Invasion of Sawiq

Invasion of Sawiq
Date624, 2 AH, 12th Month of Islamic Calendar
  • Abu Sufyan burns farms of Urayd and kills two Muslims, then flees
  • Muslims return bringing back some sawiq, a type of flour[1]
Muslims Quraysh
Commanders and leaders
Muhammad Abu Sufyan
Unknown 200[1]
Casualties and losses
2 Muslim civilians killed 0

The Invasion of Sawiq[1] occurred after Quraysh's defeat at Battle of Badr. After suffering the ignominious defeat at the Battle of Badr, Abu Sufyan ibn Harb, the Quraysh leader, vowed that he would not bathe until he avenges his defeat. Abu Sufyan gathered two hundred mounted men, took the eastern road through the Nejd and secretly arrived by night, at the settlement of Banu Nadir, a Jewish tribe. However, the Jewish chief, Huwey refused him admission to the Jewish quarters (reportedly out of fear). Abu Sufyan along with another leader of the Banu Nadir tribe of Jews, Sallam ibn Mishkam, conspired to attack Madinah, however they were unsuccessful.[2] Abu Sufyan took refuge with Sallam bin Mishkan. Salam gave Abu Sufyan a hospitable welcome and the intelligence regarding Medina. At night, Abu Sufyan took his men to the corn fields Urayd, a place about two or three miles to the north-east of Medina. He burnt these farms and killed 2 Muslims. Abu Sufyan and his men ran away. When Muhammad found out, he gathered his men in hot pursuit. Abu Sufyan and his men, however, managed to flee. The Muslims managed to capture some of the Sawiq (a type of flour) provisions thrown away by the Quraysh men, who did so to lighten their burden and flee.[3][4]

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  1. 1 2 3 Mubarakpuri, Saifur Rahman Al (2005), The sealed nectar: biography of the Noble Prophet, Darussalam Publications, p. 285, ISBN 978-9960-899-55-8
  2. Afzalur Rahman (1993), Muhammad As a Military Leader, Kazi Publications, p. 121, 122, ISBN 9781567441468
  3. Mohammed A Rauf, The Life and Teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, p. 74, University of California (2006)
  4. Hawarey, Dr. Mosab (2010). The Journey of Prophecy; Days of Peace and War (Arabic). Islamic Book Trust.Note: Book contains a list of battles of Muhammad in Arabic, English translation available here

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