“Solomon and the Queen” – Quranic storytelling film

The film is now available for free viewing online!


For Muslims all over the world, the Qur’an is experienced not only as a written scripture, but as a vocal phenomenon and aesthetic experience; yet this dimension of the Qur’an – its recitation as an art form – is relatively unknown to Western ears, as is its unique storytelling style.

Quranica is proud to present its first Quranic storytelling film. At its core is a powerful and enchanting recital (with English subtitles) by renowned Egyptian reciter Hajjaj Ramadan al-Hindawi, filmed in Edinburgh in 2006. The Quranic verses (from the Chapter of the Ants, 27) narrate the story of the Israelite prophet-king Solomon, his interactions with the ants and birds, and his encounter with the Queen of Sheba.

This has been interspersed with an engaging English-language commentary by Sohaib Saeed (director of Quranica), filmed at beautiful locations in Scotland.

Related reading:
The making of the film
| Features of Qur’an recitation in the filmInterpretive issues in Surat al-Naml

Want to host a screening?
Consider inviting the director for Q&A. We can also advise on logistics. Get in touch: info@quranica.com.

Sohaib Saeed
Hajjaj al-Hindawi