The Significance of the Battle of Badr and the Blessed Martyrs [رضوان الله تعالى عليهم أجمعين]

The Great Battle of Badr took place on the seventeenth of Ramadhan -two years after the Hijra – This was the first battle that the believers ever engaged in with the disbelievers – and it is – by far – the Most  Famous and Most Renown -becuase of the several extraordinary events that occured during it.   Beloved Prophet Muhammed(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)  had encouraged the Muslims to oppose the Quraish caravan which was returning to Makkah from Sham.The Muslims went out with 300 and some soldiers not intending to meet a caravan of about 40 men – not intending to fight but only to overpower them – The caravan escaped – but Abu Sufyan had already sent word to Quraish to come and protect it – The Quraish marched with enormous army of 1000 men – Six Hundred wearing shield-, 100 horses – and 700 camels- and luxurious provisions to last for several days. The disbelievers wanted to make this a victory that would put fear into the hearts of all the Arabs – They wanted to crush the Muslims once and for all and the odds were overwhelmingly in their favor.

Imagine that the believers with their small army (including only 2 horses), going out with the intent of meeting a mere 40 unarmed man and instead meeting a well- prepared army of *3 times* their size –   Beloved Prophet Muhammed(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) could have easily ordered the believers to fight and they would not have hesitated to comply – But – He  (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) wanted to emphasize to his followers that they should fight out of conviction and  Iman and to teach us a lesson in the process.

He gathered his followers to conduct Shura (Consultation) -Many of the Muhajireen ( the Muslims who emigrated from Meakkaha to Medinah) spoke up – using the most eloquent of words to describe their dedication –  But there was one of the Sahabah whom all the others envied for his statement to Beloved Prophet Muhammed (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) – He, Miqdad ibn al Aswad – rose up in front of the crowd and said – ‘Ya RasulAllah! – We will not say to you like Bani Israel said to Musa, ‘Go you and your Lord and fight – we are here sitting and awaiting – ‘[Surat al maa’idah]’ – Go by Allah’s blessing and we are with you!”

And so the Beloved Prophet Muhammed(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was very pleased- but in His great wisdom –  He waited silently – and some among the Muslims knew what He intended- So far only the Muhajiroon had given their consent- but it was the Ansar (the Muslims who lived in Medinah and welcomed the Muslims into their city) –  who had the most to loose in this stake and it was not a part of the pledge that the Beloved Prophet Muhammed(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) had taken from the Ansar at ‘Aqabah) for the Ansar to fight with the Muslims in foreign territory – So- the great leader of the Ansar, Sa’d ibn Mu’adh spoke up- “Ya RasulAllah! Maybe you mean us?”-  The Beloved Prophet Muhammed (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)  responded in the affirmative.

Sa’d proceeded to give a beautiful speech in which he said – among many things: “O Messenger of ALLAH – we have believed in you and we believe that you are saying the Truth – We give you- based on that – our Covenant to listen to and Obey You -by ALLAH – the One Who sent you with the Truth – if you were to enter the sea- we would rush into it with you and not one of us would stay behind -May ALLAH show you in our actions what will satisfy your eyes – So march with us- putting our Trust in ALLAH ‘s Blessings”

Beloved Prophet Muhammed(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)  was very pleased by this and said: “Forward and be of cheer- for ALLAH has promised me one of the two (the Caravan or the Battle) – and by ALLAH it is as if I now saw the enemy lying prostrate.” Read the rest of this entry »

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