Prophet Muhammad as a military strategist

Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) planning military operations

The Messenger of Allah’s sagacity during war

The military genius of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was manifest in the most dangerous and heroic battles. The first of such battles was the battle of Badr, when he arranged the Muslims in a triangle, which was the ideal military arrangement for this battle. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) placed everyone so that every Muslim soldier would face the enemy alone without feeling he had to retreat, according to Giorgio. [A New Perspective of the Life of the Messenger]

Thanks to this genius, and the deep faith of the believers, they gained victory, and the army that consisted of more than three times the number of Muslim soldiers was defeated.

Similarly, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him)’s military genius was also manifest at Uhud, as he studied the nature of the surroundings for military combat and alerted his followers about vulnerable points on the battlefield.

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) laid down a well thought out plan, making the rows complete and compact so that no one could break through them. This enabled the Muslim army to face the enemy whose numbers were four times that of the Muslim army.

There were signs of victory for the Muslims until the archers, those who throw arrows and stones at the enemy, erred. These arhcers erred as they disobeyed the Messenger of Allah’s orders because they wanted the booty.

Examples of the Messenger of Allah’s military genius

(Muhammed’s military genius was clear in how he arranged the troops in a triangle, firmly placing each soldier in his position to face the enemy alone without feeling he had to retreat) [Giorgio].

Romanian orientalist and former minister

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) adopts the advice of Salman, the Persian

The Messenger of Allah’s military genius was manifest when he adopted the advice of Salman, the Persian, by digging the ditch during the battle of the Confederates. This procedure has impressed the military researchers of the East and West. The Messenger of Allah’s Military mastermind, according to Giorgio, was not only in the development of the procedure, but also its implementation. [A New Perspective of the Life of the Messenger].

Moreover, it is not possible to forget how the military leadership of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was manifest in the darkest circumstances, especially the battle of Hunayn, when he managed to turn defeat into victory.

How can you take the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) as an example to follow?

1. Beware of being tyrannical and oppressive, even with your enemy. The Messenger of Allah, the chosen one, said,

«Truly, oppression will turn into excessive darkness on the Resurrection Day» [related by Muslim].

2. Follow the biography of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), the chosen one; expend effort, and fear Allah (Glorified is He) and rely on Him. Victory is not achieved by military equipment and weapons, alone.