The Battle of Badr was the first battle the Muslims fought against the disbelievers. It was one of the most important encounters in Islamic history. The battle took place in 624 CE, in the second year of the Hijrah.
The decisive victory of the believers showed the disbelievers, who had hoped to rout the Muslims and wipe them out, that Islam was a force to be reckoned with in the land. The strength of approximately 300 believers’ faith was evident from their courageous victory despite being outnumbered by 1000 Makkans. There are many vital lessons from Badr that Muslims can learn.
The lesson of the noble conduct of the Prophet (PBUH) during Badr
After learning that the Makkans were heading to Badr to confront the Muslims, the Prophet (PBUH) didn’t immediately order the believers to prepare for battle. Instead, he held a meeting and consulted the companions. He was against leading the Ansar, who comprised most of the believing forces, into a battle against their will, especially because the Pledge of Aqabah did not require them to fight outside their territories. Hence, he gave them a chance to voice their thoughts and gave great value to the Pledge of Aqabah.
Since the Prophet (PBUH) received revelation from Allah, it wasn’t a must for him to consult his companions. The honorable act of consultation teaches Muslims the importance of turning to honest and well-informed people for advice.
The importance of loyalty and bravery
Among the lessons of Badr is that of loyalty and bravery. The Ansar set a great example by showing exemplary loyalty and valor when the Prophet (PBUH) consulted the companions regarding the battle. Even though the Ansar did not have to fight according to the Pledge of Aqabah, they showed no hesitation to enter the battle.
Sad ibn Muaadh affirmed that the Ansar would even jump into the sea if the Prophet (PBUH) asked them to. He assured the Prophet (PBUH) of the Ansar’s experience and reliability in combat. The faithfulness and courage of the companions brought great happiness to the Prophet (PBUH). Muslims should strive to emulate these noble values in their lives.
The lesson of the power of prayer and supplication at Badr
The Prophet (PBUH) prayed to Allah for the whole night before the battle started. Even amidst the intense battle, he was supplicating to Allah. Subsequently, Allah sent His help in the form of a thousand angels to strengthen the forces of the Muslims. Despite the disbelievers vastly outnumbering the believers, the believers eventually triumphed. We should always remember the power of prayer and dua, as this is one of the foremost lessons from Badr.
Staying united is vital for the Muslims
Another great lesson from Badr is that it is essential for believers always to be united. The Muhajirun and Ansar set a fantastic example for believers to follow. They fought beside their brothers in faith without any divisions. The supplication of the Prophet (PBUH) also emphasized unity. He called on Allah, saying that if the believers were to perish, none after them would worship Allah. Therefore, he expressed concern for future generations of believers. As Muslims, it is imperative to stay united and care for all believers, no matter where they are from.
Allah is the Best of Planners
Allah aided the Muslims with rain, which gave them an advantage as the sand flattened and made their movement easier. On the other hand, it also obstructed the disbelievers. The believers were thus empowered to bravely take on the massive army of disbelievers on the battlefield. Moreover, Allah blessed them with restful sleep. We should always appreciate Allah’s blessings and have faith in His plan.
We should always have strong faith in Allah
The believers numbered just over 300, while the disbelievers were around a 1000. The Muslims were not even a third of the believers in terms of numbers. Despite the disparity in size between the two armies, the Muslims remained steadfast in the battle. The believers maintained a strong faith in God and stuck to their task.
As we see from the result of the battle of Badr, having unwavering faith in Allah is the key to overcoming situations that seem difficult or hopeless. Hence, one of the lessons from Badr is always to keep faith in Allah and never let yourself become disheartened by the difficulty of any task or situation.
Miracles are possible – A lesson from Badr
As we see in Surah Al-Anfal, Allah sent 1000 angels to help the believers in the battle. The outnumbered believers strove with firm conviction in the path of Allah and were then blessed with a thousand angels that would assist them. Additionally, by Allah’s will, when the Prophet (PBUH) threw a fistful of dust at the Makkans, a vicious sandstorm engulfed them and went in their eyes. We should follow the example of the brave Muslims of Badr, for Allah can open all sorts of avenues for us that we never even envisioned.
Always remember Allah when you experience success
The Prophet (PBUH) praised Allah when the triumph of the believers in Badr was evident. The Muslims recorded an emphatic victory over the huge army of disbelievers. With this victory, they sent a decisive message to the disbelievers that the Muslims had developed into a powerful force, which could no longer be taken lightly.
The triumph of Badr was a massive boost for the young Muslim Ummah, and many people embraced Islam in Madinah. The Muslims now commanded respect in the land. Following this victory, Allah reminded the believers to fear Him that they may be thankful, in Surah Ali ‘Imran. Muslims should take note and always humbly remember Allah when they experience success, instead of becoming arrogant.
A final lesson from Badr: Always trust Allah and never despair
The believers at Badr never despaired despite having to face an army much bigger than them, that too in Ramadan, the month of fasting. Similarly, we should also stay hopeful and always trust Allah, for His Help can enable us to overcome the greatest of obstacles. Just like the Muslims in the battle of Badr stunned the disbelievers with Allah’s Help, we can overcome our difficulties and challenges by placing our trust in Him and never despairing of His Help.