027 - Soorah an-Naml - (The Ants) - [Makkee]
[027:023] "I found a woman ruling over them, she has been given all things that could be possessed by any ruler of the earth, and she has a great throne.
[027:024] "I found her and her people worshipping the sun instead of Allâh, and Shaitân (Satan) has made their deeds fair-seeming to them, and has barred them from (Allâh's) way, so they have no guidance."
[027:025] [As Shaitân (Satan) has barred them from Allâh's way] so they do not worship (prostrate themselves before) Allâh, Who brings to light what is hidden in the heavens and the earth, and knows what you conceal and what you reveal. (Tafsir At-Tabarî)
[027:026] Allâh, Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Lord of the Supreme Throne!
[027:027] [Sulaimân (Solomon)] said: "We shall see whether you speak the truth or you are (one) of the liars.
[027:028] "Go you with this letter of mine and deliver it to them, then draw back from them and see what (answer) they return."
[027:029] She said: "O chiefs! Verily, here is delivered to me a noble letter,
[027:030] "Verily, it is from Sulaimân (Solomon), and verily, it (reads): In the Name of Allâh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful;
[027:031] "Be you not exalted against me, but come to me as Muslims (true believers who submit to Allâh with full submission)."'
[027:032] She said: "O chiefs! Advise me in (this) case of mine. I decide no case till you are present with me (and give me your opinions)."
[027:033] They said: "We have great strength, and great ability for war, but it is for you to command; so think over what you will command."
[027:034] She said: "Verily, kings, when they enter a town (country), they despoil it and make the most honourable amongst its people the lowest. And thus they do.
[027:035] "But verily, I am going to send him a present, and see with what (answer) the messengers return."
* (V.27:26) Prostration (see the List of Prostration Places at the end).