Sahih Muslim Hadith - 1302

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Narrated AbuHurayrah

AbuJahl asked (people) whether Muhammad placed his face (on the ground) in the presence. It was said to him: Yes. He said: By Lat and Uzza, if I were to see him do that, I should trample his neck, or I should besmear his face with dust. He came to Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) as he was engaged in prayer and thought of trampling his neck. (The people say) that he came near him but turned upon his heels and tried to repulse something with his hands. It was said to him: What is the matter with you? He said: There is between me and him a ditch of fire and terror and wings. Thereupon Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said: If he had come near me the angels would have torn him to pieces. Then Allah, the Exalted and glorious, revealed this verse--(the narrator) said: We do not know whether it is the hadith transmitted to AbuHurayrah or something conveyed to him from another source: "Nay, man is surely inordinate, because he looks upon himself as self-sufficient. Surely to thy Lord is the return. Hast thou seen him who forbids a servant when he prays? Seest thou if he is on the right way, or enjoins observance of piety? Seest thou if he (AbuJahl) denies and turns away? Knowest he not that Allah sees? Nay, if he desists not, We shall seize him by the forelock--a lying, sinful forelock. Then let him summon his council. We shall summon the guards of the Hell. Nay! Obey not thou him" (lcvi.6-19). (Rather prostrate thyself.) Ubaydullah made this addition: It was after this that (prostration) was made obligatory, and Ibn AbdulAla' made this addition that by Nadia he meant his people.

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