Lesson # 419
Support with Angels (peace be upon them)
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verses – 124 & 125 of 200, Section – 13 of 20, (Part 1/4th of – 4)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
124. When thou didst say unto the believers: Is it not sufficient for you that your Lord should support you with three thousand angels sent down (to your help)?
125. Nay, but if ye persevere, and keep away from evil, and (the enemy) attack you suddenly, your Lord will help you with five thousand angels sweeping on.
124. ‘Iz taquulu lil-Mu’-miniina ‘alany-yak-fiyakum ‘any-yumiddakum Rabbukum- bi-salaasati ‘aalaafim-minal-malaaa-‘ikati munzaliin
125. Balaaa, ‘in-tasbiruu wa tattaquu wa ya’-tuukum-min-fawrihim haazaa yumdidkum Rabbukum- bi-khamsati ‘aalaa-fim-minal-malaaa-‘ikati mu-saw-wimiin.
The religious scholars say that this verse indicates towards the Battle of Badr. While the Muslims were frightened by observing a large number of Infidels, God Almighty commanded for their consolation, “Is it not sufficient for you that your Lord should support you with angels (peace be upon them); sent down from the sky for your help against the Infidels?”
Then Allah Almighty affirmed, “if you persevere, prove to be patient, fear Allah Almighty and keep yourselves away from the evil, and the enemy’s Army attacks upon you suddenly, then your Lord will help you with five thousand instead of three thousand angels (peace be upon them), who will be sweeping on the special marked horses”.
Total strength of the Infidels was one thousand in the field of battle. So, God Almighty promised to send one thousand Angels (peace be upon them) as it has been mentioned in Surah ‘Anfaal (Spoils of War). When the Muslims felt confusion, then Allah Almighty increased the strength of Angels (peace be upon them) threefold, because the strength of the Infidels was threefold more than Muslims. God Almighty commanded that if they would persevere, show firmness and stability, stand still to fight against the enemies, fear Allah Almighty and keep away from the evil, then five thousand Angels (peace be upon them) will be sent down from the sky. Even if the disbelievers receive more help from somewhere, you should not be confused. God Almighty will help you.
It has come in the histories that the help of Kuuz bin Jabir did not reach the polytheists. The Muslims acquired greatest victory over the disbelievers. Many disbelievers were killed, some were arrested and who remained living, they returned; being abased and disgraced. This Battle of Badr was cause of difference between the Right and the Wrong, and it became a Golden Page of the history of the Muslims’ bright past.