The story of the disbeliever who wanted to kill the Prophet ﷺ

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Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq al-‘Abbaad narrates:

Once, the Prophet ﷺ was returning home from a battle, and when they reached a [suitable] place, they stopped to rest. The Prophet ﷺ went to sleep, and so did the companions, and they appointed one of the companions to remain on guard. It appeared he was also tired [and was overcome] and went to sleep.

[While they were all asleep], someone came along – having followed their trail – in search of where the Prophet ﷺ was, until he found him.

[Upon approaching him] he took the sword of the Prophet ﷺ and drew it from the sheath whilst the Prophet ﷺ was asleep.

He ﷺ opened his eyes, and the sword was withdrawn and ready to strike [the Prophet] as he stood in front of him.

So the man said to him: “Who will protect you from me?” He [repeated]: “Who will protect you from me?”

And with a firm conviction and complete trust in Allaah, he ﷺ said: “Allaah.”

[So, again] he said: “Who will protect you from me?”

[And again] he said: “Allaah.”

So when the Prophet ﷺ said this word, [t]his [man’s] hand was rendered inoperable. His hand was unable to move, and the sword fell from it, because his hand became inoperable. Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) rendered his hand inoperable of any movement.

So the sword fell from [his hand] and the Prophet ﷺ stood and picked up the sword in his hand, and said to him: “Who will protect you from me?”

So he began to plead and show remorse, saying: “You are noble, the son of a noble [man]”, and he sought forgiveness [from the Prophet ﷺ].

So the point [of this narration] is, whoever has complete trust in Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala), then He is sufficient for him – even if the heavens and the Earth and all therein conspired and plotted against him.

And that is because [all] the affairs are in His Hands. So whatever He wills will happen, and whatever He does not will, will not be. And there is no Might nor Power except with Allaah.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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