Lessons We Can Learn From the Battle of Badr
The Battle of Badr, which happened on the 17th of Ramadan two years after Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his companions’ emigration to Medina was a key battle in the early days of Islam. It was the first large-scale skirmish between the Muslims and Meccans which took place in Western Arabia, present-day Saudi Arabia in the Valley of Badr.
A brief explanation about the Battle of Badr: in 624 A.D, a caravan led by Abu Sufyan a leader in Mecca at the time was on route from Syria to Mecca. The caravan was said to carry weapons to be used against the Muslims.
When the Meccans learned of the Muslims coming to intercept the caravan, Abu Sufyan altered his course to Mecca to protect the caravan, while sending a message to the Quraishi tribe leader, Abu Jahl to inform him of the Muslims’ plans.
This eventually provoked the Meccans to send an army to confront Muhammad’s Muslims. Prophet Muhammad had no choice but to arrange a strong group of believers to fight against them. Eventually, a small defence force of 313 Muslims, most of them unarmed with only 70 camels and 2 horses came together to face the disbelievers. The total amount of Muslims only made up 1/3 in figure compared to the infidels. Despite the small army, the Muslims scored a complete victory.
It was an important milestone in the establishment of Islam and was even recorded in the Quran as a divine sanction of the new religion.
There are many great lessons we can learn from the Battle of Badr such as:
1. NUMBERS DON’T DETERMINE ANYTHING
In the Battle of Badr, Prophet Muhammad had an army of only 313 men, 2 horses and 70 camels yet they defeated an army of 1000 well-equipped and heavily armed soldiers. It’s not always quantity over quality.
“How many a small company has overcome a large company by permission of Allah. And Allah is with the patient.” (Quran 2:249)
2. EVERYTHING HAPPEN’S WITH ALLAH’S WILL
Upon winning the battler, the believers were reminded that the victory came from Allah’s will.
“And Allah made it not except as (a sign of) good things for you to reassure your hearts thereby. And victory is not except from Allah, the Exalted in Might, the Wise” (Quran 3: 126).
“And you did not kill them, but it was Allah who killed them. And you threw out (O Muhammad), when you threw, but it was Allah who threw that He might test the believers with a good test. Indeed, Allah is Hearing and Knowing.” (Quran 8: 17)
It was in this Quranic verse indicates His Assistance when only a mere handful of soil was thrown by the Prophet, resulting in the victory. The victory was made possible due to His Power and Support.
3. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF PRAYERS
Before the battle, the Prophet prayed immensely for Allah’s support. He would say “Oh Lord, if we are defeated, You will not be worshiped at all on Earth.”
The prayer was answered, and the Battle’s victory proved to be crucial in the survival of Islam until today.
Always ask for Allah’s help, as He helps his devotees whenever they ask for His help.
It was narrated in the Quran that when the Prophet (SAW) asked for His help, Allah said:
“Remember ye implored the assistance of your lord and he answered you. I will assist you with a thousand of angles ranks on ranks. And Allah made it but a message of hope and assurance to your hearts (in any case) there is no help except from Allah. And Allah is exalted in power, Wise.” (Quran 8:9 – 10).