The Prophet Muhammad’s migration to Madinah marked a new beginning. After a decade of persecution in Makkah, the Prophet and his budding community were eager for a life of peace.
Two years after their migration, on the seventeenth of Ramadan, the Muslims witnessed an event that became a turning point in the history of Islam.
That event was the Battle of Badr. It was the first major battle between the Muslims and the pagan Quraysh of Makkah. Critics accuse the Prophet Muhammad of causing the battle, but authentic records tell us a different story.
Who waged the battle and what exactly transpired? In this folder, you’ll be able to closely examine the facts and events that led up to the battle.
Did the Prophet Cause the Battle of Badr?
Critics accuse the Prophet Muhammad of raiding pagan caravans that passed by Madinah and provoking the Battle of Badr.
When the dispatch returned to the Prophet in Madinah, they received his stern disapproval. It seemed that the Prophet did not expect his men to go beyond his orders and engage in military confrontation.
Recently, the Prophet objected to any form of belligerence against these caravans, and did not attack the caravans when he had the opportunity in non-sacred months (see Part 2). So, what then do his words above mean?