On Friday 9th day of DhullHijjah in the 10th year of Hijrah, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) delivered his last sermon on the Mount of Arafat. It was the Assembly Day on Arafat during what is now known as the Farewell Pilgrimage.
In his sermon, our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) spoke thus:
“Verily Allah has made inviolable for you each other’s blood and each other’s property, until you meet your Lord, even as He has made inviolable this holy day, this holy land and this holy month…”
“O men, and ponder my words which I now convey to you. I am leaving you with the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Prophet. If you follow them, you will never go astray. O men, harken well my words. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not therefore, do injustice to your own selves…”
Fourteen hundred and seventeen years have since passed. My dear Muslim brothers and sisters, how our hearts do bleed when we witness the violent in-fighting within the Muslim brotherhood. Most heartrending is the bitter animosity among Palestinians – between the Hamas supporters and the forces loyal to the Fatah Party of President Mahmood Abbas. We beseech them to stop spilling the blood and destroying the property of their own brothers.
Do not give the enemies of Allah and His Religion, Islam cause to rejoice over our shameful behavior. It only results in weakening our position against the aggressor Israel and their patrons – the entire Western world. They have cunningly orchestrated the crippling economic and political situation in the Palestinian territories that has caused the inevitable eruption of conflict between a Muslim Palestinian brother and his fellow Muslim Palestinian brothers.
Our beloved Prophet warned us to steadfastly adhere to the Holy Qur’an and his Sunnah. Did he not face persecution and hostility far torturous from the Quraish and Meccan tribes that what our Palestinian brothers are suffering now? Take heed from his example, only through unbreakable solidarity among the Muslim brotherhood then did Allah’s help lead them out of their oppressive state.
Allah admonishes in the Noble Qur’an:
“All believers are but a single Brotherhood: So make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; and be conscious of Allah, that you may receive mercy.” (49:10)
“And hold together unto the bond with Allah, and do not draw apart from one another. And remember the blessings of Allah when you were enemies. He brought your hearts together so that through His blessings you became brethren… and be not like those who have drawn apart unto them, these will face a tremendous suffering.” (3:103-105)
Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, let us unite in one Ummah and with one voice, respond with sincere conviction:
“We hear, and we obey…” (2:285)