Lessons from Badr – Tarawih reflections 13

Lessons from Badr - Tarawih reflections 13

Source of protection: Surat al-Baqarah and Surat Ale ‘Imran

‘Recite the two bright ones, al-Baqarah and Surat Ale ‘Imran, for on the Day of Resurrection they will come as two clouds or two shades.’ [Muslim]

In this hadith, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ referred to Surat al-Baqarah and Surat Ale Imran as the zahrawan, two bright surahs that have a special light. He said that on the Day of Judgement, the people who recited them will have two clouds above their heads, shading them from the intense heat of the Sun which will be unbearably close to the Earth on that day. People will be sweating from the oppressive heat – except those who will have VIP treatment from Allah due to certain good deeds. Among these is reciting Quran, especially these two surahs. The Prophet ﷺ is encouraging us to recite these two surahs regularly, because of how much wisdom they contain. Just like anything else you read or consume: the more you are engaged in reading these surahs, the more they rub off on you.

We also know that these surahs bring protection, so keep playing and reciting it in your house to protect you from jinn. The Prophet ﷺ said:

‘Whoever recites Surat al-Baqarah at night the devils will not enter his house for three nights, and whoever recites it in the day, the rebellious devils will not enter his house for three days.’ [Ibn Hibban]

Revelation of Surat Ale ‘Imran

Almost half of Surat Ale ‘Imran is about Christians. In the same way as around 40% of Surat al-Baqarah talks about Bani Israil, this is another surah dedicated to the People of the Book.

It was revealed when the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ received a delegation from Najran (now Yemen) of around sixty people. This included several priests who came to meet him and sat debating on the nature of Prophet Eesa (peace be upon him) and such topics.

The Battle of Badr took place in Ramadan

‘There was a sign for you in the two groups who confronted each other: One group fighting in the way of Allah, and the other disbelieving, seeing themselves as twice their number, with open eyes. And Allah gives strength with His help to whomsoever He wills. Indeed, there is a lesson therein for those who have eyes.’ [3:13]

This ayah is describing the Battle of Badr, which took place on 17th Ramadan. After the battle, this day was also known as Yawm Al-Furqan, the Day of the Clarification when Allah distinguished between truth and falsehood.

Several companions, including Ibn Mas’ud, ‘Ali, and Zaid ibn Thabit (may Allah be pleased with them) sought Laylatul Qadr on 17th Ramadan every year after this.

The Battle of Badr was in the first year that the Muslims were ever fasting in Ramadan, but they didn’t fast on the day of the battle.

‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that,

‘We fought in two battles along with the Messenger of Allah during Ramadan; the Day of Badr, and the Conquest of Makkah, so we broke our fast during them.’ [Ibn Majah]

This is because the priority in the moment was fighting the enemy, and the fasting could be repayed later.

Lessons from Badr

The two groups fought, and Allah made the Muslims victorious.

When you look at the situation objectively, it is clear that it should have been a losing battle for the Companions. There was a huge difference between the two groups both in number and equipment: the Muslims were only 313 people, with only two or three horses. But when imaan and reliance on Allah come into play, that makes all the difference.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ wasn’t intending to have a battle. The Quraysh had confiscated all the wealth and property of the Muslims when they left Makkah, so their intention was only to raid the caravan that was passing, which was led by Abu Sufyan, and take back their rightful property. But when the Quraysh heard of their intention, it became a full-blown battle, and the rest is history.

The lesson to learn is that a small group with reliance on Allah, and who have prepared as much as possible, will get what is theirs by the will of Allah. Inshallah Allah will grant victory to the oppressed in Palestine.

Based on the reflections of Shaykh Haytham Tamim

Transcribed by Hana Khan

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Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001. His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College). He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.