Battle of Badr

624 battle between the Muslims and the Quraysh near Badr (present-day Saudi Arabia)

The Battle of Badr (Arabic: غزوة بدر), was fought March 17, 624 CE [1] of western Arabia (present-day Saudi Arabia). It was a key battle in the early days of Islam and a turning point in Muhammad's struggle with his opponents among the Quraysh in Mecca. The battle has been passed down in Islamic history as a decisive victory because of divine intervention.[2] Also, it is attributed to the genius of Muhammad. Although it is one of the few battles specifically mentioned in the Muslim holy book, the Qur'an, virtually all contemporary knowledge of the battle at Badr comes from traditional Islamic accounts, both hadiths and biographies of Muhammad, written decades after the battle.

Battle of Badr
Part of the Muslim-Quraysh Wars
DateMarch 17, 624 CE/17 Ramadan, 2 AH
Badr, 80 miles southwest of Medina
Result Decisive Muslim victory
Muslims of Medina Quraysh of Mecca
Commanders and leaders
Muhammad Amr ibn Hishām
300-350 <900-1000
Casualties and losses
14 killed 50-70 killed
43-70 captured

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  1. 17 Ramadan 2 AH in the Islamic calendar in the Hejaz
  2. "Important Events: The Battle of Badr". Inside Islam. The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. 16 April 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2016.


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Preceded by
Constitution of Medina
Life of the Prophet Muhammad
Year: 624 CE
Succeeded by
Banu Qaynuqa

Coordinates: 23°44′N 38°46′E / 23.733°N 38.767°E / 23.733; 38.767