Lessons from Holy Qur'an

The Battle Of ‘Uhud – Readiness


The Battle Of ‘Uhud – Readiness

Surah ‘Aali ‘Imran (The Family Of ‘Imran, Chapter – 3)

Verse –121 of 200, Section –13    (Part – 4)


And when thou settedst forth at daybreak from the housefolk to assign to the believers their positions for the battle. And Allah is Hearer, Knower-        

Wa  ‘iz  gadawta  min  ‘ah-lika  tubaw-wi-‘ul-Mu’-miniina  maqaa-‘ida  lil-qitaal. Wallaahu Samii-‘un  ‘Aliim-           






The events regarding preparations for the battle, departure from home to the battleground and drawing up in flanks for the battlefield by Holy Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah Almighty be upon him) have been pointed out in this verse. Holy Prophet (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) proceeded from home for the crusade in the right path early in morning. He assigned the positions to the Believers for the battle, caused to sit them down on the appropriate lines of entrenchments and arranged the map of battlefield.


Here it signifies towards the Battle of ‘Uhad. Afterwards, the events and circumstances will be mentioned continuously about the Battle of ‘Uhad. It seems appropriate to describe the events of this battle (Gazwah) briefly in this lesson, so that there would not be necessary to repeat it again and again.   


On Saturday, March 19, 625 (3 Shawwal) 3 AH, the Quraysh of Mecca lead their Army to Medina with three thousand selected braves. One year prior, they suffered a defeat in the battle of Badr. So now, they came with full preparations. Holy Prophet (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) consulted his companions (may Allah Almighty be pleased with them). The old people advised that self-defense should be arranged staying within the city. ‘Abd-Allah ibn Ubayy (the chief of the Khazraj tribe) and leader of the hypocrites had also this opinion. The young people said, “It is the sign of weakness; we should go out and fight against them. We shall defend with stakes and engage in a desperate undertaking at each cost.


Holy Messenger of Allah (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) agreed to this suggestion, came out from his house wearing the armor and departed towards the battlefield from the city with other Muslim. Total numbers of Muslims were one thousand. ‘Abd-Allah ibn Ubayy (leader of the hypocrites) returned with his three hundred disbelievers saying that ‘when you did not agree to us then we would not cooperate with you’.  


Holy Prophet (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) delivered the flag over to Hadrat Mas-‘ab bin ‘Umar (may Allah Almighty be pleased with him), appointed Hadrat Zubair bin Awam (may Allah Almighty be pleased with him) as commander of  the troop of the horses, kept the people (who were not in armor) under the command of Hadrat Amir Hamza (may Allah Almighty be pleased with him), determined fifty archers at a pass (of the mountain) under supervision of Hadrat ‘Abd-Allah bin Zubair(may Allah Almighty be pleased with him) and ordered them not to leave the pass at any cost. This battle of right and wrong began with these preparations.  


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’an published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore and tran slated Urdu to English  by Muhammad Sharif.

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