaqalayn (Two Weighty Things); the Book of Allah (holy Qur’an) and my progeny the Ahl al-Bayt. Hold fast to them and you will never go astray, for you will be questioned regarding your attitude to them, since the two never part with each other even when they return to me at the Fountain (of Kowsar on the Day of Judgement).