Battle Of Badr – 17th RAMADHAN 2 A.H.
“And indeed Allah assisted you at Badr when you were weak, so be careful (to your duty) to Allah so that you may be of the thankful ones. When you said to the believers 'Does it not suffice you that your Lord should assist you with three thousand angels sent down." [Suratul Al Imran 3:123 & 124 ]
The battle of Badr was the
first of the great battles of Islam. When the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi
wassalam) heard the news that there was a trade caravan going to
The two armies met at Badr on
17th Ramadhan 2 A.H. In the beginning as per Arab custom, single combat (one to
one) took place. The famous Quraysh warriors Utbah, Shayba and Walid came to
challenge three 'Ansaars' from
The Quraysh grew disturbed and began attacking. When the fierce engagement grew during the battle, the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wassalam) began to supplicate to his Lord saying, "O Allah! Should this group (of Muslims) be defeated today, You will no longer be worshipped."
This was an Islamic duty, for all victory comes from Allah. Allah revealed, "Verily, I am with you, so keep firm those who believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved." [Qur'an: 8:12] It can also be clearly seen from the above accounts that Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wassalam) was also mindful of his (sallallahu alayhi wassalam) other duties to Allah. Islam required him (sallallahu alayhi wassalam) not only to make du'a for victory over the Disbelievers but also for his (sallallahu alayhi wassalam) Islamic State to undertake economic, political and military actions that were in line with this objective and which he (sallallahu alayhi wassalam) performed in order to seek Allah's victory.
During the Battle of Badr, Allah, inspired to His Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wassalam), "I will help you with a thousand of the angels each behind the other in succession." [Qur'an 8:9]. The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wassalam) rested after the strain of this revelation and then raised his head joyfully, crying, "O Abu Bakr, glad tidings are there for you, Allah's victory has approached, by Allah, I can see Gabriel on his mare in the thick of a sandstorm."
For us today, there are numerous ahadeeth which indicate similar victories not just over the jews but also about dominance over the entire world. We must make du'a for these victories, but not stop at that. For Islam also requires us to ensure that the actions of the Ummah, collectively, through the State also reflect that noble purpose.
The enemies got frightened and began to retreat. The skill of Ali, the other Muslim soldiers and the sight of so many angels struck terror in the enemies’ hearts. 72 Kuffar were killed including their leader Abu Jahl. 14 Muslims were martyred.
The Muslims also took 70
prisoners. The prisoners were treated with kindness and some became Muslims. In
later days some of the prisoners said: "blessed be the men of
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