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- Lesson 96 Battle of Badr
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-  The Great Battle of Badr
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- Quraysh used to go to Ash-Shm (The Levant, Greater Syria) for trade. During such a trip, they used to pass by Al-Madnah.
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- One of these trips was in the month of Jumd of the year 2 A.H. (After Hijrah), when their largest caravan was led by Abu-Sufyn ibn Harb, accompanied by more than 30 Qurayshis.
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- The news reached the Muslims in Al-Madnah, so they found it a good opportunity to take back some of what Quraysh confiscated from them when they migrated from Makkah to Al- Madnah.
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- The Prophet (SAWS) went out to meet them, accompanied by 150 men from Al-Muhjirn (emigrants).
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- However, he could not catch up with them. This expedition is called Al-`Ashrah, after the name of a valley near Badr.
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- Later, when the Prophet (SAWS) heard that the caravan was on its way back, he decided to meet up with it.
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- Therefore, in one of the first 10 days of Ramadan, the Prophet went out again to capture the caravan.
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- There were 314 men from the Al-Muhjirn (emigrants) and Al-Ansr (supporters); the Muslims had two horses and 70 camels.
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- When Abu-Sufiyn cautiously approached Al- Hijz (the Western part of the Arabian Peninsula), he learned about the Muslim army and their intention.
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- Therefore, he left the main route and took an alternative one, parallel to the coast.
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- Then he sent a man to Makkah to ask Quraysh for help if they wanted to save their goods and profits.
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- Quraysh prepared 950 men to march and meet the Prophet (SAWS) and his companions. The army of Quraysh included 100 horsemen and 700 camels.
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- When the Prophet (SAWS) learned about the huge army coming to face them, he gathered his followers and asked for their advice.
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- They all agreed to march out to meet them. Approaching the valley of Badr, the Prophet (SAWS) was informed that Abu-Sufyn has avoided them with the caravan, and that the army of Quraysh was behind the Valley of Badr.
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- After hearing that the caravan was safe, Abu-Jahl sent word to the army that they should not return to Makkah until they reached Badr;
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- that they should stay there and slaughter animals for food, that they should distribute the meat together with wine among other Arabs, so they would fear them and be wary of them.
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- The disbelievers' (polytheists') army camped on the far side of the valley, whereas the Muslim army, with the Prophet (SAWS), was on the near side.
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- There was no water on the Muslims side. Therefore, Allah (SWT) sent down rain so the Muslims could drink and so that the earth would become more firm.
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- This made it easy for the Muslim army to move. On the opposite side, where the Qurayshi army was, the ground had turned into mud.
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- The Prophet (SAWS) and his army came to the nearest wet land near where Quraysh were camped and ordered for a cistern to be built.
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- He (SAWS) also ordered his army to destroy the wells behind. This way the disbelievers would lose hope of getting water from behind them.
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- Then he allowed his followers to build a hut of palm branches, where he could set up his headquarters. They did so and built it on an elevation overlooking the battlefield.
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- In the morning of Tuesday, the 17th of Ramadan, in the year 2 A.H., the two armies came face to face.
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- The Prophet (SAWS) was setting up the ranks of his army until it was in order.
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- Then he looked at Quraysh and said, O Allah, this is Quraysh who came here to challenge You with their arrogance and their horses. They also came to belie your Prophet. O Allah I pray for your victory which You have promised me."
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- From the opposing army of disbelievers, three came out to the middle of the battlefield for the first challenge: Utbah ibn Rab`ah, his son Al- Wald, and his brother Shaybah.
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- This was the custom of battles in the old times, where notable warriors from each side would step up for a one-to-one challenge at the start.
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- In response, three of the Al-Ansr from the Muslim army went out to face them.
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- The first three stubbornly refused this challenge, saying: We would rather fight someone more qualified, someone from our cousins [i.e. Qurayshis].
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- And out came Hamzah ibn `Abdul-Muttalib, `Ubaydah ibn ul-Hrith and `Ali ibn Abu- Tlib, to accept this renewed challenge.
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- Hamzah took on Shaybah, as `Ubaydah took on `Utbah, and `Ali faced Al-Wald.
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- While Hamzah and `Ali defeated their opponents, the third challenge ended up with `Ubaydah and his opponent both seriously injured.
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- Seeing this, Hamzah and `Ali helped `Ubaydah win, and carried him, wounded, back to their side.
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- The injury was unfortunately too serious and he passed away later, may Allah be pleased with him.
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- The full scale attack then started, and the Prophet (SAWS) came out of his hut, encouraging his army by saying, "Soon the gathering will be routed and (they) will turn their backs." (TMQ, Al-Qamar: 45).
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