Dialogue before Clash
the prophet wanted to exhaust all means of reconciliation and peace before fighting, because he is the mercy sent by allah to all mankind, so he initiated with a peace initiative so that both armies could return back, to prevent killing and to gain a score over the polytheists.
when the polytheists’ army reached badr, prophet muhammad sent omar bin al khattab to quraish – omar used to be quraish’s representative before embracing islam.
omar advised the polytheists to return back to their homes but hakim bin hizam ( one of quraish’s wise men ) said :” follow this advise because you wont be able to defeat them after this initiative.”
abu jahl replied:” never, we won’t return back.”
notice the difference between the prophet’s attitude and that of the polytheists’; the prophet was concerned of preventing killing, where as abu jahl’s attitude was completely different.
notice this civilized value that our prophet is teaching us; dialogue before clash…