Buraqs, or horses of heaven, were companions of princes and sultans, and helpers for many holy warriors.[1]

These free creatures had no master.[1]


Externally they resembled a horse with a long tail and a human face. In size, they were larger than donkeys, but smaller than mules. Their tails were red, blue, green or gold. Their hooves had magical properties that allowed them to move very quietly even at full gallop.[1]


Though they detested combat, buraqs could serve as warhorses. They preferred giving army command and staying out of the battle.[1]

If forced to fight, a buraq could use their hooves to cause significant damage to enemies.[1]

Buraqs were also great travelers. They could move through the air at the same rate as sprinting on the ground, but they needed to take a good running start. Riders upon a buraq experienced the trip as an instantaneous event. This was explained by the buraq's ability to stop time. Buraqs often uses this ability to help people.[1]

At will buraqs could speak with animals and learn three languages ​​per day.[1]


Buraqs are friends to the faithful and worthy people, but this friendship was not so easy to earn. People could spend their entire lives doing good deeds, caring for a buraq (currying, combing,braiding its mane), and showing courage and generosity. It was a hard life to choose for most people, but the rewards were truly enormous. Anyone earning the trust of a buraq became his master. Masters of buraqs were walking legends. They lived for centuries and moved around the world at the speed of thought. However, it was very easy to lose a buraq's respect if they strayed form their goodly ways.[1]

Buraqs were able to move on any terrain, day and night, and navigate by star, but they could not cross oceans.[1]


Buraqs can live completely without food because they sustain themselves on kindness. Therefore a companion with a pure heart provides all the sustenance they require.[1]


Further ReadingEdit


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Wolfgang Baur, Steve Kurtz (1992). Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix. (TSR, Inc). ISBN l-56076-370-1.