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27:37 Bilqis’ envoys dumb founded and awe struck

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“Go back to them, and be sure we shall come to them with such hosts as they will never be able to meet: We shall expel them from there in disgrace, and they will feel humbled (indeed).”

Qurtubi has reported, giving references of historical record, that
Bilqis’s envoys returned from the court of Sulaiman (AS) totally
dumb-founded and awe-struck, and conveyed his declaration of war to
the queen. Then Bilqis said to her people that she was already of the view
that he was no ordinary king, but was on some special assignment from
God, and that fighting with His messenger is like fighting with God, for
which they did not have the strength. After making this statement, she
started getting ready to go to Sayyidna Sulaiman. She took along
Surah An-Naml : 27 : 38 – 41 597
with her twelve thousand chiefs, commanding an army of hundred
thousand men each.’ Allah Ta’ala had graced Sayyidna Sulaiman
with such awe and majesty that no one had the courage to speak before
him. One day he saw a cloud of dust at some distance. So he asked from
those who were present as to what that was. His people answered ‘0
messenger of Allah! Queen Bilqis is coming with her people’. Some
narrations relate that at that time she was about three miles from the
court of Sulaiman. At that moment Sayyidna Sulaiman (AS) turned
to his courtiers and asked them:

He said, “O chieftains, which one of you will bring her throne to
me before they come to me submissively?” 27:38.


Shafi, Muhammad (2008). Maariful Quran. (Vol .6 surah 27 verse 37)English-MaarifulQuran-MuftiShafiUsmaniRA-Vol-6.pdf (

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