The famous incident regarding the Bedouin who wanted to murder Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)

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Is this story true?

A Bedouin confronted Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once and he wanted to murder him. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) slept under a big tree and so did his companions. Suddenly Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) got up and saw the sword of the Bedouin above his head. The Bedouin said, ‘Who will protect you from me’?. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘Allah’. The sword fell from the Bedouin’s hand hand and Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) took it and said, ‘Who will protect you from me?’ Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) however, left and forgave him”



This Hadith has been recorded in various Hadith collections including Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim with variation in the wording. The narration is therefore authentic.

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 2910,2913, 4135 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 5909)


The more popular view regarding the Bedouin’s name is ‘Ghawrath ibn Al Harith’.

(Refer: Al Minhaj, Hadith: 5909 and Fathul Bari, Hadith: 4135)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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