The call of the Messenger (Peace be upon him) to Islam provoked the polytheists and aroused their rage. It also provoked the Jews’ grudge and cunning. After the emigration the Jews and the polytheists joined hands to pose a real threat to the life of Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him). Conspiracies aiming at assassinating or killing him increased, and precautions and preparations against such conspiracies and threats represented a burden impeding the task of propagating Islam. Therefore, Allah promised to protect his Messenger against his enemies, and told him of that in His Saying: (O Messenger! Proclaim what has been sent down to you from your Lord. And if you did not, then you would not have fulfilled and proclaimed His Message. Allah will protect you from men (who mean mischief), for Allah guides not those who reject Truth.) (V:67)

Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) said: “Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) used to be guarded until (Allah will protect you from men) was revealed. Thereupon he looked out of the tent and dismissed the guards, saying: “O people! Go away, for Allah, the Exalted, has guaranteed my security.

This represented an excellent example of utter trust in the promise of Allah (SWT) and the perfect confidence in its realization. Thenceforth he did not appoint guards for his private security, exclusively trusting in and depending on the truthful Divine Promise.

A reasonable man would not risk his life if he had any doubt about the truthfulness of such a promise. Subsequent events occurred then, realizing Allah’s Promise to safeguard his Messenger.

Following are three of such events:

The event of “That Al-Riqa’ campaign”:
Jabir ibn Abdullah said: “ We accompanied Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) in Najd Campaign. When he was in a valley full of thorny trees and it was midday nap, he sat in the shade of a tree and hung his sword. The others also scattered in the shade of trees. While we were in that state Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) called us. We went to him to see a Bedouin sitting in front of him. He said: ‘This (Bedouin) came upon me while I was asleep and drew my sword. I woke up to see him standing over me brandishing an unsheathed sword. He said: ‘Who can protect you from me?’ I said: ‘Allah!’ Then he sheathed the sword and sat down, as you see him.’ Allah’s Apostle (Peace be upon him) did not punish him.”