Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam was hit by a stone and fell
onto his side. His front teeth were smashed and his lip was injured.
With blood running down his face he remarked : "How can a
people prosper who have stained their prophet's face with blood
because he summoned them to their Lord."
The faithful rallied around the Prophet
Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam and many were martyred in their effort
to protect him by forming a human shield around him. Mus'ab Ibn
Umair Radhi Allahu Anhu, the standard flag bearer of the Muslims,
was martyred by Amr Ibn Qamee'ah. Someone suddenly shouted out
: "I have slain Muhammad!". On hearing this many Muslims
began to lose hope.
Muslims regain confidence
Ka'b Ibn Malik Radhi Allahu Anhu
recognised the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam in person and
shouted: "O Muslims! O brothers! Good news! Look at the Prophet
of Allah! He is safe and sound!"
This cry brought fresh courage in
the heart of every Muslim soldier. On all sides, the Muslims rushed
to the spot from where the glad news had come. They had been summoned
with renewed courage and cut a bloody path through the enemy ranks.
The Quraish were forced to flee once again.
Before retiring with his army, Abu
Sufyaan drew near to the slopes of Mount Uhud and called out to
the Muslims : “Is Muhammad with you?” Hearing no answer
he joyfully concluded that the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam
was dead. He shouted as loudly as he could: “Surely, war
is a game of chance. This day has avenged the day of Badr. Hubal
is victorious. He is the mightiest”.
The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam
ordered Umar Radhi Allahu Anhu to reply : “Allah is the
Most High and the Most Majestic! Our martyrs are in paradise while
your dead are in hell”. Abu Sufyaan begged Umar Radhi Allahu
Anhu to inform him if they had killed the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi
Wasallam. Umar Radhi Allahu Anhu replied: “No, by my faith!
He is listening to you as you speak”. Disappointed, Abu
Sufyaan retreated with the remainder of the army giving the Muslims
a parting promise that they would face the Muslims the following
year at Badr.
The love and bravery of the Sahabah
Two rings of a metal chain strap
of the helmet worn by the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam were
driven into his cheek during the battle. Abu Ubaidah Radhi Allahu
Anhu by biting the rings managed to drag them out. In the process
Abu Ubaydah Radhi Allahu Anhu lost two teeth. Abu Dujana Radhi
Allahu Anhu acted as a human shield to the Prophet Sallallahu
Alaihi Wasallam and many arrows were stuck in his back. Qatadah
Radhi Allahu Anhu got a blow on his face and one of his eyes came
out of its socket. The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam restored
it into place with his own hand and it healed so well that its
sight was better than the other eye.
Ten of the Sahabah gave their life,
one by one, is his defence. Anas Ibn Nazr Radhi Allahu Anhu fought
so bravely that seventy wounds were counted on his body after
the battle. His body could not be recognised except for a special
mark on his finger which his sister knew.
Fatima Radhi Allahu Anha washed the
blood from the face of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam.
Aisha and Umm Sulaim Radi Allahu Anhuma brought drinking water
on their backs for the wounded.
Burial of the martyrs
Reassured as to the enemy’s
intentions the Muslims busied themselves with the burial of the
martyrs. First of all, the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam
sought to find the body of his uncle Hamza Radhi Allahu Anhu.
It was discovered in a section of hollow ground, the belly ripped
open and ears and nose cut off. He was moved with the sight of
his uncle who had always been a source of strength to him.
All the bodies of the martyrs were
gathered. Sixty five Ansaar and five Muhajireen had lost their
lives. Without being given ghusl (bath), the funeral Salaah was
offered and they were buried. The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam
directed to shroud the martyrs in pairs and ordered that the corpse
of that martyr be lowered first into the grave who had learnt
more of the Quran. While the martyrs were being buried, he said,
"I shall be a witness for them on the day of resurrection."
Faith of a Muslim woman
Sana bint Abdul Muttalib was the
sister of Hamza Radhi Allahu Anhu. When she came forward to see
her brother, the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam asked her
son, Zubair Ibn al-Awwam Radhi Allahu Anhu, to send her back so
that she might not see her brother's mutilated body. Accordingly,
Zubair said to her : "Mother, the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi
Wasallam wants you to go back." She replied : "Why? I
know that my brother's body has been mutilated but it was for
the sake of Allah. I hope for a noble return from Him and I shall
be patient, if Allah wills." She went to see her brother
and prayed for him.
True honour - Wealth or martyrdom?
The flag bearer of the Prophet Sallallahu
Alaihi Wasallam on the day of Uhud was Mus'ab Ibn Umayr Radhi
Allahu Anhu. Before his conversion to Islam he was one of the
best dressed youth of the Quraish and brought up in the lap of
luxury. When he was slain in the battle of Uhud, only a piece
of coarse cloth could be found as a shroud for his burial. The
cloth was so small that when his head was covered his feet appeared
and when his feet were covered his head was exposed. Finally,
the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said : "Cover his head
and put some leaves over his feet."'
Unparalleled love for the Prophet
One devoted Ansaar woman hastened
to Uhud in search of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. On
the way she was told of the martyrdom of her father, her brother
and her husband. But her only concern was for the Prophet Sallallahu
Alaihi Wasallam. She kept on repeating the question: “How
is the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam?” She breathed
a sigh of relief when she personally saw him safe and exclaimed:
“O Prophet of Allah, if you are safe, then all other sorrows
are of no importance”. (4)
Quraish pursued to Hamraa ul-Asad
The Makkan army had departed from
Uhud but they had not gone far away when the people were heard
complaining against one another and accusing their leaders for
withdrawing without pressing home their advantage. On the other
hand, the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam decided the very
next day to set out in pursuit of the retreating enemy. It was
the time when most of the Muslims were tired and wounded, but
the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam sent a messenger to announce
that everybody who had been present in the battle of Uhud should
get ready to pursue the enemy. Nobody protested. Every Muslim
who had fought at Uhud the day before followed the Prophet Sallallahu
Alaihi Wasallam on his way out of Madinah. The Muslims waited
at Hamra-ul-Asad, about thirteen kilometres from Madinah, where
they remained from Monday to Wednesday. They returned when there
was no more a possibility of the enemy's return.