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Burial place of the Martyrs of the Battle of Badr

Aerial view of the burial place of the Shuhada of Badr
Aerial view of the burial place of the Shuhada of Badr

This aerial view, in the plain of Badr, shows the plot of land where the fourteen Sahabah who were martyred in the Battle of Badr are buried. The site is not accessible to the public.

[Read about the previous landmark associated with the Battle of Badr: Jabal Malaikah (Mountain of the Angels)]

  • The Muslims were victorious with the help of Allah (ﷻ). The Prophet (ﷺ) and his companions fought bravery until the Quraysh suffered great loss and fled the battlefield. They lost 70 of their best men and 70 were taken as prisoners by the Muslims.
  • Only fourteen Muslims were martyred in this battle. The first to be martyred was Umayr bin al-Humam (رضي الله عنه).
Historic photo of the burial place of the Shuhada of Badr
Historic photo of the burial place of the Shuhada of Badr
  • One of the youngest participants in the Battle of Badr was a boy called Umayr bin Abi Waqqas (رضي الله عنه). He had come out to fight but as he was only sixteen was afraid the Prophet would not permit him to join the expedition. He tried to avoid being seen but his elder brother, Sa’d bin Abi Waqqas (رضي الله عنه), asked him what he was up to. “I’m afraid that the Messenger of Allah will send me back when I want to go. It might be that Allah will grant me martyrdom”, he answered. That was indeed the case. The Prophet (ﷺ) did want to send him back because he was so young but Umayr started weeping. His tears weakened the heart of the Messenger of Allah who allowed him to go after all. Umayr was killed, the youngest martyr in the expedition.
  • After the battle of Badr, the Muslims emerged as one powerful nation. The Battle of Badr is a great example from our history that teaches victory does not depend on numbers or collecting weapons and shields, Victory comes from Allah (ﷻ). Allah (ﷻ) mentions in Surah al-Baqara:

How often has a small group overcome a might host by Allah’s leave. And Allah is with the patient.

Quran (2:249)
Historic photo of the site of the Battle of Badr
Historic photo of the site of the Battle of Badr
  • The Prophet (ﷺ) informed his companions that Allah (ﷻ) had already looked at those who took part in the Battle of Badr said, ”Do as you wish, for I have forgiven you.” It has been narrated on the authority of Rifa’ah Az-Zuraqi, one of the participants in the Battle of Badr that Jibraeel (عليه السلام) came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and said, “How do you look upon the warriors of Badr among yourselves?” The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “As the best of the Muslims,” or he said something similar. On that, Jibraeel (عليه السلام) said, “And so are the angels who participated in the Battle of Badr.”

[Read about the next landmark associated with the Battle of Badr: Memorial to the Martyrs of the Battle of Badr]


References: When the Moon Split – Shaykh Safiur Rahman Mubarakpuri, Muhammad (s.a.w.) the Last Prophet – Moulana Sayyed Hasan Ali Nadwi, The Life of Muhammad  (s.a.w) – Tahia Al-Ismail