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“But I am going to send him a present, and (wait) to see with what (answer) return (my) ambassadors.”

After having consulted the functionaries of her government and
gaining their confidence, she herself developed a strategy that she should
initially test out the real intention of Sayyidna Sulaiman (AS) and to find
out whether he was actually a prophet and messenger of God, and
whether he was really conveying the message of God or he was aspiring
for a greater empire. The purpose behind this strategy was to find out
that if he was a prophet in reality, then his command should be followed
and no hostility be adopted against him. On the other hand if he was only
a king and wished to expand his empire by subjugating her kingdom,
then a different plan be worked out to face the challenge. To test out the
real intention of Sayyidna Sulaiman (AS) she adopted the tactic of
sending to him precious gifts and presents. If he becomes satisfied after
receiving the gifts, then it would indicate that he was only a king and had
approached her with mundane motives. On the other hand, if he was
actually a prophet then he would not agree on any thing other than
acceptance of Islam. Ibn Jarir has reported this explanation from
Sayyidna Ibn ‘Abbas & Mujahid, Ibn Juraij, and Ibn Wahab (RA),
with several chains of narrators. The same subject is elaborated in the
following verse:

And I am going to send a gift to them, then see, what response
the envoys will bring back.” 27:35.


Shafi, Muhammad (2008). Maariful Quran. (Vol .6 surah 27 verse 35)English-MaarifulQuran-MuftiShafiUsmaniRA-Vol-6.pdf (

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