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Zul Fikar (also known as Dhul Faqar, Zulfakhar, Zulfaghar, Zolfaghar)

The prophet Mohammad was purported to have had two swords. One of these swords is a straight bladed sword that is on display at the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul. The other sword has been named Zul Fikar, or "Lord of Cleaving". This sword was lost in the 10th century and has never been recovered, and there is much controversy as to what exactly it looks like. It is rumored to be a "split blade" or a blade with a bifurcated tip.

There are two possible theories as to the history behind the blade. The first tale takes place two years after Mohammad's flight from Mecca. The prophet was made to fight against a tribe of people that were unwilling to accept Islam. In a battle near Badri in 624, he took the sword from an enemy chieftain as a battle trophy. The sword is said to have gained much strength when it passed to Mohammad, at which point is was named Zul Fikar.

The other story indicates that the sword was bestowed upon Mohammad by the archangel Gabriel. The night before a battle the prophet had a dream in which the tip of the sword would be split in the coming combat. The very next day it came to pass. In both stories, the sword was eventually handed down to his son in law Ali bin Ali Talib, and is sometimes referred to as Ali's sword. The sword was passed down to the caliphs until it was eventually lost in the 10th century, after which the sword's whereabouts have remained a mystery.

The term Zul Fikar appears to be a western interpretation. This may be a translation of "Dhul Faqar" from the Arabic, meaning "Possessor of Spines". The Zul Fikar is sometimes referred to as "Zulfakhar" meaning "One having a spine" and is also translated as Zulfaghar or Zolfaghar.

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