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The Kingdom of Solomon

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Prophet Sulayman with his followers

"And they followed what the Shaytans chanted of sorcery in the reign of Sulayman, and Sulayman was not an unbeliever, but the Shaytans disbelieved, they taught men sorcery…" (Holy Qur'an, 2:102)

Mulk-e-Sulayman, or the Kingdom of Solomon, is an Iranian-made film portraying certain events in the life of Prophet Sulayman (peace be upon him). This is an interesting choice of personality to base a film upon because Prophet Sulayman is a prominent figure in the three main world religions: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. The main difference between the perceptions of Sulayman among the three religions is that Islam views the Prophet as a sinless human being while Christianity and Judaism do not. The Islamic view is the one that is portrayed in this movie and it gives us a glimpse of the virtue and power possessed by Sulayman.

Kingdom of Solomon is directed by Shahriar Bahraini, who also directed the movie Saint Mary. It runs for approximately 110 minutes and was released in November 2010. The Prophet Sulayman is played very well by Amin Zendegani. He does a good job of showing the power and authority that Sulayman has at his disposal while showing his virtues such as kindness and forbearance. According to the Qur'an and Islamic history, Prophet Sulayman is said to have had a magnificent kingdom on Earth while having many powers granted to him by Allah. Some of these powers are the ability to speak with animals, using the wind as he needs, and having power over all of the Jinn. Without giving away too much of the plot, this movie deals mainly with Jinns and his power over them.

One of the areas this movie excels in is conveying a moral lesson either by a character directly speaking or by viewers observing and pondering over the events in the movie. One of the big themes in the movie is the effect that sin can have on an individual and on society as a whole. All of the Prophets of Allah came with a mission to rid the society of sin and to guide the people onto the path of virtue. Prophet Sulayman was no exception, and this aspect of his Prophethood was shown very well at a couple of parts.

All in all, this is a good movie to watch even for its entertainment value as it has some outstanding fight scenes and overall quality acting. But this becomes a great movie to watch if we think about the events that unfold in it and try to apply the traits of this great Prophet in our own selves.

The movie is available on YouTube or ShiaTV

Disclaimer: This movie has a significant amount of fighting and some disturbing images, so it is not recommended for children.

Author of this article: Wajahat Hussain
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