027 - Soorah an-Naml - (The Ants) - [Makkee]
[027:014] And they denied them (those Ayāt) wrongfully and arrogantly, though their own selves were convinced thereof [i.e. those (Ayāt) are from Allāh, and Mūsā (Moses) is the Messenger of Allāh in truth, but they disliked to obey Mūsā (Moses), and hated to believe in his Message of Monotheism]. So, see what was the end of the Mufsidūn (disbelievers, evildoers, liars and disobedient to Allāh).
[027:015] And indeed We gave knowledge to Dāwūd (David) and Sulaimān (Solomon), and they both said: "All praise and thanks are Allāh's, Who has preferred us above many of His believing slaves!"
[027:016] And Sulaimān (Solomon) inherited (the knowledge of) Dāwūd (David). He said: "O mankind! We have been taught the language of birds, and on us have been bestowed all things. This, verily, is an evident grace (from Allāh)."
[027:017] And there were gathered before Sulaimān (Solomon) his hosts of jinn and men, and birds, and they all were set in battle order (marching forward).
[027:018] Till, when they came to the valley of the ants, one of the ants said: "O ants! Enter your dwellings, lest Sulaimān (Solomon) and his hosts should crush you, while they perceive not."
[027:019] So he [Sulaimān (Solomon)] smiled, amused at her speech and said: "My Lord! Grant me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favours which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds that will please You, and admit me by Your Mercy among Your righteous slaves."
[027:020] He inspected the birds, and said: "What is the matter that I see not the hoopoe? Or is he among the absentees?
[027:021] "I will surely punish him with a severe torment or slaughter him, unless he brings me a clear reason."
[027:022] But the hoopoe stayed not long, he (came up and) said: "I have grasped (the knowledge of a thing) which you have not grasped and I have come to you from Saba' (Sheba) with true news.
(V.27:19) See the footnote of (V.6:143).