Tarjumatul Quran - Sura' al-Naml [The Ant]: 28 - 45
Verse 31: It is a subtle point that Prophet Solomon (peace be upon him) wrote an epistle to an idolatress with the words 'In the name of Allah the Gracious the Merciful', this idolatress took the letter in her hand and read it. In Pakistan Cases are filed against Ahmadis merely for the reason that they possess 'In the name of Allah the Gracious the Merciful' in writing or plates with the names of Allah or Quranic verses [inscribed] on them, their Judges should ponder upon these verses which record Prophet Solomon (peace be upon him) writing to an idolatrous nation in the words 'In the name of Allah the Gracious the Merciful'. According to their verdict in this case Prophet Solomon (peace be upon him) should stand as the first criminal. This verse holds the position of an aid for us. Verse 39: From the following verses, it becomes clear that Solomon does not refer to her throne itself. He either means a throne very similar to hers should be manufactured or that a very faithful replica of her throne should be brought to him. Before her intended visit to the court of Solomon, she is given the surprise of finding a throne very similar to her own but in the possession of Solomon. From the verses which follow, the scenario that emerges clearly indicates that each of the nobles of his court wanted the task to be assigned to him, each boasting to perform the task quicker and better than his rivals. Ultimately, when the replica was first presented to him, he praised God for it and issued instructions to modify it further so that it might resemble the Queen of Saba's throne ever more closely and so deflate her pride in possessing a unique throne. The expression نَكِّرُواْ لَهَا عَرۡشَہَا ['The Holy Quran'. al-Naml: 42] clearly supports this meaning and implies that if she saw a throne very similar to her own, she would naturally infer that her own throne was not as unique and special as she thought it was. So the meaning of نَكِّرُو in this context would make her throne seem common-looking. When she actually saw the throne built by Solomon's craftsmen, her response was not that of a Queen who only recently had her own throne stolen, nor that of a Queen who could not recognise her own throne because the craftsmen had worked on it to render it unrecognisable. Her response is simply that of a person who find an article similar to her own. This clearly proves that the scenario we have visualised is more realistic. Verse 45: Clear, high-quality glass, deftly laid can create the impression of water and that is what actually happened. The message delivered to the Queen, who was exceptionally intelligent, was that sometimes things are very different from the impressions they create, and the qualities they reflect, do not belong to them. Similarly, the impression of glory and power created by the sun, does not belong to it but belongs only to the Creator. 29 April 1997. © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2014.
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