King Sulaiman PBUH - Wisdom and Cleverness
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Kaan Ya Makaan, Fee Qadeem Al-Zamaan…
There was a Place, in Times of Old…

Where two women were in the forest gathering what livelihood they could. Nearby, their tiny babes were sitting on the grass happily playing some innocent game, when suddenly a wolf appeared. The great beast leapt at the two startled children, snatched one up and disappeared as suddenly as it had come, back into the dark heart of the forest.

Horrified, both women rushed to the remaining child and attempted to pick him up to comfort him. That's when the disagreement began. Each woman claimed that the remaining child was hers and that the child taken by the wolf belonged to the other.

Unable to come to an agreement, the two women went before the local king, Daoud PBUH, and asked him for a ruling. After listening intently to the story, King Daoud PBUH ruled that the eldest of the two women should keep the baby.

As the two women left the king's court, they came across the king's wise young son, Solaiman PBUH. When he asked them what had brought them to court, both women immediately said, "A wolf took her son and now she is trying to steal away mine!"

Solaiman PBUH said to the two women, "Bring me a knife and I will cut the baby in two, it is the only fair thing to do."

Horrified, the youngest woman said softly, "Would you really cut him in two?"

"Aye," said the prince, gravely.

"Please, don't!" the youngest woman said hurriedly, then she added in a sorrowful voice, "I give up any claim to my half of him. He's her son, give him to her."

Hearing the ring of a true mother's sacrifice in the words of the younger woman, Solaiman PBUH corrected her as he gently placed the baby in her arms, "He is your son."

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One day, a farmer came to Solaiman PBUH and said perplexedly, "O' Prophet of God, one of my neighbors is stealing my geese, but I know not which one is the thief."

Solaiman PBUH thought for a moment, then a smile appeared on his face. He raised his voice and called the people in to prayer, and when they were gathered he began to speak to the gathered people.

As he spoke of matters both divine and mundane, he casually said, "And one of you, steals his neighbors geese, then comes here to pray with feathers on his head!"

No sooner did those words leave Solaiman's PBUH mouth, than one of the men in the crowd furtively brushed off the top of his head.

"Take him," called out Solaiman PBUH triumphantly, "for he is your man!"

Gratefully, the farmer took his neighbor to be judged, and reparation was made for the stolen geese.

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  1. Names, Translations and Aliases:
    • Solaiman bin Daoud (aka King Solomon): الملك سليمان بن داؤد عليهما السلام.
    • Daoud (aka King David) PBUH: الملك داؤد عليه السلام.

  1. Al-Bukhari, M. (2004 AD, 1424 H). صحيح البخاري [Sahih Al-Bukhari]. Beirut: Al-Maktaba Al-Assrya. Page 606.
  2. Ibn Al-Jawzi, Jamal Al-Deen. (2011 AD, 1432 H). الأذكياء [The Clever]. Beirut: Dar Al-Kitab Al-Arabi. Page 22-32.

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