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It is reported that when Surah Lahab was revealed, in a fit of anger the wife of Abu Jahl, whose name was Umme Jameel left her house carrying a large stone with the purpose of killing the Holy Prophet – peace be upon him. At that moment in the Haram shareef, the Holy Prophet – peace be upon him – was busy reciting the Quran in salah and Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Bakr – may Allah have mercy on him – was also sitting near him. As she entered the Haram shareef, she completely walked past the Holy Prophet – peace be upon him – and came directly to the Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Bakr – may Allah have mercy on him. Her mouth was frothing with anger and she said to him, “Where is your Prophet, I have come to know that he has insulted me and my husband.” She then began to walk around the Haram shareef looking for the Holy Prophet – peace be upon him – but for some reason she could not see him reading the Salah right in front of her. She then started to leave the Haram shareef and informed Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Bakr – may Allah have mercy on him, “I brought this stone to crush the head of your Prophet, yet it is tragic that I cannot not see him.”

When Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Bakr – may Allah have mercy on him – revealed to the Holy Prophet – peace be upon him – this incident, he replied, “She had walked past me many times, however, there was an angel which appeared between me and her which created a veil between us. Due to this, no matter how much she tried to search for me, she could not see me.

(Tafseer Khazaainul Irfaan p. 415).

In Surah Bani Israeel, verse 45, the Quran declares:

وَ اِذَا قَرَاۡتَ الْقُرۡاٰنَ جَعَلْنَا بَیۡنَکَ وَ بَیۡنَ الَّذِیۡنَ لَایُؤْمِنُوۡنَ بِالۡاٰخِرَۃِ حِجَابًا مَّسْتُوۡرًا ﴿ۙ۴۵﴾

And O beloved! When you recited the Quran, We placed between you and those who do not believe in the Hereafter, a hidden veil.

Even though she continued to peer and look, she could not see him standing in front of her. This was certainly one of the miracles of the Holy Prophet peace be upon him. Many such miracles were displayed by the Holy Prophet – peace be upon him – and at the same time, the Awliya have also displayed many miracles and all these miracles of the Awliyah are actually part of the miracles or Mo’jiza of the Holy Prophet – peace be upon him – himself, because they are part of his Ummah.

(Ajaibul Quran)