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The Messenger’s Last Words

 

By Rayan Arab

December 11, 2014

It was the first Hajj, and also the last Hajj or pilgrimage that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) would ever perform, and on that day, Allah revealed to him the following verse from the Holy Qur’an.

{This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.} (Chapter 5, verse 3)

 Upon hearing this, the closest companion to the Prophet, Abu Bakr As-Sadeeq, started weeping.

The Messenger of Allah asked Abu Bakr, his friend, companion, and confidant, “What makes you cry after hearing this verse?”

Abu Bakr was extremely wise and perceptive; he said, “This verse tells us that your death is near.”

Indeed, shortly after the Prophet’s return to his home in Madinah, he fell ill. His temperature rose so high that the heat could be felt over his head-wrap. Still, despite his condition, he led the Muslims in prayer for 11 more days. The Prophet (peace be upon him) was sick for about two weeks.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) wanted to visit the martyrs in Al-Baquee burial grounds.

At the graveyard, he said, “Assalam u Alaikum, O Martyrs of Uhud. You have preceded us, but we shall be there soon Insha’ Allah, and I will be there soon Insha’ Allah.”

The Prophet’s eyes overflowed with tears, and his friends asked, “What makes you cry O Messenger of Allah?” He replied, “I miss my brothers.” They said, “Are we not your brothers O Messenger of Allah?”

He (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “No, you are my friends. As for my brothers, those are the ones who shall live after I die, and they believe in me without seeing me.”

While the Prophet (peace be upon him) was ill, and nine days before his death, this verse was revealed, {And fear a Day when you will be returned to Allah. Then every soul will be compensated for what it earned, and they will not be treated unjustly.} (Chapter 2, verse 281) And that was the last verse Allah ever revealed.

Three days before his death, when he was at his wife, Maymunah’s house, the pain and fever became more intense. He asked to speak to his wives, and when they gathered, the Prophet (peace be upon him) asked them for permission to die in Aisha’s house, and they agreed.

He tried to get up but he could not, so two of his companions, Ali bin Abi Talib and Al-Fadhl, carried him to Aisha’s house.

Upon walking to Aisha’s, the companions gathered and saw the Prophet (peace be upon him) sweating heavily, so they worriedly asked, “What’s wrong with the Messenger? What’s wrong with the Messenger?”

Aisha reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said on those last days, “There is no God but Allah. Surely, death is full of agonies.”

The shock and grief of the companions who were standing outside his room created some commotion.

When it got loud, the Prophet (peace be upon him) asked, “Did the people pray?”

Aisha replied, “No, the people are waiting for you O Messenger of Allah.” He (peace be upon him) then asked them to pour seven water-skin pouches full of water over him, so that he can go and talk to the people. Those closest to him seated him and poured out water on him. He tried to get up, but he could not and he passed out.

When he woke up, he asked again, “Did the people pray?” Aisha replied, again, “No, the people are waiting for you O Messenger of Allah.”

He asked the people in his house to pour some water over him, so they seated him and poured out water on him. He tried to get up, but he could not and he passed out. Then he woke up, and asked again, “Did the people pray?”

Aisha replied, “No, the people are waiting for you O Messenger of Allah.” So, the Prophet (peace be upon him) sent somebody to tell Abu Bakr to go ahead and lead the people in prayer, without the Prophet.

When the Prophet (peace be upon him) regained some strength and was able to leave the house, he stood up and gave his last speech.

In that final speech, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “O People, by Allah, I fear not poverty for you, but I fear that you may compete with each other in this worldly life as the people before you competed, and you get destroyed just as they got destroyed.”

Then he said, “O People, preserve your prayers, preserve your prayers! O people fear Allah by treating your women well, be kind to the women.”

He (peace be upon him) said, “Allah, the Great, has given a slave of His (referring to himself) the opportunity to make a choice between whatever he desires in this world, and what Allah keeps for his slave in the next life, but he has opted for the latter.”

Everyone remained silent, except Abu Bakr, who understood exactly what that meant, and he began to cry loudly.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “O People, not a single one of you who has helped me has not but received a reward from me in return, except Abu Bakr. He helped so much that I cannot afford to pay him back a reward, so I left his reward for Allah to grant him.”

Source: http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20141212227248

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islam-and-spiritualism/rayan-arab/the-messenger’s-last-words/d/100468

 

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