Badr Martyrs (شهداء بدر)
Badr, the battle between good and evil was one of the turning points in history of Islam. It was a strike between truth and falsehood, a war between the best of mankind accompanied with Angels against the worst of mankind in company of devils.
Makkah infidels who suppressed the truth to support their ignorance on Allah, the pagans who brutally mistreated early believers of Islam to deprive off their belief, the preachers of darkness who tried their best to pluck the bud of Islam from its origin were all given a smack on the back by the happenings in Badr.
The army formed by a small group of men with very few arms and provisions defeated a thousand strong and well armed men with much weapons and provisions. Muslim army in Badr didn’t aim a battle of this magnitude while started from Madinah. Their intention was only to intimidate traders who looted belongings of Muslims in Makkah while they migrated to Madinah and with that money they traveled to Sham (now Syria and Jordan) to trade and earn profit.
Abu Jahl, leader of Makkah infidels counted it as an attack to their trade caravan and marched to Badr with a well equipped army. But Allah had decided woe to the infidels and end of many proud among them. Muslims got ample support from Angel descended in Badr. Infidel army was hit on the length and breadth and seventy top leaders from them were killed.
Special to mention is bravery of Hamza ibn Abdul Muttalib (رضي الله عنه), uncle of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) who fought with a solo sword against Aswad who came mounted on horse with many weapons to destroy water tank setup by Muslim Army. After a prolonged struggle he killed the enemy which flung open the war. Another important incident is Abdullah ibn Masuod’s (رضي الله عنه) slaying of Abu Jahl. During search in the battle ground he found Abu Jahl lying helplessly on his back. He jumped up to his chest and using sword of Abu Jahl slit his neck.
The battle was in 17th of Ramdan in second year after Hijra. Memory of Badr will electrify every true believer as he views it as success of his religion against infidels. In many Muslim societies special ceremony and prayers are held in memory of Badr warriors on this day. Our deeds are far less and incomparable to deeds of those who sacrificed their health and wealth for the sake of Islam. But we do respect them and love them from depth of the heart and hope Allah will reward us for this love.
There were 313 warriors fought in Badr and fourteen of them got martyred. Their names are seen adorned in marble plates kept in Badr. Though visit to this unforgettable site is regulated nowadays, many believers reach there and offer special salutation to the martyrs of Badr.