Tafsir of Ayahs 30 and 31 of Surah Al-Naml

Q 7: What is the Tafsir (explanation/exegesis) of the following Ayah (Qur’anic verse) of Surah Al-Naml (the meanings of which are translated as), "Verily it is from Sulaimân (Solomon), and verily, it (reads): In the Name of Allâh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful: "Be you not exalted against me, but come to me as Muslims (true believers who submit to Allâh with full submission).’ " ?


A: Sulayman (peace be upon him) wrote a message and sent it to Bilqis (the Queen of Saba (or Sheba) in Yemen, who ruled during the lifetime of Prophet Sulayman. She and her people were sun worshippers) and to her people with a hoopoe. He ordered the hoopoe to throw the message to them and observe their reaction. The hoopoe reached their land and threw the message to Bilqis in which was written: In the Name of Allâh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. "Be you not exalted against me, but come to me as Muslims (true believers who submit to Allâh with full submission).’ " She was so filled with awe and wonder by the impressing message thrown that she summoned the dignitaries of her people to discuss it. She told them of the great, honorable, and sublime message sent informing them of the sender. She then read it: "Verily it is from Sulaimân (Solomon), and verily, it (reads): In the Name of Allâh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful: "Be you not exalted against me, but come to me as Muslims (true believers who submit to Allâh with full submission).’ " (Part No. 4; Page No. 348) That is, do not be haughty or arrogant but willingly come in obedience and submission to Allah alone in deep and sincere belief in His Oneness.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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