( 24 ) I found her and her people prostrating to the sun instead of Allah, and Satan has made their deeds pleasing to them and averted them from [His] way, so they are not guided,
( 25 ) [And] so they do not prostrate to Allah, who brings forth what is hidden within the heavens and the earth and knows what you conceal and what you declare –
( 26 ) Allah – there is no deity except Him, Lord of the Great Throne.”
( 27 ) [Solomon] said, “We will see whether you were truthful or were of the liars.
( 28 ) Take this letter of mine and deliver it to them. Then leave them and see what
( 29 ) She said, “O eminent ones, indeed, to me has been delivered a noble letter.
( 30 ) Indeed, it is from Solomon, and indeed, it reads: ‘In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful,
( 31 ) Be not haughty with me but come to me in submission [as Muslims].’ ”
( 32 ) She said, “O eminent ones, advise me in my affair. I would not decide a matter until you witness [for] me.”
( 33 ) They said, “We are men of strength and of great military might, but the command is yours, so see what you will command.”
( 34 ) She said, “Indeed kings – when they enter a city, they ruin it and render the honored of its people humbled. And thus do they do.
( 35 ) But indeed, I will send to them a gift and see with what [reply] the messengers will return.”