Ansar (Islam)

Ansar (Islam)

Ansar (Arabic: الأنصارal-Anṣār The Helpers) is an Islamic term that literally means "helpers" and denotes the Medinan citizens that helped the Islamic prophet, Muhammad and the Muhajirun on the arrival to the city after the migration to Medina and waged war for the cause of Islam. They belonged to two main tribes, the Banu Khazraj and the Banu Aus.


The following Ansari are known by name:

Banu Khazraj

Banu Aus


Battles where they helped Muhammad

The Ansar helped Muhammad in several battles. One of the earliast battles they helped him in was the Invasion of Buwat. A month after the raid at al-Abwa that was ordered by Muhammad, he personally led two hundred men including Muhajirs and Ansars to Bawat, a place on the caravan route of the Quraysh merchants. A herd of fifteen hundred camels was proceeding, accompanied by one hundred riders under the leadership of Umayyah ibn Khalaf, a Quraysh. The purpose of the raid was to plunder this rich Quraysh caravan. No battle took place and the raid resulted in no booty. This was due the caravan taking an untrodden unknown route. Muhammad then went up to Dhat al-Saq, in the desert of al-Khabar. He prayed there and a mosque was built at the spot. This was the first raid where a few Ansars took part. [14][15]

See also


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  9. ^ "Seventh Session, Wednesday Night, 29th Rajab 1345 A.H.".  
  10. ^ Sahih al-Bukhari, 3:34:439
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  14. ^ Mubarakpuri, Saifur Rahman Al (2005), The sealed nectar: biography of the Noble Prophet, Darussalam Publications, p. 244,  
  15. ^ List of Battles of Muhammad