Battle of Buzakha

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

Battle of Buzakha
Part of Ridda wars and
Campaigns of Khalid ibn al-Walid
Date September 632 AD
Location Buzakha, 25 miles southwest of Ha'il, Saudi Arabia
Result Rashidun Caliphate victory
Belligerents
Rashidun Caliphate apostate rebels
Commanders and leaders
Khalid ibn al-Walid
adi ibn hatim
Tulieha
hibal
uaina
Strength
6000 15000
Casualties and losses
low heavy

Strength[edit]

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

General Engagement[edit]

Khalid at the beginning of the battle challenged Tulieha 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.

Aftermath[edit]

Khalid from here went onto his next objective and almost a month later engaged Salma at the battle of Zafar. Tulieha on the other hand who 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. Tuleiha served with great distinction in the Persian campaign, especially in the Battle of Qadisiya. It was in the Battle of Nihawand that he fell as a martytr.

On-line Resources[edit]

A.I. Akram, The Sword of Allah: Khalid bin al-Waleed, His Life and Campaigns Lahore, 1969

References[edit]

  • 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.