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Battle of Buzakha

The Battle of Buzakha took place between Khalid ibn al-Walid and Tulayha, in September 632.

Battle of Buzakha
Part of Ridda wars and
Campaigns of Khalid ibn al-Walid
DateSeptember 632
Location
Buzakha, 25 miles southwest of Ha'il, Saudi Arabia
Result Rashidun Caliphate victory
Belligerents
Rashidun Caliphate Pagan Arab tribes
Commanders and leaders
Khalid ibn al-Walid
Adi ibn Hatim
Tulayha
Hibal
Uaina
Strength
6,000 15,000
Casualties and losses
low heavy

StrengthEdit

Khalid had 6,000 men under his disposal while Tulayha had 15,000 men.

General EngagementEdit

Khalid at the beginning of the battle challenged Tulayha for a duel. After a brief encounter with Khalid he ran for shelter towards his own army. The battle was a slogging contest in which victory was decided by individual skill rather than by brilliance of maneuver. Khalid emerged victorious.

AftermathEdit

Khalid from here went on to his next objective and almost a month later engaged Sajah at the battle of Zafar. Tulayha on the other hand had killed a veteran companion of the Prophet by the name of Akasha Bin Mihsan faced a ban from joining in any war. He later asked for forgiveness from Caliph Abu Bakr, who forgave him but he was, along with his tribe, banned from joining in any external campaigns as they had indulged in apostasy and so couldn't be trusted. It would be in Caliph Umar's reign that they would be finally allowed to participate in battles. Tulayha served with great distinction in the Persian campaign, especially in the Battle of Qadisiya. It was in the Battle of Nihawand that he fell and was killed in Islamic army led by Saʿd ibn Abī Waqqās.

On-line ResourcesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • A.I. Akram, The Sword of Allah: Khalid bin al-Waleed, His Life and Campaigns, Nat. Publishing. House, Rawalpindi (1970) ISBN 0-7101-0104-X.