s you read these lines, 1.5 billion Muslims will be celebrating the birthday of their beloved prophet, a day known as Milad un-Nabi or Mawlid. The admiration and love for the Prophet Muhammad displays itself exquisitely through these various kinds of religious celebrations blended with local cultures and traditions. Anyone, even in the 21st century with a sound understanding reading this sermon in its own historical context, can’t help but admire this earliest declaration of human rights in written history. Almost everything he articulates in this prophetic sermon was unprecedented before the arrival of Islam. The prophet of Islam addresses some of the core universal values in a society, the values which are long forgotten now and violated in a systemic basis. The prophet didn’t only keep it to words but transformed his society practically in a very short period of time, remarkably in all the values and lessons that he talks about. Words hold incredible power. Throughout history, humans have been deeply moved by some of the greatest orators and authors.
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But, in our opinion, the most powerful speech in history, which reverberates through time, and holds so much beauty, is the Farewell Sermon of the greatest man who walked the earth, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The Last Sermon or Khutbatul Wada was delivered on the ninth of Dhul Hijjah (12th and last month of the Islamic year), 10 years after Hijrah (migration from Makkah to Madinah) in the Uranah Valley of Mount Arafat. His words were quite clear and concise and were directed to the entire humanity. After praising, and thanking Allah he 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.”The Prophet S.A.W. final sermon was woven in the most appealing way encompassing the structure of life. It is an emotional yet impactful sermon for Muslims from that time till now. May Allah allow us to reflect and act upon the advice of the beloved Prophet (PBUH).