The Message of War – Lessons from Badr: The replies
The message of Badr I: The reply of Muhajiroon and the Ansar
The Prophet (S) was slightly disturbed by the news reached him. The caravan under Abu Sufyan has escaped. The disbelievers of Mecca are marching towards them with well equipped army. He knew Muslims were unequipped and less in number. He intended only the wealth of the caravan. The Muslim leader called out a meeting and explained the gravity of the situation, and waited for the reply.
The Muhajjiroon (those who migrated from Mecca) replied as anticipated by the Prophet (S). First, Abu Bakr and Umar (r) replied, and then al-Miqdad Ibn Amr (r) got up and said:
“O Messenger of Allah! Proceed where Allah directs you to, for we are with you. We will not say as the children of Israel said to Moosa (a), ‘Go you and your Lord and fight and we will stay here.’ Rather we shall say, “Go you and your Lord and fight and we will fight along with you. By Allah! If you were to take us to Bark al-Ghimad, we will still fight with determination against its defender until you gain it.”
Prophet (S) was pleased to hear, but that was not sufficient, for Muhajjiroon has already depicted their faith in him, moreover in Allah, by migrating leaving everything behind. He was anxious to hear Ansars (The Muslims of Medina), so he said: “Advice me, my men”. They have promised to protect him in Medina, but not otherwise. Everyone was eager to hear them speak.
Sa’d ibn Mua’ad (r) stood up and said: “O Prophet of Allah! We believe in you and we testify that you are the true Messenger of Allah. We bear witness that what you have been given is the Truth. We give you our firm pledge of obedience and sacrifice. We will obey you most willingly in whatever you command us, and by Allah, Who has sent you with Truth, if you ask us to cross this sea (Red Sea), we will do that most readily and not a man of us will stay behind. We hope that Allah will show you through our hands those deeds of courage, which will please your eyes. Kindly lead us to the battlefield in the Name of Allah!”
The incident demonstrates:
- The obedience of the companions of Prophet (S) towards Allah’s decision and command.
- The kindness, love and compassion they had towards Allah and His Messenger (S).
- The trust and hope they had regarding Allah.
- The courage and bravery of the companions.
- The virtue of the sahaba.
The replies of both the groups teach us the approach of believing in Allah, His help, His ability, His decree, His messenger (S). The responses tell us how we should love and respect Prophet (S), which. Furthermore it instructs as to be courageous and steadfast in the path of Allah and that we should stay united with mutual kindness and compassion.