Miqdad, the great companion of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.A.) and Imam ‘Ali (A.S.)
Miqdad is a companion of the Prophet (S) and Imam ‘Ali (‘a). Regarding his dignified station, it is enough to say that based on one hadith, “For the sake of seven persons—one of whom is Miqdad—God gives you provisions and sustenance, helps you, and sends you rain.”
On the issue of caliphate (khilafah) and Imamate (imamah), he insisted on the rightfulness of the Commander of the Faithful (‘a) and exerted much effort in this regard.
Regarding him, the Prophet (S) said: “God ordered me to love four persons: ‘Ali (‘a), Miqdad, Abu Dharr, and Salman.” In another hadith, it is stated: “Heaven is eager to meet Miqdad.” See Mu‘jam Rijal al-Hadith, vol. 8, p. 314.
He migrated twice and participated in various battles. During the Battle of Badr, he said to the Prophet (S): “We will not say to you what the Children of Israel said to Hadrat Musa (‘a). We shall say instead that we are beside you and fight against the enemy at your side.” During the rule of Imam ‘Ali (‘a), Miqdad was among the Shurtah al-Khamis.
Miqdad passed away at the age of seventy in a land called Jarf, three miles away from Medina. The people there ritually washed his corpse and brought it to Baqi‘ where they buried him. See Tanqih al-Maqal, vol. 2, p. 245; Asad al-Ghabah, vol. 4, p. 409.