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(Wikipedia) - Zulfiqar   (Redirected from Zolfaghar) For other uses, see Zulfiqar (disambiguation).Dhū l-Fiqār, a fictional representation of the sword of Ali.Zūlfiqār with and without the shield. The Fatimid depiction of Ali's sword as carved on the Gates of Old Cairo, namely Bab al-Nasr. Ali
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Zulfiqar "bifurcated" (Arabic: ذو الفقار‎ Ḍū al-Fiqār) is the sword of the Islamic leader Ali. In Arabic the name is commonly transliterated as Dhu al-Fiqar, Thulfeqar, Dhulfiqar, Zoulfikar, Zulfeqhar etc. "Zulfiqar" and phonetic variations have been popular given names, as with former Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. This two-blade or bifurcated sword in Arabic is called: kilij.

Origin Main article: Raid of Sa'd ibn Zaid al-Ashhali

According to the Twelver Shia, Zulfiqar is currently in the possession of Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi, as part of his collection called al-Jafr.

Shia (Shiite) Muslims believe that when the Islamic prophet Muhammad was nearing death, he appointed his son-in-law Ali as his successor, and handed him his sword named Zulfiqar. Frequently, reproductions of this sword will have the following expression engraved upon it: "There is no man like Ali, there is no sword like Zulfikur' - "la fata ella Ali la saif ella zulfiqar".

Recent usage

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, renamed the military order Portrait of the Commander of Faithful to Order of Zolfaghar. During the Bosnian War, a Bosnian army's special unit was named "Zulfikar". In 2010, The Islamic Republic of Iran revealed the attack boat dubbed the Zolfaghar, likening it to the sword as an unstoppable weapon of its time. The Iranian Zulfiqar main battle tank is also named after the sword.

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