Having firm trust in Allah

Jabir (radi Allahu anhu) reported: I went in an expedition along with the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) in the direction of  Najd. When the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) returned, I also returned with him. Then the mid-day sleep overtook us in a valley full of prickly shrubs. The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) got down and the people scattered around seeking shade under the trees. The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) hung up his sword on the branch of a tree. We were enjoying a sleep when the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) called us, and lo! There was a desert Arab bedouin near him. He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “This man brandished my sword over me while I was asleep. I woke up and saw it in his hand unsheathed. He asked: ‘Who will protect you from me?’ I replied: ‘Allah’ – thrice”. He did not punish him and sat down.

[Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary:

Besides the Prophet’s habit of pardoning, and gracious attitude, this Hadith mentions his utmost trust in Allah. It tells that one who has trust in Allah is helped by Him. Later on, the bedouin mentioned in the Hadith embraced Islam.

In the battle of Dhat-ur-Riqa’ which took place in the sixth year of the Hijra, due to intense heat and lack of footwear, the Companions of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) wrapped their feet with pieces of cloth and for this reason it was called “War of patches of cloth (Dhat-ur-Riqa’)”. Some scholars have also given a different reason for this name.

And Allah Knows Best!

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