‘It is possible that this caravan is destined as an Allah-sent gift to you’.
As per their traditions, the Quraish left Makkah with great pomp and ceremony; with women to cheer and entertain them; with drummers to stir their fight spirits; and above all, they carried every conceivable item of luxury for their journey. Abu Jahl planned to spend three days of feasting, entertainment and merry-making before setting upon the Muslims.
However, the Quraish had camped at Johfa when they received Abu Soofyan’s second message. Their was a difference of opinion in the camps whether to proceed to Badr and fight the Muslims or to return to Makkah now that their caravan was safe from a Muslim attack. Akhnas bin Shuraiq, a respected chief of the Quraish, advised the Makkahs to return, but Abu Jahl was adamant and persisted in using the excuse of Amr bin Hazramee’s death to attack the Muslims. He was not prepared to reason with some of the most enlightened chiefs. Akhnas bin Shuraiq returned to Makkah with some of the members of the Banu Zohra and Banu Hisham tribes. The rest of the Quraish, some of them very reluctantly, followed Abu Jahl towards Badr. His heart was filled with malice and vengeance and he made it known that nothing would satisfy him more than seeing the extinction of Islam and the death of Rasulullah .
When Rasulullah turned towards Badr to intercept Abu Soofyan, he received the news of the presence of Abu Jahl with his formidable army camped at the only oasis with water and the solid ground around it. Rasulullah held consultation with the Sahaaba (R.A.) as the odds were overwhelming against the Muslims. Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A.), Hazrat Umar bin Khattab (R.A.) and the Muhajireen spontaneously declared their devotion to Nabi and pledged to fight the Kuffaar. The Ansaar were also devoted and loyal, but Rasulullah wanted to assess their opinion in such an urgent crisis. Hazrat Miqdaad bin Aswad (R.A.) of the Ansaar said:
‘O Rasul of Allah. you have had enough counsel’.
‘Yes’ said Rasulullah .
Hazrat Sa’ad bin Muaz (R.A.) said:
‘Perhaps you asked our (Ansaar) counsel because we originally offered to defend ourselves only if attacked in Madinah. We care not for what we promised then. We stand by you to do what ever you ask us to do. Invite us to fight, we will do more; command us to jump into the sea, we will not hesitate. The enemy shall not get at you, without stepping over our dead bodies’.
‘O Muhammed , send three Quraish warriors to face us’.
Rasulullah instructed his uncle Hazrat Hamza bin Abdul Muttalib (R.A.) to fight Utbah; Hazrat Ubaidah bin Harith (R.A.) to face Shaibah and Hazrat Ali bin Abu Talib (R.A.) to encounter Walid bin Utbah. In a quick encounter the three Quraish soldiers were killed, and then began a pattern of general fighting. The odds were so great that one Sahaabi had to fight against three skilled and well armed Quraishi soldiers.
Rasulullah ‘s mind at this stage was more occupied with the fate of Abu Jahl than with that of any of his other enemies. Rasulullah asked someone to find the whereabouts of Abu Jahl. Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood (R.A.) went out in search and found him in the midst of a pile of corpses. The chief of the idolaters was still breathing. Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood (R.A.) placed his foot on the dying enemy’s neck and said:
‘O enemy of Allah! See how Allah has humiliated you’.
Saying this Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood (R.A.) was about to sever his neck when Abu Jahl shouted:
‘Have you ever seen a noble fellow as I, murdered by such an ignoble ploughman?’
To put an end to the infidel’s insults, Hazrat Abdullha bin Mas’ood (R.A.) cut off the head and brought it to Rasulullah . At the sight of the blood-stained face of the enemy, Rasulullah exclaimed:
‘Surely, this man was the detestable Pharaoh of his nation’.
It is not you who slew them; it was Allah: When you threw (a handful of dust) it was not your act, but Allah’s. (Surah: Anfal v:17)
Rasulullah remained on the plains of the battle of Badr for three days to bury the dead and gather the spoils of war (booty) which he left to be guarded by the family of Najjaar. The Muslims lost fourteen Mujahideen (soldiers of Allah); six Muhajireen and eight Ansaar thus earning eternal glory as the first martyrs in the Holy War (Jihaad). The bodies of the kuffaar were gathered and buried in a dried up well.
‘Blessing be on the men of Madinah. They gave us wheaten bread to eat when there was little of it; contending themselves with dates’.