Friday Special

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) delivered His final sermon during the Hajj of the year 632 C.E., the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah, the 12th month of the lunar year, at Arafat, the most blessed day of the year. There are the points to remember from the sermon. The words of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are direct. They are powerful, beautiful and easy to understand by anyone on any level. The whole Khutbah (sermon) is a gem and a reminder of our responsibility and accountability to Allah. 1. Hurt no one, so that no one hurts you. That moment when the Prophet’s last sermon begins with declaring the sanctity of life and property and the importance of treating your fellow Muslim as a sacred trust. #HumanityGoals. That brings me to the next point. 2. Be kind to women. That sacred trust and sanctity of life applies to women as well. And if that woman happens to be your wife, understand that she is your partner and companion not your subservient. Yes, it’s a beautiful balancing act. The relationship is a give and take of love, kindness and responsibility to Allah and each other. 3. Follow Qur’an and Sunnah. Too often our own flawed opinions and ideologies cloud our minds. We form opinions based off of our limited perspective or what everyone else is doing or what our culture tells us to do and we forget to search for the truth. Of what Allah tells us to do, of what the Prophet has shown us. Follow Qur’an and Sunnah. 4. Beware of Satan and the small sins. The Prophet (PBUH) warns us of the small sins that will lead us astray. The ones that appear to be minimal. Those are the ones that turn into habits. The ones that Shaitan (Satan) has planted, watered (with like acid or something) and watched grow. May Allah protect us from the evil of Shaitan. 5. Follow the five pillars of Islam. 6. “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.” We currently have bigotry and superiority complexes inciting violence, demanding walls be built, murdering human beings in the streets and so much more. Such a statement is so relevant and needed hundreds of years from when it was made. The Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad.