Hafiz Ibn Kathir: Asif and the throne of Bilqis

September 14, 2012

Hafiz Ibn Kathir (may Allah have mercy on him) writes in his tafsir: “They [the commentators of the Qur’an] have mentioned that he [Asif] asked him [Sayyiduna Sulayman – may peace be upon him] to see towards Yemen where the said throne was. Then, he [Asif] stood up, performed wudu and invoked to Allah saying, according to Mujahid, “O The Lord of Majesty and the Lord of Honor!”, while according to Imam al-Zuhri, he said: “O My God and the God of everything, the One God, there is no God but You, bring to me her throne” he said, “so it appeared before him”. Mujahid, Sa’id bin Jubayr, Muhammad bin Ishaq, Zuhayr bin Muhammad and others have said that when he invoked Allah and asked to Him to bring the throne of Bilqis from Yemen while Sayyiduna Sulayman was in Bayt al-Muqaddas, the throne disappeared and went inside the earth and then sprang up before Sayyiduna Sulayman (may peace be upon him).”