Beware! Satan  has collected his group and assembled his horse-men and foot-soldiers. Surely, with me is my sagacity. I have neither deceived myself nor ever been deceived. By Allāh I shall fill to the brim for them a cistern from which I alone would draw water. They can neither turn away from it nor return to it.
 When Ṭalḥah and az-Zubayr broke away by violating the Oath of allegiance and set for Baṣrah in the company of ‘Ā’ishah, Amīr al-mu’minīn spoke in these words which are part of the long speech.
Ibn Abi’l-Ḥadīd has written that in this sermon Satan denotes the real Satan as well as Mu‘āwiyah because Mu‘āwiyah was secretly conspiring with Ṭalḥah and az-Zubayr and instigating them to fight against Amīr al-mu’minīn ; but the reference to the real Satan is more appropriate, obvious and in accord with the situation and circumstances.