THE PROPHET SULAYMAN WAS GIVEN AN UNPRECEDENTED SKILL
THE PROPHET SULAYMAN WAS TAUGHT HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH BIRDS
THE PROPHET SULAYMAN COMMUNICATES WITH A FEMALE ANT
GOOD NEWS FOR THE ENDTIMES

SIMILARITIES BETWEEN MAHDI’S TIME AND THE TIMES OF THE PROPHETS SULAYMAN AND DHU’L-QARNAYN

Mahdi’s Worldwide Rule
Mahdi’s Rare and Noble Knowledge Bestowed Upon the Prophets Sulayman And Dhu’l-Qarnayn
Their Love for Animals
Their Support for Peace and Preference for Diplomacy
Their resolution to urge people to religious morality and their quick action
Importance Placed on Construction Projects
Their Using Wealth and Splendor for Islam’s Benefit and Allah’s Blessing

SIGNS FROM THE PROPHET SULAYMAN’S LIFE

THE PROPHET SULAYMAN WAS GIVEN AN UNPRECEDENTED SKILL

Sulayman said, ‘My Lord, forgive me and give me a kingdom the like of which will never be granted to anyone after me.Truly You are the Ever-Giving.’
(Surah Sad: 35)

Allah responded to the Prophet Sulayman’s prayers by giving him great blessings and knowledge. Allah bestowed upon him a magnificent dominion and powerful authority. In the verses of the Qur’an telling of the Prophet Sulayman’s life many details are offered about his wealth, authority and the way in which he used his knowledge.

THE PROPHET SULAYMAN WAS TAUGHT HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH BIRDS

Allah taught the Prophet Sulayman the language of birds, and he used this knowledge to form a division of his army where only this bird language was spoken. The Prophet Sulayman communicated with birds and ruled them they way he saw fit. This situation occurred as a result of Allah’s compassion.

Sulayman was Dawud’s heir. He said, ‘Mankind! we have been taught the speech of birds and we have been given everything. This is indeed clear favour.’
(Surat an-Naml: 16)

We can derive important conclusions from this account.

- Birds have a special way of communicating with each other on a frequency beyond the range of human hearing. The Prophet Sulayman was given a special skill which allowed him to understand this language. This might have happened through a technological innovation.

- Using this skill (understanding communication in different frequencies), the Prophet Sulayman gave orders to the birds, so they might have fulfilled his orders. (Allah knows what is best.)

- The Prophet Sulayman used birds sometimes to send news and sometimes to collect intelligence, and this method was very successful. His knowledge made it easier for him to communicate with other countries and effectively brought distant lands within his reach.

Birds lack vocal cords. In order to produce sounds, birds send vibrations into their voice box (syrinx). The more muscles are connected to this box, the wider variety of sounds the bird can produce. For example, nightingales have a great many muscles connected to their voice box, and so can produce a multitude of different sounds. Communication is very important for birds, especially in environments where visibility is limited such as forests, fields and swamps. Birds communicate with each other by making sounds that resemble singing, screaming, tapping or drum-like noises. Each bird species has its own distinctive songs, and some species have more than a dozen. Others can imitate the songs of other species or even those of people.

- The below verse might be drawing our attention to technological advances that will be used in the endtimes. Perhaps it is actually speaking not of birds, but rather of unmanned aircraft in use today.


...And He creates other things you do not know.

(Surat an-Nahl: 8)

- The Prophet Sulayman also placed transmitters on the birds to receive intelligence about his enemies. This way he obtained both audio and visual records, which he used in many different ways in ruling his nation.

- The Prophet Sulayman also had great control over jinns and devils. In the verse 12 of the Surah Saba , Allah said, “And some of the jinns worked in front of him by his Lord’s permission. ...” Verse 82 of the Surat al-Anbiya also says, “And some of the shaytans dived for him and did other things apart from that. And We were watching over them.” If we think about this aspect, the birds might symbolize an army of jinns.

THE LANGUAGE WHICH BIRDS USE TO COMMUNICATE

Birds have their own language, and they use their voices in a very specialized manner. Birds communicate by using frequencies such as the UV-A wavelength. We cannot perceive these sounds as their frequencies are beyond the range of our hearing. Birds are able to recognize their offspring, parents and mates through the distinctive voices of each. They use this language to tell other birds to flock together and warn each other about various threats. They are able to very quickly change their communication frequencies to convey information.

- Another possibility is that the birds mentioned in this verse are led by jinns. The Prophet Sulayman might have commanded birds and made them perform all sorts of tasks through using jinns.

- Allah made the Qur’an, the holy book of mankind until Doomsday. Thus, incidents similar to those related in the Prophet Sulayman’s account might occur in the endtimes. These verses might signal to us that during the endtimes, Allah might place sheytans and jinns at humanity’s beck and call. This story might also be meant to tell us that humanity will use and benefit greatly from advanced technology in the endtimes. (Allah knows what is best.)

Ultrasonic and transonic sounds are beyond the range of the human ear. Many birds, insects, rodents, rats, dogs, cats and raccoons can hear these very high frequencies and thus communicate with each other. However, people are unable to hear these sounds and so cannot understand the communication taking place among other creatures. But these verses tell us that Allah gave the Prophet Sulayman the knowledge and technology to interpret these sounds.

THE PROPHET SULAYMAN COMMUNICATES WITH A FEMALE ANT

They finally arrived in an ant valley. A female ant said: “Ants! enter your dwellings so that Sulayman and his troops do not crush you unwittingly.” (Surah an-Naml: 18)

This verse can be interpreted in the following ways:

- The female ant understood that those coming into the valley were the Prophet Sulayman’s army. Such a recognition is highly aware. The ants in this valley talk to each other and are fully conscious of what is happening around them. Therefore these ants might be a completely different society. This conscious act makes us think that they could actually be jinns. (Allah knows what is best.)

- Moreover, here we are talking not about just any ant. These are the ants that live in the Ant Valley. This makes it more likely that they are in fact jinns.

Everything in the heavens and every creature on the earth prostrates to Allah, as do the angels. They are not puffed up with pride. They fear their Lord above them and do everything they are ordered to do. (Surat an-Nahl: 49-50)

(Sulayman) smiled, laughing at its words, and said, “My Lord, keep me thankful for the blessing You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and keep me acting rightly, pleasing You, and admit me, by Your mercy, among Your slaves who are salihun.” (Surat an-Naml: 19)

- The Prophet Sulayman was able to hear the speech of ants, and this point to the existence of advanced computer technology.

- Today, California’s Silicon Valley is known as the capital of the technological world. It is very curious that the account of the Prophet Sulayman speaks of the Ant Valley. Allah might be pointing to an advanced technology that will appear in the endtimes.

- Moreover, ants and other insects are used extensively in high technology. Robot projects developed through close study of these creatures have served to advance a number of fields, including technology and the defense industry. The verse might be pointing to this fact as well.

In 1950, California’s Silicon Valley was founded by Stanford University on a 4,000-square-kilometer area, spurred by the desire of a group of American scholars to pool their knowledge and experience and move into international markets. Some 8,000 companies specializing in communication technology, information and high-tech fields gathered in this area. Currently, about 300,000 scientists who are experts in their fields, engineers and researchers are employed in Silicon Valley as part of a mission to develop high-tech products. A large chunk of the world’s technological developments get their start in Silicon Valley.

GOOD NEWS FOR THE ENDTIMES

This dominion over the world that occurred during the lives of the Prophets Sulayman and Dhu’l-Qarnayn is good news indeed for all the Muslims of the world. These stories contain significant signs for the endtimes. Truly, Muslims who carefully preserve Allah’s limits, work hard to spread Islamic morality worldwide and refuse to shrink in the face of hardships will prevail in all eras of history. Allah will always be behind them with His help and support. The Prophets Sulayman and Dhu’l-Qarnayn , due to their above-mentioned abilities (and of course many other blessings of Allah), exercised a strong dominion in the world. This same dominion will certainly happen during the endtimes.

The great dominion of Islamic morality, as we earlier emphasized, was defined through some similar incidents during the dominion of the Prophets Sulayman and Dhu’l-Qarnayn . Some of these are as follows:

Mahdi (the rightly guided) will rule the world like the Prophet Dhu’l-Qarnayn and the Prophet Sulayman. (El Kavlul Muhtasar fi' 'Alamatil Mahdiy-il Muntazar, p. 29)

The Earth has four kings. Two of them are from believers, the Prophet Dhu’l-Qarnayn and the Prophet Sulayman. The other two are from the nonbelievers Nemrut and Buhtunnasr. The fifth king to rule the world will be from the people of the House (ahli bayt). In other words, Mahdi will be the ruler.
(Mektubat-i Rabbani, 2/1163)

SIMILARITIES BETWEEN MAHDI’S TIME AND THE TIMES OF THE PROPHETS SULAYMAN AND DHU’L-QARNAYN

Mahdi is the rebirth of noble ethics of the Prophets Sulayman and Dhu’l-Qarnayn in the endtimes, but on a different and larger scale. Spiritual, rational, social and mental manifestations of the Prophets Sulayman and Dhu’l-Qarnayn ’s noble ethics will reappear in the endtimes.

The eras of Mahdi and the Prophets Sulayman and Dhu’l-Qarnayn are times when noble Islamic morality is practiced widely on earth. Allah praises all three of these eras. The Qur’an also discusses the periods of Buhtunasr, Nemrut and Pharaoh, which are times of wickedness and unbelief. Immediately after these evil periods, Allah made Islamic morality prevail. Similarly, our Lord will offer a time ruled by Islamic morality in the endtimes. This is called the Golden Age.

This Golden Age will be a grander reflection of the Prophet Sulayman and Dhu’l-Qarnayn ’s times. In other words, Mahdi means the prevalence of peace, happiness, love, brotherhood, graciousness, sacrifice, humane behavior and the spirit of cooperation.

Here are some examples of the similarities between the Prophets Sulayman and Dhu’l-Qarnayn ’s times and the Golden Age.

Mahdi’s Worldwide Rule

As was stated earlier, the Prophets Sulayman and Dhu’l-Qarnayn made Islamic morality rule the world. They ruled wide territories and possessed very powerful armed forces. This shows a similarity to the endtimes.

During the Golden Age, Islamic morality will also rule the world. People will convert to Islam in great numbers, while ideologies that deny Allah will wither away and Islam will be practiced as it was in the time of our Prophet Mohammed. Some of the stories describe the Golden Age as follows:

Mahdi will own the entire world. (Kitab-ul Burhan fi-Alamet-il Mahdiyy-il Ahir Zaman, p. 10)

Mahdi will invade all the places between East and West. (El Kavlu’l Muhtasar fi' 'Alamat-il Mahdiyy-il Muntazar, p. 56)

Mahdi’s Rare and Noble Knowledge Bestowed Upon the Prophets Sulayman And Dhu’l-Qarnayn

Earlier we mentioned about the knowledge Allah bestowed upon the Prophet Sulayman. Through the grace of Allah, he ruled jinns and devils, spoke with the birds, heard the communication of ants, and used wind and copper as he wished. Each one of these skills separates the Prophet Sulayman from ordinary people. An account in the Qur’an about the Prophet Dhu’l-Qarnayn says,Our knowledge encompasses all that happened to him. (Surah Kahf: 91) The Prophet Dhu’l-Qarnayn was one of the people blessed by knowledge.

Mahdi will also have certain special skills like those given to these two blessed figures. In his book entitled Mevzuatu’s ulum (11/246), Taskopruluzade Ahmet Efendi wrote that Mahdi will possess the science of Cifr. Another story says about Mahdi:

He is called Mahdi because he is given guidance for a situation unknown to anyone. (Kitab-ul Burhan Fi Alamet-il Mahdiyy-il Ahir Zaman, p. 77)

Our Prophet Mohammed said that Mahdi will understand the language of animals just like the Prophet Sulayman and again just like him, Mahdi will have dominion over people and jinns.

Mahdi is a person who speaks the language of birds and other animals. Therefore his justice will manifest itself over all people and jinns. (Signs of the Endtimes, p. 188)

Their Love for Animals

The Qur’an gives us important information through its account of the Prophet Sulayman’s love and affection for animals. Earlier, we had told about his love for horses and his taking care not to hurt ants.

During the Golden Age, love for animals will be encouraged. In stories about the Prophet Mohammed, it says that during the Golden Age, there will be environments in which every animal can be seen, touched and petted. Some of these stories are:

... He will say to the sheep to go to the pasture and eat, the animals will pass through the crops but will not eat even a single stalk of wheat. Snakes and scorpions will not hurt anyone, and wild animals will sit at our doors but not harm anyone. (Signs of the Endtimes, p. 245)

Snakes will get along with children, cows will get along with lions. (El Kavlu’l Muhtasar, p. 64)

As we can see from these accounts, another similarity between the Golden Age and Sulayman’s era is dominion over the animals. The Prophet Sulayman established dominion over various animals, especially birds. Similarly, in the Golden Age, there will be such a dominion over even wild animals that they will not pose any threat to people.


Our Word was given before to Our slaves, the Messengers, that they would certainly be helped.
It is Our army which will be victorious.
(Surat as-Saffat : 171-173)

Their Support for Peace and Preference for Diplomacy

We stressed earlier that the Prophet Sulayman was very peace loving, tolerant and forgiving in his relations with neighboring countries. He preferred to solve problems through diplomacy and used democratic means. The Prophet Sulayman, during his time, created a very superior culture and strengthened his dominion through diplomacy, art and culture. Despite his irresistible, overwhelmingly powerful armies, he never used his military power. The Prophet Dhu’l-Qarnayn was also known as the “person who prevents strife and disorder.” He was a leader who brought peace and calm to people. Therefore the times of the Prophets Sulayman and Dhu’l-Qarnayn look strikingly similar to the Golden Age.

In the Golden Age, people will become Muslims out of their own will, and Islamic morality will prevail the world over without any wars. The stories about this age say:

No one will be woken up from their sleep, no one will have a bleeding nose.
(El Kavlu’s Muhtasar fi' 'Alamatil Mahdiyy-il Muntazar, p. 42)

Mahdi will follow the way of the Prophet, he will not wake up a sleeping person, he will not shed blood. (Signs of the Endtimes, p. 163)

As these stories tell it, Mahdi will bring Islamic morality and peace to the entire world and shun war and violence. Mahdi will work to begin a cultural transformation and lead people towards the moral code of Islam. During that time, with Allah’s permission, the below suras will become evident:

When Allah’s help and victory have arrived and you have seen people entering Allah’s deen in droves, then glorify your Lord’s praise and ask His forgiveness.He is the Ever-Returning.
(Surat an-Nasr: 1-3)

Their resolution to urge people to religious morality and their quick action

The Prophet Sulayman’s quick, rational decisions are an important example for all believers. The letters he wrote to the inhabitants of Saba urging them to start believing in God showed his power of communication. His bringing the queen of Saba’s throne by using a knowledgeable person proved his power for quick decision-making. The Prophet Dhu’l-Qarnayn ’s decision to build a strong wall – so strong that it would last until Doomsday – against the attacks of the Yajuj and Majuj tribes show his power and rationality. The Golden Age will witness very similar events.

During the Golden Age, people will turn their faces to Islam and there will be wide-ranging, sweeping activities toward this end. All societies, one after another, will adopt Islamic morality, and nay-saying ideologies will be wiped away through quick and lasting action. All cruel systems will be buried in the sands of time. In the words of renowned Islamic theologian Muhyiddin Arabi:

Allah will give so much power to Mahdi, he will remove cruelty from the world overnight , religion will be established, Islam will be revived, Mahdi will restore lost value to it, it will come to life after its apparent demise … Ignorant people, misers and cowards alike will be very knowledgeable, generous and brave. … They will practice religion as in the time of Prophet Mohammed…. (Muhyiddin Arabi el-Endulusu, Futuhat-ul Mekkiye, Bab 66, Signs of the Endtimes, p. 186)

Importance Placed on Construction Projects

We knowthat the Prophet Sulayman focused on construction projects. He built towers, statues, bowls and cauldrons by using the jinis and devils who did his bidding. Everybody who saw his splendid palace, especially the queen of Sabac, greatly admired this building. The technology employed during the construction of the wall built by the Prophet Dhu’l-Qarnayn was so advanced that it cannot be destroyed save if Allah wills it so.

In the accounts of Prophet Mohammed, we are told that construction works will be important during the Golden Age. During this age, peace, tranquility and a very developed civilization will be brought to cities. One of these stories is as follows:

Mahdi works in the construction of Konstantiniyye and other places. (El Kavlu’l Muhtasar fi' 'Alamatil Mahdiyy-il Muntazar, p. 40)

Their Using Wealth and Splendor for Islam’s Benefit and Allah’s Blessing

The Prophet Sulayman used his wealth in the best way to explain Allah’s religion and spread Islamic morality to the world. In the countries he invaded, he first called on people to believe in Allah and salvation. The letter which he sent to Saba inviting her people to Islam is powerful testimony of that. The Prophet Dhu’l-Qarnayn also had strong dominion, as is seen in this sura: He said, ‘The power my Lord has granted me is better than that. Just give me a strong helping hand and I will build a solid barrier between you and them. (Surah Kahf: 95). He used his great power to prevent disorder on earth.

During the Golden Age, people will enjoy great wealth, prosperity and peace. Mahdi will use all his wealth to spread Allah’s religion to the world, and he will follow noble morality and the dictates of peace in the countries he invades. His unparalleled practices will soften people’s hearts and lead them to Islamic morality, and within a very short time, this morality will rule the world. Some of the accounts concerning this time are as follows:

There will be a Mahdi among people, Allah will send him to make people rich. People will have comfort and good fortune, animals will have plenty to eat, and the soil will bring forth plants…(Kitab-ul Burhan fi' 'Alamat-il Mahdiyy-il, Endtimes, p. 15)

…..Before allegiance, people will flock to it and everyone who goes there will enjoy the divine plenty. (El Kavlu’l Muhtasar Fi Alamet’I Mahdiyy’il Muntazar, p. 25)