Al Kudr Invasion

Al Kudr Invasion
Date623, 2 AH
LocationAl Kudr

Muslim victory:

  • Banu Salim tribe members all flee
  • 500 camels of the Banu Salim, taken by Muhammad as war booty [1]
Muslims Banu Salim tribe
Commanders and leaders
Muhammad[1] None
Unknown Unknown

The expedition against the Banu Salim tribe, also known as the Al Kudr Invasion[2] occurred directly after the Battle of Badr in the year 2 A.H of the Islamic calendar. The expedition was ordered by Muhammad after he received intelligence that the Banu Salim were planning to invade Madina.[1]

This was Muhammad's first intereaction with the people of Bahrain. He had gotten news that some tribes were amassing an army on march from Bahrain.[3][4]

So Muhammad responded by launching a pre-emptive strike against their base in Al Kudr, which was a watering place at the time.[5] When the tribe heard of this, they fled. Muhammad captured 500 of their camels from the raid, and distributed it between his fighters. He also kept a fifth of the spoils.[3][6][7][8]

This event is mentioned in Ibn Hisham's biography of Muhammad and other historical books.[2][9] Modern secondary sources which mention this include the award-winning book [10] Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtum (The Sealed Nectar).[2]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Al-Mubarakpuri, Saifur Rahman (2002), When the Moon Split, DarusSalam, p. 159
  2. 1 2 3 Mubarakpuri, Saifur Rahman Al (2005), The sealed nectar: biography of the Noble Prophet, Darussalam Publications, p. 280, ISBN 978-9960-899-55-8
  3. 1 2 Yahiya Emerick, Critical Lives: Muhammad, p. 185, Penguin, 2002
  4. Mubarakpuri, The Sealed Nectar, p. 147. (online)
  5. Mubarakpuri, The Sealed Nectar, p. 204. (online)
  6. Safiur Rahman Mubarakpuri. ["He+stayed+there+for+three+days,+took+their+500+camels+as+booty" "ALKUDR INVASION"]. The Sealed Nectar. p. 107. ISBN 5872528906. He stayed there for three days, took their 500 camels as booty and distributed them to the fighters after he had set aside the usual one-fifth
  7. Haykal, Husayn (1976), The Life of Muhammad, Islamic Book Trust, p. 267, ISBN 978-983-9154-17-7
  8. Watt, W. Montgomery (1956). Muhammad at Medina. Oxford University Press. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-19-577307-1. (online)
  9. List of Battles of Muhammad
  10. Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtum - The Sealed Nectar. Dar-us-Salam Publications
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