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Saifullah (سيف الله) literally means "Sword of Allah" from the Arabic سيف (sayf) "sword" combined with الله "Allah".[1] It is also a title originally given by Prophet Muhammad to one of his companions, Khalid ibin al-Walid,[2] the most celebrated and loved warrior in Islamic history.

In June 2007, The Ulema Council of Pakistan (the biggest of its kind in the country with 2,000 scholars)[3] awarded the title 'Saifullah', their highest honor, to Shaykh Osama bin Laden,[4] calling him a "Muslim warrior".[5] Leaders of Islamic terrorist organizations in the Caucasus in Russia are also popularly known as Saifullah, for example Anzor Astemirov and Muslim Atayev.[6][7]

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  1. Arabic names & meanings: Saifullah - Arabic Online, accessed August 16, 2011
  2. Khalid-bin-Walid - The Sword of Allah - The Kashmir Network, accessed May 18, 2011
  3. Pakistan scholars honour Bin Laden in Rushdie row - Times of India, June 21, 2007
  4. 'Suicide' minister may go to UK - BBC News, June 21, 2007
  5. Rana Jawad - Pakistani Scholars Pay Respect to Bin Laden - Agence France Presse, June 22, 2007
  6. Tlis, Fatima. Exclusive Interview with Anzor Astemirov, March 2009. North Caucasus Weekly. Volume 10 Issue 11. The Jamestown Foundation (2009). Archived.
  7. Askerov, Ali. Historical Dictionary of the Chechen Conflict. Rowman & Littlefield (2015). p. 45. [1]. ISBN 1442249250.