The Grace of Allah (L – 488)
Surah ‘Aali- ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran -3),
Stage– 1, Verse – 174 of 200, Section 18 of 20, (Part – 4)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
174. So they returned with grace and favour from Allah, and no harm touched them. And they followed the good Pleasure of Allah, and Allah is of Infinite Bounty.
174. Fan-qalabuu bi-ni’-matim-minAllaahi wa fazlil-lam- yam-sas-hum suuu-‘unw-wat-taba-‘uu RizwaanAllaah. Wallaahu Zuu-fazlin ‘Aziim.
Messenger of Allah Almighty reached the place named ‘Hamraa’ul ‘Asad’ with the Army of Muslim crusaders to follow Abu Sufiyan. Distance of this place is eight miles from Madinah. When Abu Sufiyan heard that the Muslims are following him, his heart was terrified severely. He postponed the idea of attack and ran away towards Makkah. Occasionally a group of traders of Abdul Qais was proceeding to Madinah. Abu Sufiyan excited them by enticing something; to remove his humiliation; that they should publicize such news after reaching Madinah, as hearing the news; the Muslims should be overawed and frightened. The people of that caravan began to say after reaching Madinah that, ‘The people of Makkah have prepared a very huge Army to ruin the Muslims’. Hearing this news, excitement of faith increased in the hearts of the Muslims more than earlier instead of frightening, and they began to say after hearing the state of Infidels’ Army, “Allah is sufficient for us opposite to the entire world! Most Excellent is He in Whom we trust”. These feelings of the Muslims and their rewards have been described in this verse.
Another narrative exists also in connection with the reason of revelation of these verses. That is, “At the end of the Battle of ‘Uhud, Abu Sufiyan announced that the battle will be fought again next year at the place of Badr. You should be ready”. The Messenger of Allah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) accepted this challenge. When the next year came, he (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) commanded the people to come out for Jihad (religious crusade).
On the other side, Abu Sufiyan left Makkah with his Army. He traveled some distance but lost his courage and as soon as he heard the preparation of the Muslims, their awe prevailed over him. Therefore, he wanted to go back to Makkah and evade regarding famine but he thought that it should be dealt with a plan that the Muslims should be blamed. By chance, a person was proceeding towards Madinah. Abu Sufiyan tempted him for anything and said, “Proclaim such news after reaching Madinah, due to which the Muslims should be frightened and they do not come out for war”. This person arrived at Madinah and began to announce the news that the people of Makkah have collected very large number of Army and it would not be better for the Muslims to fight against them. But Allah Almighty strengthened the intentions of Muslims. They said, “Allah is sufficient for us”. Eventually, the Muslims reached the battlefield of Badr according to the promise but the Infidels did not arrive for the battle. A very heavy market used to establish there. Therefore, the Muslims remained there for three days, earned very well profit in trade and returned to Madinah.