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Swords of Muhammad SAW

September 28, 2008 at 1:00 pm (Uncategorized)


In respond to the post that Ive read in my friends blog, which has discussed about the issue that
arises when he wants to name his own weapon. I do agree with what my friend has argued. In addition,
the Prophet Muhammad SAW also has his swords named. And even his bows have their own name.
This is the information that Ive found in the Internet, with the help of Cg. Hafiz (Stoke):
al-Mathur

al-Mathur, also known as Mathur al-Fijar is the sword which was owned by the prophet Muhammad
before he received his first revelations in Mecca. It was willed to him by his father. The prophet
Muhammad migrated with the sword from Mecca to Medina, and the sword remained with him until it
was transferred, along with other war equipment, to Ali b. Abi Talib.
The blade is 99 cm in length. The handle is of gold in the shape of two serpents, and is encrusted with
emeralds and turquoise. Near the handle is a Kufic inscription saying: Abdallah b. Abd al-Muttalib.
Today the sword is housed in the Topkapi Museum, Istanbul. Photograph taken from Muhammad
Hasan Muhammad al-Tihami, Suyuf al-Rasul wa uddah harbi-hi (Cairo: Hijr, 1312/1992).
al-Battar

The al-Battar sword was taken by the prophet Muhammad as booty from the Banu Qaynaqa. It is called
the sword of the prophets and is inscribed in Arabicwith the names of David, Solomon, Moses, Aaron,
Joshua, Zechariah, John, Jesus, and Muhammad. It also has a drawing of King David when cut off the
head of Goliath to whom this sword had belonged originally. The sword also features an inscription
which has been identified as Nabataean writing.
The blade of the sword is 101 cm in length. It is preserved in the Topkapi Museum, Istanbul. Some
report that it is this sword that Jesus will use when he returns to Earth to defeat the anti-Christ Dajjal.
Photograph taken from Muhammad Hasan Muhammad al-Tihami, Suyuf al-Rasul wa uddah harbi-
hi(Cairo: Hijr, 1312/1992).
Dhu al-Faqar

Dhu al-Faqar is the name of this sword, taken as booty by the prophet Muhammad at the Battle of
Badr. It is reported that the prophet Muhammad gave the sword to Ali b. Abi Talib, and that Ali
returned from the Battle of Uhud covered with blood from his hands to his shoulders, having Dhu al-
Faqar with him. Many sources report that this sword remained with Ali b. Abi Talib and his family, and
that the sword had two points, perhaps represented here by the two lines ingraved on the blade.
Photograph taken from Muhammad Hasan Muhammad al-Tihami, Suyuf al-Rasul wa uddah harbi-
hi (Cairo: Hijr, 1312/1992).
Hatf

Hatf is a sword which the prophet Muhammad took as booty from the Banu Qaynaqa. It is said that
King David took his sword al-Battar from Goliath as booty when he defeated him, but he was less
than 20 years old. God gave King David the ability to work with iron, to make armor and weapons and
instruments of war, and he made for himself a sword. It was thus that the Hatf sword came about,
resembling the al-Battar but larger than it. He used this sword and it was passed onto the tribe of
Levites who kept the weapons of the Israelites until it passed into the hands of the prophet
Muhammad.
Today this sword is housed in the Topkapi museum. The blade is 112 cm in length and has a width of
8 cm. Photograph taken from Muhammad Hasan Muhammad al-Tihami, Suyuf al-Rasul wa uddah
harbi-hi (Cairo: Hijr, 1312/1992).
al-Mikhdham

The sword called is reported to have passed from the prophet Muhammad to Ali b. Abi Talib, and from
him to his sons. Some report that the sword was taken as booty by Ali b. Abi Talib from a raid he led
in Syria.
The sword is now in the Topkpoki Museum, Istanbul. The blade is 97 cm in length and is inscribed
with the name of Zayn al-Din al-Abidin. Photograph taken from Muhammad Hasan Muhammad al-
Tihami, Suyuf al-Rasul wa uddah harbi-hi(Cairo: Hijr, 1312/1992)
al-Rasub

The al-Rasub sword is one of the nine swords of the prophet Muhammad. It is said that the weapons
of the house of the prophet Muhammad were kept among his family just like the Ark was kept with the
Israelites.
The sword is preserved in the Topkapi museum, Istanbul. Its blade is 140 cm in length. It has gold
circles on which are inscribed the name of Jafar al-Sadiq. Photograph taken from Muhammad Hasan
Muhammad al-Tihami, Suyuf al-Rasul wa uddah harbi-hi (Cairo: Hijr, 1312/1992).
al-Adb

al-Adb, the name of this sword, means cutting or sharp. This sword was sent to the prophet
Muhammad by one of his companions just before the Battle of Badr. He used this sword at the Battle of
Uhud and his followers used it to demonstrate their fealty to him.
The sword today is in the Husain mosque in Cairo, Egypt. Photograph taken from Muhammad Hasan
Muhammad al-Tihami, Suyuf al-Rasul wa uddah harbi-hi(Cairo: Hijr, 1312/1992).
al-Qadib

al-Qadib is a thin-bladed sword which, it was said, resembled a rod. It was a sword of defense or
companionship for the traveller but not used to battle. Written on the side of the sword in silver is the
inscription: There is no god but God, Muhammad the apostle of GodMuhammad b. Abdallah b. Abd
al-Muttalib. There is no indication in any historical source that this sword was used or in any battle. It
stayed in the house of the prophet Muhammad and was only used later by the Fatimid caliphs.
The sword is 100 cm in length and has a scabbard of dyed animal hide. Today the sword is housed in
the Topkapi Museum, Istanbul. Photograph taken from Muhammad Hasan Muhammad al-
Tihami, Suyuf al-Rasul wa uddah harbi-hi(Cairo: Hijr, 1312/1992).
Qali

This sword is known as Qali or Qulay. The name may be related to a place in Syria or a place in
India near China. Other scholars state that the adjective qali refers to tin or white lead which was
mined in different locations. This sword is one of the three swords which the prophet Muhammad
acquired as booty from the Banu Qaynaqa. It is also reported that the grandfather of the prophet
Muhammad discovered swords of Qali when he uncovered the Well of Zamzam in Mecca.
Today the sword is preserved in the Topkapi Museum, Istanbul. Its blade is 100 cm in length. Inscribed
in Arabic on its blade above the handle is: This is the noble sword of the house of Muhammad the
prophet, the apostle of God. The blade of this sword is distinguished from the other swords because
of its wave-like design. Photograph taken from Muhammad Hasan Muhammad al-Tihami,Suyuf al-
Rasul wa uddah harbi-hi (Cairo: Hijr, 1312/1992).
Bows of Prophet SAW


The only surviving bow of the Prophet Muhammad, is kept in the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, along
with many other holy relics. It is made from bamboo, and dates from around 615 A.D. It is said to have
passed into the Caliphal treasury by the hand of Qatadah ibn al-Numan. The case was commissioned
by the Ottoman Sultan Shah Ahmed I, (ruled 1603-1617) and is inscribed with poetic couplets in
praise of the bow, in Ottoman Turkish
According to the explanations of the biographers (from thebook sacred archery:
The Forty Prophetic Traditions. can be bought here), it appears that in the books reference is made to
the bows belonging to the Lodestar of Mankind, the Messenger of the Common and the Elect, peace
and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him, as being six in number:
One of them was called Rawja,
One was called Safra the Yellow this one was supposedly taken from the tribe of the Bani
Qaynuqa
one was called Bayza the White, and it was made of the wood of the fir tree. This one is also
said to have been taken from the tribe of the Bani Qaynuqa.
Another bow was called Sadad the Straight, for the reason that when shot, it never failed to
hit the mark; therefore it was thus named.
Another one of the bows was called Zawra the Crooked; and because its voice was
concealed, it was also named Katum