[25] Hadith Twenty-Five

His Sermon ( in Which He Urges To Hold Fast to Allah's Book and Conform Fully to His Guidance )

It is reported from Jabir (r) that he said: "When Allah's Messenger gave a public address his eyes would redden, his voice go up, and his anger flare, as if he were haranguing an army. He would say:

To proceed: Truly the most truthful of all speech is Allah's Book, and truly the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad. The worst of all matters are newfangled matters. Every newfangled matter is an innovation, and every innovation is misguidance, and every misguidance is in the Fire.

The Hour is about to come to you suddenly. I was sent together with the Hour like these [two fingers]. The Hour is coming to you in the morning, it is already touching you!

I am nearer to every believer than his own soul. Whoever leaves behind property, it belongs to his dependents. Whoever leaves behind a debt or destitute dependents, the debt is on me and so is the expense of his dependents. I am the protecting friend (walî) of the believers.

It is narrated by Imam Ahmad, Muslim, al-Nasa'i, and Abu Dawud as stated in [al-Suyuti's] al-Jami` al-Saghir wa Sharhihi al-Kabir.

Allah's blessings and peace on the Prophet., his Family, and his Companions

Dr. G.F. Haddad

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