Qasas-ul-Ambiya: Sulaiman and Hudhud (Hoopoe)

“And there were gathered before Sulaimân (Solomon) his hosts of jinns and men, and birds, and they all were set in battle order (marching forwards)” (17)


“He inspected the birds (that were casting shadow on him), and said: “What is the matter that I see not the  hud hud (hoopoe)? Or is he among the absentees?” (20)


“I will surely punish him with a severe torment, or slaughter him, unless he brings me a clear reason.” (21)


“But the hudhud stayed not long, he (came up and) said: “I have grasped (the knowledge of a thing) which you have not grasped and I have come to you from Saba’ (Sheba) with true news.” (22)


“I found a woman ruling over them, and she has been given all things that could be possessed by any ruler of the earth, and she has a great throne.” (23)


“I found her and her people worshipping the sun instead of Allâh, and Shaitân (Satan) has made their deeds fair-seeming to them, and has barred them from (Allâh’s) Way, so they have no guidance,” (24)


“Sulaimân (Solomon) said: “We shall see whether you speak the truth or you are (one) of the liars.” (27)


“Go you with this letter of mine, and deliver it to them, then draw back from them, and see what (answer) they return.” (28)


“She (the queen of Saba) said (to her ministers/advisers): “O chiefs! Verily! Here is delivered to me a noble letter,” (29)


“Verily! It is from Sulaimân , and verily! It (reads):  بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ”



“Be you not exalted against me, but come to me as Muslims (true believers who submit to Allâh with full submission)’ ” (31)

She said: “O chiefs! Advise me in (this) case of mine. I decide no case till you are present with me.” (32)

“They said: “We have great strength, and great ability for war, but it is for you to command; so think over what you will command.” (33)


“She said: “Verily! Kings, when they enter a town (country), they despoil it, and make the most honourable amongst its people low. And thus they do.” (34)


“But verily! I am going to send him a present, and see with what (answer) the messengers return. ” (35)

(An-Naml 27)

( She decides against military action and sends Sulaiman (AS) presents to win his favor)