Eid-e-Ghadeer: The essence of Hajjat-ul-wida

Eid-e-Ghadeer marks the last sermon of the Prophet (P.B.U.H) on Hajjat-ul-wida. The day is widely celebrated among the Shia Muslims. kaabaAlthough the Sunni Muslims don’t deny the incident but don’t celebrate it as an ‘occasion’ more specifically as ‘Eid’. For me its not about the difference in opinion but purely about the importance of the event. Whether I choose to celebrate the incident or not is not important. What’s important is the remembrance of the event and its essence. The last sermon of the Prophet (P.B.U.H) holds great importance. It is one of those moments when the Prophet delivered one of his most vital messages to the Ummah. Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H)’s life is like an open book with accounts of the most tiny details. Its therefore considered essential for Muslims worldwide to follow his footsteps.

The words of the Prophet (P.B.UH)  are the source of inspiration for millions of Muslims worldwide.The tales of his lifestyle stir motivation and mend ideologies for the Muslim Ummah. Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H)’s wisaal marked the completion of the words from Allah (wahi) and the completion of our Deen.

The Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H ) was known for his honesty and decision making skills even among his enemies. Throughout his life he laid great emphasis on the unity of the Ummah. He bore through great pain in order to set an example for his Ummah. The life of the Prophet (P.B.U.H) urges every Muslim to stay firm and united. Yet as we look around we see divisions under the banners of names and incidents. It is strange the same Ummah is divided amongst each other. The true essence of the Prophet (P.BU.H)’s life seems lost in the world we live in today.

The Ummah today as the Prophet (P.B.U.H) feared has fallen at the hands of fitnah. The simplicity of our deen has been deemed complex and incompatible. It saddens me deeply when I realize what we have become. It is like the life of the Prophet (P.B.U.H) has been forgotten. His teachings,patience,tolerance and unimaginable sufferings urge us to come to common terms with each other. The true teachings of Islam talk about unity and being together in front of one lord. Unfortunately even with the life of the Prophet (P.B.U.H) in front of us like an open book we continue to have reservations and differences in opinions.

On this day while remembering the last sermon of the Prophet (P.B.U.H) I pray for the unity of the Ummah which is scattered to bits at present. It is not possible for us to fight the enemy while we continue to hold differences among each other.Nor is it  for us to fight amongst each other and deny the message of Quran.  Neither it is  for one Muslim to consider the other as any less than him in the matters of faith. Last and foremost it is not for us to judge others in matters of religion, somethings are better left for ALLAH to decide and judge. For me the conflict ends here:

And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allâh (i.e. this Qur’ân), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allâh’s Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islâmic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allâh makes His Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be guided.

The Noble Qur’an 3:103, 105

Let’s not overshadow the true essence of Islam and the teachings of our beloved Prophet (P.B.UH). For all the Muslims Eid-e-ghadeer Mubarak!  may all of us make this day a source of remembrance of the true essence of unity amongst each other.


13 thoughts on “Eid-e-Ghadeer: The essence of Hajjat-ul-wida

  1. Few errors in the article, the last sermon of the Prophet was in Mecca, not at the point of Ghadeer.

    Everyone had gone back from Hajj and only the Muslims in North of the Arabian Peninsula were there.

    At Ghadeer was not the last sermon of Hajjat ul wida of the Prophet (pbuh). Ghadeer is apx 250 km away from Mecca and the last sermon was in Mecca.

  2. I appreciate your article, but agree with Waqas.. why wish Eid ul Ghadeer Mubarak?We are very happy with the two Eids that Allah Subhana Huwa Taala has blessed us with.

    1. its nt about celebrating the day/eid its about realising the fact. What did prophet said to us on that day was the people who believe me should belive hazrat ali and people who are hostile to him are hostile to me,n let me ask you technically why do u celebrate birthdays n annivarsaries of your loved ones when allah subhana huwa talah has not not told, it just out love that you celebrate birthdays and we celebrate the day because we love hazrat ali. Open your mind and understand things. Prophet(pbhu) has said i am the city of knowledge and ali is the gate to it. Allah hafiz.

  3. Aah, it makes more sense now, btw just a query, should we really be celebrating this. I mean in your article you said we dont celebrate it then is saying “Eid ul Ghadeer Mubarak”, is that not a form of celebration ?

    Technically it isnt an Eid to begin with. I am having my doubts that saying Eid ul Ghadeer Mubarak is correct because technically we only have 2 Eids.

  4. @ waqas: I get r point actually it was his last address to people as it was his last hajj before death. So its meant to be in the onth of Zil-hajj. His wisaal was later in the months. Am sure you know he discontinued pblic appearnces de to illness.

    @sawj: Khair Mubarak again 🙂

  5. @Sana: Eid Mubarak to you too! 😀

    @Waqas: Dude it was on the return trip from Hajjat-ul-Wida, at the location of Ghadeer-e-Khum, halfway between Makkah and Madinah. Not in Rabi-ul-Awwal. 🙂

  6. Hey Sana, I had a question, didn’t know why i didnt think of this earlier, if Eid ul ghadeer is celebrating the last sermon of the prophet should it not be close to miladun nabi ?

    The last sermon was a day before or the day he accended to the heavens. Just something that did not add up..

    1. Please, while making a comment, please, ensure that it will make sinse to the readers, please, take it in the spirit I am saying it. I learn from the people around me ( including forums like yhis one ) I would like to benefit from from your input.

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