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“O People! Go away, for Allah will protect me!”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

5:67

O Rasool! Deliver the message which has been revealed to you from your Rabb, and if you do not, you are not doing justice to your mission. Allah will protect you from the mischief of the people. Rest assured that Allah will not let the unbelievers succeed against you.

[Surat’l Maa-idah, 5:67 – translation with added words to enhance meaning in the English language]

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Allah’s statement,

وَاللَّهُ يَعْصِمُكَ مِنَ النَّاسِ

(Allah will protect you from mankind.) means, you convey My Message and I will protect, aid and support you over your enemies and will grant you victory over them. Therefore, do not have any fear or sadness, for none of them will be able to touch you with harm.

Before this Ayah was revealed, the Prophet was being guarded, as Imam Ahmad recorded that `A’ishah said that the Prophet was vigilant one night when she was next to him; she asked him, “What is the matter, O Allah’s Messenger” He said,

«لَيْتَ رَجُلًا صَالِحًا مِنْ أَصْحَابِي يَحْرُسُنِي اللَّيْلَة»

(Would that a pious man from my companions guard me tonight!)

She said,

“Suddenly we heard the clatter of arms”.

The Prophet said,

«مَنْ هَذَا؟»

(Who is that’?’)

He (the new comer) replied,

“I am Sa`d bin Malik (Sa`d bin Abi Waqqas).”

The Prophet asked,

«مَا جَاءَ بِكَ؟»

(What brought you here?)

He said,

“I have come to guard you, Allah’s O Messenger.”

`A’ishah said, “So, the Prophet slept (that night) and I heard the noise of sleep coming from him.)”

This Hadith is recorded in Two Sahihs.

Another narration for this Hadith reads, “The Messenger of Allah was vigilant one night, after he came to Al-Madinah…”, meaning, after the Hijrah and after the Prophet consummated his marriage to `A’ishah in the second year of Hijrah.

Ibn Abi Hatim recorded that `A’ishah said, “The Prophet was being guarded until this Ayah,

وَاللَّهُ يَعْصِمُكَ مِنَ النَّاسِ

(Allah will protect you from mankind)

was revealed.”

She added; “The Prophet raised his head from the room and said;

«يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ انْصَرِفُوا فَقَدْ عَصَمَنِي اللهُ عَزَّ وَجَل»

(O people! Go away, for Allah will protect me.)”’

At-Tirmidhi recorded it and said,”This Hadith is Gharib.”

It was also recorded by Ibn Jarir, and Al-Hakim in his Mustadrak, where he said, “Its chain is Sahih, but they did not record it.”

Source: Tafseer ibn Katheer

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!يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ حَسْبُكَ اللَّهُ وَمَنِ اتَّبَعَكَ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ

O Prophet, sufficient for you is Allah and for whoever follows you of the believers!

[Surat’l Anfaal, 8:64]

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