Sunday, August 5, 2007

Slanders Against Sulaiman (AS)

Harun Yahya

“…And those who abuse believing men and women, when they have not merited it, bear the weight of slander and clear wrongdoing.” (Surah al-Ahzab, 3: 58)

Slanders Against Sulaiman (AS)

The Qur’an reveals that Sulaiman (as) possessed great wealth and power. He sought all of his wealth and power so as to remember Allah, and was grateful to Him at all times due to his full awareness that these were a gift and a grace from Him.

Surah al-Baqarah states that those who denied Allah’s book believed in what the satans said to them about Sulaiman’s (as) reign:

"When a messenger comes to them from Allah confirming what is with them, groups of those who have been given the Book disdainfully toss the Book of Allah behind their backs, just as if they did not know. They follow what the satans recited in the reign of Sulaiman. Sulaiman did not become an unbeliever, but the satans did…" (Surah al-Baqarah, 2: 01-102)

Unbelievers, slanderers, and those who seek to compromise believers have invented lies about Sulaiman’s (as) reign. Some historians have recorded that gossip circulated about how Sulaiman (as) had chosen a life of luxury and splendor.

If such lies truly circulated, it is nothing but slanderous gossip, because Sulaiman (as) lived in full awareness that wealth is a gift of Allah and, as His prophet, he was always grateful for what He had bestowed upon him. He always used his wealth and power to do as Allah willed.

The true reason for spreading such malicious gossip is people’s animosity toward religion. Depicting believers and, in particular, prophets as people of weak faith who are obsessed with grandeur and pleasure, as well as causing suspicion about their chastity, is just one method that unbelievers use to prevent people from trusting and hearing the truth. However, Allah has always brought such conspiracies to naught and cleared the names of believers from all accusations of misconduct.

Muslims improve their standing in the Hereafter by being patient in the face of such accusations, and by relying upon and submitting to Allah. Every effort to hurt them is destined to be futile; however, it helps them earn eternal bliss and reward.


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