Battle of Badr is the most recognized fight in Islamic history. When our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) announced about first Quranic revelation and also that He (PBUH) is the last messenger of Allah Almighty then Quraishi idolaters denied Him. They became worst enemies of whoever accepted Islam and started tortured them both physically and mentally. This eventually led to mass emigration of Muslims from Makkah to Madina with the permission of Allah (SWT).
In the second year of Hijrah in 623 A.D, Muslims came to know of Quraishi caravan coming back from Syria to Makkah. So, they thought to take revenge from them for their losses of possessions in Makkah by raiding that convoy lead by Abu Sufyan, who called for his people to protect his caravan from Muslims and crush them. This clash is known as Ghazwa or battle of Badr in which the Prophet (SAW) took part Himself. Battle of Badr occurred on 17th of Ramadan and was won by Muslims who were 313 in number only, against the strong army of above 1000 Makkan disbelievers.
Facts about Battle of Badr
Below we will discuss some detailed outlook or facts about Battle of Badr that every Muslims needs to know.
- Holy Prophet (SAW)’s Knowledge about His Enemies: Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) was the best leader and procurement, officer. He (SAW) used to have detailed information about His enemies and the armed forces that He was to confront. In the battle of Badr, Prophet (PBUH) knew their qualities, their shortcomings; numbers and each and every detail to provide them with a strong challenge.
- Battle of Badr took place in Ramadan: It took place on 17th of Ramadan after two years when Prophet Muhammad (SAW) migrated towards Madina with the permission of Allah Almighty.
- Battle of Badr is mentioned in Holy Quran: Allah Almighty talks about this impressive victory of Muslims over disbelievers in the Holy Quran as follows: “Already there has been for you a sign in the two armies which met – one fighting in the cause of Allah and another of disbelievers. They saw them [to be] twice their [own] number by [their] eyesight. But Allah supports with His victory whom He wills. Indeed in that is a lesson for those of vision.” (Quran, 3: 13)
- Muslims were less in numbers than Enemies: The Army of Muslims, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s army was only 313 in number. Against Muslims Abu Jahl’s army was stood which three times as bigger, almost 1000 soldiers to fight with the Muslims.
- Battle of Separation: The battle of Badr is also known as “the battle of separation”. It was the battle of Badr that separated truth from false. It was made clear to all that Allah is the Almighty and All-Powerful.
- Angels assisted Muslims in Battle of Badr: 5,000 angels helped Muslims to achieve victory over the Quraish who were better equipped in terms of weaponry, camels, and war-horses. Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran: “Well, if you are steadfast and mindful of Allah, your Lord will reinforce you with five thousand swooping angels if the enemy should suddenly attack you!” (Quran, 3:125)
- Prophet Muhammad (SAW)’s prayer to seek Allah’s help: During the fight Prophet (SAW) came back to the seat of commandment and with his heart flooding with confidence, turned his face to the Almighty and stated: “O Lord! If this group is annihilated today, none else will worship you on the face of the earth.”
- How captives were treated after the battle of Badr: As indicated by the Islamic law the detainees of war get to be slaves of the Muslims and every one of them is required to work as per his ability. Taught people are utilized to teaching others and industrialists give direction in the field of industry.
In a nutshell, Badr was an incident when Islam proved itself as the forerunner in Arabia. It proved that with Allah’s help and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s confidence, Muslims could overcome any lion and complete any task. It is one of the most important events of our religious history.