Miqdad ibn Aswad
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|dark complacent like many who lived in desert. Heavy massed and large belly, big arms, wide shoulders and tall. Thick beard and long hair.|
|Birthplace Hadramout Yemen||Yemen|
|Ethnicity desert Arab||Yemeni Arab|
|Known For||Not believing in the idols that the tribes of Quraish worshipped.|
|Opponents||Enemies of Allah, Islam, Muhammad|
Miqdad ibn Amr al-Bahráni (Arabic: مقداد بن عمرو البهرائي) was one of the Sahabah of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Miqdad ibn Aswad is among Muslims was regarded as one of the most respected Sahaba. He was one of the Muhajirun.
Miqdad belonged to an Arabian tribe named Bahra originally from Hadramout Yemen. He escaped from his tribe after injuring someone and inhabited Mecca. In Mecca, Miqdad belonged to a man named al-Aswad Al Kindi. Miqdad was a very brave young man when he went to Mecca. In Arabia people loved brave and strong men, Aswad Alkindi did not have any children, So one day he stood amongst all tribes of Quraish and said "I am declaring that from this day on Miqdad as my son, and his name is now Miqdad ibn Alaswad Alkindi after I die he will inherit me" So, people started calling him Miqdad ibn Aswad al-Kindi, rather than Miqdad ibn Amr. It was a way Arabs showed their love towards someone. Islam rose from the top of the Hira Mount. Miqdad ibn Aswad al-Kindi became twenty-four years old. He heard about Muhammad’s mission. He hurried to believe in the new religion. He kept his Islam a secret, and was part of the Muhajreen who fled from the punishments of Quraish. He met Muhammad secretly. Thus, he was among the earlier Muslims. He always felt the Muslims' sufferings.
Muhammad ordered his companions to immigrate to Medina. They immigrated one by one or group by group. After some time, he received orders from Allah to immigrate to Medina also. When he reached Medina, Miqdad ibn Aswad Al-Kindi rejoiced by seeing him reaching Medina safely.
His loyalty towards Muhammad could be seen at the battle of Badr, when Miqdad ibn Aswad Al-Kindi stood up and said: "Allah's Apostle, go on and obey Allah's Order! We'll support you! By Allah, we won't say as the Jews had said to their prophet: You and your Lord, go and fight! We'll stay here! We say: you have come to us with the truth, and we obeyed and followed. We will show you we are real men. We will not back off.
Happy expression appeared on the Islamic Prophet Muhammad’s face. Then Muhammad said to the Ansars: "What shall I do"?
Saad ibn Maadh answered: "Allah's Apostle, we've believed in you, we've believed you. We've confessed to what to have said as the truth. We've promised to hear and obey! Then, Allah's Apostle, go on what you've wanted! By Allah! If you asked us to cross the Red Sea, we would do"!
It was the first battle against the unbelievers, it was named the battle of Badr, when the tribes of Quraish came out to fight Muhammad 1400 against 313 followers of Prophet Muhammad.The Muslims were full of enthusiasm. They got ready to face the polytheists with hearts filled with faith.
The polytheists tried to kill the Prophet Muhammad to destroy Islam totally. But the sincere companions such as Ali bin Abi Talib, al-Miqdad, Al-Zubair, Mus`ab ibn `Umair, Abu Dujana al-Ansari, Sahal bin Hunaif, and others resisted the polytheists bravely. They defended Muhammad against them.
Miqdad ibn Aswad Al-Kindi deeply believed in Allah and teachings of Muhammad. One day, Muhammad said: "Allah has ordered me to love four (persons), and He has told me that He loves them. The persons are Ali, al-Miqdad, Abu Dharr al-Ghifari, and Salman al Farisi."
Miqdad taught people the Qur'an. His reading became famous all over Damascus. Miqdad stayed loyal to Allah and Muhammad and died at the age of ninety.