Muhammad was merely 313 consisting of young and old, Ansaar and Muhajireen who were contesting against a massive and equipped army of the unbelievers. The Muslim army had only six armours and eight swords whereas the unbelievers’ army was comprised of almost one thousand furious and strong warriors and these warriors were armed with one hundred excellent horses, seven hundred camels and diverse fatal weapons.
In front of such a strong military power of the unbelievers, unrest and anxiety among the Muslims was a natural element. Our Beloved Rasool Muhammad spent the whole night in Salah and supplications imploring, ‘O Allah If this small number of people is killed, then no
one will be left on the face of earth to worship You till the Day of Judgement.’
(As-Seerat-un-Nabawiyyah Ii Ibn Hishaam, vol. 1, pp. 554)
During the supplication, the sacred shawl fell down from the blessed shoulders of the Nabi Muhammad and due to overwhelming emotions, the blessed tears welled up. When the companion of the cave, Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddeeq saw him in this state of anxiety, he became worried. Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddeeq lifted up the fallen shawl, placed it over the sacred shoulders of the Noble Rasool , held the blessed hand and consoled in a very sympathetic tone with great respect and reverence and said to the Nabi Muhammad , ‘Ya Rasoolallah ( ! Do not worry, surely Allah will fulfil His promise.’
Our Beloved Rasool stopped supplicating on the request of his most loyal devotee Sayyiduna Siddeeq Akbar and invoked following Quranic Ayah in prophetic way full of conviction and determination:
The group will soon be chased away, and they will tum their backs ( to flee).
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)J (Part 2 7, Surah Al-Qamar, Ayah 45)
In the morning, the Holy Rasool delivered such an encouraging and stimulating sermon by reciting the Ayahs of Jihad that it stirred each and every drop of blood of all Mujahidin with emotions. The Beloved and Blessed Rasool Muhammad also expressed his knowledge of the unseen and delivered the glad-tidings that if you people would stay in the battlefield with patience and perseverance; Allah will descend the angels’ army from the skies for your support.
Therefore, an army of five thousand angels descended in the battlefield and instantaneously, the scenario of the battlefield changed. Sayyiduna ‘Ali was holding the flag of Muhajireen and Sayyiduna Sa’ d Bin ‘Ubadah was the flag bearer of the Ansaar. Seventy unbelievers were killed and seventy were arrested and the remaining ran off from the battlefield leaving their possessions behind. All the prominent war-chiefs of Quraysh were killed.
Among the Muslims, there were fourteen fortunate Muslims who embraced the rank of martyrdom and among these martyrsj there were six Muhajireen and eight Ansaar. The Muslims also won a huge amount of war spoils that was left behind by the defeated army. Allah has mentioned the Battle of Badr and the army of angels in the following words of the Holy Quran: