What Happened in the Battle of Uhad?
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Muslims were quite a few in numbers. They had some arms too.
And they had a great big victory under their belt in the previous Battle of Badr.
And they were led by none other than Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
So, what could go wrong? Plenty — if some people do not do the job entrusted to them. That is how the world of Allah works.
Even though Allah can do whatever he wants. And so can his Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, with Allah’s help and permission of course.
Allah gave Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, the jurisdiction of all the “Worlds.”
Wa Maa Arshalnaaka Illaa Rahmatan Lil-Aalameen.
On that day at Uhad, a battalion of Muslims was posted at a strategic point on the hill. They were told not to leave that post no matter what and no matter how the battle turned.
If I recall right, and it is a terrible thing that some of these things are becoming vague in one’s mind, they were told something like: Even if you see that we down below in the valley are being torn up by birds of prey, DO NOT ABANDON YOUR POST. STAY WHERE YOU ARE AND HOLD YOUR POSITION.
The battalion rained down arrows on the enemy below and was a key factor in turning the course of the battle in favor of the Muslims in the early stages.
Muslims sensed victory. The Unbelievers turned tail and fled.
The Muslim Battalion posted to guard the mountain pass saw what happened — AND ABANDONED ITS POST: without waiting for orders from their Commander: Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!
Khalid Bin Waleed was a brave warrior and leader in the Non-Muslim forces. He noticed that the Mountain Post which had rained down death on their ranks so fiercely was now silent.
Muslims had abandoned their post.
Khalid saw his chance. He rallied the cavalry under his command, rushing the same mountain pass the Muslims had abandoned. The horses charged. The Muslims were surprised and their ranks were decimated, turning victory into defeat.
Hamza, the uncle of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, was among those slain and mutilated.
Seventy Muslims were martyred. Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, was wounded.
The rest, as they say, is history.
History changes its course when some people do not do what they are supposed to do. What they have undertaken to do.
And History is full of examples.