CHAPTER ON THE SWORD OF
THE PROPHET OF ALLAH SALLALLAHU ALAIHE WASALLAM
Shamaa-il Tirmidhi Contents
The Ulama have stated that the reason for writing this chapter after
the chapter of the ring is because of a special system, which also points
towards a governmental rule. First letters inviting the kings to Islam
are to be sent. If they accept Islam they will benefit in this world and
the hereafter, otherwise they should decide between themselves and the
sword. The Prophet of Allah sallallahu alaihe wasallam had several swords,
each of which had a special name. For example the first sword was named
'Ma-thur' which was inherited from his father. The name of another sword
was 'Qadib', one was 'Qil-ee', one was 'Tabaar' and one was 'Dhulfiqaar'
etc. Imam Tirmizi has quoted four ahaadith in this chapter.
(99) Hadith 1
Hazrat Anas radiyallahu anhu reports that the handle of the sword of
the Prophet of Allah sallallahu alaihe wasallam was made of silver.
Allamah Bayjuri writes, about the sword named 'Dhulfiqaar', "At the
time of conquering Makkah, the Prophet of Allah sallallahu alaihe wasallam
had this sword."
(100) Hadith 2
Hazrat Saeed bin Abil Hasan Basri radiyallahu anhu has related the
same hadith that the handle grip of the sword of the Prophet of Allah sallallahu
alaihe wasallam was made of silver.
(101) Hadith 3
Hazrat Mazeedah bin Malik, the (maternal) grandfather of Hud says that
when the Prophet of Allah sallallahu alaihe wasallam entered Makkah on
the day it was conquered, his sword had gold and silver on it.
Talib who is one of the narrators of this hadith says that he
asked the ustaadh, "On which part of the sword was the silver?"
He replied, "The cap of the grip handle was made of silver."
According to the majority of the Ulama it is not permissible to use
gold on a sword. This hadith cannot be used as proof, as it has been declared
to be weak. Allamah Turpishti says, "This hadith cannot be used as an argument
because its sanad (chain of narrators) cannot be relied upon. The use of
silver for the handle etc. is permissible according to the previous hadith."
It is said that since it is not permissible to use gold, the narrator
did not care to investigate which portion of the sword was made of
gold. He only investigated those portions that were made of silver.
(102) Hadith 4
Ibn Seereen says, "I made my sword like the sword of Samurah bin Jundub
radiyallahu anhu. He said that he had his sword made in the same manner
as the one the Prophet of Allah sallallahu alaihe wasallam had. The sword
was the type used by the tribe of Banu Hanifah."
Banu Hanifah was a tribe in Arabia who were famous for manufacturing
good quality swords. These people, one after another, in imitating the
Prophet of Allah sallallahu alaihe wasallam, made a replica of his sword.