Al Bara's RA eagerness to join in the battle of Badr

Badr was the most heroic and memorable battle ever fought by the Muslims, who were faced with very heavy odds. There were 313 men, three horses, seventy camels, six or nine coats of arms and eight swords with Nabi SAW, while the Quraish had about 1000 men, 100 horses, 700 camels and were fully armed.

The Quraish were so sure of their victory that they had brought with them musical instruments and female singers tocelebrate the victory. Nabi SAW was very worried because of the heavy odds against him. Nabi SAW made Dua to Allah saying: "O, Allah! Your faithful slaves are barefooted, You and only You can provide them with animals to ride upon. They are naked, You and only You can clothe them. They are poor, You and only You can enrich them." Allah SWT accepted his Dua and gave the Muslims the
most glorious victory.

Al Bara Bin Azeb Mosque in Sharjah
In spite of knowing the strength of the Quraish, Abdullah bin 'Umar and Bara bin Azib , in eagerness to join the battle, had come out with the Mujahideen. However, because of their young age, Nabi SAW did not permit them to go to the battle- field. As we have already seen, both these boys were also sent back for the same reason at the time of Uhud, which took place one year after Badr. Look at the wonderful spirit of the youngsters of that time. They were restless to get permission for participating in every battle.

Al-Bara' ibn `Azib

Al-Bara ibn Azib (Arabic: البراء بن عازب) was one of the companions of Muhammad SAW and narrator of hadith .


He converted to Islam at a young age and fought beside the Prophet in fifteen battles, including the Battle of Khaybar, from which he reported hadith. In the year 24/645, during the caliphate of ‘Uthmān RA, he was made governor of al-Ray (in Persia). He eventually retired to Kūfā and there he died in the year 71/690

Significant events

He reported the hadith of hadith of the pond of Khumm and also figures in the transmission of numerous ḥadīth in the collections of Muslim and Bukhārī.
  • When Umar RA was at Fatimah's house al-Bara was in it.

Narrated: Al-Bara bin Azib From Sahih Bukhari

Found in:Belief
Hadith no: 40
Narrated: Al-Bara bin Azib
When the Prophet came to Medina, he stayed first with his g
randfathers or maternal uncles from Ansar. He offered his prayers facing Baitul-Maqdis (Jerusalem) for sixteen or seventeen months, but he wished that he could pray facing the Ka'ba (at Mecca). The first prayer which he offered facing the Ka'ba was the 'Asr prayer in the company of some people. Then one of those who had offered that prayer with him came out and passed by some people in a mosque who were bowing during their prayers (facing Jerusalem). He said addressing them, "By Allah, I testify that I have prayed with Allah's Apostle facing Mecca (Ka'ba).' 
Hearing that, those people changed their direction towards the Ka'ba immediately. Jews and the people of the scriptures used to be pleased to see the Prophet facing Jerusalem in prayers but when he changed his direction towards the Ka'ba, during the prayers, they disapproved of it. Al-Bara' added, "Before we changed our direction towards the Ka'ba (Mecca) in prayers, some Muslims had died or had been killed and we did not know what to say about them (regarding their prayers.) Allah then revealed: And Allah would never make your faith (prayers) to be lost (i.e. the prayers of those Muslims were valid).' " (2:143).

Found in: Ablutions (Wudu')
Hadith no: 247
Narrated: Al-Bara bin Azib
The Prophet said to me, "Whenever you go to bed perform ablution like that for the prayer, lie or your right side and say, "Allahumma aslamtu wajhi ilaika, wa fauwadtu amri ilaika, wa alja'tu Zahri ilaika raghbatan wa rahbatan ilaika. La Malja' wa la manja minka illa ilaika. Allahumma amantu bikitabika-l-ladhi anzalta wa bina-biyika-l ladhi arsalta" (O Allah! I surrender to You and entrust all my affairs to You and depend upon You for Your Blessings both with hope and fear of You. There is no fleeing from You, and there is no place of protection and safety except with You O Allah! I believe in Your Book (the Qur'an) which You have revealed and in Your Prophet (Muhammad) whom You have sent). Then if you die on that very night, you will die with faith (i.e. or the religion of Islam). Let the aforesaid words be your last utterance (before sleep)." I repeated it before the Prophet and when I reached "Allahumma amantu bikitabika-l-ladhi anzalta (O Allah I believe in Your Book which You have revealed)." I said, "Wa-rasulika (and your Apostle)." The Prophet said, "No, (but say): 'Wanabiyika-l-ladhi arsalta (Your Prophet whom You have sent), instead."

Found in: Characteristics of Prayer
Hadith no: 775
Narrated: Al-Bara bin Azib
(and he was not a liar) We used to pray behind the Prophet and when he said, "Sami' a-l-lahu Liman hamida", none of us would bend his back (to go for prostration) till the Prophet had placed his, forehead on the ground.

Found in: The Two Festivals (Eids)
Hadith no: 75
Narrated: Al-Bara bin Azib
The Prophet delivered the Khutba after offering the prayer on the Day of Nahr and said, "Whoever offers the prayer like us and slaughters like us then his Nusuk (sacrifice) will be accepted by Allah. And whoever slaughters his sacrifice before the Eid prayer then he has not done the sacrifice." Abi Burda bin Niyar, the uncle of Al-Bara' said, "O Allah's Apostle! I have slaughtered my sheep before the Eid prayer and I thought today as a day of eating and drinking (not alcoholic drinks), and I liked that my sheep should be the first to be slaughtered in my house. So slaughtered my sheep and took my food before coming for the prayer." The Prophet said, "The sheep which you have slaughtered is just mutton (not a Nusuk)." He (Abu Burda) said, "O Allah's Apostle! I have a young she-goat which is dearer to me than two sheep. Will that be sufficient as a Nusuk on my behalf? "The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, "Yes, it will be sufficient for you but it will not be sufficient (as a Nusuk) for anyone else after you."

Found in: The Two Festivals (Eids)
Hadith no: 82
Narrated: Al-Bara bin Azib
The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, "The first thing that we should do on this day of ours is to pray and then return to slaughter the sacrifice. So anyone who does so, he acted according to our Sunna (tradition), and whoever slaughtered the sacrifice before the prayer, it was just meat which he presented to his family and would not be considered as Nusuk." A person from the Ansar named Abu Burda bin Niyyar said, "O Allah's Apostle! I slaughtered the Nusuk (before the prayer) but I have a young she-goat which is better than an older sheep." The Prophet I said, "Sacrifice it in lieu of the first, but it will be not sufficient (as a sacrifice) for anybody else after you."

Found in: The Two Festivals (Eids)
Hadith no: 99
Narrated: Al-Bara bin Azib
On the day of Nahr Allah's Apostle delivered the Khutba after the Eid prayer and said, "Anyone who prayed like us and slaughtered the sacrifice like we did then he acted according to our (Nusuk) tradition of sacrificing, and whoever slaughtered the sacrifice before the prayer, then that was just mutton (i.e. not sacrifice)." Abu Burda bin Naiyar stood up and said, "O Allah's Apostle! By Allah, I slaughtered my sacrifice before I offered the (Eid) prayer and thought that today was the day of eating and drinking (non-alcoholic drinks) and so I made haste (in slaughtering) and ate and also fed my family and neighbours." Allah's Apostle said, "That was just mutton (not a sacrifice)." Then Abu Burda said, "I have a young she-goat and no doubt, it is better than two sheep. Will that be sufficient as a sacrifice for me?" The Prophet replied, "Yes. But it will not be sufficient for anyone else (as a sacrifice), after you."

Found in: Funerals (Al-Janaaiz)
Hadith no: 331
Narrated: Al-Bara bin Azib
Allah's Apostle ordered us to do seven things and forbade us to do other seven. He ordered us: to follow the funeral procession. to visit the sick, to accept invitations, to help the oppressed, to fulfill the oaths, to return the greeting and to reply to the sneezer: (saying, "May Allah be merciful on you," provided the sneezer says, "All the praises are for Allah,"). He forbade us to use silver utensils and dishes and to wear golden rings, silk (clothes), Dibaj (pure silk cloth), Qissi and Istabraq (two kinds of silk cloths).

Found in: Funerals (Al-Janaaiz)
Hadith no: 450
Narrated: Al-Bara bin Azib
The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, "When a faithful believer is made to sit in his grave, then (the angels) come to him and he testifies that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is Allah's Apostle. And that corresponds to Allah's statement: Allah will keep firm those who believe with the word that stands firm . . . (14.27).

Found in: Peacemaking (Reconciliation)
Hadith no: 875
Narrated: Al-Bara bin Azib
When Allah's Apostle (SAW) concluded a peace treaty with Al-Mushrikun (polytheists, idolators, pagans) at Al-Hudaibiya, Ali bin Abu Talib wrote the document and he mentioned in it, "Muhammad, Allah's Apostle (SAW)." The Mushrikun said, "Don't write: Muhammad, Allah's Apostle (SAW)', for if you were an apostle we would not fight with you." Allah's Apostle (SAW) asked Ali to rub it out, but Ali said, "I will not be the person to rub it out." Allah's Apostle (SAW) rubbed it out and made peace with them on the condition that the Prophet (SAW) and his companions would enter Makkah and stay there for three days, and that they would enter with their weapons in cases.

Found in: Peacemaking (Reconciliation)
Hadith no: 877
Narrated: Al-Bara bin Azib
On the day of Hudaibiya, the Prophet (SAW) made a peace treaty with the Al-Mushrikun on three conditions: 1. The Prophet (SAW) would return to them any person from Al-Mushrikun (polytheists, idolators, pagans). 2. Al-Mushrikun pagans would not return any of the Muslims going to them, and 3. The Prophet (SAW) and his companions would come to Makkah the following year and would stay there for three days and would enter Makkah with their weapons in cases, e.g., swords, arrows, bows, etc. Abu Jandal came hopping, his legs being chained, but the Prophet (SAW) returned him to Al-Mushrikun.