Sayyiduna Su layman AND AN ANT
And Sulayman became Dawood’s successor; and he said, ‘O people, we have been taught the language of birds, and have been given from all things; this surely is an evident favour ( of Allah).’
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 19, Surah An-Nam/, Ayah 16)
Likewise, it has been mentioned at another place in the Glorious Quran:
And We made the wind subservient to Sulayman, its morning course equal to a month’s journey and the evening course equal to a month’s journey; and We caused a spring of molten copper to flow for him. And (Allah made subservient to Sulayman) some of the jinns, who worked before him by the command of his Lord; and those among them (the jinns) who turned away from Our command, We shall make them taste the punishment of the Blazing Fire. They would make for him whatever he wished; lofty palaces and statues, bowls as large as big pools, and large cooking pots fixed in their places.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 22, Surah Saba, Ayah 12-13)
It has been narrated that once Sayyiduna Sulayman was passing with all of his armies that consisted of humans as well jinns from the valley of 1
Naml’ situated in Taif or Syria where ants would exist in a large number. The queen of the ants that was female as well as lame warned all ants and said: 10 ants! All of you go in your holes otherwise (Sayyiduna) Sulayman and his army may unknowingly crush you under their feet. Sayyiduna Sulayman heard this speech from a distance of three miles and smiled over it. Therefore, Allah said in the Holy Quran:
Until when they came to the valley of the ants, an ant exclaimed, 0 ants, enter your homes; Sulayman and his armies may not crush you, unknowingly. So he (Sulayman) therefore smilingly laughed at her speech.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 19, Surah An-Namt Ayah 18-19)
From this Quranic event, we may acquire few moral lessons.
1. Listening to the voice of an ant from a distance of three miles is a miracle of Sayyiduna Sulayman and we have also come to know that the hearing and seeing capabilities of Ambiya cannot be compared with the capabilities of ordinary human beings. In fact, all the faculties of Ambiya are stronger than those of the ordinary people.
2. From the speech of the ant, we have also come to know that even ants believe that the companions of any Nabi cannot intentionally oppress anyone because the ant said meaning, that if Sayyiduna Sulayman and his army crush them under their feet,