Reading the Koran 121

This is another excerpt from Bill Warner’s book Abridged Koran where the verses of Koran are arranged in their chronological order and provided with facts from prophet Muhammad’s life, giving context for them.

CHAPTER 21 MOHAMMED’S LAST YEAR

24:51 But when Allah and His Messenger call the true believers to judge between them, their response is, “We have heard, and we obey.”

THE FAREWELL PILGRIMAGE

Ten years after entering Medina Mohammed made what was to be his last pilgrimage to Mecca. There he made his farewell address. He told the Muslims that usury was abolished, Allah would judge them and their works. All of the blood shed before Islam was to be left unavenged. The lunar calendar was the sacred calendar and it was not to be adjusted with respect to the solar calendar.

The men have rights over their wives and the wives have rights over the men. The wives must never commit adultery nor act in a sexual manner towards others. If they do, put them in separate rooms and beat them lightly. If they refrain from these things, they have the right to food and clothing. Lay injunctions on women lightly for they are prisoners of the men and have no control over their persons.

Feed and clothe your slaves well.

Every Muslim is a Muslim’s brother. Only take from a brother what he gives you.

Mohammed led the Muslims through the rituals of the pilgrimage.

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