The Prophet S.A.W prayed: “O Allah! I invoke You for Your promise (of victory). O Allah! If You decide (that we be defeated), You will not be worshipped!” And His Lord answered:
"…Indeed, I will reinforce you with a thousand from the angels, rank after rank.” Surah Anfal, Ayah 9
Today marks the one thousand four hundred and thirty second anniversary of the battle of Badr. This battle fought on the 17th of Ramadhaan in the second year after the Hijrah to Medinah, being the first military engaged in Islam, is a testament to the superiority of Truth over falsehood. The superiority of the Light of Islam over all other systems.
The Union of Muslim student associations commemorates, in humble gratitude and deepest admiration, the spirit and actions of bravery, selflessness, great personal sacrifice displayed by the Holy Prophet S.A.W and his noble companions on this day and indeed many other such days.
This is a day of victory and is a source of great pride in our history as the Ummah of Muhammed S.A.W. It is a day in whose memory we should draw strength from despite the great challenges that surround us. It is a reminder that just as the help of Allah S.W.T descended on the Ummah in one of its most difficult moments, the help of Allah is always near for us too and we should not despair no matter how insurmountable the obstacles that we face may seem.
We commemorate the martyrs: Harithah ibn Suraqa,Dhu'sh-shimilayn ibn 'Abd 'Amr ,Rafi' ibn al-Mu'alli ,Sa'd ibn Khaythama ,Safwan ibn Wahb ,Aqil ibn al-Bukayr ,Ubaydah ibn al-Harith ,Umayr ibn al-Humam ,Umayr ibn Abi Waqqas, Awf ibn al-Harith ,Mubash-shir ibn 'Abdu'l Mundhir ,Mu'awwidh ibn al-Harith , Mihja' ibn Salih and Yazid ibn al-Harith ibn Fushum Radiyallahu Anhum who made the ultimate sacrifice on this day in defence of Islam so that the Deen of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’alaah would reach us and the entire human family, Insha-Allah. Indeed, we have no doubt as to the position that they enjoy as promised by their Lord:
“Think not of those who are slain in Allah's way as dead. Nay, they live finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord.” Surah Al Imran, Ayah 169
We pray that Muslims the world over will remember this day as a day of great victory and bring forth their faith and trust in Allah just as the Sahabah did this day to work towards the higher goals of Islam for the benefit of humanity, Insha-Allah.
On behalf of a very grateful Ummah
The Muslim Students Association