34.7 The Last Revelation
The Prophet prayed the noon and afternoon prayers and rode his camel up to the rocks. There he read these newly-revealed verses to the people:
Today I have completed your religion for you,
completed bestowing My blessing upon you,
and approved Islam as a religion for you. (5:3)
On hearing these words Abu Bakr burst into tears. This was an unmistakable sign to him. Perhaps all the time the Messenger was repeating to them the basic precepts of Islam, precepts he had taught them twenty-three years earlier, Abu Bakr could feel that this was the end. Mohamed was saying farewell to this world and the people to whom he had been entrusted with the Message and that was the reason he was repeating things he had taught them so many years ago. Such behavior would not escape Abu Bakr who knew him so well. But these verses from the Koran made his fears turn into an awful certainty. If religion was complete, if the message had been delivered, what need had the Messenger to remain in the land of his sojourn? He realized that Mohamed would soon be taken from them. He was dearer than life or child to Abu Bakr, but the will of Allah is ever executed.
Mohamed's words were paving the way for those who would come after him, and securing the gains Islam had given the Arab nation. Abu Bakr noted all this and followed Mohamed with an anxious eye and mournful heart.
When a few months later Mohamed passed away, the whole nation was in convulsion, friend and foe alike were thrown into confusion, all except Abu Bakr. With a hand of steel, he steadied the faltering, rectified the erring, and carried the banner of the nation entrusted to him high over distant lands and foreign climes.
Continuing the rites of pilgrimage, the Prophet spent the night at Muzdalifa, and then in the morning moved on to Al-Hashr al-Haram (a mountain) from where he returned to Mina where he threw the symbolic stones at the devil. When he returned to his tent, he sacrificed sixty-three offerings, one for each year of his life. Then he shaved his head and ended the rites of pilgrimage.
This was the last time he made the pilgrimage; the last time he visited the Ancient House. After twenty-three years of constant struggle, of patience and indomitable courage, he was soon to attain rest and peace, and the true promise that he was promised.