Wa Laqad Naswarakumullahu Bi-Badrin wa Antum Adhillah (3:123).
“God had helped you at Badr, when ye were a contemptible little force” (Yusuf Ali’s translation, not mine.)
I wish I could write something about the Waaqi’at Badr – the story, the event of the Battle of Badr between the Believers (Muslims) of Madinah and the Non-Believers (Kaafirs) of the Quraish of Makkah.
The Battle of Badr took place in the desert land of Arabia, to cap off the first quarter of the 7th Century of the Christian Era, on Saturday, 13th March, 624 Christian, according to some reports, that coincided with 17th of Ramadan in the 2nd year of the Hijri Calendar.
Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide
The divinely ordained and created new Islamic State and Social Order at Madinah was barely two years old. The Muslims, under the leadership of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, had found a temporary respite from the ceaseless and most heartless and cruel persecution of 13 interminable years at the hands of the Non-Believers of the Quraish of Makkah.
Or at least so it would appear. But not if the Non-Believers of the Quraish of Makkah would have any say in the matter. And they did. They invaded Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and his Muslim, Believer followers in their fledgling refuge city of Madinah
It appeared Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and his Muslim, Believer followers had nowhere to run and nowhere to hide from the continuing brutal aggression and persecution of the Non-Believers of the Quraish of Makkah and their ilk.
To Write or Not to Write: That Is the Question
There is so much inside my heart, bubbling and boiling, that I want to say, but which I don’t seem to be able to get it out on paper.
Dunya, with its myriad challenges, seems to superimpose itself upon my urge and ability to write.
And yet write I must, for, despite all odds, I just don’t seem to be able to stop writing.
God Goes to War
I keep asking myself, and I have done so for a long time: What kind of war was it which God himself went to fight; in which God himself did the shooting of arrows and the killing of the enemy; and in which God brought along with him thousands of his angels, riding pillion (double) on their special mounts, to fight along with him?
What kind of war was this war? And why did God become so clearly and decisively a party in this fight – on the side of the Believers of Madinah against the non-Believers of Makkah?
I keep asking myself this question. And I keep repeating it over and over in my head.
Torrents of tears roll down my face. And I keep shaking my head. And I want to pour out my thoughts and feelings and my heart and my mind on a computer, but the Dunya gets in the way.
Unable to Write
I am unable to write.
The demands and pressures of this world – my personal chores and responsibilities and my professional obligations and deadlines – pull and push me from all kinds of places and directions and get in the way of my writing.
I sometimes wish I could seal myself in a cocoon where there will be no one and nothing but God and the thoughts, ideas and feelings he pours into my heart and mind and not stop till I have gotten it all out on paper – or on a computer screen or hard drive.
All that I see right in front of my eyes!
What a Man He Was: Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!
What a man he was, this Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!
The nicest and finest of his entire species, the best and the closest to the point of perfection that any man ever came!
As Shaikh Busiri, Rahmatullahi Alaih, says in his Qassweedah Burdah what I paraphrase here:
“When it comes to praising Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, just don’t say what the Christians say about their Prophet Isa (Jesus, Alaihis Salam) – in the sense they call him God and Son of God.
Other than that, feel free to say whatever else you wish and go right ahead and attribute to him any level or aspect of perfection and praise that comes to your mind.”
To quote Busiri’s beautiful words:
Da’a Madda’auhun Naswaara Fee Nabiyyihimi,
Wahkum Bimaa Shi’ta Madhan Feehi Wahtakimi!
A Man Who Has It All: Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!
I wish I could write about his earthly perfections, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam! And go on writing and speaking about them till my tongue parches up and till the pen drops from my hand or is pried loose from my dead fingers.
I have seen and I have studied the lives of great people – people from different ages, places, faiths and cultures. And I admire them all.
But, as others have said before me, what separate and individual qualities of greatness they all have, he has them all in a perfect combination in himself.
Here is how some of them put it:
Aanchay Khooban Hamaa Daarand, Tu Tanhaa Daari!
“What beauties and perfections all the others may have, you have them all in yourself.”
Others summed their feelings this way:
Ba’ad Az Khdaa Buzorg Tu’ee, Qissa Mokhtasar!
“Just say that after God he is the greatest, the best and the most perfect, and that will be the end of the story.”
Not Mere Faith, But Carefully Considered Conclusion
All these people were not simply expressing their faith and devotion – far from it.
They were merely giving voice to a most rational and carefully considered empirical view: this was the objective conclusion they all came to after studying all the facts known about him in all the most authentic and reliable accounts of history.
I am so tempted to say, and I don’t know how to say it, what God was and is in heaven, absolutely perfect in Heaven, and everywhere, in all his divine attributes, known and unknown, Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, was on earth.
Mercy to All the Worlds, Not to Just One World
Don’t believe me? Consider this statement from God in the Qur’an:
Wa Maa Arsalnaaka Illaa Rahmatan Lil ‘Aalameen!
Just what in the world does this most noble and glorious Aayat of the Qur’an mean?
What is Rahmat?
We know Allah is Ar-Rahman and Ar-Rahim: the embodiment of all love and compassion and mercy – ever-present and ever-flowing. But what is Rahmat?
What are some of the dimensions, aspects and manifestations of God’s love and of his beneficence, compassion and mercy – his Rahmat that Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, embodies into this world, and as an embodiment of which God Almighty sent him into this world?
And what are all these worlds – plural – that God is referring to? Is that reference to all of God’s creation? Is the entire creation a reflection and an expression of God’s eternal and all-compassing love?
And just what is meant by Al-‘Aalameen – world after world after world of his creation?
How many worlds are there that the Qur’an is talking about here?
I thought the world was all one thing and there was only one world. And now God seems to be saying in the Qur’an that there are multiple worlds – unlimited number, kind and category of them.
And now Allah seems be further saying that Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is the intersection – the point of contact and interface – between God on the one hand and all of God’s creation on the other hand: world after world after world of creation.
Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!
So that is the man Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, we are talking about.
Of most noble and unblemished birth and lineage in his own society – and the world – he grew up in the heart of a morally compromised culture and society as a most moral individual that society and that culture ever knew.
And they all – the whole society – gave loud and unambiguous testimony to this effect: They conferred upon him, in his youth and early adulthood and until the ripe, rich age of 40, the unprecedented titles of Al-Ameen and As-Swaadiq: the Most Trustworthy and the Most Honest One.
Meaning, most trustworthy in his conduct and character and most truthful and trustworthy in his speech and utterances!
So much so, he ended up becoming their Public Bank, in the sense they all brought their valuables for safekeeping with him. This was one man in society they could trust with everything precious they ever possessed.
What a powerful and living testimony to his noble, honorable and upright character!
Finest Man in Society – and in the World
And he was kind and gentle beyond description – just as God says in the Qur’an that he was sent down into this world as a Mercy for All the Worlds – and not just as a Mercy for Mankind.
True to that description, he never abused or insulted anyone; he never scolded or reprimanded even his servants; and he never broke a promise.
The community’s wealthiest and most well-connected lady sought his hand in marriage and married him.
His wisdom and sagacity were such that his people sought out his advice in all difficult matters and they made him the arbiter of all their disputes and quarrels. And how quick to quarrel and how prone to senseless bloodshed they were!
This was Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam – the finest man in all of Arabia. And the finest man they knew – and in fact the finest man the whole world had ever produced.
What Was the Fight All About?
So, why did they turn so suddenly and so completely against him – after giving all kinds of testimony all their lives to his being the finest and nicest and most lovable man anyone ever knew?
Wasn’t this then, and isn’t this now, a relevant question? It sure was and is and the answer lies in that most amazing Book he brought and in that most wonderful message he preached – the message of No God but God: La Ilaha Illah Allah!
That was what this fight was all about. It was not about this or that worldly gain, even though some powerful leaders and people of wealth such as Abu Jahl and Abu Lahab saw their fight with Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, in that light.
So, the finest man with the finest message, right in their own midst and they decide to fight him tooth and nail and conspire to destroy him and his mission? How much more clear does the choice between Right and Wrong and between Good and Evil ever get?
The Fight Was about God
What the non-believers of Makkah did not understand was this one simple truth: that this fight was not about land or wealth or race or tribe, but rather, this fight was about God.
And that was what Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, understood so well. That is why he was crying his heart out and begging God and pleading with him saying: I have done everything you wanted me to do; this is the handful of people who responded to my call; and here they are, lined up in front of you.
“If this little band of people is destroyed,” he cried addressing God repeatedly, “Then no one shall ever worship you on this earth again.”
And how right he was!
It is amazing how much of the world this unlettered man from the forbidding sands of Arabia knew -- and understood. It was a full 300 years since the Christian priests and power-holders, the last custodians on earth of God’s last and eternal message of “No God but God!” meeting in a Grand Council in Nicaea, Byzantium, had decided to bury that message deep in Lake Iznik.
That was in the year 325 of the Christian Era in the First Council of Nice.
From Messenger to Son of God
Till that time Christendom was torn by a devastating debate on whether Jesus was a human being and a Messenger of Allah, Alaihis Salam, or whether he was God or Son of God. The Grand Council at Nicaea put that question to rest and agreed that he was God and Begotten Son of God, dealing a near-death blow to the Concept of Tawuheed on earth.
So, all that was left on earth was this tiny little band of people from Madinah, who believed in One God and stood up for him. There was no one else left in this world to do that.
Now, it was clearly up to God, whether he will now stand up for them and save this tiny little group of his worshippers from extinction.
And he did.
God then went to war in their behalf, and took his angels with him, and killed those who would kill his message of La Ilaha Illa Allah (No God but God) and kill those who were the only people to worship him on the face of this earth.
That is why the Non-Believers of Makkah had no chance on that day, any more than Pharaoh had a chance of escaping the watery grave that closed in on him from every side during an earlier time.
The Finest Book He Brought
And Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, brought a book from God that called itself “The Book” (Al-Kitaab) and it called itself “That Book,” as if reminding humanity – and all the other worlds beyond – that this was the book they needed, the one they had misplaced and forgotten, the one that was going to answer all their questions and solve all their problems.
This book was That Book: Dhaalikal Kitaab!
And it did.
I study That Book fairly frequently and I am amazed, nay spell-bound, by all the wonders, treasures and bounties That Book contains. And how they all unfold one at a time, and at times in roaring torrents and floods too rapid to swim or keep up with.
And how That Book answers any question anyone ever had and does better than anyone ever did or could.
For the first time in the history of written discourse, That Book calls human beings by their rightful and proper name: People!
Not Men, but People
Not men, but People!
It was this miraculous expression that first graced this earth in the early part of the 7th Century in the Qur’an and then later found its way in the American Constitution over a thousand years later that said: We the People!
Ya Ayyuhannaas, the Qur’an called out to the People – all people of the world of all and every description – as “O You People!” as no one had ever done before, and will not do until 1000 years later.
And That Book commanded everyone everywhere, man as well as woman and child, to read.
“Read!” said That Book. No other book did that before.
Forgive, Forget and Let Go
And That Book told People to learn to “Forgive and Forget and Overlook and Let Go” (5:13). No other book did that before.
And That Book told People to “Turn Away from Bad People and Say ‘Peace!’ and Walk Away from Confrontations” (43:89). No other book did that before.
And That Book said God’s People are those who walk the earth softly and gently and when they are accosted and addressed by foolish and ignorant people, they say “Peace!” (25:63).
No other book did that before.
“Do not commit aggression,” warns That Book – “Even against those who fight you and who have kept you from entering the Sacred Mosque” (2:190; 5:2).
No other book did that before.
“Resist bad things with a goodly approach,” says That Book (23:96) and “Fight Evil with Good” (13:22).
“And spend generously of all that we have given you,” says That Book (2:3).
That Book says: “Accept from people as donations and charity what they can afford and spare, and what is beyond their own needs, and tell them to follow what is in line with commonly accepted noble traditions and standards of the community and turn away from the ignorant and foolish people” (7:199).
Accept Peace When It Is Offered
And That Book says: “And if your enemies show an inclination toward peace, then you too must move in the direction of peace, and you must accept peace when it is offered” (8:61).
And That Book clearly states: “There shall be no force, coercion or compulsion in all matters of belief, and conscience and religious conviction and adherence” (2:256).
So, everything in That Book, the Qur’an, that this nicest man in the world, Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, brought from God Almighty for “All the Worlds” was nice and noble and decent and good and sweet and kind and considerate and generous and loving and giving – for all, friend and foe alike.
Gratuitous Hate and Hostility
And yet the same people who loved him so dearly only a moment earlier turned bitterly and violently against him when he told them to accept the message that “There Is No God but God!”
La Ilaha Illa Allah!
There was nothing new about this message. Moses, may God bless him, preached the same message in the First Commandment in the Old Testament.
Jesus, may God bless him, also preached the same message in the New Testament.
And yet, when this most blessed and perfect man Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, preached the same message of No God but God, his own people turned against him overnight.
They begged him to stop. They told him they will make him king if he did. And they told him they will give him all the treasures of the world if he did.
And when he refused, they set about attacking, insulting, abusing and torturing him and those men and women who followed him and embraced the message of “No God but God!” along with him.
Boycott and Sanctions
The boycotted him and his family and his clan members from Bani Hashim. And they imposed economic and social sanctions against them for a devastating and most cruel period of three years.
“No one should contract a marriage or make a sale or purchase of any kind from anyone belonging to the Bani Hashim clan of Muhammad,” said an agreement jointly drawn up by the leading members of the tribe of Qur’aish in Makkah and hung on the wall of Ka’abah for all to see and comply with.
And they pelted him with rocks and dragged his followers, bound hand and foot, on the burning sands and rocks of the Arabian Desert.
And they concocted and launched the worst and most baseless kind of propaganda against Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and his message.
They called him a liar, even though only till yesterday he was their golden standard of truth and honesty.
They called him a sorcerer and a magician. And they called him insane.
And they said Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, received his instructions and briefings from some secret foreign source.
A Great Conspiracy and Assassination Plot
But then when nothing seemed to work, and the message and the following of Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, grew from strength to strength, the leaders of Quraish launched a great big conspiracy to assassinate him in a joint action by representatives of all leading clans.
That way, they argued, no one single clan will bear the responsibility for the death of Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and his own clan will be forced to settle for Blood Money for the death of Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, rather than wage a totally unequal and unwinnable war to extract revenge, as was the custom among the people of Arabia in those days.
Allah, of course, extracted Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, miraculously from the midst of the would-be assassins who had surrounded his house during the night and took him in perfect safety to Madinah to launch a New World Order of social and economic justice and liberation for the world.
Evidence on All Sides
So, I keep asking myself, why this war at this far off place at the plains of Badr? What led up to it and what was the rationale behind it?
And what was so special or different about this war, as compared to all the other wars and conflicts in the annals of human history?
Why didn’t people back off when there was still time? Why wasn’t there a compromise of some kind?
Why didn’t God find a way to help ease the situation and separate the forces and prevent bloodshed?
The Qur’an provides the answer. And that answer is contained in one single word: Bayyinah – meaning “Evidence.”
In fact, the Qur’an provides some very detailed answers. Among those answers is the following noble passage, Aayat Karimah, of the Qur’an:
Li-Yahlika Man Halaka ‘An Bayyinatin, wa Yahyaa Man Hayya An Bayyinah (8:42).
This whole event was meticulously choreographed, the Qur’an seems to suggest, for one simple reason: Those who choose to perish shall do so based on clear evidence, whereas those who choose to live shall do so also based on clear evidence.
And who did all this deliberate orchestration and choreographing of this event, this war at Badr? None other than God Almighty himself!
Why? Why did God orchestrate a war between two groups of people? So that God may “accomplish a matter already enacted,” says Yusuf Ali in his translation of this passage of the Qur’an.
So, this was a set-up. Not by Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and his Muslim, Believer followers, but by God Almighty himself.
Sequence of Events – in the Qur’an
There is nothing unusual about human beings killing each other. That was their history on earth from Day One – just as the angels had predicted about them when their creation was first announced by God – when one of Adam’s two sons killed the other (5: 27-30) and did so most unfairly and unjustly.
But this war at Badr was going to be a different war. It was going to be a war based on a reason. And that reason was going to be nothing less than Human Freedom: whether or not human beings have the right to choose their own destiny in this world.
God, Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and his Believer Followers, the Muslims, all said, they did. They all said human beings – all human beings – had a most fundamental and inalienable right to choose their own destiny in this world. They all had the right to choose their own Belief System – based on logic and on evidence: what the Qur’an calls Bayyinah.
The Non-Believers of Makkah, on the other hand, argued they did not: Human beings did not have that right – the right to choose their own destiny and their own Belief System – and they should follow, instead, what the Non-Believer Leaders of Makkah required and mandated them to do.
So, the critical matter was one of fundamental human choice and evidence and rationality that inform and guide that choice. That is what the Battle of Badr was all about.
And God wished to make it plain to all and till the end of time that Freedom was everyone’s most fundamental Human Right and everyone had the right to their own Belief System – based on Clear Evidence: Bayyinah.
Proof of God
I know people look for “Proof of God” all the time. And I know that people are looking for a direct, clear message from God all the time. There seems to be some kind of a basic human urge to do so.
To them all I say: This is it. This is as close to “Proof of God” as you are ever likely to get and it does not get more self-evident or more powerful than this.
Mark the word “Evidence” in the paraphrase. And then transition to the original Arabic word “Bayyniah” in the Aayat. And then ask yourself this – just as the Qur’an says you should – following Yusuf Ali’s translation:
“I do admonish you on one point: that ye do stand up before God – (It may be) in pairs, or (it may be) singly, – and reflect (within yourself) …” (34:46).
So, reflect and ask yourself: What on earth is the word Bayyinah – “Evidence” – doing in discourse that everyone agrees came out of the mouth of an illiterate individual in the barren Arabian Desert at the inception of the Seventh Century – 1400 years before our time?
Ask yourself: What in the world is this word doing there? And who put it there?
Clearly, it was God and only God who could have done that. For, Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, on his own, was totally and completely incapable of doing so. For, the man was a simple child of the desert.
He was a man who could not read or write. And he pleaded most pathetically with the angel when the angel commanded him to read that he could not read. Not knowing it was the angel he was talking to, he kept saying: I cannot read; I do not know how to read!
“Evidence” is what we, the most learned and the most sophisticated of the 21st Century, in the most advanced and developed parts of the world, do in our law rooms and in our science laboratories. What business does this expression – this word “Evidence” – have showing up in Arabia, over a thousand years ago, and that too coming out of the mouth of a man who, the whole world acknowledges, did not even know how to read or write?
Is that enough “Proof of God” for the skeptics?
Battle of Badr: A Matter of Clear Evidence and Clear Choice
So, that is what the issue was: it was Freedom of Conscience and Human Liberty. It was not an issue for the Seventh Century only, but it was an issue for all time. And it was not an issue for Arabia only, but it was an issue for the whole world.
So, Badr was a crucible of faith, freedom and reason for the whole world and for all of humanity – for all time to come.
That is why even when many Muslims did not want to engage, and were inclined to take the easier way out, God forced them into battle – the Battle of Badr – so that God could accomplish, at their hands, a matter that had been “enacted” by God’s Eternal Pen on the Timeless Divine Tablet of God’s Eternal Will.
Listen to God say it in the Qur’an:
Kamaa Akhrajaka Rabbuka Min Bayitika Bil-Haqqi wa Inna Fareeqan Minal Mu’mineena La-Kaarihoon (Anfaal: 5).
“Just as your God made you come out of your homes in the pursuit of truth, even though a group among the Believers were resentful of it” (8:5).
So, that is what the Battle of Badr was all about.
Battle of Badr: A War God Wanted
It was clearly a war that God wanted, even though evidently there were people among the Believers, who were not inclined to it.
And it was God who got Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and his Believer Followers, the Muslims, out of their homes to prosecute that war.
It turns out that the Non-Believers of Makkah picked a fight, in this case, not just with Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and his Believer Followers, the Muslims, but with God Almighty himself.
Dhaalika Bi-Annahum Shaaqqullaha wa Rasulahu, wa Man Yushaaqiqillaha wa Rasulahu, Fa-Innallaha Shadeedul Iqaab (Anfaal, 13).
They picked a fight with God and his Messenger (Yusuf Ali: they contended against God), and those who pick a fight with God and his Messenger, God’s punishment of them shall surely be most severe (8:13).
So far as God was concerned, this war was a personal war. Muslims were merely the instruments of God’s choice in this matter – some of them reluctantly so.
So, God launched this war at Badr to decide forever the matter of Right and Wrong and to punish those who were giving God and his Messenger a hard time – Yushaaqiqillaha wa Rasulahu.
Quraish Seeking War
So it came out that the Non-Believers of Quraish would not sit still. They wanted war.
However, what Non-Believers of Quraish did not know was that it was not they who were really making the decisions in this matter. That time for them was long passed – the time when they had any choice in saving themselves and salvaging their own fate.
Now, they were being inexorably pushed and pulled in the direction of war. Not by Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and his Believer Followers, the Muslims.
But by God Almighty himself.
They were now being driven like sheep to their slaughterhouse. Not one of them could stay back or opt out or escape their pre-ordained fate.
For, the places of their slaying on the battlefield of Badr had all been picked and marked by God and those places had been identified and pointed out to his followers by Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, prior to the commencement of the Battle.
Quraish Invade Madinah
As a result, the Non-Believers of Quraish invaded Madinah vowing to destroy the fledgling new free Muslim society and Democratic Islamic State of Madinah.
Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, after due consultation with his followers, whom he referred to as his companions and colleagues, came out of the city limits of Madinah and met the invading army of the Non-Believers of Quraish on the plains of Badr.
The Non-Believers of Quraish were more than 1000 in number – a large and imposing army by the standard of those days. And they were well armed and well equipped. They had an abundance of logistics, supplies and resources in their possession. And there were many famous and feared warriors among them.
The forces that Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, lined up against them numbered no more than 313 with barely a horse or two among them. But that was practically everything Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, could manage at that time.
And they placed it all at God’s disposal to do as he pleased.
It was a scorching Saturday, March 13, 624 (Christian) and Ramadan 17, 2 (Hijri).
The Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and his followers, the Muslims, were hungry, thirsty and fasting. They were ill-fed, inadequately clad and meagerly equipped.
But they had brought to the front everything they owned.
Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, in Prayer and Prostration
Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, then threw himself on the ground in Sajdah and began to pray and plead with God.
“If this little band of people is destroyed,” he kept saying to God Almighty over and over through his sobs and tears, “Then you shall never be worshipped on this earth again.”
So, that was the battle between Right and Wrong; between Evil and Good; between Haqq and Baatil; between Truth and Falsehood.
And it was a confrontation between Justice and Injustice and between Human Equality and Inequality.
God Goes to War – And Does the Killing
In such battle, on whose side will God come down? The Qur’an gives the answer that God came down on the side of Equality and Justice and Truth and Human Liberation.
And God called it the Day of Demarcation – Youm al-Furqan: between Right and Wrong, the day the two groups met, Youmaltaqal Jm’aan (8:41).
There shall never be another day like that day for as long the world lasts. On that day, God forever decided the destiny of this world: that Truth shall triumph and his messenger and his message shall be victorious.
This was not a war fought for worldly bounties of land or wealth or women or pride or prestige. This was a war fought so Right and Truth shall win and Falsehood and Wrong shall perish.
As the Qur’an puts it: Liyuhiqqal Haqqa wa Yubtilal Baatil (8:8).
That was the war in which God himself went to battle; in which God himself did the shooting of the arrows; and in which God himself did the killing.
Narrative of Badr in the Qur’an
Now, follow the Qur’an’s description of the events.
Idh Yoohi Rabbuka Ilal Malaa-ikati Annee Ma’akum, Fa-Thabbitulladheena Aamanoo (8:12).
“When your lord gave the revelation to the angels saying I am with you, so keep those who believe strong and firm.”
Falam Taqtuloohum, wa Laakinnallaha Qatalahum, Wa Maa Ramaita Idh Ramaita wa Laakinnallaha Ramaa (8:17).
“You did not kill them, but it was God who killed them. And you did not shoot those arrows, when you were shooting them, but it was God who actually shot those arrows.”
God Killed Those Who Waged War against Him
God killed those who had decided to wage war against him.
These were human beings whom he had made with his own two hands and who then rejected him and his message of truth and turned against him and his messenger Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, in the most cruel, wicked, evil and inhuman fashion.
He made them; he gave them every chance to be good; and when they deliberately and willfully turned down every opening and opportunity he game them to come to him and did so most wickedly and violently, he killed them.
This was the war, the Qur’an says, in which the angels rode pillion on their special mounts into battle.
Idh Tastagheethoona Rabbakum, Fastajaaba Lakum Annee Mumiddukum Bi-Alfin Minal Malaa-ikati Murdifeen (8:9).
A Badr for Every Age and in Every Life
This was Badr.
This was a war whose outcome was preordained before the world was even created. In this war, Truth won and Falsehood lost. And there could have been no other outcome, no matter what.
God won and those who had set themselves as God’s enemies lost.
There was only one Badr in history. But at a different level there is a Badr in every age and in every place.
And there is also a Badr in the life of every society and community – and in the life of every human being.
And every time there is a Badr at any time or in any place, God shall always be on the side of Truth and Justice and Right and Good – what God calls in the Qur’an Al-Haqq.
And victory shall always be to God and his message of Truth and Justice – no matter who may like or dislike it.
Liyuhiqqal Haqqa wa Yubtilal Baatila Wa Lawu Karihal Mujrimoon (8:8).
Humanity Has Come Full Circle
Humanity has come full circle since the Battle of Badr 1400 years ago. Humanity today faces the same choice as it did then.
The question today seems to be the same old question of: “What shall it be?”
Shall it be “Truth, Evidence, Rationality and Freedom of Conscience and Choice,” for which Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and his Muslim, Believer followers fought in the Battle of Badr?
Or shall it be “Lies, Malicious Propaganda, Brute Force and Coercion” for which the Non-Believers of Quraish fought?
That is the lesson the Battle of Badr holds for the world – in every age and in every place.
That is why God himself orchestrated that war and that is why he and his angels personally participated in that war: the Great War at Badr!
© 2012 Syed Husain Pasha
Dr. Pasha is an educator and scholar of exceptional
talent, training and experience. He can be reached at DrSyedPasha [at]
AOL [dot] com or www.IslamicSolutions.com.
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