Hadith on Sunnah: The Prophet speaks as if to say farewell

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, came out to us one day as if to say farewell. The Prophet said, “I am Muhammad, the unlettered prophet. There is no prophet after me. I have been given words that are eloquent, comprehensive, and decisive. I know how many angels guard the Hellfire and carry the Throne. Leniency came through me and I was pardoned along with my nation. Thus, listen and obey me as long as I am among you. When I am taken away, then you must adhere to the Book of Allah. Make lawful what it declares to be lawful and forbid what it declares to be forbidden.

Source: Musnad Aḥmad 6981

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Ahmad Shakir

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْعَاصِ قَالَ خَرَجَ عَلَيْنَا رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَوْمًا كَالْمُوَدِّعِ فَقَالَ أَنَا مُحَمَّدٌ النَّبِيُّ الْأُمِّيُّ وَلَا نَبِيَّ بَعْدِي أُوتِيتُ فَوَاتِحَ الْكَلِمِ وَجَوَامِعَهُ وَخَوَاتِمَهُ وَعَلِمْتُ كَمْ خَزَنَةُ النَّارِ وَحَمَلَةُ الْعَرْشِ وَتُجُوِّزَ بِي وَعُوفِيتُ وَعُوفِيَتْ أُمَّتِي فَاسْمَعُوا وَأَطِيعُوا مَا دُمْتُ فِيكُمْ فَإِذَا ذُهِبَ بِي فَعَلَيْكُمْ بِكِتَابِ اللهِ أَحِلُّوا حَلَالَهُ وَحَرِّمُوا حَرَامَهُ

6981 مسند أحمد

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