SELECTED SERMONS OF THE PROPHET (SAWS)


These Selected Sermons of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) include some landmark sermons of great historical significance, which marked a turning point in the history of Islam. They relate to some of the critical moments in the history of Islam. The expedition to Tobuk against the Romans was one such moment. Even at such a critical and tense moment in the history the Prophet (SAWS) stressed the need for the honesty and integrity of Muslims, their firm adherence to the path of piety and righteousness and exhorted his companions to overlook the faults of others and be patient and forgiving under most adverse circumstances: “He who pardons others will be forgiven by Allah. He who represses anger Allah rewards him. He who faces misfortunes with perseverance, Allah compensates him.”

The Prophet (SAWS) in all his sermons invariably stressed the importance of reciting the Holy Qur'an and implicitly following its injunctions. In one of his sermons devoted exclusively to the uniqueness and significance of the Holy Qur'an he stressed the point that the best discourse is the Book of Allah: because it enlightens the heart. He exhorted the Muslims to never feel tired and bored of reciting the Holy Qur'an and asserted that there cannot be better book for the guidance of mankind than the Holy Qur'an. It is miraculous Book of Allah, which instils in your heart His fear, guides you to the path of piety and righteousness and helps you to distinguish between things prohibited and made lawful by Allah (SWT). He forcefully reiterated the importance of the Holy Qur'an: “Verily I have left amongst you that which will never let you go astray i.e. the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Prophet, provided you hold them fast and carry out their injunctions.”

The forceful emotive impact of his sermon was fully revealed when he was able to overcome the simmering discontent among Ansar who resented his liberal distribution of spoils of war after the victory of Makkah, among the Muslims of Makkah. He moved the Ansars to tears when he rhetorically asked: “Are you not satisfied, O people of Ansar that the people of Makkah may carry ewes and camels with them while you return to Madinah with the messenger of Allah.” The Ansars were so deeply touched that they instantly responded with one voice that they were satisfied with his scheme of distribution of the spoils of war.

These sermons marked for nobility of thought and stirring eloquence constitute along with the Traditions of the Prophet (SAWS) the most inspiring guidance to mankind to the path of piety and righteousness after the Book of Allah - Al-Qur’an.