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them inside the valley. So at the moment they were camping, arrows began showering intensively
at them, whereas the enemy’s battalions started a fierce attack against the Muslims, who had to
retreat in disorder and utter confusion. It was such a shatteringly defeat that Abu Sufyan bin Harb,
who had recently embraced Islam, said that their retreat would not stop till they got to the Red Sea.
Jablah or Kildah bin Al-Junacommented on that by saying: “Surely magic has grown inactive today.”
The Messenger of Allâh (peace be upon him) turned to the right and said: “Come on, people! I am
the Messenger of Allâh. I am Muhammad, the son of Abdullah.” Those who stoodfast by him were
only few Emigrants and some of his kinsmen. The matchless bravery of the Prophet (peace be upon
him) was then brought to light. He went on and on in his attempts to make his mule standfast in the
face of the disbelievers while saying loudly:
“Truly saying, I am the Prophet I am the (grand) son of Abdul Muttalib.”
However, Abu Sufyan, who was then holding the rein of the Prophet’s mule, and Al-‘Abbas, who was
holding its stirrup; were endeavouring to make it halt. The Messenger of Allâh (peace be upon him)
dismounted and asked his Lord to render him help.
“O, Allâh, send down Your Help!”
The Messenger of Allâh (peace be upon him) ordered his uncle Al-‘Abbas — who was a sonorous
voiced man — to call out on the followers. As loudly as he could, Al-‘Abbas shouted: “Where are the
lancers?” “By Allâh,” Al-‘Abbas said, “Upon hearing my voice calling them back, they turned round to
the battlefield as if they had been oryxes (wild cows) tending towards their calves.”
“Here we are, at your service. Here we are. ” They said. There you see them trying to stop their
camels and reverse to the battle. He who was unable to force his camel to turn back, would take his
armour, fling it round his neck, and hastily dismount his camel with his weapon in his hand letting
his camel move freely and run towards the voice source. Voices would grow louder and louder till a
hundred of them gathered round the Prophet and resumed the fight.
Those who were called out upon next were Al-Ansar, the Helpers, “O, folks of Al-Ansar! Folks of Al-
The last group to be called out upon were Bani Al-Harith bin Al-Khazraj. Muslims battalions poured
successively into the battlefield in the same manner that they had left it. The stamina of both
parties was superb. Both of them stoodfast and fought fiercely. The Messenger of Allâh (peace be
upon him) was so eagerly and furiously watching the battle that he said:
“Now the fight has grown fierce.”
Picking up a handful of earth, he hurled it at their faces while saying:
“May your faces be shameful.”
Their eyes were thick with dust and the enemy began to retreat in utter confusion.
Few hours had elapsed since the earth-handful was hurled at the enemy’s faces, when they were
shatteringly defeated. About seventy men of Thaqif alone were killed, and the Muslims plundered all
their riding camels, weapons and cattle.
Allâh, Glory is to Him, alluded to this sudden change in the Qur’ân when He said:
“…and on the Day of Hunain (battle) when you rejoiced at your great number but it
availed you naught and the earth, vast as it is, was straitened for you, then you turned back
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