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Zulfiqar by PORSCHER Zulfiqar by PORSCHER
* 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.

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.

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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!
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. :(
BassyBenitz Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
very nice
PORSCHER Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you =)
BassyBenitz Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Your welcome
Faith1God Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
wow! beautiful !
PORSCHER Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
jrml Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student
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 would be very kind of you,thks
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.
jrml Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student
thanks anyway
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