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.
O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city
as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust.
Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that
no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He
will indeed reckon your deeds. ALLAH has forbidden you to take usury (interest),
therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived. Your capital,
however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity.
Allah has Judged that there shall be no interest and that all the interest due
to Abbas ibn 'Abd'al Muttalib (Prophet's uncle) shall henceforth be waived...
Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost
all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware
of following him in small things.
O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard
to your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken
them as your wives only under Allah's trust and with His permission. If they
abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in
kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your
partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make
friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be
O People, listen to me in earnest, worship
Allah, say your
five daily prayers (Salah), fast during the month of Ramadan, and give your
wealth in Zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to.
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. 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 yourselves.
Remember, one day you will appear before
Allah and answer your
deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.
O People, no prophet or apostle will come
after me and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand words which
I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the QURAN and my example, the
SUNNAH and if you follow these you will never go astray.
All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others
and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than
those who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O Allah, that I have conveyed
your message to your people".