The Story Of Prophet Soloman (Sulaiman) and his Great Kingdom
Sulaiman was granted by Allah a very great kingdom. He used to travel around the kingdom on his throne by air.
His control extended over humans, jinns and birds that formed his army when needed. Sulaiman also understood the language of animals.
When Sulaimon completed the construction of the Bayt ul Magdis he decided to go on a visit to the Ka’ba.
He announced his intentions to his subjects and preparations were made for the sacred journey. He took humans, jinns, birds and animals on his journey.
A great convoy was assembled that formed a line thirty miles long. Suleiman ordered the air to lift his throne and taka: it to the Ka’ba. No sooner did he say that the air took his throne there than Sulaiman spent a few years in Makkah.
Everyday he would sacrifice 5000 camels, 5000 cattle and 20,000 goats as a sign of thanksgiving to his Lord. He would also tell his subjects about the coming of The Final Messenger, Muhammad who would be born there.
I have informed them that after this great being, no other Prophet would come to mankind with guidance. Sulaiman left Makkah and went on to Yemen.
A journey from Makkah to Sana in those days took a month. But because Sulaimana had control of the air it took a lot shorter.
He left Makkah in the morning and arrived in Yemen at Midday. Sulaiman intended to stay in Yemen for a few years. A bird known as Hudhud flew very high into the sky and could see most of the land beneath it. One day it saw a very big garden. Hudhud became curious and went down to investigate.
Hudhud saw another bird nearby, and approached it. The approaching bird asked Hudhud where it was coming from and where it was going. Hudhud explained that he belonged to Sulaiman who was the Prophet of Allah but also a king.
Hudhud proceeded to inquire to which the bird said ‘I live in this land which is ruled by a Queen called Bilqis. She has 12000 ministers and under each of them is 100,000 people?
They were engrossed in their chatter as the bird of Bilqis showed Hudhud the sights and scenes of her lands. The two flew off to see the Queen’s parade. Sulaiman meanwhile waited patiently for Hudhud to return with some water.
Sulaiman became quite angry and even vowed to kill Hudhud when he returned. Sulaiman told an eagle to fly up and see where he had got up to. The eagle flew off very high so he could get a good view.
I eventually found Hudhud. The eagle told him that Sulaiman had vowed to kill you if he ever found you. Hudhud became scared. He asked the eagle whether that was all he said. The eagle told him it was either that or to bring him a light torch. Hudhud then thought he had a way of escaping an early death.
When he returned with the eagle to Sulaiman, Hudhud presented himself to Sulaiman fully conscious of his anger.
Sulaiman grabbed him by the throat and was about to strangle him when Hudhud said to him ‘remember the time when you must present yourself to Allah’! On hearing this Sulaiman let go. Hoodhood, to win back the favour of his master, told him about what he had heard.
The most astonishing thing Hudhud told Sulaiman about was the throne of Bilqis. According to historians we learn that this throne was made of gold and over it was decorated with very expensive jewellery.
A huge palace housed the throne that was placed under security by numerous smaller rooms, House after house secured this throne. A special piece of cloth draped over the throne as well. The dimensions of the throne were 80 yards long, 40 yards wide and 30 yards tall.
The legs of the throne were made of red pearls, yellow pearls, green stones and white pearls. Sulaiman listened carefully to what Hudhud had told him. What he decided to do was to send a letter to the Queen of Yemen telling her to accept Islam.
The letter was sealed and had Bismilla Hir Rahman Nirahim written on it. The letter was given to Hudhud to deliver to the Queen in person. Hudhud, according to some historians, found her asleep and so left the letter on her bedside.
Bilqis woke up to see the sealed letter and read it carefully. She assembled her ministers in her presence and discussed them at great length as to what the sensible course of action should be. Some ministers were contemplating waging a war against Sulaiman. They felt that they could pose a threat to his kingdom.
But in the end Bilqis decided against any likelihood of a war, as she knew that defeat would mean their total ruin. What she decided to do instead was to send some lavish presents to the palace of Sulaiman. She felt that if he was true to his word, i.e. that he is Allah’s Messenger, then he would refuse the gifts. But if he were an ordinary ruler then he would accept the gifts.
Bilqis’s council endorsed her final proposal. (Namal 32-35) Digis sent 500 male and 100 female servants dressed in fine clothes on fine horses, which were also adorned with valuable jewels. One thousand were presented with numerous other valuable gifts along with jetted gold and silver bricks and a crown studded with valuable gemstones, Hudhud reported to Sulaiman about the intentions of the Ouees. What Sulaiman did in response was to emulate the actions of Bilgis to such an extent that it brought shame to her representatives who came to meet them.
What Sulaiman did was to order the Jinns under his control to make a road stretching for six miles made out of gold bricks. Along the road would also be high walls also made out of gold and silver. I have ordered the animals to form a perfect line along the route that would greet the coming guests. Next to the throne of Sulaiman 3 was placed 4000 gold chairs to his right and 4000 silver chairs to his hair. The effect is left.
All his council and close friends on the Queen’s messenger were almost too embarrassed to offer the gifts they had brought from Her Majesty.
The messenger finally summoned the courage to present the seemingly worthless gifts to the king. Sulaiman was quite stern in what he had to say to the representative. He told him that he did not desire any worldly goods from them or anyone else.
And if he did he would acquire it from Allah. Sulaiman’s message was simple: accept Islam and save yourselves. If you don’t then we will defeat you with such force the world has never seen.
If the messenger wasn’t speechless when he arrived, he most certainly was when he left. He returned to tell Bilqis of the message Sulaiman had to give.
Bilqis now firmly believed that he was truly a Prophet of Allah and not a tyrant. The idea of challenging him seemed illogical in light of the evidence and experience before them. Queen Bilqis decided then to go and pay a visit to Sulaiman in person. Hudhud told Sulaiman of her intentions. He gathered all his people again and asked them ‘who can bring the throne of Bilqis before she arrives? Jinn stood up and said he would bring the throne well before the meeting ended.
Sulaiman was not satisfied with the answer and asked again if anyone could bring it any quicker? A man who had ‘some knowledge of the book’ stood up and said that he could bring the throne of Bilqis in front of Sulaiman in the blink of an eye.
Sulaiman ordered him to do so and he did so within the blink of an eye, bringing the throne of Bilqis Comher palace to the meeting place. (Namal 38-40) Bílgis arrived in the company of Sulaiman to find her throne there and accepted his Prophethood.
Qur’an: Sura Namal & Ruhul Bayan This wonderful story from the Qur’an provides numerous lessons. U The distance between where the throne of Bilqis was and where Sulaiman was staying was a two month journey.
In the blink of an eye, which takes less than one hundredth of a second, a firm believer of Sulaiman brought the throne in his presence.
This throne which had dimensions beyond comprehension and locked away firmly that even the locals of the Queens land had never seen it, and yet the throne was miraculously brought forth in a split second.
What Sulaiman was also demonstrating was his immense power and abilities. Because if he wanted to, he could have easily brought the throne by himself. But by getting one of his followers to bring the throne, he was showing what great powers he has.
If a person with some knowledge of the earlier Holy Scriptures has such capabilities then what is the status of the Awliyah and Saliheen of our Prophet’s Ummah? 2) The person who brought the throne in a split second went and brought the throne to Sulaiman, meaning that he went and got it and came back with in a split second.
If a pious person from an earlier Ummah has this power then why do people still question the ability of our Nabi and his chosen people (Awliyah) from moving from one place to another in a short space of time?
This story is proof beyond doubt that Mi’raj’s trip from our Nabi to Arsh and beyond in one night was a physical journey. 3) Sulaiman as the story comprehensively shows was master of men, Jinn, birds and animals. Our Nabie however was sent as a mercy to ALL the worlds.
So how can people claim that the Prophets are just like us? * The sacrifices of Sulaiman in his stay at Makkah shows the type of devotion Allah requires of us if we can afford it. Some unfortunate people today question the sanctity of sacrifice on the occasion of Eid ul Adha, calling it a waste.
We also learn that it was the Sunnah of Sulaiman who made Milad our Nabi. What better thing is there to emulate and copy Allah’s chosen messengers in good deeds?
Sulaiman’s wise decision
Two people came to Sayyiduna Dawud (David) to try and resolve a problem. One argued that the other person’s sheep ate all of the grapes in his fields at night. Dawud felt that it was necessary in this case that all the sheep be given to the plaintiff. The sheep would be ample compensation for the lost grapes. When the two men returned, they saw Sulaiman.
They told him about the decision his father had made in regards to their dispute. Having heard the judgment, Sulaiman offered his own solution to the dispute. “The suggestion Sulaiman made was that as long as the grape trees were damaged the plaintiff continued to get milk and wool from the sheep.
Once the grape trees bared fruit again, one will get his produce back and the other will get his flock of sheep returned to him. The two parties liked the agreement and abided by it. When Dawud heard of his son’s decision (He was eleven years old at the time) he too was content with it.
Qur’an: Anbiya 78-79 & Ruhul Bayan
The story shows us that ijtihad is the Sunnah of Allah’s Prophet. Prophets come and remove difficulties and problems from their followers. The decisions they make are just and equitable.
at the time of Dawud there were two mothers who were going somewhere when a wolf came across their path. The wolf took one of the babies off them and went away. The mother who lost her child quickly snatched the other baby from the other woman’s hands and claimed it was hers. An argument subsequently developed between the ladies. Both women went to Dawud for a decision. Dawud decided on hearing the facts to give the child to the older woman. Sulaiman heard about the decision and told Dawud to reconsider. The solution was to get a knife and divide the baby in half giving one half each of them! On hearing this, the older woman became silent. The younger woman said to give the child to the older woman. Don’t do whatever you do to harm the child. Out of pure love and care for the child the rightful mother (the younger mother) was prepared to give her child in the care of another woman rather than see it get hurt. Mishkat Sharif and Fathul Bariljtihad are tools that resolve very difficult and contentious issues. The story also provides an insight into the love and affection that mothers have for their children.