The Uhud Battle part 5

Ubai bin Khalaf is killed

Ibn Ishaq related: When Allâh’s Messengerﷺ things was going up the hillock, he was followed by Ubai bin Khalaf who was saying: “Where is Muhammad? Either I kill him or I will be killed.” The Companions said: “O Messenger of Allâhﷺ, do you mind if one of us fights with him?” But Allâh’s Messengerﷺ said: “Leave him!” So, when he drew nearer, Allâh’s Messenger ﷺtook the spear from Al-Harith bin As-Simmah lain, and shivered violently in such a way that made all of them scatter in all directions. Then he observed his collarbone through a gap between the wide opening of the armor and the part of his neck enclosed by it. He speared him in that spot. The effect of the stroke was so strong that it made him roll off his horse over and over. When he returned to the Quraish, they found that he only had a small scratch on his neck. So, when the blood congealed he said: “By Allâh, Muhammadﷺ has killed me.” Hearing him say so, they said: “By Allâh, you are afraid of death. By Allâh, you are possessed by a devil.” He replied: “He already told me when we were in Makkah: ‘I will kill you.’ By Allâh, had he spat on me, he would have killed me.” Eventually, the enemy of Allâh breathed his last at a place called Sarif, while they were taking him back to Makkah. version by Abul-Aswad: on the authority of ‘Urwah : He was moaning like a bull and saying: “By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, if what I am suffering from now were distributed

among the people of Dhul-Majaz, it would have cause them all to die.

Talhah the lifts the Prophetﷺ

During the withdrawal of Allah’s Messenger ﷺup to the cover of

the mountain, a big rock blocked his way. The Prophet ﷺthe tried to mount it, but having worn a short heavy armor, and being seriously wounded, he could not ascend it. Readily enough Talhah

sat in a position that enabled the Prophet ﷺ to stand on his back. Then he lifted him up until he stood on it. The Prophetﷺ then said:

“Talhah, after this job, is eligible for it (Paradise).”

The Idolaters’ Last Assault

When Allâh’s Messenger ﷺ settled down in the hillock, the idolaters started their last attack upon the Muslims. Ibn Ishaq related: “While the Prophet ﷺ was on the way to the hillock, a group of Quraishite elite ascended the mountain. They were led by Khalid bin Al-Walid and Abu Sufyan. So Allâh’s Messenger ﷺ prayed his Lord saying:

‘O Allâh, they (i.e., the idolaters) should not be higher (i.e.,

in position or in power) than us (i.e., the Muslims).’ Therefore ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab Radiallahu anhoo and some of the Emigrants fought the idolaters till they drove them down the mountain. In Al-Maghazi – a book by Al-Amawi – it is stated that the idolaters went up the mountain. So, Allâh’s Messenger ﷺ said to Sa’d “Drive them off.” “How can I drive them off by myself (i.e., without anyone to assist).” But Allâh’s Messenger ﷺ repeated the phrase three times. Sa’d things then took an arrow out of his quiver, shot it at one of them and killed him. He said: “Then I took the arrow I knew and I shot another man with it. Then I took the arrow I knew and killed a third one. Consequently they climbed down the mountain. I said to myself, “This must be a blessed arrow.’ I put it in my quiver.” He kept it with him till he died. His children kept it with them ever after.

Mutilation of the Martyrs

That was the last attack made by the Idolaters against the Prophetﷺ Being almost certain of his death, the idolaters returned to their camp and started preparations to go back to Makkah. Some of them involved themselves in mutilating the Killed Muslims, and so did their women. Women and men cut off the ears, the noses, and the genitals of the martyrs. They even cut open their bellies. Hind bin ‘Utbah — for instance – ripped open the liver of Hazrat Hamzah Radiallahu anhoo and chewed it; but finding It unpleasant, she spat it out. She even made the ears and noses of Muslims into anklets and necklaces.”) Two incidents occurred during the last hours of the fight, which revealed for certain how far the Muslims were ready to fight and sacrifice in the way of Allâh: 1. Ka’b bin Malik Radiallahu anhoo said: “I was one of those Muslims who fought in Uhud and witnessed the polytheists’ acts of barbarity in mutilating the dead bodies, but I passed them because I couldn’t stand it. Then I saw a heavily armed idolater passing through the Muslims and saying: ‘Gather them up and combine them in the way that sheep are gathered and slaughtered.’ Similarly, I saw an armed Muslim waiting for him. I walked towards them till I stood behind him. Comparing both of them, I found that the disbeliever was better than the other in arms and figure. The Muslim thrust at the disbeliever with his sword that went down up to his hip splitting him into two. When the Muslim unveiled his face, he said: ‘What about that, Ka’b? I am Abu Dujanah.”:

2. Some Muslim women came to the battlefield when the fight was over. Anas Radiallahu anhoo said: “I saw ‘Aishah bint Abu Bakr with Umm Sulaim. Their garments were gathered up so I could see their ankles. They carried water bags on their shoulders and emptied them into the mouths of people. Then they would go back to fill

them and come back to do the same.” ‘Umar to said: “She (Umm Saleet. one of the Ansari women) carried water bags to us on the Day of Uhud.

Umm Aiman was one of those Muslim women who saw the defeated Muslim fighters entering Madinah. She started throwing dust at their faces rebukingly saying: “Here is a spinning wheel, take it and give up carrying swords.” Then she raced to the battlefield. There she watered the wounded. Hibban bin Al-‘Arqah shot an arrow at her, she fell down and became exposed. Seeing that the enemy of Allâh, burst into laughter. That sight upset Allah’s Messenger ﷺ so he gave Sa’d bin Abi Waqqas Radiallahu anhoo an arrow lacking an arrowhead and said “Shoot it.” Sa’d shot it, it pierced the idolater’s throat. He fell down and some parts of his body were revealed. Allâh’s Messenger ﷺcan then laughed so much that his molars could be seen, and said: “Sa’d avenged her, may Allâh respond his supplications.

The Messenger reaches the Trail As soon as Allâh’s Messengerﷺ reached the trail, ‘Ali bin Abu Talib AlaihisSalam went out and filled his water container with water from Al-Mihras. Al-Mihras is said to be hollow (concaved) rock containing plenty of water. It was also said that it is a water spring at the Uhud mountain. Anyway. ‘Ali AlaihisSalam brought that water to Allah’s Messengerﷺ to drink. Finding that it smelled bad, he refused to drink it, but only washed the blood from his face and poured some of it over his head saying:

“Allah’s wrath is great on those who injured His Messenger’s face.

Sahl #said: “By Allâh, I know who washed the wound of Allâh’s Messengerﷺ and who poured out water for him and what (substances) his wound was treated with: His daughter Fatimah AlaihisSalam

washed it, whereas ‘Ali AlahisSalam poured water out of the container. When Fatimah AlaihisSalam realized that water increased the flow of blood, she took a piece of straw mat, burnt it a little and stuck it to the wound so blood ceased flowing.Muhammad bin Maslamah Radiallahu anhoo brought him fresh water to drink. The Prophet ﷺdrank and supplicated Allâh to provide him with good. Owing to the wounds and their bad effects on his body. Allâh’s Messenger ﷺled his followers in the Zuhr prayer in a sitting posture and so did the Muslims.When the preparations of the idolaters for departure came to an end, Abu Sufyan went up the mountain and called out: “Is Muhammad among you?” They did not answer him. Then he asked “Is Ibn Abi Quhafah (i.e., Abu Bakr) among you?” They did not answer. He asked again: “Is ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab among you?” They did not answer him; for the Prophet ﷺuniforbade them answering him. He only asked about those three. That is because he and his people knew quite well that the call to Islam depended to a large degree on those men. Abu Sufyan then said: “As for those three, we have relieved you of.” ‘Umar alieno could not help but talking, so he said, “O enemy of Allâh, those whom you have just mentioned, I tell you that they are still alive. Allâh has maintained what you hate.” Abu Sufyan answered: “The mutilation of

your dead is something I did not order it: but it did not displease me.” Then he shouted: “Hubal (an idol). let it be sublimel” The Prophet ﷺsaid: Why do you not reply?” “What shall we say?” They asked him. “Say: ‘Allâh is more Sublime and Exalted and Mightier as well.”” He said: “Al-‘Uzza (l.e., an idol) is ours but you have no ‘Izza (might).” “Why do you not reply?” The Prophetﷺ things said. “What shall we say?” They inquired. He said: “Sav Allâh is our Protector, but you have no protector.”

Abu Sufyan said: “Well done! Today is Revenge Day for the Day of Badr. This for that. War is attended with alternate success.” ‘Umar’s reply was: “No. They are not the same. Our dead are housed in Paradise; but yours are in the Fire.” Then Abu Sufyan said: “Come on, ‘Umar!” Allâh’s Messengerﷺ than said: “Go and see what the matter is.” He went there. Abu Sufyan asked him: “I ask you by Allâh’s Name to tell me the truth: Have we killed Muhammad?” ‘Umar said: “O Allâh, no, and now he is listening to you words.” He said: “For me, you are more truthful than Ibn Qami’ah, and even more reliable.”

The Appointment to meet again at Badr

Ibn Ishaq said: “When Abu Sufyan and those who were with him were leaving, he called out notifying: ‘We will meet again at Badr next year.’ Allâh’s Messengerﷺ the said to one of his men: “Say: ‘Yes,”.it is an appointment for both of us.

Verifying the Movement of the Idolaters

in Later on, Allâh’s Messengerﷺ dispatched ‘Ali bin Abi Talib AlahisSalam

track them. He said to him:

“Pursue them and see what they are going to do, and what they intend. If they dismount horses and ride on camels back, this means that they are leaving for Makkah; but if they ride horses and lead camels unmounted, they are headed for Madinah. By the One, in Whose Hand my soul is. if they attacked Madinah I would march to them there and I

would fight them.” Ali AlahisSalam on said: “I went out and tracked them to see what they were up to. I saw them mounting camels and leaving the horses unmounted. They were heading for Makkah.

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