To Solomon We inspired the (right) understanding of the matter: to each (of them) We gave Judgment and Knowledge; it was Our power that made the hills and the birds celebrate Our praises, with David: it was We Who did (all these things).
The verse points out that Almighty God gave David’s glorifications such strength and
such a resonant and pleasing tone that they brought ecstasy to the mountains. Like a huge
sound system, each mountain formed a circle around the chief reciter – David, upon him be
peace – and repeated his glorifications. This is a reality, for every mountain with caves can
“speak.” If you declare before a mountain: “All praise be to God,” the mountain will echo it
back. Since God Almighty has granted this ability to mountains, it can be developed.
God endowed David, upon him be peace, with both Messengership and the Caliphate
in an exceptional form. Thus, He made this seed of ability flourish as a miracle with that
comprehensive Messengership and magnificent sovereignty, causing the great mountains
to follow him like soldiers, students, or disciples. Under his direction and in his tongue,
they glorified the All-Majestic Creator and repeated whatever he said.
At present, due to advancements in communication, a great commander can disperse a
large army through the mountains to repeat his declaration, “God is the Greatest,” at the
same time, and make the mountains speak and ring with the words. If an ordinary commander can do this, a magnificent commander of Almighty God can get them actually to
utter and recite God’s glorifications. Moreover, each mountain has a collective personality
and corporate identity, and offers glorifications and worship particular to it. Just as each
one through echoes glorifies in the tongue of humankind, it also glorifies the All-Majestic
Surah 21 Al-Anbiya (The Prophets) 630
Creator in its own particular tongue (The Words, “The 20th Word,” 271)
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