Ayah

قِيلَ لَهَا ٱدۡخُلِى ٱلصَّرۡحَ ۖ فَلَمَّا رَأَتۡهُ حَسِبَتۡهُ لُجَّةً وَكَشَفَتۡ عَن سَاقَيۡهَا ۚ قَالَ إِنَّهُۥ صَرۡحٌ مُّمَرَّدٌ مِّن قَوَارِيرَ ۗ قَالَتۡ رَبِّ إِنِّى ظَلَمۡتُ نَفۡسِى وَأَسۡلَمۡتُ مَعَ سُلَيۡمَٰنَ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ ٱلۡعَٰلَمِينَ

Translation

She was asked to enter the lofty Palace: but when she saw it, she thought it was a lake of water, and she (tucked up her skirts), uncovering her legs. He said: "This is but a palace paved smooth with slabs of glass." She said: "O my Lord! I have indeed wronged my soul: I do (now) submit (in Islam), with Solomon, to the Lord of the Worlds."<br/>

Tafsir

It was, also, said to her, 'Enter the palace [hallway]' - this was a transparent white glass floor underneath which flowed sweet water that contained fish. Solomon had it made when he was told that her legs and feet resembled the shanks of a mule. And when she saw it, she supposed it to be a pool, of water, and so she bared her legs, to wade through it. Meanwhile Solomon was seated on his throne at the front part of the palace [hallway], and he saw that her legs and feet were [in fact] fair. He said, to her: 'It is a hallway paved [smooth] with crystal', and thereafter he called her to submit [to God]. She said, 'My Lord, indeed I have wronged myself, by worshipping other than You, and I submit with Solomon to God, the Lord of the Worlds'. He wanted to marry her but disliked the hair on her legs. So the devils made a [depilatory] lime mixture (noora) and she removed it therewith. He married her and had [great] love for her. And he let her remain as ruler of her kingdom and would visit her once a month, staying for three days [every time]. Her reign came to an end at the same time as that of Solomon. It is reported that he became king at the age of 13 and died at the age of 53 - Glory be to the One whose enduring sovereignty will never end!

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