At this point, the commander of the Quraysh archery Khâlid bin Walîd, on alert and
trying to use every opportunity, moved the horsemen under his command, when he
saw that the number of mujâhids in the passage decreased. In a minute, with Ikrima
bin Abî Jahl, they came to the Aynayn passage. Hadrat Abdullah bin Jubayr and his
loyal, faithful friends formed an array. They sprayed arrows at the enemy until their
arrow bags became empty. Exclaiming, “Allahu akbar! Allahu akbar!” they showed
much heroism, firstly with their spears, then with their swords in the face-to-face
combat. There was a huge asymmetry between the two forces. They were one to
twenty-five. Until the last drop of their blood, the glorious Ashâb-i kirâm fought to
carry out the command of their Prophet (’alaihis-salâm). One by one, they were honored
with martyrdom, their blessed bodies fell to the ground and their souls flew to
Paradise (radiyallâhu anhum).
The polytheist, out of their grudge, undressed Hadrat Abdullah and speared his
blessed body. They cut his abdomen and pulled out his internal organs.
When Khâlid bin Walîd and Ikrima martyred the Mujâhids in the passage, they
quickly attacked the back lines of the Islamic army. The Ashâb-i kirâm could not find
an opportunity to reorganize, when they saw the enemy appeared behind in an instant. Because, many of them had already left their weapons. Everything changed suddenly.
The Quraysh polytheists, who were fleeing away in the front, saw that Khâlid bin
Walîd launched an attack from behind. They returned. The Mujâhids were caught
between two fires. The enemy attacked from the front and behind the army. The Companions
lost contact with each other. They had to disperse.206
Hadrat Ali related as follows, “I dived into the center of a polytheists’ military unit,
which, also Ikrima bin Abî Jahl was in. They surrounded me. I sabered most of them.
I dived into another brigade and eliminated most of them, too. As the term of my life
did not expire, nothing happened to me. For a moment, I could not see Rasûlullah. I
told myself, “I swear he is not such a person who abandons the battlefield. Probably,
Allahu ta’âlâ took and ascended him from among us, because of our inconvenient
deeds! Now, there is no other way left for me, but to die by fighting the enemy.” I
broke the scabbard of my sword. When I attacked the polytheists and dispersed them,
I saw Rasûlullah was caught among them. Then I understood that, Allahu ta’âlâ was
protecting His Messenger with His Angels.
The enemy soldiers had approached our Master Rasûl-i akram (sall-Allâhu ’alaihi
wa sallam). The situation was very dangerous. Hadrat Muhammad Prophet did not leave his
position; he persevered as if a military unit. While he was fighting the enemy, he was
also trying to collect his dispersed Companions, saying, “O so-and-so, come towards
me! O so-and-so, come towards me! I am the Messenger of Allah. Paradise is for
the one who returns to me!” Hadrat Abû Bakr, Abdurrahman bin Awf, Talha bin
Ubaydullah, Ali bin Abî Tâlib, Zubayr bin Awwâm, Abû Dujâna, Abû Ubayda bin
Jarrâh, Sa’d bin Mu’âz, Sa’d bin Abî Waqqâs, Habbâb bin Munzir, Usayd bin Hudayr,
Sahl bin Hanîf, Asim bin Thâbit, Khâris bin Simma, suddenly ringed around our beloved
Prophet and established a living fortress wall to protect him.
Meanwhile, it was heard that Hadrat Abbâs bin Ubâda, in order to re-unite the dispersed
Ashâb-i kirâm, he was shouting, “O my brothers! This catastrophe we faced
is the result of our not carrying out the command of our Prophet. Do not disperse!
Gather around our Prophet! If we do not join the protectors and if we cause Rasûlullah
to be harmed, there will be no excuse for us before our Rabb (Allah)!” Hadrat Abbâs
bin Ubâda, together with Khârija bin Zayd and Aws bin Arkam, dived into the enemy
ranks with interjections of “Allahu Akbar!” They fought heroically for the sake of
Rasûlullah, to protect him. Khârija bin Zayd had received nineteen wounds. The others’
were not less than his. Thus, all three of them attained the grade of martyrdom,
which they longed so much for.
The Ashâb-i kirâm, in that very dangerous moment, one by one, started to gather
around our Master, the Prophet. The Polytheists surrounded our beloved Prophet and
his glorious Companions who shielded him with their own bodies. Advancing in unity
from every direction, they were closing the circle. The Master of the worlds, seeing
that a group of Qurayshîs sprang forward, asked his Companions, which surrounded
him, “Who will face this military unit?” It was seen that Hadrat Wahb bin Kâbus said, “May my life be sacrificed for the sake of you, O Rasûlullah! I will,” and sprang
forward. With a drawn sword, this hero, who recited the sacred name of Allahu ta’âlâ
constantly, dived into the polytheists. Our Master, the Prophet said, “I give you glad
tidings of Paradise.” When he saw his perseverance and struggle against the enemy,
he said, “O my Allah! Have mercy on him! Pity him!”
Sa’d bin Abî Waqqâs, who saw that the polytheists encircled Hadrat Wahb and martyred
him with spears, sprang forward to help him and showed much heroism as he
was surrounded by the enemy. He killed many disbelievers and fought off others. He
came to his beloved Prophet. Our Master, the Prophet said about Hadrat Wahb, “I am
pleased with you. May Allahu ta’âlâ be pleased with you too.”
When our Master, Habîb-i akram, saw that an enemy military unit broke the circle
of the mujâhids and were advancing towards him, he told Hadrat Ali, “Attack
them!” Hadrat Ali attacked, he killed Amr bin Abdullah and forced the others to run
away. When his sword was broken, our Master, the Prophet gave the sword, which
is called Zulfikâr to him. While another enemy group was coming, our Master, the
Prophet said, “O Alî! Send the evilness of these people away from me.” Allahu
ta’âlâ’s lion, who was ready to sacrifice his life for the sake of Rasûlullah, attacked
immediately. He killed Shayba bin Mâlik and rebuffed the others. At that moment,
Jabrail alaihis-salâm came and told our Master, the Prophet, “O Rasûlullah! This is
an extraordinary heroism of Ali,” our Master Rasûlullah replied, “He is from me, I
am from him.” Jabrâil alaihis-salâm said, “I am from both of you.” At that moment, a
voice was heard, “There is no hero like Ali, there is no sword like Zulfikâr.”
When the polytheists understood that they could not approach our beloved Prophet,
they began to shoot arrows. Their arrows were either passing over him, or falling
down before, behind, right or left of him. As soon as the Ashâb-i kirâm, who fought
with a great effort to repel the enemy, saw the situation, gathered around the Master of
the worlds and started making their own blessed bodies a shield against the coming
arrows. When our Master, the Prophet ordered his Companions to reciprocate with
arrows, the sahâbîs started shooting arrows at the enemy too. Hadrat Muhammad Prophet
ordered Hadrat Sa’d bin Abî Wakkas to sit before him. Hadrat Sa’d, who was a very
accurate sharp shooter, began to quickly send the arrows one by one. At each of his
drawings of an arrow from his arrow bag, he was saying, “O my Rabb! This is your
arrow! Shoot your enemy with it!” Hadrat Muhammad Prophet was saying, “O my Allah!
Accept the invocation of Sa’d! O my Allah! Make Sa’d’s arrow straight!.. Continue
Sa’d! Continue! May my parents be sacrificed for the sake of you!” At
each arrow’s shooting, our Master, the Prophet repeated the same invocations in this
manner.
When Hadrat Sa’d’s arrows finished, our beloved Prophet gave him his own arrows
and made him shoot them at the enemy. Each arrow of Hadrat Sa’d bin Abî Wakkas
hit either an enemy or his animal. During the flare of arrow shots by the polytheists, Hadrat Abû Talha was standing
before our Master, the Prophet alaihis-salâm, thus he was shielding with his own
body and his shield against all arrows. From time to time, he was uttering loud cries
that astonished the enemy. Our Master, the Prophet said, “Among the soldiers, the
voice of Abû Talha is better than one hundred people.” Abû Talha, whenever he
found an opportunity, did not refrain from shooting arrows at the polytheists, he was
shooting very quickly and with great strength. He did not miss the targets. Whenever
our Master Rasûl-i akram wanted to know the result of the arrows and raised his head,
Abû Talha, fearing that an arrow would strike him, would say, “May my parents be
sacrificed for your sake, O Rasûlullah! Do not raise your blessed head so that no arrow
of the enemy can strike and harm you! My body is a shield and a sacrifice to your
existence! Unless they slaughter me, they cannot reach you! Nothing will happen to
you unless I die!..” He preferred our beloved Prophet, in lieu of his own life.
All around the field of Uhud, a terrific fight went on vehemently. They continued
the struggle between faith and disbelief, some as horsemen and some as infantry.
The Ashâb-i kirâm could not yet pull themselves together. There were about thirty
companions around our Master, the Prophet. They made their bodies a shield to the
coming arrows, spears and swords. Their only wish was to fulfill the order of our
Master, the Prophet and fend off any harm, which might occur to him. Hadrat Hamza,
the leader of the brave, in that chaos, drew away from our Master, the Prophet. He
fought with a sword in each of his two hands. He spread fear into the hearts of the
enemy with the interjections of “Allahu Akbar!…” Up to that moment, he killed more
than thirty-one polytheists and deprived many of them of their arms or legs. While
he dispersed a polytheist group surrounding him, Sibâ bin Ummu Anmâr challenged
Hadrat Hamza by saying, “Is there a champion who can face me?” Hadrat Hamza
said, “Come near me, O son of a circumciser woman! So, you challenge Allahu ta’âlâ
and his Messenger?” In a moment, he held him by his legs and knocked him down.207
He beheaded him. Then, he saw that Wahshî targeted him with a spear in his hand,
behind the rock across from him. At once, he walked towards him. When he came to
the pit, which was dug by the floods, he slipped and fell on his back. At that moment,
his armor on his abdomen was opened. Wahshî took this opportunity and shot his
spear! The spear was flung and flew into Hadrat Hamza’s blessed body. The great one
of the heroes fell there, saying, “O my Allah!” He attained martyrdom and reached
the degree he longed for. He ‘radiyallâhu anh’ sacrificed his life on the path of Allahu
ta’âlâ, for his beloved Prophet.
Meanwhile, a person in the rows of the enemy was encouraging the polytheists to
attack the Master of the world sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam by saying, “O Quraysh
community! Do not cease to combat against Muhammad, who does not observe the
rights of kinship and who has divided your nation. If Muhammad survives, may I
not survive.” This voice belonged to Âsim bin Abî Awf. Hadrat Abû Dujâna had
heard that voice. Fighting, he found Âsim bin Abî Awf and killed him immediately. However, the polytheist Ma’bad, behind Âsim bin Abî Awf, brandished his sword,
with all his power. As a bestowal of Allahu ta’âlâ, Abû Dujâna suddenly and quickly
crouched down, avoiding the fatal blow. At once, he stood up, struck his sword and
killed Ma’bad.
The target of the Quraysh polytheists was the Master of the worlds (Hadrat Muhammad).
They spent all their power to approach him. However, they could not pass the
honorable, glorious Ashâb, who did not hesitate to sacrifice their lives lest he would
be harmed. These thirty heroes said, “O Rasûlullah! Our face is a shield in front of
your blessed face; our body is sacrificed for your blessed body. We only wish your
safety.” The polytheists attacked in groups. When our Master Fakhr-i âlam pointed out
a group of enemy soldiers and asked his heroic Companions who were present with
him and who made their bodies a shield to him, “Who will sacrifice himself to protect
us on the path of Allahu ta’âlâ?” Five Medinan companions sprang forward. In
front of the blessed eyes of our Master, Rasûlullah, they fought furiously by saying
takbîrs. In the end, four of them were martyred. When the fifth had received fourteen
wounds and fell to the ground, the Master of the worlds said, “Bring him near me.”
All his body was in blood. Hadrat Muhammad Prophet sat down, stretched his blessed feet to
be a pillow for that companion’s head. This happy sahâbî, who attained the happiness
of martyrdom in that condition, was Hadrat Umâra bin Yazîd.