Hazrat Sulaiman a.s, a king of his time, had this unique ability of communicating with the animals, birds, djinns etc. Once hazrat sulaiman a.s was travelling along with his caravan, which consisted of all sorts of living beings mentioned above, he sent HUDHUD, a bird (hoopoe), to locate a place for them where they can rest for the night. HUDHUD was sent quite earlyin the morning and was expected to be back by the dusk.

Hazrat Sulaiman a.s was waiting for the HUDHUD’s arrival but with each passing minute he got angry at such indolent behaviour of his scout.
Hazrat Sulaiman a.s sent falcons to inform him about HUDHUD’s arrival but they too returned without any confirmation. Hazrat Sulaiman a.s, now, pledged to kill the HUDHUD upon his arrival as he (HUDHUD) had surely disobeyed the king.

Suddenly, a falcon announced HUDHUD’s arrival. HUDHUD came and dived directly at Hazrat Sulaiman’s feet, and appeared as if dead.  HUDHUD spread his wings over the ground and had made a gesture of apology. Hazrat Sulaiman a.s smiled and forgave him for his delay but asked him about the reason of delay.  HUDHUD replied, “Today, I saw a strange thing. I saw a qoum which was headed by a woman, the quom whose single man was as powerful as our whole quom put together. A single man from their tribe can kill us all, but they are so ignorant that they are praying to Sun! How can they kneel before Sun? Why don’t they glorify the truth? Don’t they know about Allah?”

Hazrat Sulaiman a.s replied that if you’re telling me the truth then take this letter and give it to her so that we all may be guided.
{Further, you can check Surah Naml}

Islamic Facts

* It is said that the Qoum-e-Saba (The Tribe of Saba) was the most powerful tribe that was ever created by Allah swt.  A single human of that tribe was equivalent to 100s of ours in strength. This was the reason that after receiving the letter they decided to fight but were dissuaded by Hazrat Bilquis in one of the most brilliant arguments ever given against a war.

*There are 114 ‘Bismillah…’ in the quran, the one omitted in the Surah Taubah is compensated by the “Bismillah…’ written by Hazrat Sulaiman a.s in the start of letter to Hazrat Bilquis quoted by quran


What A Bargain!

Once our beloved Prophet pbuh was sitting, and a man came to him.
The man said, “Ya RasoolAllah, I have a garden at some place and I wish to erect a wall around it but there’s one problem, there’s a date tree of another Muslim that stands on the proposed plan of the wall. I asked that Muslim to sell me the tree but he refuses to do so.”

The Prophet pbuh called that Muslim, (who actually was a Munafiq) and said, “If you give me that date tree, I promise you a date tree in Jannah, which is so large that under its shade you can walk for 100 years”

The Munafiq declined the offer. In the gathering, listening to this, was Hazrat Abu Dharda ra who asked Prophet pbuh about the offer if he, Abu Dharda ra bought the date tree. The Prophet pbuh replied that he, Abu Dharda ra too will get the same reward.

So, Hazrat Abu Dharda ra went to that Munafiq.

Hazrat Abu Dharda: “Please sell me that date tree.”

Munafiq: “I didn’t sell it to the Prophet pbuh, what makes you think I will sell to you?”

Hazrat: “I’m Abu Dharda. Do you know about my gardens?”

Munafiq: “Who doesn’t know about your beautiful gardens? They’re the largest and most beautiful gardens in whole Madina.”

Hazrat: “Give me that one date tree and all of my gardens belong to you!”

Hearing this, the Munafiq began to laugh. Hazrat told him how serious he was. And soon after the deal, Hazrat rushed to meet the Prophet pbuh.

Seeing Abu Dharda ra, Prophet pbuh said, “Abu Dharda I promised you just one date tree but now, I’m seeing whole of your Jannah full of date trees.”

Hearing this, Abu Dharda ra went home running. He found his wife in the garden and told her about the deal and she replied, “What a bargain!”

She had collected some dates from the garden and presented them to Abu Dharda ra.

Hazrat: “When did you pick them?”
She: “After the Salaah.”

Hazrat Abu Dharda ra threw them back into the garden and said, “The deal took place before the Salaah!”

After this, Hazrat Abu Dharda spent whole of his life in penury.