Sunday, May 9, 2010

Saint Ali and the sword of the Goddess

The sword of Ali is famous in the Shia Islamic world. It is like the tongue of a serpent... was it stolen from the shrine of the Arab Goddess?

The Moroccan sociologist, novelist and feminist Fatimah Mernissi traces the origins of Dhulfiqar from the temples of Lat, Manat and Uzza. According to this legend, the Prophet appropriated two sacrificial sabres from the temple of Manat and gave them to Ali, saying that one of them was Al-Dhulfiqar, which became the famous sword of Ali the Warrior.