King Solomon and the Ants in the Quran:
The story of King Solomon and the antis mentioned in chapter 27:18-19.
These two verses illustrate that: 1) The hearing power of King Solomon was unique, 2) The ants are rational creatures, 3) The ants have speech and communicate with each other, 4) The ants are very caring creatures, 5) The ants live in dwelling places and they have homes, 6) The ants live in a society, 7) The workers in the ants society are females! And 8) King Solomon had mercy and he always was observing his Lord!
Surah (Chapter) 27:18-19
18] Till, when they came (King Solomon and his unique Hosts) to the valley of the ants, one of the ants said: ‘ o ye ants, go into your dwellings lest Solomon and hosts crush you (under foot) while they do not know. ‘
19] He (King Solomon) smiled, and laughed at its words, and said: ‘ o my lord! Grant me that I should be grateful for your blessing with which you have blessed me and my parents and that I may work the righteousness that will please you: and admit me, by your grace, to the ranks of your righteous servants.”
When King Solomon and his hosts came to the Valley of the Ants, an ant, who had seen Solomon’s hosts, said, ‘O ants, enter your dwellings, lest Solomon and his hosts crush you while they are unaware!’
The verse indicates that the ants are likened to rational beings in their use of the latter’s speech. Modern sciences support this fact; However, Scientists up to the moment do not discover and analyze the Ants’ speech!
Whereat he, Solomon, smiled at the ant’s words, which he had heard from about three miles away and which was carried to him as sound’s waves by the winds.
The sight is that King Solomon and his hosts were going to a certain place, and then he heard the speech of the ant! The verse then indicates that the hearing power of King Solomon was unique and ultra-sharp. And remember that He heard the speech of the ant while there was a great noise of the movement of his huge and unique hosts.
This great noise of his hosts which consisted of cavalry and infantry does not prevent him from hearing the speech of an ant that was about three miles away.
When he was on the verge of [entering] the Valley of the Ants, he [King Solomon] made his hosts halt until they [the ants] had entered their dwellings. And he said, ‘My Lord, inspire me to be thankful for Your grace wherewith You have favored me and my parents and to do good that will please You, and include me, by Your mercy, among Your righteous servants’, the prophets and saints.
It is very amazing that the Quran declares that:
1) The ants are rational creatures, 2) the ants have speech and communicate with each other, 3) the ants are very caring creatures, 4) the ants live in dwelling places and they have homes, 5) the ants live in a society, 6) the ants live in a society, 7) the workers in the ants society are females and 8) King Solomon had mercy and he always was observing his Lord!
King Solomon and the Ants in the Bible:
It is King Solomon in the Bible who said in Proverbs 30 that: “The ants are a people not strong”. However, modern sciences say that the Ants are very strong. In comparison to a man (in respect to his size, weight, height etc.), one ant is as powerful as 30 men! There are many verses like that in the Bible that contradict with modern sciences and make the reader suspicious about who wrote the Bible. Indeed, the Lord, the Creator of the ants would not say that the ants are not strong!
Proverbs 30 (King James Version)
24) There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:
25) The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;
26) The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;
27) The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;
28) The spider taketh hold with her hands and is in kings’ palaces.
It is amazing that the Quran declares this unusual information about King Solomon and the Ants that are not mentioned in the Bible. Meanwhile, the Bible says that:” The ants are a people not strong”. A statement that contradicts with the modern sciences!
Back to the main issue of my series of articles; this is my question to you smart readers: “Is the Quran quoted from the Bible?”
By the way, the disbelieved ignorant Arabs stated that the Quran quoted from the Bible more than 1400 years ago! (Read my article about chapter 25).