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HIS BRAVERY & COURAGE
Anas said: "One night the people of Madinah felt alarmed. People went out hurriedly
towards the source of sound, but the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam had already gone ahead of
them. He was on the horseback of Abu Talhah which had no saddle over it, and a
sword was slung round his neck, and said to them: 'There was nothing to be afraid
' Ali's radiyallaahu 'anhu courage and bravery is well known. He relates, "When the battle would become furious and the eyes of the warriors become red [out of anger] we would take shelter behind Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam. None would be closer to the enemy than him."
In the Battle of Hunayn part of the enemy, known for their archery, took up their positions in the hills surrounding the valley through which the Muslims passed. As they advanced, the Muslims were met with showers of arrows from all sides while the main portion of the enemy attacked them from the front. The new converts to Islam could not resist the fierce attack of the enemy. They retreated, causing untold confusion on the battle field.
Regarding this incident a person asked Bara ibn Aazib, "Did you people retreat leaving Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam?" He replied, "Yes, but Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam did not retreat. I saw him on his white mule. Abu Sufyaan was holding its reins and Nabi sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam was saying, "I am a Nabi not an imposter [in another narration], I am the son of Abdul Muttalib."
Hadhrat Abbas [radhiyallahu anhu] describes the above in the following words, "The Muslims retreated, but Nabi sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam raced his mule forward towards the Kuffar while I held its reins and Abu Sufyaan its stirrups."