Mihjac, the freed slave of cUmar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb, may Allāh be pleased with both of them, was among the first to accept Islām, the first migrants, and was the first Muslim to die in the battle of Badr. An arrow came from nowhere and struck him while he was standing in the rows. He is one of those about whom the āyah, “And do not drive away those who call on their Lord morning and evening,” was revealed.
al-Awẓācīy relates that cAbdur-Raḥmān ibn Ḥarmalah said, “A black man came to ask Sacīd ibn al-Musayyab something, and he said to the man: Do not be grieved due to being black, because amongst the best of mankind were three black men: Bilāl, Mihjac, the freed slave of Umar, and Luqmān the Wise, who was a black Nubian.”
Ibn Asākir relates that Qāsim Ibn cAbdur-Raḥmān said, “The first to take his horse out in the path of Allāh was al-Miqdād ibn al-Aswad, the first to shoot an arrow in the path of Allāh was Sacd Ibn Mālik, the first to call the ādhān amongst the Muslims was Bilāl, the first to build a masjid in which ṣālah was performed was Ammār, the first to openly recite Qur’ān was cAbdullah ibn Mascūd, and the first to be martyred amongst the Muslims on the day of Badr was Mihjac, the freed slave of cUmar.”
He also relates on the authority of al-Awẓācīy that the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ said, “The best of the black people are four: Luqmān, al-Najāshī, Bilāl, and Mihjac.”