With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Surah 27 (The Ant)
Sulaiman AS and the people of Saba (Sheba)
“(The Queen of Sheba) said: Kings, when they enter a country, despoil it, and make the noblest of its people its meanest thus do they behave. But I am going to send him a present, and (wait) to see with what (answer) return (my) ambassadors. Now when (the embassy) came to Solomon, he said: Will ye give me abundance in wealth? But that which Allah has given me is better than that which He has given you! Nay it is ye who rejoice in your gift!”
Sulaiman AS sent a letter inviting the Queen of Sheba to Islam. Knowing how corrupt many kings were and not knowing Sulaiman, she sent him a gift as a test and to find out his true intentions. These verses clearly show that he considered his wealth as a means to an end(to benefit society)and not an end in itself. Unlike the current leaders of Muslim countries he was the master of wealth and not its slave.
Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…