In the last ten day of Ramadan, I have been contemplating the seal ring of the blessed Prophet (saw). The inscription reads “Muhammad Rasul Allah,” meaning literally: “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” This is the inscription on the original seal that was used by the Prophet, may Allah bless him and give him peace, to sign the letters he sent to various rulers.
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’.”
The Prophet, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, was illiterate, so he had the ring made as his signature seal. And indeed, The Prophet (saw) had the ring cast in silver, but being so filled with love and reverence for Allah almighty, did not want to place his name above the name of Allah. Contrary to the normal way of reading from top to bottom, he had the inscription written upwards, “Muhammed Rasul Allah” as can be seen in the photo above.
This seal is perfectly preserved and currently on display at the Topkapi Palace in Turkey, along with his cloak and sword.
May Allah hear our prayers and bless us these last days of Ramadan with the love and humility of the Prophet (saw). Amin.