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It was here that a band of 313 Muslims, mostly unarmed and with two horses and 70 camels between them, led by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him.


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 that your Lord should assist you with three thousand angels sent down.’ Sura Aal-e-Imran 3:123 & 124.

The battle of Badr was the first of the great battles of Islam. The faithfuls were put to the first real test during this battle.

The importance of the Battle of Badr cannot be over-estimated. In the long chain of significant events in the history of Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) struggle against the Makkan oppressors, it was an event after which the early Muslim community felt itself free to make rapid advances. Badr represented the first major test to the new and nascent organisation founded by the Prophet.

No one was aware of the importance of the outcome of the battle as the Prophet (peace be upon hom) himself. We might read the depth of his anxiety in his prayer before the beginning of the battle when he stood up supplicating his Lord: “God this is Quraish. It has come with all its arrogance and boastfulness, trying to discredit Thy Apostle. God, I ask Thee to humiliate them tomorrow. God, if this Muslim band will perish today, Thou shall not be worshipped.”

The Battle of Badr was fought on the 17th of Ramadan in 624 AD (the second year of the Hijra) about 50 miles south-west of Madina near the point where the then Madina-Syria caravan route wound its way through a difficult terrain.

It was here that a band of 313 Muslims, mostly unarmed and with two horses and 70 camels between them, led by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), met a well-armed and well-equipped army of their pagan enemies of Makkah, numbered over a thousand, and won, by God’s help, a splendid victory that established the standard of truth never to be lowered again.

The Makkah army had among its leaders some of the most experienced warriors of Arabia including Abu Jahl, the inveterate foe and persecutor of Islam. After individual combats, according to the customs of Arabia, between Hamza, Ali and Obaidah on the side of the Muslims and three braves from the Makkah ranks, a pitched battle ensued. The stakes were great. Both the forces fought valiantly but the Muslims were animated by holy zeal.

It was impossible, without the miraculous aid of God, for such a small and ill-equipped force, as was the Muslim band, to defeat the large and well-equipped force of the enemy. But their firmness, zeal and discipline won them divine aid.

The Battle of Badr came in the wake of the worst kind of persecution of Muslims. The Prophet of Islam and his devoted band of followers had patiently endured untold hardship, tyranny and oppression for 13 years and ultimately had to abandon their hearths and homes, sacrificing whatever worldly possession they had.

The little exiled community of Makkah Muslims, with their friends in Madina, had organised themselves into a God-fearing community, but were constantly in danger of being attacked by their pagan enemies of Makkah, in alliance with some of the disaffected elements (Jews and hypocrites) in or near Madina itself. The design of the Makkans was to gather all the resources they could, and with an overwhelming force, to crush and annihilate the Prophet and his party.

To this end, Abu Saufyan, a leader of the pagan Makkah was leading a richly laden caravan from Syria to Makkah. He called for armed aid from Makkah. There were two alternatives before Muslims in Madina, to have themselves being overwhelmed by the Makkans with all the resources from the rich Syrian trade. One which had least danger for the time being and also promised much booty, was to fall upon the caravan returning from Syria with only 40 men unarmed. From a worldly point of view, this was the safest and most lucrative course.

The other alternative which was actually adopted on the recommendation of the apostle by the guidance of God, was to leave the booty alone and march out boldly against the well-armed and well-equipped army of 1,000 men coming from Makkah. The Muslims had no more than 300 men, ill armed to oppose the force. But if they could defeat it, it would shake the selfish autocracy which was in possession in Makkah.

The consequence of the victory at Badr was, therefore, far reaching. It gave the nascent Muslim state of Madina the much needed self-confidence and moral strength to stand on its own at a time when the holy Prophet had almost lost all hopes of withstanding the persecution. It dealt a severe blow to the prestige of pagan Makkah..

(The writer is a former Khaleej Times staffer)
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Monumental steps to force them into battle

U mean an army of 313 men : 2 horses ; 2 swords and 70 camels tried their best to go to war against 1000 fully armed men with 200 horses....

Please take your medicine...

Atleast make an allegation which makes common sense
 

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U mean an army of 313 men : 2 horses ; 2 swords and 70 camels tried their best to go to war against 1000 fully armed men with 200 horses....
Muslims were strategically in control of the wells at Badr. In fact, Meccans lost because they were starved of water. Meccans were butchered as they approached the Wells of Badr:
 

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Meccans deserved everything they got. They boycotted Muslims for two years not to mention persecuted them to the max just because they said La ilaha illallah Muhammadur rasuluallah. Thank goodness Abu Jahil was also killed in the battle.
 

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Muslims were strategically in control of the wells at Badr. In fact, Meccans lost because they were starved of water. Meccans were butchered as they approached the Wells of Badr:

That if true... proves just superior tactics...

Meccans decided to descend onto madina after their convoy had passed safely...
Battle was indeed defensive from muslim point of view...
 

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Meccans deserved everything they got. They boycotted Muslims for two years not to mention persecuted them to the max just because they said La ilaha illallah Muhammadur rasuluallah. Thank goodness Abu Jahil was also killed in the battle.
Revenge is sweet. :haha:

That if true... proves just superior tactics...
Of course. And whenever Muslim armies were beaten, it was because their military tactics were less superior against their adversaries and not because of some Yahudi-Nasrani-Hindu Sazish :sarcastic:

why this battle is linked to religion ?
Its the first Ghazwa, meaning the very first battle in which the Holy Prophet himself was present to lead the course of battle.
 

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Undisputed facts of that day are that quraish being richer and more powerfull than beleagured muslims; commanded 3 times majority in men; had cavalary which muslims lacked; and were well armed unlike muslims who mostly had sticks...( its not uptil ghazwa e khandaq that every muslim in army got a sword)...
This was not a defensive battle; this was a battle for survival as odds were heavily stacked against muslims

Fact is undisputed that quraish prisoners were treated very well.. quiet few of them were allowed to go after teaching a muslim child read and write...
Considering that what they ve been doing for past 10 years to muslims it takes courage and charector to do what prophet did that day..
I dont see any other example of such forgiveness in history
 

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Muslims cursed the Meccan gods and also went against their beliefs, reason why muslims were persecuted and had to leave Mecca.

It was muslims who provoked Meccans. Meccans brought many proposals infront of the Prophet but the Prophet rejected and also rejected/insulted the old Meccan traditions.

The battle of Badr some say it was because of looting of Meccan caravans by Muslims, some argue that the goods infact belong to Muslims which are being sold by Meccans.

But based on the history, the battle occurred only after repeated attacks by Muslims on Meccan caravans .
 

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Imagine, 313 Muslims fighting for their survival in unknown deserts of Mecca.

Today, 1.7 billon+ Muslims across the globe and quarter of humanity ascribes to Islamic religion and culture. Mashallah.

Amazing.

@Norwegian Have some self respect and stop quoting absolutely hideous right-wing christian internet websites as your "sources" when it comes to criticism of Islam. You won't go anywhere with these well-known documented Muslim hating sites as your sources.
 
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Imagine, 313 Muslims fighting for their survival in unknown deserts of Mecca.

Today, 1.7 billon+ Muslims across the globe and quarter of humanity ascribes to Islamic religion and culture. Mashallah.
There is a HUGE line between Muslims of that day and todays Muslims. I doubt the integrity of the 1.7 billion.

Majority of the new "Muslim" controlled lands are more or less shitholes like Iraq, Syria, Lybia, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey or Afghanistan. ALL of them fighting within each other like the shitheads they are. Open your eyes. We need to unite, Then I'd consider this "Ummah" worth MashAllah-ing.
The ONLY thing that we've done since The Prophet (S.A.W)'s death is fight each other to date.
 
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Muslims cursed the Meccan gods and also went against their beliefs, reason why muslims were persecuted and had to leave Mecca.

It was muslims who provoked Meccans. Meccans brought many proposals infront of the Prophet but the Prophet rejected and also rejected/insulted the old Meccan traditions.

The battle of Badr some say it was because of looting of Meccan caravans by Muslims, some argue that the goods infact belong to Muslims which are being sold by Meccans.

But based on the history, the battle occurred only after repeated attacks by Muslims on Meccan caravans .
This is what it known as finding true God...It has occurred before Islam...Do you not consider Jews or Christens to also be based on this concept of going against the gods created by humans?

This is also the very concept of any future Muslim War...To crush the infidels...be it by force or by showing kindness and mercy...
 

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Muslims cursed the Meccan gods and also went against their beliefs, reason why muslims were persecuted and had to leave Mecca.

It was muslims who provoked Meccans. Meccans brought many proposals infront of the Prophet but the Prophet rejected and also rejected/insulted the old Meccan traditions.

The battle of Badr some say it was because of looting of Meccan caravans by Muslims, some argue that the goods infact belong to Muslims which are being sold by Meccans.

But based on the history, the battle occurred only after repeated attacks by Muslims on Meccan caravans .
Saying worshipping a rock is false and stupid is not provoking anyone. Muslims were literally no threat to the pagans. They were very small in number. The only thing it threatened was the lifestyle of the elite Meccans (Abu Jahil etc.) If you know 100% that is something is completely false then why not curse it? Truth is what people always look for and curse the lies. Every prophet in Islam did this like Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) he in fact destroyed the idols himself. Why is that people always pick on the final messenger and not look what the past ones did?
 

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This is what it known as finding true God...It has occurred before Islam...Do you not consider Jews or Christens to also be based on this concept of going against the gods created by humans?

This is also the very concept of any future Muslim War...To crush the infidels...be it by force or by showing kindness and mercy...
I do not agree with Abrahamic concepts of finding salvation for me they are like political movements bringing divisions in people and creating hatred although I agree with some of the concepts of divine in those religions, I agree more with the Dharmic philosophy which is more relevant and makes people better beings. For me Vedas consists of superior logic than any of the Abrahamic books.

A GOD who created all the beings do not create divisions among them !



Saying worshipping a rock is false and stupid is not provoking anyone. Muslims were literally no threat to the pagans. They were very small in number. The only thing it threatened was the lifestyle of the elite Meccans (Abu Jahil etc.) If you know 100% that is something is completely false then why not curse it? Truth is what people always look for and curse the lies. Every prophet in Islam did this like Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) he in fact destroyed the idols himself. Why is that people always pick on the final messenger and not look what the past ones did?
What these so called true worshippers had that the Dharmics do not have ?

You are talking about a delusional/cannot be seen being called god !
 
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There is a HUGE line between Muslims of that day and todays Muslims. I doubt the integrity of the 1.7 billion.

Majority of the new "Muslim" controlled lands are more or less shitholes like Iraq, Syria, Lybia, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey or Afghanistan. ALL of them fighting within each other like the shitheads they are. Open your eyes. We need to unite, Then I'd consider this "Ummah" worth MashAllah-ing.
It's impossible to have unity in Islam in these times. Many have tried like the Saudi king Shah Faisal but he was eventually assassinated by the CIA. I remember the 1974 Islamic conference in Lahore. Kissinger was warning Bhutto and Faisal that there would be consequences. How can there be unity when these people who care about Islam get assassinated? Then we're left with whatever the west approves.
 
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