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A Seerah podcast for serious Muslims. If you want to discover the life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as a Muslim and using the Quran and Sunnah and Hadith as a guide, this is the Islamic podcast for you. Muslims everywhere need to know the Messenger of Allah's life and history.Read more »
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16 – The Battle of Badr
May 5, 2015
The Battle Of Badr And Some Background
This incredible story all starts with the Battle of Badr.
After Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his followers made the Hijrah (migration) to Medina, there continued to be conflict with their enemies in Mecca.
The Muslims of Medina would constantly raid and attack the Quraishi caravans carrying goods between Yemen and Syria. This was a form of economic warfare meant to hobble the Quraish somewhat.
One of these caravans were especially well-laden. It was also rumored to include some of the property the Muslims had left behind when they fled Mecca.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) led a party to raid this particular caravan, but things didn't go so well.
Abu Sufyan, a leading Quraish figure and the one responsible for the caravan, learned the Muslims were planning to attack. Hence, he sent a messenger to Mecca to send some protection back to his location, which was near these old wells in a plain called Badr.
However, by the time the message got back to the Quraish and they were able to mobilize a force, Abu Sufyan had figured out a way to avoid crossing paths with the Muslims. Therefore, by the time he got the caravan back to Mecca safely, the Quraishi army had already left.
Abu Sufyan, now realizing the mistake, sent another messenger to intercept the Quraish army and advise them to come back to Mecca. After all, the caravan was safe and there was no reason to risk a confrontation with Muhammad and his followers.
When Abu Jahl, the leading figure of the Quraish and a devoted enemy to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the Muslims got the message, he decided to continue with the battle plans. He had learned that the Muslim force numbered only 300 or so and he had a force of over 1000 with him.
In his mind, this was going to be a walk on the beach.
In fact, Abu Jahl was so confident that they'd beat the Muslims, that he hired dancing girls and encouraged his followers to make merry the entire night before the battle.
Unfortunately for Abu Jahl, things didn't go so well the next day.
The battle of Badr was a turning point for the Muslims and was the first full battle between the forces of righteousness (Islam) and corruption (the pagan Quraish).
But where our story is concerned, this battle set the stage for the events that would bring Wahshi Ibn Harb into the picture.
If you want to know how it all happened, you're going to have to listen to the show.
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