One day, Sulaymaan gathered his army, which had different battalionsof men, jinn, birds, and animals, and marched them to Askalon (inPalestine). While they were passing through a valley, an ant saw theapproaching army and cried out to warn the other ants saying (whatmeans):
"…Enter your dwellings that you not be crushed bySulaymaan and his soldiers while they perceive not."[Quran:27:18]
Sulaymaan hearing the cry of the ant, smiled. He was gladthat the ant knew him to be a Prophet who would not intentionally harmAllaah's creation. He thanked Allaah for saving the ants' lives.Allaah the Almighty narrated (what means
"And gathered forSulaymaan were his soldiers of the jinn and men and birds, andthey were [marching] in rows until, when they came upon thevalley of the ants, an ant said: 'O ants! Enter your dwellings thatyou not be crushed by Sulaymaan and his soldiers while theyperceive not.' So [Sulaymaan] smiled, amused at her speech, andsaid: 'My Lord! Enable me to be grateful for Your favour which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and dorighteousness of which You approve. And admit me by Your mercyinto [the ranks of] Your righteous servants'"[Quran: 27:17-19]
In Jerusalem, on a huge rock, Sulaymaan built a beautiful temple todraw the people to worship Allaah. Today, this building is known as theDome of the Rock. From there, a large band of followers joined Sulaymaanon pilgrimage to the Holy Mosque in Makkah. After they hadcompleted their Hajj, they travelled to Yemen and arrived in the city of Sana'a. Sulaymaan was impressed by the clever method of channelling water all over the cities that the Yemenis deployed. He waskeen to build similar water systems in his own country but did not haveenough springs.He set out to find a hoopoe bird, which could detect water under theground. He sent signals all over for the hoopoe to call on him, but it wasnowhere to be found. In anger, he declared that unless the bird had agood reason for its absence, he would punish it severely. The hoopoe eventually came and explained to Sulaymaan the reasonfor its delay. "I have discovered something of which you are not aware. Ihave come from Sheba (Saba') with important news," said the bird.Sulaymaan became curious, and his anger subsided. The birdcontinued: "Saba' is ruled by a queen who has plenty of everything,including a splendid throne. But in spite of all this wealth, Satan hasentered her heart and the hearts of her people. She rules their mindscompletely. I was shocked to learn that they worship the sun instead of Allaah, the Almighty."