Silat-ibn Ashyam, a pious Muslim of the second century, was traveling in the way of Allah, and when night fell, he decided to take shelter in an adjoining forest. He entered it, made ablution, and then stood for prayer. Without warning, a lion was rushing in his direction; and as it came dangerously near him, Silat continued to pray. lt began to circle around Silat, yet he did not break away from his prayer, instead remaining steadfast, beseeching Allah for help. He made the final salutation that one makes to exit the inviolable state of prayer, and he then said to the lion, "If you have been ordered to kill me, then do so. And if you have not been ordered to do so, then leave me alone so that I may speak privately to my Lord." The lion departed quietly and left Silat alone.
Ibn Katheer, in Al-Bidayah wan Nihayah, mentioned a story analogous to the one just related. Safeenah (may Allah be pleased with him), the freed slave of the Messenger of Allah (bpuh), was traveling with his Companions along the shore of the ocean. When they moved inland, a lion approached them menacingly. Safeenah said, "O’ lion, I am from the Companions of the Messenger of Allah, and I am his servant. These are my companions, so there is nothing that you can do against us." The lion turned around and raced away as if it were fleeing from them.
Many such stories are true and have been related by reliable sources. What is important, though, is that you take away from them a realization that our Lord is Most Merciful and Most Wise and that He is aware of all that takes place in the universe.
(There is no Najwa [secret counsel] of three, but He is their fourth [with His Knowledge, while He Himself is over the Throne, over the seventh heaven], nor of five but He is their sixth [with His Knowledge], e not of less than that or more. but He is with them wheresoever they may be.)
(Quran 58: 7)