Muhammad's Farewell Sermon
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Muhammad's Farewell Sermon.
It follows the English
translation of the full text transcript of Muhammad's
Farewell Address, delivered at Mecca in the year AD 632.
attentive ear to my words, for I know not
whether I shall ever hereafter have the
opportunity to meet you here.
Do you know what
today is? This is the sacred Day of Sacrifice.
Do you know what month it is? This is the sacred
month [Dhul-Hijjah]. Do you know what place this
is? This is the sacred town [Mina].
So I inform
you that your lives, properties and honor must
be as sacred to one another as this sacred day
of this sacred month, in this sacred town. Let
those who are present take this message to those
who are absent.
You are about to meet your Lord,
who will call you to account for your deeds. As
of this day all sums of interest are remitted,
including that of Abbas ibn Abd al-Muttalib
Every night arising from homicide in pre-Islamic
days is henceforth waived, and the first such
right that I waive is that arising from the
murder of Rabi'ah ibn al-Harith ibn Abd al-Muttalib
[one of Muhammad's companions].
O people! This day Satan has despaired of
re-establishing his power in this land of yours.
Nevertheless, should you obey him, even in what
may seem to be trifling, it will be a matter of
pleasure for him. Beware of him, therefore, for
the safety of your religion.
O my people! You have certain rights over your
wives, and your wives have certain rights over
you. Allah has entrusted them to your hands, so
you must treat them with all kindness. It is
your right that they do not associate on
intimate terms with any one of whom you do not
approve, and that they never commit adultery.
All Muslims, free or enslaved, have the same
rights and responsibilities. No one is higher
than another unless he is higher in virtue.
O people! Though an Abyssinian slave may become
your amir [ruler], listen and obey him, as long
as he executes the Book of Allah among you.
O people! Listen to what I say, and take it to
heart. I leave you with the Book of Allah, and
the sunnah of His Prophet. If you follow them,
you will never go astray.
You must know that
every Muslim is the brother of another Muslim.
You are equal. You are members of one common
brotherhood. It is forbidden for any of you to
take from his brother save what the latter
should willingly give. Do not oppress your
O Lord! I have delivered Your message.