Jabir Bin Abdullah relates: We went along with Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) on an expedition towards Najd and Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) found us in a valley abounding in thorny trees. Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) stayed for rest under a tree and he suspended his sword by one of its branches under which he was taking rest.

The persons scattered in the valley and they also began to take a (rest under the trees, and Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “A person came to me while I was asleep and took hold of the sword. I woke up and found him standing upon my head and I had hardly become alert that the sword was in his hand. And he said: “Who can protect you from me?” I said: “Allah.” He again said: “who can protect you from me?” I said: “Allah” He put his sword in the sheath (and you can see) this man is sitting here.” Allah’s Messenger did not in any way touch him. (Sahih Muslim)

This hadith brings into light the staunch faith the Holy Messenger (peace be upon him) had in Allah. The Holy Messenger’s relation with his Creator was so deep and close that no one can read an account of his sacred life without realizing a sense of the Majesty of Allah and of His Infinite Might and Power.

How much trust be reposed in the help and protection of Allah can be seen in the fact that although all the Companions used to keep a close watch no harm might come to the Messenger’s life and a few among them constantly remained with him as sentinels.

Among these are Sa’ad Bin Muadh, Muhammad bin Musalama, Zubair Bin Awwam, and Abbad Bin Bishr. But when the verse of Surah Al-Maidah: ‘And Allah will protect you from all people’ was revealed to the Holy Messenger (peace be upon him), he asked all his sentinels to leave him to the protection of Allah, as He has promised to him, and there is no protecting hand more powerful and mighty than the Hand of Allah. This shows the Holy Messenger’s firm faith in Allah.