Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and was made obligatory in the
tenth, ninth or sixth year, according to different reports [Ibn Kathir,
al Bidayah wa al Nihayah, 5/109]. In the tenth year the Prophet
(p.b.u.h.) announced that he intended to perform Hajj; this was the only time
that he performed Hajj after the Hijrah to Madinah. The Muslims came from all
over the Arabian Peninsula to perform Hajj with him. He left Madinah five days
before the end of Dhu al Qa'dah (Ibn Hajar, Fath al
Bari, 8/104; Ibn Ishaq, with a Hasan isnad (Sirat Ibn Hisham, 4/272). Ibn
Kathir, al Bidayah wa al Nihayah, 5/111. This is the same as Ibn Ishaq’s report.
He said, "Its isnad is jayyid."). When he halted in Arafat, the
following Ayah was revealed to him: "…This day have I
perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen
for you Islam as your religion…" (Al Ma'idah 5:4) (Sahih
al Bukhari, Fath al Bari, 8/108)
The Muslims learned the rituals of the Hajj from the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) when
he said: "Take your rituals from me." His Hajj was full of laws pertaining to
the Shariah, especially matters pertaining to the Hajj, and general advice and
laws which were mentioned in the Sermon of Arafat. For this reason, the scholars
showed great interest in the farewell pilgrimage and derived many laws from it,
dealing with the rituals of Hajj and other matters, of which the books of Fiqh
and Hadith explanation are full. Some of the scholars wrote books dealing
specifically with the farewell pilgrimage.
A large gathering of Muslims participated in the event. They listened to the
farewell sermon Khutbat al Wadaa' which he gave at Arafat in the middle of the
Ayyam al Tashriq (three days following the tenth of Dhu al-Hijjah).
"Verily your blood and your property are as sacred and
inviolable as the sacredness of this day of yours, in this month of yours, in
this land of yours. Behold! Everything pertaining to the days of ignorance is
under my feet completely abolished. Abolished are also the blood revenges of the
days of ignorance. The first claim of ours on blood revenge which I abolish is
that of the son of Rabi'ah Ibn al Harith. And the usury Riba of the pre-Islamic
period is abolished, and the first of our usury I abolish is that of 'Abbas Ibn
'Abd al Muttalib, for it is all abolished. Fear God concerning women! Verily you
have taken them on the security of God, and intercourse with them has been made
lawful unto you by words of God. You too have rights over them, and they should
not allow anyone to sit on your bed whom you do not like. But if they do that,
you can chastise them but not severely. Their rights upon you are that you
should provide them with food and clothing in a fitting manner. I have left
among you the Book of God, and if you hold fast to it you would never go astray.
And you would be asked about me (on the day of resurrection), (now tell me) what
would you say? They (the audience) said: 'We bear witness that you have conveyed
(the message), discharged (the ministry of Prophethood) and given wise (sincere)
counsel.' He (the narrator) said: 'He (the Prophet) then raised his forefinger
toward the sky and pointed it at the people (and said): 'O God, bear witness, O
God, bear witness.''" (The report is from Sahih Muslim, 4/38-43,
from the Hadith of Jabir Ibn 'Abd Allah. Al Shaikh Muhammad Nasir al Din al
Albani made some brief additions to it, from other books of Hadith which
narrated the Hadith of Jabir with some Sahih additions (Hijjat alNabi, pp.
71-73). See the report of Jabir in Hadith in Hijjat al-Nabii, 38-41. See part of
the khutbah in Sahih al Bukhari, Fath al Bari, 8/108). Ibn Ishaq mentioned the
long text of the farewell khutbah without isnad. Imam Ahmad mentioned the long
text of the khutbah of the farewell pilgrimage, which was given in the middle of
the Ayyam al Tashriq. Its isnad includes 'Ali Ibn Zayd Ibn Jad'aan, who al Hafiz
Ibn Hajar, in al Taqrib, said was weak. Al Bannaa said, "Al Bazzar narrated a
similar report with the same meaning from Ibn 'Umar with a different isnad." The
Imams of Hadith narrated parts of it in their books, in different chapters,
through Sahih isnads; and Allah knows best. (Al Fath al Rabbani, 279-281))
He delivered another sermon at Mina, when he said, "Do not
return to Kufr, killing one another, after I am gone." (Sahih
al Bukhari, Fath al Bari, 8/107; Muslim, Sahih, 1/82)
(End of excerpt from Dr 'Umari's work)
From Benefits of this Great Sermon:
(Adapted from Masaa'il Muhimma 'an il-'Umrah wa'l-Hajj by Muhammad Jameel
- Prohibition of shedding innocent blood, and taking of wealth without
right, which stresses Islam's protection of souls.
- Nullification of validity of actions of Jahiliyyah
- Prohibition of taking Riba (usury and interest), which is an increase on
the principal, whether small or large. Allah the Most High says: "But if you
repent, you may have your capital." (Al Baqarah (2:279))
- Admonition to fulfill and give women their rights, and to deal with them
in goodness. Many authentic Hadiths have been narrated in this regard, which
elucidate their rights and warn against taking them unjustly.
- Advice to strongly cling to the Book of Allah, in which lies the honor of
Muslims and their victory. Likewise, the order to stick to the Sunnah, which
explains the Quran, for verily the reason for Muslims' weakness today is their
leaving of judging by the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger. There
will be no victory for Muslims except by returning to these two Sources.
- Testimony of the Companions that the Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h.)
conveyed the message, discharged his trust and counseled the Ummah.
- Order to take rituals of Hajj and other rituals from the Prophet's
sayings, actions and tacit agreements.
- Subtle indication that the Prophet's farewell would soon come.
- Warning against fighting and killing among Muslims, which is disbelief in
action, which does not take one out of the fold of Islam, as in his (p.b.u.h.)
saying: "Cursing a Muslim is fusooq, and fighting him is kufr." (Agreed upon)
By: Muhammad Jameel Zeeno