Bringing a throne from hundreds of miles afar –
A miracle of Asif bin Barkhiyya
When Prophet Sulaiman (May peace be upon him) asked: Who among you can bring me the throne of Bilquis before she comes? A strong jinn said: I can bring it before you get up from your seat. Hadhrat Sulaiman (May peace be upon him) said: I want it even sooner. Then Hadhrat Asif bin Barkhiyya (May Allah shower His Mercy on him) requested permission and got the throne in the blink of an eye. As Almighty Allah says in Surah Naml:
Then the one who had some knowledge of the (heavenly) Book submitted: ‘I can bring it to you before your vision turns back to you (i.e. even before the twinkling of an eye). So, when (Sulaiman [Solomon]) saw it (the throne) placed before him, he said: ‘This is by the Grace of my Lord so that He may put me to the test whether I thank (Him) or not. And he who thanks (Allah) his gratitude is for the good of his own self, and he who is ungrateful surely my Lord is Self-Sufficient, Most Generous.’ Surah Naml (27:40)
That throne was of gold and was bejeweled with various precious stones. It was installed in the innermost palace of all 7 palaces. The doors were locked. Guards were present. It is beyond comprehension that how Hadhrat Asif Bin Barkhiyya carried such a heavy and securely kept thing from Yemen to Syria within the blink of an eye.
‘Allama Ibn Katheer has described this in detail in his exegesis. (Tafseer Ibn Katheer, Surah Naml-40)