21.1 Quraysh Prepares an Army
Quraysh who had suffered defeat and humiliation before all the Arabs could not rest or allow the Muslims to rest. Their trade had been threatened and was in constant danger. They had to revenge themselves, retrieve their prestige, and consequently regain their hold upon the coastal tribes and make safe their main trade route. The very next day after Badr, they had allotted all the money gained by Abu Sufyan's trade in AI-Sham to arm and equip an army capable of regaining for them all they had lost of influence and honor.
The great army they prepared was divided into three groups of one thousand men each. They were all Meccans, except one hundred men who came from Taif, and all were well-equipped and fully armed. They had two hundred horses and three thousand camels, and they had seven hundred armor bearers.
The women of Quraysh, led by Hind, the wife of Abu Sufyan, whose father, brother, and loved ones had been killed at Badr, insisted, against the men's protests on attending the battle.
"If you fail," the women threatened their near ones,
"We will be taken as slaves by the enemy."
Thus each man was placed in the position of having to fight for his wife, sister, or daughter. His honor was at stake.
Al-Abbas, the Prophet's uncle, was with Quraysh as they prepared this great army. He knew every detail about it, and in spite of being a loyal Quraysh, something prompted him to write a letter to his nephew, warning him of the approach of the army and giving him all the details about it. He gave the letter to an Arab to deliver and the man reached Medina three days later and gave the letter to Mohamed. Mohamed confided its contents to his intimates, and then sent two brothers as scouts to find out what they could. They came back, bringing information that confirmed Al-Abbas' letter.