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					 THE SUCCESS OF
PROPHET SULAIMAN
      (ASW)
 By: Abdulfattah A. Adeyemi
INTRODUCTION
    WHO WAS SOLOMON?

   ONE OF ALLAH’S PROPHETS

   WHO WERE THE PROPHETS?

   DAVID’S HEIR
   WHO WAS SOLOMON? Contd…
      HIS KINGDOM




Kingdom of Israel
The kingdom of Israel reached the
height of its power and included the
most territory under the reign of King
David (1000–961 bc). Its borders
stretched far beyond present-day Israeli
borders and included parts of what is
now Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt.
    WHO WAS SOLOMON? Contd…

   WISDOM FROM CHILDHOOD

   SOLOMON AND THE TRIAL

   SOLOMON AND THE SPECIAL
    PRAYER
SOLOMON AND ALLAH’S
BOUNTIES
   CONROL OF THE WIND

(Q21: 81)
(It was Our power that made) the violent (unruly)
   wind flow (tamely) for Solomon to his order to
   the land which We had blessed: for We do know
   all things.

Q34: 12
And to Solomon (We made) the Wind (obedient):
  its early morning (stride) was a month's
  (journey) and its evening (stride) was a month's
  (journey);
SOLOMON AND ALLAH’S
BOUNTIES (contd…)
   CONTROL OVER IRON

(Q34: 12)
and We made a Font of molten brass to flow for him;

   CONTROL OF JINNS

(Q34: 12 - 13)
and there were Jinns that worked in front of him by the leave of his
  Lord and if any of them turned aside from Our command We made
  Him taste of the Penalty of the Blazing Fire.
They worked for him as he desired (making) Arches Images Basins as
  large as Reservoirs and (cooking) Cauldrons fixed (in their places):
  "Work ye sons of David with thanks! But few of My servants are
  grateful!"
SOLOMON AND ALLAH’S
BOUNTIES (contd…)
   SOLOMON AND THE ANTS

   UNDERSTOOD THE SPEECH OF BIRDS
    AND OTHER ANIMALS
SOLOMON AND ALLAH’S
BOUNTIES (contd…)
   SOLOMON AND THE HOOPOE
            Hoopoe in Natural
            Habitat
            Upupa epops Reaching 30
            cm (12 in) in length, the
            hoopoe has a fan-shaped
            crest and vivid black-and-
            white striped tail and
            wings. This elaborately
            decorated bird from
            southern Europe, Asia, and
            southern Africa spends its
            days probing the soil for
            insects and grubs.
            Although timid, the hoopoe
            can elude most birds of
            prey. The bird’s nest is easy
            to identify by its foul-
            smelling accumulation of
            faecal matter.
SOLOMON AND ALLAH’S
BOUNTIES (contd…)
   SOLOMON AND QUEEN BILKIS OF
    SHEBAH (SABAH)




                Queen of Sheba
                The Queen of Sheba, who figures in biblical,
                Islamic, and Ethiopian tradition, is shown
                here on her way to visit King Solomon in
                Jerusalem. This illustration by Edmund
                Dulac is from the early 20th century.
QUEEN BILKIS OF SHEBAH
(SABAH)
(Q27: 32 - 34)
She said: "Ye chiefs! advise me in (this) my affair: no
  affair have I decided except in your presence."
They said: "We are endued with strength and given
  to vehement war: but the command is with thee;
so consider what thou wilt command."
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.
    The character of Queen Bilqis, as
    disclosed here, is that of
   She has the discrimination to see that Solomon is not
    like ordinary kings who conquer by violence.
   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.
   In Bilqis we have a picture of womanhood, gentle,
    prudent, and able to tame the wider passions of her
    subjects.
 PROPHET SULAIMAN (ASW)

 ISSUES   IN HIS LIFE

 HIS   DEATH
      WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM
       SULAIMAN’S SUCCESS
   GRATITUDE TO ALLAH:                the word “Alamdulillah” was
    always on his lips in appreciation of Allah’s bounties and favours.
   KINDNESS (THE ANT’S TESTIMONY): -                      The ants
    proved he was not a tyrant; he would not step on them knowingly.
    Let even the meanest of your subordinates testify to your mercy
    and kindness.
   SUPPLICATION: -          Still called on Allah in all circumstance. He
    prayed to be given the grace of gratitude: if Allah grants you, you
    are sure of an increase.
   CLOSENESS TO ALLAH: -               His wealth, knowledge and
    power did not turn him away from Allah as is the case with some
    wealthy ones who are too ‘busy’ to serve Allah and to associate with
    the believers.
   SUCCESS: -       Indeed the true success is that of this world and
    the hereafter.
      WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM
       SULAIMAN’S SUCCESS
   WISDOM - The greatest gift anyone can ever have. A gift for all
    the Prophets and great men in history. A tool for da’wah,
    indispensable in maintaining justice.
   KNOWLEDGE - He learnt! you don’t inherit knowledge if you
    do not seek it.
   FAMILY BACKGROUND - Things he learnt from his father;
    he got the best of legacies and he made use of his opportunities.
   COURAGE - he ventured and advanced for excellence. Gifts,
    knowledge and wisdom do not come to those perpetually in their
    comfort zone.
   EXPERTISE/CONFIDENCE – He was sure and aware of his
    gifts, hence his responsibilities, and gratitude to Allah.
   JUSTICE
   GENEROUSITY

				
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