She said: “Kings, when they enter a country, despoil it, and make the noblest of its people its meanest thus do they behave.
The character of Queen Bilqis, as disclosed here,
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. Her people are
manly, loyal, and contented, and ready to take the field
against any enemy of their country.
But their queen is prudent in policy, and is not willing to
embroil her country in war. She has the discrimination to
see that Solomon is not like ordinary kings who conquer
by violence. Perhaps in her heart she has a ray of the
divine light already, though her people are yet Pagans.
She wishes to carry her people with her in whatever she
does, because she is as loyal to them as they are to her.
An exchange of presents would probably establish better
relations between the two kingdoms. And perhaps she
anticipates some spiritual understanding also, a hope
which was afterwards realised.
In Bilqis we have a picture of womanhood, gentle,
prudent, and able to tame the wider passions of her
Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 27 verse 34). Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (quran4u.com)