Tuesday, October 2

The Battle of Yarmouk took place in 636 AD. By the grace of Allah azza wa jal, the Muslims were victorious. Nearing the beginning of this battle, Khalid bin Waleed (RA), had received the letter that Abu Bakr (RA) had died and that Umar (RA) was now the Caliph. Abu Bakr (RA) was Khalipha for only 2 years, 10 months, and 3 days, and by the grace of Allah had opened up both the Persian and Byzantine Empire.

After the Battle of Yarmouk, soldiers came to Heraclius dragging their tales of defeat, and Heraclius lost his brother Theodore in that Battle.

Heraclius said: "Woe to you! Aren't these men like you?"
They said: "Yes"
Heraclius said: "Are you more, or are they more?"
They said: "We are more."
Heraclius said: "How come you are losing, and how come they are winning?"

One of the elders said:

"The reason why they are winning and we are losing is because they pray at night, and they fast during the day, and they fulfill their covenants, and they enjoin good and they prevent evil, and they are just among themselves, and because we drink alcohol, and we commit adultery and fornication, and we commit every sin, and we betray our promise, and we oppress, and we commit wrong and transgression, and because we encourage evil, and we prevent people from doing what pleases Allah azza wa jal, and because we corrupt in the land"

Heraclius said: "You are telling the truth"

Imam Anwar al-Awlaki commented: Unless we go back to what the sahabah were doing, the situation of the ummah will not change.


The Romans would send spies amongst the Muslim armies and find out more about them and their psychologies so that their Roman "orientalists" could interpret such information. A Roman Arab spy reporting to the Romans before the Battle of Yarmouk:

"They are people who pray at night, and fast during the day, and if the son of their leader would steal, they would cut their hand, and if anyone of them, high or low, would commit a crime, they would be punished."

Another description of the Sahabah (RA):

"They were fighters during the day, and monks during the night."


Before the Battle of Yarmouk, Khalid bin Waleed (RA), the Army General, gave the following khutbah to the Muslims before they, being 40-45,000, faced up to 250,000 Roman soldiers:

"This day is a day from amongst the Days of Allah. There should be in it neither pride nor wrongdoing. Make your striving sincere, seeking Allah by your work, for this day also has what lies beyond it...."

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