Dr. Mostafa al-Badawi: The Prophet (s.a.w.) Turned Other Objects into Swords

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Dr. Mostafa al-Badawi said, there were three incidences where the swahabah broke their swords and were given other objects as replacements.

During the battle of Badr, three of the companions broke their swords.  ‘Ukashah ibn Mihswan (r.a.) was given a palm branch by the Prophet (s.a.w.).  As soon as he brandished it, it turned into a fine sword which he made good use of until the end of the battle, and then carried on using it, calling it “al-Qawiy”, meaning, “the Strong”, until he was martyred, in Najd, during the wars against the apostates.  This was recorded by Imam ibn Sa’d (r.a.), and Imam al-Bayhaqi (r.a.).

Salamah ibn al-Harish (r.a.) also broke his sword and was given a palm branch by the Prophet (s.a.w.) who said, “Fight with it!”  It turned into a sword which he used until many years later he was martyred on the bridge of Abu ‘Ubayd during the conquest of Iraq.  This is recorded in Imam al-Bayhaqi’s (r.a.) Dala’il.

‘Abdullah ibn Jahsh (r.a.) was the third to be given a palm branch to fight with.  It became a sword which they named “al-‘Urjun”, literally “the Palm Branch”.  He died a martyr on the day of Uhud, but the sword remained with his heirs until they sold it.  This was recorded by Imam ‘Abd ar-Razzaq (r.a.), Imam az-Zubayr ibn Bakkar (r.a.), and Imam ibn ‘Abd al-Barr (r.a.).


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