nimbleness did the camel receive from that prod of the Prophet (UWBP) that due to its speed it could not be caught up with, nor could its reins be seized.1
The Fourth Incident: The authorities on Hadith and foremost Bukhari report that it was rumoured one night that the enemy was attacking outside Medina. Brave horsemen went out to investigate. On the way they saw someone coming. They looked and saw that it was the Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace). He told them there was nothing. He had mounted Abu Talha’s famous horse, as his sacred courage impelled him to, and had gone before everyone else to investigate, then returned. He told Abu Talha: “Your horse is extremely swift and unfaltering.” Whereas previously it had been extremely slow. After that night, there was no horse to compete with it.2 On another occasion, as related in an authentic narration, while on a journey at the time for prayer, the Noble Messenger (UWBP) told his horse to stop. It stopped, and until he had finished praying the horse did not make the slightest movement.3
The Fifth Incident: Safina, the servant of the Noble Prophet (Upon whom be blessings and peace), was commanded by him to go to the Governor of Yemen, Mu‘adh b. Jabal. He set off and on the way encountered a lion. Safina said to it: “I am the servant of God’s Messenger!” Upon which the lion made a sound as if saying something, and left without molesting him. According to another narration, Safina lost his way when returning, and met with a lion. Not only did the lion not molest him, it showed him the way.4
Also, it is narrated from ‘Umar that he said: “A beduin came to the Noble Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace). He was holding a lizard. He said: ‘If this reptile testifies to you, I shall believe in you; otherwise I will not.’ God’s Messenger (UWBP) asked the lizard, and it testified to his messengership most eloquently.”5
Also, the Mother of Believers, Umm Salama relates: “A gazelle spoke
Muslim, Mithaqat, 109, no: 715; al-Khafaji, Sharh al-Shifa’, iii, 145.
Bukhari, Jihad, 46, 82; Adab, 39; Muslim, Fada’il, 48, no: 2307; Ibn Maja, Jihad, 9; Abu Da’ud, Adab, 87, no: 4988; Tirmidhi, Fada’il al-Jihad, nos: 1685-7.
Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 315; al-Khafaji, Sharh al-Shifa’, iii, 95.
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al-Haythami, Majma’ al-Zawa’id, viii, 293-4; al-Hindi, Kanz al-‘Ummal, xii, 358; Ibn Kathir, al-Bidaya wa’l-Nihaya, vi, 149-60; ‘Ali al-Qari, Sharh al-Shifa’, i, 632; al-Khafaji, Sharh al-Shifa’, iii, 79.