Friday, October 7, 2011

The Legendary Islamic Zulfikar (Dhu'l-Fakar) sword

Army and Weapons | The Legendary Islamic Zulfikar (Dhu'l-Fakar) sword  | Zulfiqar "bifurcated" is the sword of the Islamic leader Ali. In Arabic, the name is often transliterated as Dhu al-Fiqar, Thulfeqar, Dhulfiqar etc. Zoulfikar.

According to Islamic tradition, the sword called Zulfikar Ali belonged to the first caliph after the death of Muhammad. Zulfikar is one of the oldest symbols of Islam and, according to the Shiites of its existence dates back to Adam, who took her from Eden to Earth. Tradition has it that the sword that belonged to Muhammad, too, who gave it to Ali before his death.
In the battle of Uhad Ali was fighting and saving the Prophet Muhammad. Because of the attack continues and the power to General Ali swords were broken again and again. Mohammad Ali prayed for "God has given you the power to Ali now give the gun yourself." The angel Gabriel appeared, bearing the sword, Zulfiqar.
The Ottomans adopted the symbolism of Zulfikar, who has gradually become one of the main symbols of the Janissaries. It was not just an icon used in the flags of war, but was also carved as part of their tombs.
According to the tradition of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad had two swords. The first was a straight-bladed sword, common at the time, which is now on display at the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul.
The second sword is suspected of having a cracked blade. It was given to Ali, the Prophet's son down, who fought with her many great battles and great victories seen. The sword was named Zulfikar (Lord of cleavage). . This sword is lost, and no one really knows what was its form. Many attempts to describe the Zulfikar were made during the development of Islamic swords.  
One possibility is offered by the sword or sale: A sword Shamshir Persian base, from the Qajar period, early to mid 19 C with a 29 inch curved blade serrated edge and forked swolen. The blade is chiseled and engraved along its length with a floral design. The handle is a handle Shamshir classic with steel of the cross-guard and the hilt and ivory handles. A very similar sword is shown in W. Egerton