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Story of Prophet Sulaiman

By Editorial Staff

Prophet Sulaiman (Solomon, peace be upon him) is one of the greatest Prophets of God whose story was reiterated numerous times in Qur’an because of his high standing. He was a great king, and son of a great Messenger of God, namely Dawud (David, peace be upon him). Almighty Allah said about them,

And We had certainly given to David and Solomon knowledge, and they said, “Praise [is due] to Allah , who has favored us over many of His believing servants.” * And Solomon inherited David. He said, “O people, we have been taught the language of birds, and we have been given from all things. Indeed, this is evident bounty.” (An-Naml 27:15-16)

Imam Ibn Kathir (a great Muslim scholar) illustrated in his book of Tafsir (exegesis of the Qur’an), “Sulaiman inherited only Prophethood and reign from his father because the properties of Prophets are not inherited. `Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated, “The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Our (The Messengers of Allah) property should not be inherited, and whatever we leave, is to be spent in charity.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Almighty Allah has singled out Sulaiman with wondrous things that were not given to anyone else before or after him. God taught him how to communicate with birds and subjected the birds, the wind, the Jinn and humans to him. God says,

And gathered for Solomon were his soldiers of the jinn and men and birds, and they were [marching] in rows. (An-Naml 27:17)

He (Sulaiman) said, “My Lord, forgive me and grant me a kingdom such as will not belong to anyone after me. Indeed, You are the Bestower.” * So We subjected to him the wind blowing by his command, gently, wherever he directed. And [also] the devils [of jinn] – every builder and diver. * And others bound together in shackles. [We said], “This is Our gift, so grant or withhold without account.” * And indeed, for him is nearness to Us and a good place of return. (Sad 38:35-40)

Enjoy watching this video to know more about the life of the king and Messenger of God, Sulaiman, whom Allah has blessed with miraculous grants that are not given to anyone else.

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Source: Islamic Guidance Youtube Channel

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