Stories of the Sahabah

Ali's Valor in Uhud

Due to the neglect of one order of the Holy Prophet (SAW) the victory at Uhud turned into a defeat. It was a very tough time for the Muslims They were caught in between the two groups of the enemy, and many were killed. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) was surrounded by the enemy, who spread the rumor that he had died. Most of the Sahabah lost their balance of mind at this rumor causing major confusion in the ranks.

At that point Ali (RAA) narrated the incident as follows: "We were surrounded by the enemy, and I could not see the Holy Prophet (PBUH). I searched for him first among the living and then among the dead, but I could not find him. I said to mytself, 'It is impossible for him to fly from the battlefield. It seems that God is angry with us due to our sins, and must have lifted the Prophet (PBUH) up to the Heavens. There is no way left for me except to jump into the enemy lines and fight till I am killed.' I therefore attacked the enemy, deeming them with my sword till I caught sight of the Holy Prophet (PBUH); I was very happy and was sure that God had been protecting him through the Angels. I approached him and stood by his side. Meanwhile an enemy contingent advanced to attack the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The Prophet (PBUH) said to me, 'Ali, go and check them.' I fought single-handed, killing quite a few of them. After this, yet another group came to attack him. The Holy Prophet called out again, 'Ali, go and check them.' I fought with that group again single-handed and put them to their heels."

It was on this occasion that the Archangel Jibrail (Gabriel) came and praised Ali (RAA) for his valor and his devotion to the Holy Prophet. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said, "Ali belongs to me and I belong to him." At this Jibrail remarked: "I belong to you both." Look at the valor of Ali (RAA). He jumps in between the enemy lines single-handed. This act on the part of Ali (RAA) portrays an unparellel devotion and love for the Holy Prophet.

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