THAT WHICH IS MORE PRECIOUS THAN WEALTH AND ROYALTY
Allāh Subḥānahū subjected the mountains and birds to the command of Dāwūd (‘alayhis salām), and He subjected the wind to the command of Sulaymān (‘alayhis salām). He would cover long distances in a short time.
When Sulaymān (‘alayhis salām) wanted to go for an expedition, a vast wooden platform was laid on the ground, and he and his army would stand on it after loading their weapons and animals. With the command of Sulaymān (‘alayhis salām), the wind would lift them and take them wherever he wanted.
Another blessing Sulaymān (‘alayhis salām) was bestowed by Allāh Ta‘ālā was that the wind would convey speeches of people to Sulaymān (‘alayhis salām).
One day, a farmer saw Sulaymān (‘alayhis salām) travelling in the sky with his troops and watched them in astonishment, saying: “What a great wealth and royalty Allāh Ta‘ālā blessed the family of Dāwūd!” On hearing these words, Sulaymān (alayhis salām) landed near the farmer and advised him: “I landed here to give you this advice: Do not yearn to possess what you cannot handle. By Allāh, one accepted tasbīh (saying Subḥānallāh) is superior to all the worldly blessings given to the family of Dāwūd.”
A WITTY REMARK: I CARRY IT TO BE SEEN!
One night, a man goes out of his house and sees his blind neighbour, carrying a torch in his hand and a clay jug on his shoulder. He asks his neighbour: “You are a blind person. Night and daytime are the same for you. Why are you carrying a torch?”
His neighbour replies: “I’m carrying it in case people do not see me in the dark and bump into me.”