[The Prophet, upon whom be peace, praised and glorified
Allah, and then said:]
Listen to what I say, as I do not know if I shall ever meet you at this place
after this year.
Your blood and your property [and your honour] are sacrosanct, until you meet
your Lord, even as this day and this month are sacrosanct. You shall meet your
Lord and He shall ask you of your deeds. I have conveyed [the message]. He who
has a trust with him, let him return it to the one who has entrusted him with
Everything that is jāhiliyyah’s is trampled under my feet]. All usury is
abolished, but you retain your capital. Do no wrong and you shall not be
wronged. Allah has ordered that there should be no usury. All the usury of Abbās
ibn Abd al-Muttalib is abolished. All the (unrevenged) blood claims of the jāhilliyyah
are abolished and the first claim I abolish is that of the son of Rabi’ah ibn
al-Hārith ibn Abd al-Muttalib; he was fostered among Banū Layth, (where the
tribe of) Hudhayl killed him. This is the first of the jāhiliyyah blood claim
that I begin with.
Allah has assigned unto everyone his due. Bequest to an heir is illegal. The
child belongs to the bed, and the adulterer is to be stoned. Whoever claims to
be the son of one who is not his father and whoever claims to be the client of
one who is not his master, on him rests the curse of Allah, the angels and
all humanity. Allah shall not accept his repentance or redemption.]
Satan has despaired of ever being worshipped in this land of yours. But if he
can be obeyed in anything less (than worship) he will be content with matters
you may regard as of little importance. So beware of him in your religion.
“Postponement of a sacred month is an excess in disbelief whereby those who
disbelieve are misled; they permit it in one year and forbid it in another
year, (deluding themselves) that they may make up the months which Allah has
prescribed as sacrosanct; thus they permit what Allah has forbidden and
forbid what Allah has permitted”. The cycle of time was shaped on the day that
Allah created the heavens and the earth. “The number of the months with Allah
is twelve”. Four of them are sacrosanct: three consecutive and the Rajab of
Mudar, which is between Jamādā [al-Thāniyyah] and Sha’bān.
You have rights over your wives and they have rights over you. You have the
right that they do not permit into your homes anyone you dislike and they
should not commit open indecent acts. If they do, Allah permits you to put
them in secluded rooms and punish them without severity. If they refrain (from
such things) they have a right to their food and clothing in kindness. Take
good care of women, for they are in your trusts and have no control of their
selves. You have only taken them as a trust from Allah, and you have been
permitted by the words of Allah to have sexual relations with them.
Understand my words. I have conveyed (the message), I have left you with the
plain indication which if you hold fast to, you will never go astray: the Book
of Allah and the practice of His Prophet.
Listen to what I say and understand it. Know that every Muslim is a brother to
every Muslim and the Muslims form one brotherhood. It is not lawful for a
person to take from his brother except what he gives him willingly. So never
wrong yourselves. O Allah! Have I not conveyed (the message)?
You will be
asked about me, so what will you say?
‘We witness that you have conveyed (the message) and have performed your duty
and that you have meant well with us.’)
his index finger to the heaven and then to the people, the Prophet said: ‘O
Allah! be witness; O Allah! be witness, O Allah! be witness.]
present convey the message to the absent. Many a listener may comprehend
better than those who may be (present) listening. Return not to disbelief
after me, killing each other.]
“The Crescent International”