When God created the horse he said to the magnificent creature: I have made thee as no other. All the treasures of the earth lie between thy eyes. Thou shalt carry my friends upon thy back. Thy saddle shall be the seat of prayers to me. And thou shalt fly without wings, and conquer without any sword.
And God took a handful of South wind and from it formed a horse, saying:
“I create thee, Oh Arabian. To thy forelock, I bind Victory in battle.
On thy back, I set a rich spoil And a Treasure in thy loins.
I establish thee as one of the Glories of the Earth…
I give thee flight without wings.”
The expression in her eyes is that of a woman in love; her gait is that of a beautiful woman; her breast is like that of a lion; her flanks are like those of a gazelle. […] She trots like a wolf and gallops like a fox; her coat is like a mirror; her hair is as dense as the feathers on an eagle’s wing […] She is as gentle as a lamb, but like a panther in wrath if she is beaten […] Her legs are strong like those of the wild ostrich and muscled like those of a camel. Her eyelashes are as long as ears of barley, and her ears like those of two jewels on a spearhead!
Ancient Bedouin Legend
When Allah went to create the horse he spoke to the South Wind and said: ‘I want to create an animal out of you. Make yourself dense.’ And the South Wind did, and from this dust Allah created a kamayt-coloured5 animal.’
Then Allah spoke: ‘I create thee, O Arabian. I give you the chestnut color of the ant; Men shall follow thee wherever thou goest; thou shalt be as good for flight as for pursuit. To thy forelock, I bind victory in battle. Thou shalt be for Man a source of happiness and wealth; thy back shall be a seat of honour, and thy belly of riches; every grain of barley given thee shall purchase indulgence for the sinner.
Then Allah blessed the Horse and gave him the sign of glory and happiness – a white star on his forehead.