Lesson # 417
The Map of the Battlefield – The Battle of ‘Uhud
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verse – 122 of 200, Section – 13 of 20, (Part – 4)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
122. When two parties of you almost fell away, and Allah was their Protecting Friend. And in Allah let believers put their trust.
122. ‘Iz hammat-taaa-‘ifataani minkum ‘an- tafshalaa, Wallaahu Waliy-yu-humaa. Wa ‘alAllaahi fal-yata-wakkalil-Mu’-minuun.
Taaa-‘ifataani- (Two parties), the aim from these two parties is “the people of those two tribes ‘Banu Harthah’ and ‘Banu Salmah’, who had become broken-hearted and almost fallen away at the time of the Battle of ‘Uhud”.
The plan of the battlefield has been described in the previous lesson. You have read it earlier that total strength of Muslims was just one thousand against three thousand Quraysh braves. Three hundred Fraudster Hypocrites even returned in the way from those one thousand with their leader ‘Abd-Allah ibn Ubayy . It was not extraordinary thing for feeble-hearted persons to be worried by observing this situation. The people of Banu Harthah and Banu Salmah were perplexed and thought, “What will happen now?” God Almighty raised feelings of ambition and courage in their hearts, and He expelled the concept of minority and majority of manpower from their hearts.
The Muslims advanced with such power of trust in Allah Almighty that the spirit of the Infidels ended and they began to run from the battleground. The Warriors of Islam began to arrest them and collect their booty. When the fifty archers, appointed at the hill-pass, observed this situation, they left their post and involved in it also. Even they forgot the warning of Holy Messenger (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) and did not care even their leader’s advice.
Khalid bin al-Waleed (May Allah be pleased with him) had not yet embraced Islam. He was leading the enemy’s Army (of the Idolaters of Makkah). As soon as he observed that the hill-pass was without the archers, he collected his deserting companions, attacked with their help from that side and changed the map of the battle. The Muslims were confused and they suffered from many casualties. Even the Messenger of Allah Almighty (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) personally was injured.
The Muslims drew up in a line again. They advanced and engaged in a desperate undertaking once again, beat the Qurayshi braves and drove them back. The world knew from it that deficiency or surplus manpower have no value in the battlefield, but the steadfastness and patience of the crusaders, success and support of Allah Almighty are of use.