It was also reported that significant precursors accompanied his blessed birth: fourteen galleries of the persian emperor Kisra’s palace cracked and rolled down, the Magians’ sacred fire died down and some churches on Lake Sawa sank down and collapsed. (The Sealed Nectar)
The month of Rabbi-ul-Awwal is the month in which the World had witnessed the birth of the greatest human on Earth, our beloved Nabi Muhammed (SAW).
Born to Aamina (RA), on the 12th of Rabbi Ul Awwal, Muhammed SAW had never known his (SAW) father, Abdullah (RA). Weaned till the age of 2 by Bibi Haleemah (RA) who was his (SAW) wet nurse, Muhammed (SAW) was orphaned at the age of 6 years when Aamina (RA) had passed on.
With a deep fondness for his nephew, Abu Taalib, the uncle of Nabi Muhammed (SAW) took care of him, supported him and gave him love.
Allah Ta’aala had sent this beautiful human being to the World to bring forth wisdom, guidance and light. He was sent to the Arabian Peninsula as a guidance for Mankind.
The life and death of the Prophet Muhammed (SAW) needs to be pondered and remembered every day of our lives. The sunnah and the way he [SAW] lived needs to be inculcated in our lives in everything we do. This is the very best way to remember him (SAW) and to earn the pleasure of Allah Subhana wa Ta’aala.
It is our duty, for every mu’min, to research the life of our beloved Rasool (SAW) and practice on it and for this reason, I appeal to the reader to do exactly that.
The 12th of Rabbi-ul-Awwal is also the day in which the entire World and everything in it, mourned the demise and loss of the Greatest of Mankind, Nabi Muhammed (SAW). The most beautiful of character, the beloved of Allah, remembered us, the Ummah of Nabi Muhammed (SAW) in his (SAW) final moments.
Below is the last and final sermon of the Beloved of Allah, Rasullulah (SAW) – a concise elucidation of the core message of his Nubuwwah.
This sermon was delivered on the Ninth Day of Dhul Hijjah 10 A.H. in the ‘Uranah valley of Mount Arafat’ (in Makkah).
After praising, and thanking Allah he(SAW) said:
“O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. 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. 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 the interest due to Abbas ibn ‘Abd’al Muttalib (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 with 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 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 any one 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 black nor a black has any superiority over 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, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.
Remember, one day you will appear before ALLAH and answer 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 words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the QURAN 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”.
Thus the beloved Prophet(SAW) completed his Final Sermon, and upon it, near the summit of Arafat, the revelation came down:
“…This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My Grace upon you, and have chosen Islam for you as your religion…” (Quran 5:3)
Even today the Last Sermon of Prophet Muhammad(SAW) is passed to every Muslim in every corner of the word through all possible means of communication. Muslims are reminded about it in masjids and in lectures. Indeed the meanings found in this sermon are indeed astounding, touching upon some of the most important rights Almighty Allah has over humanity, and humanity has over each other. Though the Prophet (SAW)’s soul has left this world, his words are still living in our hearts.
May Allah make us amongst the Ummah of Nabi (SAW) and guide us to follow the sunnah in our daily lives and make us amongst those who live our lives in accordance with the Qur’aan. And accept from us our ibaadah and allow us to be the true flag bearers of this beautiful religion of Islam. Aameen.
Nabeela Vadi – Cii Radio | 02 Rabi ul Awwal