Battle of Uhud

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The Prophet Muhammad and the Muslim Army at the Battle of Uhud, from the Siyer-i Nebi, 1595

The Battle of Uhud (Arabic: غَزْوَة أُحُد‎, Arabic pronunciation: [ɣaz'wat'u uħud]) was fought on Saturday, 23 March 625 AD (7 Shawwal, 3 AH), in the valley north of Mount Uhud. The Qurayshi Meccans, led by Abu Sufyan ibn Harb, commanded an army of 3,000 men toward Muhammad's stronghold in Medina. The battle was the only battle throughout the Muslim–Quraysh War in which the Muslims did not manage to defeat their enemy and it came just a year after the Battle of Badr.


  • A devout Muslim Uwayah Qami lived in the valley of Urfa. He told Umar... that “when I learnt that a tooth of the Prophet had been martyred (in the Battle of Uhud) I broke one of mine. Then I thought that perhaps some other tooth of his had been martyred. So, I broke all my teeth… It is only after that that I felt at peace”.
    • Shykh Fariduddin Attar, Tazkirat-ul-Auliya, trs. into Urdu by Maulana Zubair Afzal Usmani, Delhi, n.d., 16, and quoted by Sita Ram Goel, Islam vis-a-vis Hindu Temples, New Delhi, 1993, 59-60. Quoted from Lal, K. S. (1994). Muslim slave system in medieval India. New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan. Chapter 12
  • After Uhud came revelations to explain the setback. While Badr was Allah’s victory, Uhud was not Allah’s defeat but the result of the Muslims’ failure of courage and lust for the things of this world, specifically in this case the spoils of war, the goods and women they hoped to win from the Quraysh.
    • The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS (2018), Robert Spencer

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