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* Zulfiqar (spelling: Dhu'l-Fiqar) was the sword of Muhammad and his son-in-law, Caliph Ali ibn Abi Talib; in Ali's hand this was to become the most famous sword in Islam, killing more men in fair combat than any sword in history. The scimitar is one of the oldest and best known symbols of Islam, as important to Muslims as Excalibur is to the British.
Muhammad first obtained the sword as booty following the Battle of Badr in 624 AD, and bequeathed it to Ali before his death. Ali's son, Imam Husayn bin Ali, used Zulfiqar in the against the Umayyad caliph Yazid I in the Battle of Karbala, where he and his family perished.

As a symbol of honour and knighthood, Zulfiqar has appeared in the iconography of Islamic nations for centuries, and was used extensively by the Abbasid Caliphate and the Ottoman Empire. Multiple conflicting images of the sword exist. Some show two parallel blades to emphasize its mystical abilities and speed, while others portray a more traditionally-shaped scimitar and still others depict a split, V-shaped blade. The Shi'a, who believe Ali was the first rightful successor to Muhammad, consider the sword to be as exceptional a weapon as Ali was a knight. Their saying, "La fatah illa Ali, la saif illa Zulfiqar", "there is no hero except Ali, there is no sword except his sword Zulfiqar", was frequently inscribed on new weapons.

Zulfiqar, and phonetic variations thereof, have been popular given names; Former Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and American poet Zulfikar Ghose are named after the sword. Various spelt variations exist in modern language scripts, including "Zulfikar", "Dhulfaqar", "Zolfaqar", etc. "Zulfiqar", however, remains the most widely used rendition of the Arabic word.

Meaning
The name is variously explained, but is generally thought to mean "cleaver of the spine", "the two-pronged one" or "double-edged one". It is sometimes also interpreted as "sharp distinction between right and wrong" or "the one who distinguishes between right and wrong", or "trenchant".

ذو الفقار هو اسم لسيف الرسول محمد (ص) وقد أعطاه لأبن عمه علي بن أبي طالب عليه السلام , و قد قاتل به المشركين ، وقد توارثه أبناء الإمام علي (ع) حتى إختفى مع الإمام المهدي عجل الله فرجه بأمر ربه

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NOTE: Yet again about the brushes; I have downloaded a lot of brushes and I can barely remember who's to credit so, if you see any of your brushes on any of my drawings, please contact me so that I can link back to you or at least give you credit.
Thank you.

Advice & Comments are always very welcome.
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:iconhayder1979:
hayder1979 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  New member Hobbyist Interface Designer
احسنت
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ElFenomeno07 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
selam aleikum,
can you upload this pic in higher definition? I want to make a poster. It would be really nice of you.
Of course really good work! respect!
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PORSCHER Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry but that is the highest version available, otherwise it will lose its resolution. Sorry again. :(
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BassyBenitz Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
very nice
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:iconporscher:
PORSCHER Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you =)
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BassyBenitz Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Your welcome
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Faith1God Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
wow! beautiful !
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:iconporscher:
PORSCHER Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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jrml Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student
salam,
nice work,really like it.
Please can U send me the link of the knight you used in your pic,
I'm working on a logo for an islamic event.it would be very kind of you,thks
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PORSCHER Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately I don't remember from where I got it but it was from a movie image. I can't recall which movie.
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:iconjrml:
jrml Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student
thanks anyway
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bangzul Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
great job dude, even my real name is zulfikar :love:
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PORSCHER Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :D
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hanood123 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
LOVE IT
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:iconporscher:
PORSCHER Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, glad you do. :)
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hanood123 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
ur welcome
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0urangeApple Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Student Digital Artist
whaaW! you did an awesome JOB!!
I really adore Arabic Art !! esp the calligraphy and rich cultures !! AMAZeng!!

can you tell me where or what brushes you used?
I would really like to apply them someday on my art too =D

I would really appreciate your response ^^
thanks =D

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PORSCHER Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, thanks for the comment.
Unfortunately I don't remember which brushes I used but I got them from here on DA.
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0urangeApple Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Student Digital Artist
hahAH! :lol: yer much welcome! lol thats okays :3
well, there were quite a lot of brushes lol ..
hmm.. i managed to fined some :] no worries lol
thanks btw =D

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PORSCHER Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to know you found some. Keep up the good work and good luck with your upcoming designs. :D
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0urangeApple Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Student Digital Artist
lol thank yous very much =D
i really appreciate dat =D

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jamalio Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
assalamu ala ammer al mumineen
la fata illa ali wala saif illa thul-fiqar
mashalah great work man
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PORSCHER Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you brother. I'm glad you like it.
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remusogarius Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
woah! o.O Awsome!
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PORSCHER Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like it. :D
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Mujahid27 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
Very cool looking picture!
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PORSCHER Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you brother, I truly appreciate your comment and :+fav: =)
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Mujahid27 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
Thanks
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demirkarahan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
thanks
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Kwinti Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
i like
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Silence-uae Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
mashallah great work
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PORSCHER Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I appreciate the :+fav:
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FoxLi Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Admirable!
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XX-Shadow-XY Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
Cool.
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Dark-Humor Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
GOOD JOB.
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CittensCollar Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
Good job!
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Doomsday-Device Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good job
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Kuramaniac Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
that's SWEET *-*!
I want to create some character with a saif and stuff ^^ (I'm thinking of a misterious warrior, something like that =))
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PORSCHER Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, glad you like it. :D

You can find so many references of swords on the internet. Choose one and start flowing your creativity. Let me know when you finish it. ;)
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Kuramaniac Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
you know, I'm looking for something similar to a saif, p'haps a bit wider 6.6...
and about the character (I don't really know what would be his name u_u, but I want it to be meaningful and powerful sounding *-*): he'd be dressed in black, with tuareg-ish clothes (sorry if I don't really know about it u.u, would ya help me a bit, please O.O?) and a covered face... he would live in the Sahara and something like that... he'd be GREAT :dance:!
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PORSCHER Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I have the perfect character for you right here > [link]
Read a little about him so you can understand his character and then start drawing. ;)


And here's a back shot of tuareg-ish clothes: [link]
Just conver the colors into black and it's all done.

Good luck!
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Kuramaniac Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
ó.ò it seems I wasn't really looking for tuareg items.. but yes, he'd wear something like a cape and a turban-hood thing ^^... he'd wear something more "aggresive" like puffy pants, a long sleeved top, a sash, etc :)
:raincloud: I'm still kinda ignorant... I hate being ignorant...
but thank you really much, you've helped me a lot *-*
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PORSCHER Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. ;)
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Kuramaniac Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
THANKS A LOT PORSCHER *______*!!
you rock x3!
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waterspirirtjess Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
beautiful work!
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PORSCHER Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! =)
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T-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
wow .. very amazing work u now my name is zulfiqar :D good work dude
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PORSCHER Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, it has a great meaning, be proud. :D

Thanks for the :+fav:
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raisehellxiii Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007
did u draw tht silhouette? very well done...
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PORSCHER Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes I did. Thank you. =)
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