A number of inspiring lessons can be learnt from the battle of Badr. These can be truly motivating when we face major challenges in our day to day activities. Below are just 6 of these lessons:
1. Have true conviction (Yakin) in the Help of Allah
Before arrival to the battle, Allah sent down the rain to soften the ground over which the Prophet(pbuh) and his army traveled, making them and the animals more sure-footed, whilst the Meccans had parts of their trail washed away and in mud making it difficult for them. Remember that Allah always opens a pathway for success when we place our full conviction and have firm faith in Him.
2. Reliance (Tawakkul) in Allah
: Make No Excuses
This battle is where the early Muslims learned the lesson of the power of total reliance on Allah. And it is the place where Allah guides the new Muslim community – teaching them the way of reliance on Him. Allah sent the angels from the unseen world to give firmness to the believers and fulfill His Command. This was a fulfillment of Allah’s promise to send tranquility upon those who have firm faith: “When He caused calm to fall on you as a security from Him.” [8:11]
3. Success is from Allah
Amongst the signs of tawakkul in Allah from the companions, was their complete trust that they could conquer the large army despite the ratio difference. It is from the grounds of the battlefield we often find many verses revealed in the Qur’an of the spiritual and physical strength that was required.
The success of the Muslims is only by Allah, so we should remember we are not productive due to our own efforts. Allah revealed after the battle: “And you did not kill them, but it was Allah who killed them. And you threw not, [O Muhammad], when you threw, but it was Allah who threw that He might test the believers with a good test. Indeed, Allah is Hearing and Knowing.” [8:17]
Similarly, the fight of the soul to develop itself is enduring this month so that you may reap many rewards, yet you must seek success from Allah.
4. You are never alone
The Prophet(pbuh) knew that he and his Companions were not alone in this battle. The Qur’an revealed that Angels joined the battlefield to help the Muslims.Let’s ask ourselves, how can we practically bring such aid from Allah in our day to day life? This is where the inner jihad that takes place in serving Allah comes into play. We are taught that internally we must open our soul with firm faith in Allah and guide our body and actions to good deeds in order to receive assistance from Allah and to turn away from the distractions of Shaytan.
5. United as brothers
Today, Muslims worldwide are divided yet the Battle of Badr affirmed the fruits of being united as a brotherhood. They solidified their lines, and became like an immovable wall. The Quraysh were inwardly full of fear and all the confidence which had been there as they set out from Mecca was washed out of them as they met the well-disciplined Muslim army. Even Shaytan fled the scene in the overwhelming spiritual presence and Help of Allah that descended on the united Muslims.
Allah said: “And [remember] when Satan made their deeds pleasing to them and said, “No one can overcome you today from among the people, and indeed, I am your protector.” But when the two armies sighted each other, he turned on his heels and said, “Indeed, I am disassociated from you. Indeed, I see what you do not see; indeed I fear Allah. And Allah is severe in penalty.” [8:48]
6. Don’t be defeated
One of the biggest lessons of Badr, is that that we shouldn’t feel defeated this Ramadan. We shouldn’t feel defeated internally; by giving up to laziness, or making excuses, or failing to perform our utmost to serve Allah. And we shouldn’t feel defeated collectively, as an Ummah, regardless of our circumstances, for truly the victory of Allah is near.
Whilst the lessons are manifold from the battle of Badr, we hope the above is useful. Please share some more lessons below!