Tawakkal: Essence of Battle of Badr

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Few weeks ago I was sharing about the Battle of Badr with my students. As I shared, reflections upon the event came streaming through and then I realised a very simple concept about Tawakkal demonstrated in this event.

I will share the story very briefly.

During the battle, there were only 300 (approximately) Muslims who were fighting against the enemies who were 3 times more. The Kuffar had better weapons and were much more stronger with their armies physically.

Yet, the Muslims still won victoriously despite being outnumbered and an army who wasn’t as strong as the Kuffar.

After sharing the story, I then asked my children, ” so how do you think the Muslim were able to win despite against such a strong army?”

One of my student answered, ” because Nabi s.a.w made dua to Allah s.w.t to help them , then Allah s.w.t sent down the Angels to fight against the Kuffar.”

A very simple straight forward answer but if you ponder upon it , you will see the significance.

I went on to share further on the answer that was given.

It was indeed a miracle, Subhanallah!

The Muslims won, despite the small number . They did not despair. They placed their trust in Allah s.w.t and fought the battle.

All that Nabi s.a.w did was to ASK, the Creator (azza wa jal)!

And in return, didn’t Allah s.w.t answer his (s.a.w) call?! Didn’t Allah s.w.t give them victory?

Now, my brothers and sisters in Islam, there are two things that we can learn from this event.

Number 1 : Remember Allah (s.w.t) at all times. And we should learn to ask HIM because Allah s.w.t says;

So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.” ( 2:152)

Number 2 : Reflect how Nabi s.a.w handled the situation. All he did was to make Du’a. He was neither doubtful nor impatient. In fact he completely placed his trust in Allah s.w.t!

O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” (2: 153)

Question is, ‘ how many of us will be able to follow this Sunnah?….to remain patient after making supplications to Allah s.w.t ?!’

When we are troubled, distressed, faced with calamities, we badly make countless du’a seeking Allah’s help. But are we being patient with getting our dua to be answered?

We become restless and start doubting Allah s.w.t when we do not get our prayers answered or when things still does not seem to improve any better.

Where’s our faith? Where’s the trust?

Allah says;

” … indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided…” ( 2:186)

A beautiful verse indeed, a beautiful reminder to us.

Allah s.w.t is telling us that surely he will surely respond to us. He is giving us assurance that he will answer when we call upon HIM.

All that we need to do is to BELIEVE in him, which is placing the trust in Allah s.w.t !

I would like to add in few more pointers in regards to this verse.

Sometimes when we ask Allah s.w.t for something, it does necessarily have to take place immediately. Because Allah s.w.t knows what’s best for us and he will give us the best! Which also means that if Allah s.w.t doesn’t answer our du’a in this dunya, he will answer us in the Hereafter, at Akhira’h!

Allah s.w.t says;

“….and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.” (2: 216)

Allah s.w.t created us, gave us life and everything that we need; shouldn’t He know better what’s best for us?!

Thus, do not despair when your du’as are not answered, be patient and believe in Allah s.w.t that whatever he gives you, is the best for you!

I would like to end this with a famous hadith;

“The Prophet (saw) said: “If you truly put your trust on Allah, he would provide you (sustenance) as He provides the birds; where they leave in the morning with empty stomach and return back with full stomach.”

(Ahmad and At-Tirmidhi)


Nasrin Shah
Currently pursuing a Degree in Counselling @ UniSIM and waiting to get a full-time job. I love cooking, sports, and photography. I started exploring more about Islam in my early 20s and am still continuing to seek knowledge. I am also currently teaching at Masjid Alkhair for  tweens  aLIVE 2 and it’s been a blessing in disguise. Alhamdulilah.

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