And gathered for Solomon were his soldiers of the jinn and men and birds, and they were [marching] in rows.
Dan dihimpunkan bagi Nabi Sulaiman bala tenteranya, dari jin dan manusia serta burung; lalu mereka dijaga serta diatur keadaan dan perjalanan masing-masing.
Until, when they came upon the valley of the ants, an ant said, “O ants, enter your dwellings that you not be crushed by Solomon and his soldiers while they perceive not.”
(Maralah angkatan itu) hingga apabila mereka sampai ke “Waadin-Naml”, berkatalah seekor semut: “Wahai sekalian semut, masuklah ke sarang kamu masing-masing, jangan Sulaiman dan tenteranya memijak serta membinasakan kamu, sedang mereka tidak menyedari”.
So [Solomon] smiled, amused at her speech, and said, “My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to do righteousness of which You approve. And admit me by Your mercy into [the ranks of] Your righteous servants.”
Maka tersenyumlah Nabi Sulaiman mendengar kata-kata semut itu, dan berdoa dengan berkata:” Wahai Tuhanku, ilhamkanlah daku supaya tetap bersyukur akan nikmatMu yang Engkau kurniakan kepadaku dan kepada ibu bapaku, dan supaya aku tetap mengerjakan amal soleh yang Engkau redai; dan masukkanlah daku – dengan limpah rahmatMu – dalam kumpulan hamba-hambaMu yang soleh”.
(The Noble Quran; An-Naml: 17-19).
(Allah gifted prophet Sulaiman with the ability to hear and understand these sounds)
The Holy Quran is always in complete agreement with the scientific finidings. This proves that it really revealed from Allah (God).
A report in the science magazine says” Advances in audio technology have enabled scientists to discover that ants routinely talk to each other in their nests.
The findings were reported in the journal Science Hills are alive with the sound of ants — talking to each other – Times Online
Professor Robert Hickling has spent many years in watching insects and recording the sound vibrations they release. Yet, the matter couldn’t be asserted till he was able to record sounds coming from ants. Hisaim was to follow up ants in the field crops; they didn’t find better method than following ants’ sounds.
However, what surprised that scientist is that the sounds frequencies that ants release vary from an ant to another and from ants’ species to another. There are twelve thousand species in the world and the ants’ number on the earth outnumbers human beings’ number. Before these tremendous numbers, researchers stood confused for how they can deal with all these sounds.
Many different sounds of ants could be recorded successfully and these pieces of research was published in Journal of Sound and Vibration magazine in 2006 and it was the first time that man can hear a real sound of ants!
This researcher published a lot of research and the most important one is about the communication among ants under the title “The Analysis of acoustic communication by ants”: in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America magazine.
These researchers showed that ants exceed us at acoustic communication. Scientists expect that ant uses antennas to send and receive acoustic vibrations. The ant amplifies the received signals like the advanced receiving devices Moreover, it removes sounds overlapping , so it makes filtration or clarification to the sound to distinguish it from another. This is a very developed communication system that was unknown to scientists and they only discovered it a few years ago. Yet the Holy Qur’an dealt with that matter and told us that ants speak.
Allah said what means: “Till, when they came to the valley of the ants, one of the ants said: ‘O ants! enter Your dwellings, lest Sulaiman (prophet Solomon) and his hosts crush you, while they perceive not.’ So He [Sulaiman (Solomon)] smiled, amused at her speech.” (The Noble Quran; An-Naml: 18-19). In this verse, there is a clear evidence that ants have a language to understand one another and Allah gifted prophet Sulaiman with the ability to hear and understand these sounds. The scientists attempt to grasp these acoustic signals that ants utter. Yet, they distinguished four different kinds of these sounds after very long years of watching.
Ants use special acoustic signals that release during anger; we find that an ant takes the task of warning, so it releases a call that its mate receives, understands, and responds immediately. Listen to the ant’s voice while it was warning the other ants against a certain danger. (for listening , press here http://home.olemiss.edu/~hickling/alarm.mp3 )
Scientists assert that ants are like us, they perform their tasks efficiently. While working, ants speak to each other and talk like human beings. We have found out that ants organize the process of food collecting and other tasks through certain sounds and instructions it releases and the others hear and respond!
This is the ant’s sound during its normal life and during working, moving and food collecting. (press here http://home.olemiss.edu/~hickling/allswell.mp3)
When an ant attacks a caterpillar, it releases fearful sounds. These sounds were completely unknown and they resemble the human battle .
Listen to this sound of an ant attacking a caterpillar.( press here http://home.olemiss.edu/~hickling/allswell.mp3)
The Phil De Vries discovered that insects release weak acoustic vibrations that ants can distinguish; the aphid, secretes a sugary substance that ants like, this insect releases vibrations during its work that ants pick and consequently rush to their livelihood. Thus acoustic vibrations are tools of communication among insects.
Allah said: “the seven heavens and the earth and all that is herein glorifying Him but there is not a thing but glorifies His Praise but you understand not their glorification. Truly, He is Ever Forbearing, oft-forgiving.” [The Noble QuranAl -Isra:44].
Robert Hickling, one of the notabl researcher , said” ants don’t respond to the human voices nor are they affected by it. But when we direct it to suitable vibrations, it is affected and respond to them. This means that ants have their own language and they are completely like human beings. Here we remember the saying of Glorified Allah “there is not an animal in the earth nor a flying creature on two wings, but they are nations like unto you. We have neglected nothing in the book (of our decrees. Then unto their Lord they will be gathered.” [The Noble Quran; Al-Anam :38].
- The Analogy of the Ant Farm (inspirationalmatters.wordpress.com)
- Questions regarding Sulaiman and the Queen (profundamental.wordpress.com)
- Sulaiman and the Queen Part I (quranistvoices.wordpress.com)