Tambi Dude asks in an email:
What is this obsession with Badr? Why do muslims always give top projects the same name all the time?
A little background: Muhammad and his few pathetic followers had to leave Makkah for Yathrib (modern Medina). Why? Well, regular folks in Makkah thought that Muhammad was a buffoon peddling a mindless ideology. They told him to shut up!
So, like a little girl, he left. And then from Medina, Muhammad and his followers started to rob caravans.
Yup, the holy prophet was a grade-A thief.
Prominent people in Makkah finally had enough. They sent an army of 1400 to teach the Muslims a lesson. The outnumbered Muslims met the infidels at a place called Badr. The Muslims won the battle. The folks from Makkah didn't have the appetite for a fight.
But why does Badr have such a lofty status for Muslims? Well, you see, it wasn't merely a victory -- it was a divine victory!
Remember ye implored the assistance of your Lord, and He answered you: "I will assist you with a thousand of the angels, ranks on ranks."
You read that right. Angels from Allah helped the Muslims win that battle. For the Muslims, the triumph was proof regarding not only that Allah existed but that he also helped them defeat the dirty kufaar.
This mini-conquest also brought forth this lovely bit in the Quran, 08:12.
Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): "I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them."
It is likely that had the Muslims been obliterated at Badr, Islam wouldn't have infected a large portion of mankind for centuries to come!
This event is relevant today for Muslims who think that:
- They're in an inferior position in the world today. For this, the infidels are responsible.
- If they fight the infidel ruthlessly, then they'll surely win. Hey, just look at the Battle of Badr!
Allah was obviously on vacation when the infidels were thrashing the Ottomans, the Taliban, the Baathists...