Hazrat Ali’s (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) Valour in Uhud

Hazrat Ali’s (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) Valour in Uhud

During the Battle of Uhud, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were attacked by the kuffaar and many were killed. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was surrounded by the enemy and sustained several injuries. At that time, the rumour began to spread that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had been killed. Hearing this false rumour, Most of the Sahabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) lost their composure and were overcome by grief and panic.

Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) says: “We were surrounded by the enemy, and I could not see Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). I first searched for him among the living and then among the dead, but I could not find him. I said to myself, ‘It is impossible for him to flee from the battle-field. It seems that Allah is angry with us due to our sins, and He has raised him up to the heavens. There is nothing better for me than to throw myself into the enemy lines and fight until I am killed.’

“I therefore attacked the enemy, until they began dispersing. Thereafter my sight had fallen on Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the battlefield. On seeing him, I was overcome with happiness and I understood that Allah had been protecting him through His angels. I approached him and stood by his side. Just then, a group of the enemy advanced to attack the Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to me, ‘O Ali, go and repel them!’ I fought and repulsed them single-handed, killing some of them. After this, yet another group came to attack him. He again called out, ‘O Ali, go and repel them!’ I fought that group again, single-handed, until I repulsed them, causing them to flee.”

It was on this occasion that Hazrat Jibrail (‘alaihis salaam) came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and praised Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) for his valour and devotion to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:

إنه منى وأنا منه

“Ali is part of me and I am part of him (i.e. we are from the same family and our bond of brotherhood is extremely close).”

At this, Hazrat Jibrail (‘alaihis salaam) remarked:

وأنا منكما

“I am part of you both.” (1)

Look at the valour of Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)! At the time when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed him to repel the enemy, he threw himself into the enemy lines and fought single-handed with such valour in order to prevent the enemy from harming Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). This shows his extreme love and devotion to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).


(1) مسند أبي يعلى الموصلي، الرقم: ٥٤٦، تاريخ الطبري ٢/٥١٤، فضائلِ اعمال ص 114

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