Qur'anic verses - The Queen of Sheba:
'Sheba' is the biblical name of 'Saba'; an ancient country in south west Arabian Peninsula known today as Yemen. Sheba was famous for its trade in gold and spices.
God taught [url=http://koran.topcities.com/Solomon-Biography.htm]Solomon the speech of Birds. The Birds constituted a mobile arm who were light on the wing and fast in carrying the news. Once, Solomon took a muster of the Birds and he could not see the Hoopoe. The Bird came back to Solomon with news from Sheba.
|'The Hoopoe is explaining to Solomon the nature of the faith of the Queen and her people in Sheba.' |
The ancient religion of the people of Sheba consisted in the worship of the heavenly bodies, the sun, the planets, and the stars. Possibly the cult was connected with that of Mesopotamia through the easy sea route along the Persian Gulf.
|Solomon did not doubt his messenger's plea that he had scouted a new country, but wanted to test whether he had loosened the rein of his imagination in describing its splendour or its worship.|
|Solomon expressly begins his letter with the formula of the true and universal Religion of Unity, and he invites to the true Faith the Queen of Sheba and her people with whom he establishes honourable relations, not for worldly conquest but for the spreading of the Light of God.|
|The character of Queen Bilqis (her name in Arabian tradition), as disclosed her, is that of a ruler enjoying great wealth and dignity, and the full confidence of her subjects. She does nothing without consulting her Council, and her Council are ready to carry out her commands in all things. As a Queen of a prosperous nation, she has into her side, strength and wisdom.|
|The Queen is taking up a tactful policy and rational steps. She recognises that Solomon is no ordinary King and his message is of a divine nature. Perhaps in her heart she has a ray of the divine light already.|
|Solomon rejected their worldly goods. He was expecting their submission to the true religion of God and abandonment of their paganism. Perhaps the language of power was meant to avoid hostility. |
Solomon was known for his wisdom and diplomacy. His great administrative skills united the kingdom of Israel and maintained good relationships with neighbouring nations such as the Egyptians at the south and Phoenicians at the north.
|The Last scene is the arrival of Queen Bilqis to King Solomon's Palace. (There are few details preceded her arrival that is not mentioned here)|
Having been received with honour on her arrival, the Queen is finally asked to enter the great Palace of King Solomon. Its floor was made of slabs of smooth polished glass, that glistened like water. She thought it was water, and tucked up her clothes to pass through it, showing her bare feet and ankles. This was a very undignified position for a woman, especially one of the position of a Queen. Solomon immediately undeceived her, and fold her the real facts, when she felt grateful, and joined herself with Solomon in praising God.