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The Prophet's Guardians.

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As-Salaam alaikum,

Ali Ibn Abi Talib, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Holy Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, once said that "for every Prophet there were 7 selected guardians (Nujaba' ruqaba), but I have been given 14 instead."  When asked as to who they were, he replied:  "I myself, my two sons [Hassan and Hussein], Jafar, Hamza, Abu Bakr, Umar, Mus'ab Ibn Umair, Bilal, Salman, Ammar, Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud, Abu Dharr and Miqdad."  [Tirmidhi, vol. 11-Bab Manaqib Ahl-Bait].

 The secret implied in this of this Hadith is that for every Prophet, it is necessary to have some persons in his company, such that there should be some to acquire some share of wisdom from him, while others receive from him a portion of giving instruction. Others also may take to science of jurisprudence, holy war (Jihad), and other religious matters. The reason behind all this being that every perfection which the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, acquired could thereby be represented in a most distinguished manner.

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