Hadith on Persecution: The Quraysh were first to transgress us

Al-Bara’ reported: I saw the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, on the day of the battle with the confederates, while he was carrying so much earth for the trench that his stomach was covered in mud. The Prophet was saying, “O Allah, had You not guided us, we would not have given charity or performed prayer. Send tranquility upon us and make our stance firm if we encounter the enemy. Verily, they were the first to transgress against us. If they intend persecution, we have refused.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 2837

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Bukhari

عَنْ الْبَرَاءِ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ رَأَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَوْمَ الْأَحْزَابِ يَنْقُلُ التُّرَابَ وَقَدْ وَارَى التُّرَابُ بَيَاضَ بَطْنِهِ وَهُوَ يَقُولُ لَوْلَا أَنْتَ مَا اهْتَدَيْنَا وَلَا تَصَدَّقْنَا وَلَا صَلَّيْنَا فَأَنْزِل السَكِينَةً عَلَيْنَا وَثَبِّتِ الْأَقْدَامَ إِنْ لَاقَيْنَا إِنَّ الْأُلَى قَدْ بَغَوْا عَلَيْنَا إِذَا أَرَادُوا فِتْنَةً أَبَيْنَا

2837 صحيح البخاري كتاب الجهاد والسير باب حفر الخندق