The battle of Badr was the most decisive battle in the annals of Islām, because it was the forerunner to the honour and splendour of Islām. It marked the beginning of the fall and humiliation of disbelief. This is why it is referred to as the Day of Furqān, i.e. the differentiating factor between truth and falsehood.
Through the mercy of Allāh Ta’ālā, without any form of external and material resources, the Dīn of Islām was fortified from the unseen, whilst a powerful blow was dealt to polytheism.
The disbelievers beat the drums of war with great pomp, whilst the small band of Muslims around Rasūlullāh sallāllahu alayhi wa sallam earnestly placed their trust in Allāh Ta’ālā, and pleaded before Him for assistance.
Far away from home and family, the Sahābah radhiyallāhu ‘anhum displayed a great spirit of sacrifice. Despite the meagre means and weapons, they put themselves forward and were ready to sacrifice their lives to fulfil the commands of Allāh Ta’ālā. They were not awed by their “conditions”, by being in the minority, or by any other external factors. They understood that the outcome of the battle was only in the Hands of Allah Ta’ālā. Our responsibility is to fulfil the commands of Allah Ta’ālā. The outcome is never in our hands.
Our beloved Rasūlullāh sallāllahu alayhi wa sallam spent the night in Du’ā, drawing the mercy of Allah Ta’ālā. Dua is a powerful weapon that every believer has been blessed with. Through dua, Allah Ta’ālā will grant us relief from any difficulty we face.
Prior to the battle, Shaytān disguised himself as a friend of the disbelievers and promised his assistance. When the battle started, he abandoned them and fled. We also sometimes tend to accept kuffār and government assurances that if we “tolerate” certain sinful and unislamic practices, they will help us in difficult times. This is nothing but an old trick of Shaytān that he uses time and again. If we ever compromise our dīn, we will fail and no benefit will be attained.
‘Umar ibn al-Khattāb radhiyallāhu ‘anhu said in reporting the du’ā of Sayyiduna Rasūlullāh sallāllahu alayhi wa sallam: “O Allāh, grant me what You have promised me, O Allāh, give me what You have promised me. … O Allāh, if this small band of Muslims perishes, You will not be worshipped on earth.”
The focus of this du’ā was the perpetuation of the Ibadat of Allāh Ta’ālā on earth. That is the essence of Dawah.
The help of Allāh Ta’ālā came down in the form of light rain the night before, restful sleep for the Noble Sahābah Radiyallahu ‘anhum in the condition of battle, the descent of the angels-who fought side by side with the Muslims, the destruction of the major polytheistic leaders, including the Fir’awn of this Ummah-abū Jahal.
In the trying conditions we find ourselves in, we are encouraged to turn sincerely to Allāh Ta’ālā, asking forgiveness and seeking His help. We must fulfill all our duties to Allāh Ta’ālā, raise the name of Allāh Ta’ālā and establish His worship on earth. Nothing is beyond the power of Allāh Ta’ālā.
May Allāh Ta’ālā make this Ramadān a means of rejuvenating our desire for emulating the Sahābah Radiyallāhu ‘Anhum in all aspects and May He save us from the vile deception of shaytān and Nafs.