Is there any mention in Hadith that the Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) would walk in front of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) [to ward of any danger] and they would [entrust] the angels to [protect from behind]?
Yes. Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu ‘anhu) says, “When Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would walk, the Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) would walk in front of him and they would leave the angels to [protect from behind].”
Imams Ibn Majah, Ahmad and Ibn Hibban (rahimahumullah) have recorded this narration.
(Sunan Ibn Majah: 246, Musnad Ahmad, vol. 3 pg. 302 and pg. 332, Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan: 6312)
‘Allamah Busiri (rahimahullah) has declared the narrators of Ibn Majah reliable (thiqat) and Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith authentic.
(Zawaid Ibn Majah, Hadith: 76. Also see: Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 6798)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar