Quran 27:18-19 Solomon and Ants

027.018 At length, when they came to a (lowly) valley of ants, one of the ants said: “O ye ants, get into your habitations, lest Solomon and his hosts crush you (under foot) without knowing it.”
027.019 So he smiled, amused at her speech; and he said: “O my Lord! so order me that I may be grateful for Thy favours, which thou hast bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may work the righteousness that will please Thee: And admit me, by Thy Grace, to the ranks of Thy righteous Servants.”


Note that the Ant didn’t talk to Solomon but to her companions and warns them that they should protect themselves. It is a scientific fact that Ants communicate through chemicals called pheromones, but they also possess anatomical apparatus for producing sounds. Scientists have recorded signals that are believed to correspond to distress and attack in addition to an “all’s well” signal. Since God knows the speech of his creation, this is what He is reporting. Also note that God confirms that Solomon was given certain talents, miracles, if you will, which were not given to other people. And it is typical of Quran that anything that is out of the ordinary is mentioned as such, which is not the case with sacred scriptures of other religions. In other words, Solomon was able to hear this sound and who does he talk to? Certainly not to the Ant but to God Himself.


13 thoughts on “Quran 27:18-19 Solomon and Ants

  1. jenifer June 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm Reply

    hahahaha what a nonsense. if anyone believe on this stuff, they are fools. muslims are fools.

    • sincereadvisor June 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm Reply

      In what way are they fools? You didn’t explain. What’s your religion?

      • sincereadvisor December 17, 2012 at 5:20 am

        It’s not just in Quran. There are many Jewish legends which claim that Solomon had magical powers. Why is it hard to believe? If Solomon could hear the ant’s speech, why can’t the ant hear Solomon and know his name? What is being reported is certainly miraculous, and that is why it is being mentioned! It it were just an ordinary thing, why would Quran report it?

    • Abdul Ahad Malhi June 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm Reply

      Am I fool for believing in expansion of the Universe too? “And it is We Who have constructed the heaven with might, and verily, it is We Who are steadily expanding it. (Qur’an, 51:47)” and Embryonic stages of development too and so much more? http://www.islam-guide.com/ch1-1-a.htm

  2. Herman November 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm Reply

    The foolishness lies in this part: “Solomon was given certain talents, miracles, if you will, which were not given to other people”
    Solomon was given magical powers to understand ant language. MUHAMMAD NEVER CLAIMED SUCH MAGICAL POWER FOR HIMSELF, but instead, for someone who had been dead for a long time. Therefore, Solomon could not deny that he was given magical powers. Muhammad never claimed to have the ability to communicate with animals, because then, one of his followers might ask him, “what did that camel just say?”
    Additional foolishness is found in the part where the ant knows Solomon BY HIS NAME. Now how did the ant know that the man before her was Solomon? Had they been formally introduced to each other earlier?

  3. Herman December 18, 2013 at 11:14 pm Reply

    sincereadvisor, the foolishness wasn’t just that Muhammad declared that an ant knew Solomon by his name, but it was also his “revelation” that a hoopoe bird returning from a spying mission reported his findings to Solomon. You of course believe all this, since at this point in your life you choose to believe whatever Muhammad tells you to believe.
    Now, if I were to tell you “The God of the Universe informs me that a donkey told Einstein, ‘Einstein, you are a fine fellow!'”, would you believe me? No, you would use your brain. But with Muhammad you throw your logic out the window.
    Sadly too, sincereadvisor, your savage god makes clear that he intends to viciously burn those who do not believe Muhammad’s revelations (see, for example, Koran 4:56). You approve of people being tortured simply because they do not believe Muhammad and his silly revelations.
    Muhammad has succeeded in warping your mind.

  4. sincereadvisor December 19, 2013 at 4:30 am Reply

    Well, how do YOU know that this ant didn’t know Solomon? Can you read thoughts of an ant? So, you are just basing your argument on an assertion without any evidence to the contrary whatsoever. Now to answer your argument whether I would believe your statement about Einstein, I would say that I won’t. The reason is I don’t know you! People believed Prophet Muhammad because he had never told a lie in his life. They trusted him and believed him when he was chosen as the Messenger of God. And people who came after him believed the Prophet’s companions who knew him, for they knew that these men wouldn’t lie about such a thing, and so it was so on and so forth. That’s how we believe all history.

    Look, miracles do happen, and there is nothing in science that can ever explain that phenomenon. It happened to me! There was a time when I had suddenly gone broke. I had no money and the paycheck was two days away. I was praying at home, not exactly worried since I had enough food, but as I finished my prayers and tried to pick up my prayer rug, ten dollars fell on my prayer rug out of nowhere! I swear to God. And I ended up using that money. There was nobody around. From that point onwards I realized that miracles can and do happen.

  5. Herman December 19, 2013 at 7:19 pm Reply

    Is there a chance that had you not prayed, sincereadvisor, that you still would have found the ten dollars? Think it over.

  6. sincereadvisor December 20, 2013 at 5:08 am Reply

    No. At least not dropping before my eyes out of nowhere.

  7. Melanie Dodge February 23, 2014 at 5:26 am Reply

    There is nothing foolish about the narration, but interpretations can certainly be foolish. In my opinion, it is best when faced with verses that we may doubt to ask if there is any wisdom that may be gleaned from the matter, for which I think the answer here is ‘yes’.

    Foolishness would be dismissing the verse and the book entirely just because the narration of the ant seems unlikely to be a literal history of an actual event. Some verses are just meant to communicate and teach ideas, as I do hope you will understand.

    • sincereadvisor March 5, 2014 at 3:33 am Reply

      What Quran is reporting is a miraculous event, not an everyday occurrence. If you are claiming that miracles don’t happen then I would say that just because there were none in your life, it doesn’t mean that they must all be rejected as false or treated as simply allegorical. Well, a miracle did happen in my life once which no science can ever explain. After that, I started believing in miracles! But most miracles, perhaps not all, exist within the realm of possibility. No, a limb is not going to grow for an amputee. My point was that, yes, ants do emit a sound. If they didn’t, one could easily argue that Quran was totally wrong. Whether Solomon had the extra-ordinary power to hear that low-frequency sound is another matter.

  8. Herman March 27, 2014 at 7:15 pm Reply

    sincereadvisor writes: “Look, miracles do happen, and there is nothing in science that can ever explain that phenomenon. It happened to me!” and “a miracle did happen in my life once.” sincereadvisor infers from this “miracle” that a supernatural entity does indeed exist, and intervened in his favor.
    But sincereavisor, THIS SUPERNATURAL ENTITY, THIS GOD, DOES NOT HAVE TO BE MUHAMMAD’S WICKED GOD!!! That is to say, you can still believe in the supernatural without believing in a god who tortures people with fire, who needs to be praised 5 times a day, who condones slavery, who commands Muslims to fight unbelievers (Koran 9:123), who tells women they are inferior, etc. etc.!!!
    sincereadvisor may well reply, “but I was beseeching Muhammad’s god when (or near) the time the miracle occurred.” This does NOT mean anything. Instead of Muhammad’s god, the true god of the universe [not that I believe there is one] undoubtedly heard you and took pity on you — this you can choose to believe!!

  9. PurpleHammer October 30, 2014 at 11:31 am Reply

    Goddamnit Herman. You have such ridiculous contentions and are so mind-numbingly stupid whenever you reply.

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