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|02/13/01 at 23:45:36|
Abu Sa'id al-'Absi narrated that Muhammad ibn Abdullah al-Thaqfi said: "I heard a khutba given by Abdullah ibn al-Zubair during the pilgrimage season. He was still wearing his pilgrim's garb (ihram) when he stood up on the eve of the eighth day of the pilgrimage, and then he began by resounding the talbiya, then praised Allah, blessed is His name, he acknowledged His attributes of benevolence, and then said,
'O ye people, you are the delegations who have come from distant corners of the world, responding to Almighty Allah's call, and surely He is the most worthy of honoring His delegations. Therefore, whosoever came here to ask Allah for His bounty, indeed he has come to the right place, his prayers will be fulfilled, and his efforts will not be in vain. The proof of your words lies in your actions, your intentions must be clear, and your hearts must be pure. During these days, realize the proof of Allah. On these days, the sins of the penitents are forgiven, and indeed, you have come from distant horizons, soliciting no business, asking for no money, and intending no comfort in this world. In fact, you have come this far, soliciting to receive what He has reserved for you by responding to His call, and you will surely receive them.'
al-Thaqfi continued, "al-Zubair then closed his khutba by recalling the talbiya of the pilgrims, and the people repeated that after him for some time. I must say here that throughout my entire life, never have I seen as many people in tears of piety and joy as on that day."
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