Battle of Uhud - 2
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Battle of Uhud - 2

With victory almost within their grasp, the Muslims had suffered a heavy blow

In the previous part we read that the Muslims thought that the battle was over, most of the archers who were guarding the passage in the hill left their posts lured by the spoils even against the orders of their leader ‘Abdullah ibn Jubayr.

Khalid ibn al-Walid, one of the commanders of Meccans, was fleeing when he saw such an opportunity and, gathering a group of men, he killed the few remaining defenders of the pass.

Then he launched a furious attack from the rear. The Muslims were taken so much by surprise that they did not know what to do. The retreating Meccan forces rallied again and launched a fresh attack from the front.

Meanwhile one shouted that Muhammad had been killed. This threw the Muslims into confusion. Their ranks became disorganized. This went on till one of the companions saw the Prophet and shouted at the top of his voice that the Prophet was still alive. The spirit of the Muslims revived, but the Prophet now became the chief target of the Meccan forces. The Prophet’s face was injured and his two upper teeth broke. His forehead and face were covered with his blood.

The Prophet now had fallen in a pit where some companions found him and protected him against the continuous furious onslaughts of the Meccans.

Then some other Muslims arrived where the Prophet was being defended at fearful odds by the small band of his companions. After some furious fighting, they managed to retreat to the security of the heights of Uhud.

The Meccan forces had turned the tables but they were too exhausted to drive their advantage home either by attacking Medina or by driving the Muslims from the heights of the mountain.

They satiated their desire for vengeance by mutilating the bodies of the slain and injured muslims. The brave Hamzah was amongst the slain.

With victory almost within their grasp, the Muslims had suffered a heavy blow. They were shaken in body and in spirit. But the Prophet preached to them fortitude and endurance.

In this battle, seventy Muslims were martyred and an equal number wounded. The companions received serious wounds.

The Meccans lost 30 (or 22) warriors.

For those who laid their lives in the way of Allah, the following glad tiding had been revealed:

And reckon not those who are killed in Allah's way as dead; nay, they are alive (and) are sustained by their Lord. (Qur'an, 3:169)

Having finished his engagements at Uhud in five or six days, the Prophet returned to Medina where he and the people of Medina mourn the death of Hamzah and other muslims.


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