In a previous post you saw high resolution shots of our two new rings (we have three in total: the Allah Muahmmed, Seal of the Prophet and the Huwa Hu ring; all being, in my heavily biased opinion, dashingly handsome). In this post, I wanted to shed some light on the inspiration behind the Seal of the Prophet ring (seal of the prophet, you say?! What, when, where and how?).
Now, while you attempt to contain your bubbling excitment, I shall tell you a tale.
As you surely know, our most beloved Prophet Mohammed (many peace and blessings be upon him), was illitrate. So he had a ring made. This ring he used to stamp letters to foreign leaders. The Prophet (saaw), had the ring cast in silver but being so filled with love and reverence for Allah almighty, did not want to place his name over the name of Allah. Contrary to the normal way of reading from top to bottom, he had written upwards, “Muhammed Rasul Allah”.
The UNS Seal of the Prophet ring is based on this original seal. This seal is perfectly preserved and currently on display at the Topkapi Palace in Turkey, along with other barakah-filled relics of the holy Prophet (pbuh) such as his cloak and sword.
Here is a hadith about the seal:
Anas Ibn Malik said: “Rasulullah (pbuh) had a ring made of silver and its (inlaid) gem was also of silver. When the Prophet (pbuh) wanted to write to the leaders of foreign states, he ordered a seal-ring to be made. Rasullullah (saas) therefore had a ring made, the whiteness of which is still before my eyes. The inscription engraved on the ring of Rasulullah (pbuh) was ‘Muhammad Rasulullah,’ of which in the first line was engraved ‘Muhammad,’ in the second line ‘Rasul,’ and in the third line ‘Allah’.”*
What honour it would be for any of us to wear a likeness of what the Prophet (pbuh) wore on his very hand!
*Shama-il al Tirmidhi, Islamic Book Service Publications, New Delhi, 2001, p. 80-81.