Solomon (a.s.) & His Ring

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

“No jewel surpasses that which Solomon
Wore on his finger.  It was just a stone,
A mere half-dang in weight, but as a seal
Set in his ring, it brought the world to heel.
When he perceived the nature of his rule –
Dependent on the credit of a jewel –
He vowed that no one after him should reign
With such authority, do not again,
‘Dear God,’ I pray, ‘Create such puissant kings;
My eyes have seen the blight their glory brings.
But criticising courts is not my task;
And I return to Solomon’s great seal.’
Although the power it brought the king was real,
Possession of this gem meant that delay
Dogged his advance along the Spirit’s Way –
The other prophet’s entered Paradise
Five hundred years before the king.  This price,
A jewel extracted from great Solomon,
How would it hinder such a dizzy one
As you, dear partridge?  Rise above this greed;
The Simorgh is the only jewel you need.”

Shaykh Farid ad-Din ‘Aththar (q.s.)


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