May 13, 2021

Al Miqdad ibn Amr – The 1st horse soldier of Islam

*READING TIME..*
*ARTICLE-31(A)*

*DURING THIS QUARANTINE TIME,*
*LETS STAY HOME AND BE SAFE AND DO SOME QUALITY READING TO INCREASE OUR KNOWLEDGE….*

*AL MIQDAD IBN AMR (R.A)*
*THE FIRST*
*HORSE SOLDIER*
*OF ISLAM*

And his horse was called
*SABHAH.*
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We may hear a lot of things about this particular sahabi, but the point most noteworthy is his contributions given to Islam,
*THIS WAS DURING THE BATTLE OF BADR.*

But first, let me tell you something about Al Miqdad Radiyallahu Anhu, he wasn’t a native of Makkah.
*He suffered continuous torture from the hands of the Quraish yet he never renounced his Islam.*

*He was the seventh person to openly proclaim his Islam, but that doesn’t mean he was the seventh person to accept Islam.*
He was among the few companions who made both migrations, to Al Habashah and to Al Madinah.

These are just brief things about Al Miqdad but what makes his name stand out is of
*This incident that happened during the Battle of Badr*

With a Makkan caravan headed by Abu Sufyan, the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam set out of Al Madinah with more than 300 of his Companions but Abu Sufyan was able to flee, but the people of Makkah had already set out in order to defend their caravan.

This unexpected turn of events called for an imprtant decision and quick resolve, for the Muslims had not come out to fight.

The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam consulted his Companions, saying
*“O people, give me your counsel.”*

Abu Bakr Radiyallahu Anhu stood and spoke well, and then ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu stood and spoke well. The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam then repeated his request, saying,
*“O people, give me your counsel.”*

This is when Al Miqdad Ibn ‘Amr came forth, and he was
*THE ONLY COMPANION WHO WAS RIDING A HORSE AT THE TIME.*

He then said:
*“O Messenger of Allah, execute that (plan) which Allah has shown to you, for we are with you. By Allah, we will not say to you as the children of Israel said to Musa: “So go you and your Lord and fight you two, we are sitting right here.” Instead, we say to you, ‘Go you and your Lord and fight: we are with you and will fight.’ And by the One Who sent you with the truth, if you led us to Birkul-Ghimad (a place on the outlying regions of Yemen)- we would fight alongside with you against those who come before it (and there were many tribes separating Al Madinah and Birkul-Ghimad), until you reached it. And we will indeed fight from your right, from your left, from before you, and from behind you – until Allah makes you victorious.“*

On this firm and brave stance, the eminent Comapnion, ‘Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud Radiyallahu Anhu said,
*”I witnessed a situation with Al Miqdad Radiyallahu Anhu which made his companionship more beloved to me than anything similar to it.”*
*IT WAS THAT SPEECH OF HIS.*

*According to some narrations, that speech made the Prophet’s Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam face shine,
*SO PLEASED WAS HE WITH MIQDAD’S WORDS.*

*Indeed, in speaking such words, he showed not only his bravery, but his wisdom as well, for his speech prompted others to express similar commitments of loyalty and bravery, which were especially wanted from the Ansar, who had pledged to protect the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam from attacking enemies, but not to go out and initiate battle.*

*As soon as Al Miqdad finished speaking, one of the leaders of the Ansar came forth and expressed similar sentiments on behalf of his people.*
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Allahu’akbar!
Just look at the sincerity, love and bravery of Al Miqdad!
There is so much assurance in his speech that in situations like that, such assurance were needed. Indeed, the companions were handpicked by Allah Azza Wa Jall.
*such people embodied such qualities that are just right and perfectly qualified for them to be called the Companions of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.*

At times, where Muslims are now divided into so many groups, disunited with so many “misunderstandings”, such stories of this kind are needed,
*LOOK AT HOW UNITED THE MUSLIMS WERE DURING THE DAYS OF THE PROPHET SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WASSALAAM.*

How encouraging the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum were, how the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam who could just give the command would still sit and talk and ask for the counsel of his people.
Allahu’akbar.

*Hoping for an Ummah so strong, an Ummah united, not fighting each other but fighting for each other.*
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Aameen

Story was taken from:
• pp. 12-15 وزراء حول الرسول
• Sahih Bukhari: 3952
• Ahmad 5/259