The Prophet David (Dawud in Arabic) is famous as a prophet who has a melodious voice and is able to soften steel-like cloth when making iron armor. Beyond that, the prophet David was a man who was always consecrated to praise the sanctity of God with his melodious voice. God also commanded the mountains and birds to pray with the prophet Dawud.
ٱصْبِرْ عَلَىٰ مَا يَقُولُونَ وَٱذْكُرْ عَبْدَنَا دَاوُۥدَ ذَا ٱلْأَيْدِ ۖ إِنَّهُۥٓ أَوَّابٌ ١٧ إِنَّا سَخَّرْنَا ٱلْجِبَالَ مَعَهُۥ يُسَبِّحْنَ بِٱلْعَشِىِّ وَٱلْإِشْرَاقِ ١٨ وَٱلطَّيْرَ مَحْشُورَةًۭ ۖ كُلٌّۭ لَّهُۥٓ أَوَّابٌۭ ١٩
“Be patient ˹O Prophet˺ with what they say. And remember Our servant, David, the man of strength. Indeed, he ˹constantly˺ turned ˹to Allah˺. (17) We truly subjected the mountains to hymn ˹Our praises˺ along with him in the evening and after sunrise. (18) And ˹We subjected˺ the birds, flocking together. All turned to him ˹echoing his hymns˺. (19)
” (Shad : 17-19).
God has given the prophet Dawud several miracles. His greatest miracle is the Book of Zabur. When the prophet Dawud preached the reading of the Book of Zabur, the sick would become healthy. The prophet Dawud was also able to understand the language of the animals. The animals were also very obedient to the prophet Dawud.
It is said that one day, the prophet Dawud, who was none other than the father of the prophet Solomon, pondered and listened to the babblings of birds in dialogue with each other. God bestowed the ability to understand the language of birds to the prophet Dawud. Thus, the prophet Dawud also understood the language of the birds. From then on, the prophet Dawud was able to understand the language of animals and loved them very much. The animals were very fond of the prophet Dawud and were obedient to him.
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Another miracle that was very amazing was the cleverness of the prophet David flexing iron and making armor. At one point, God told the prophet David to make armor.
۞ وَلَقَدْ ءَاتَيْنَا دَاوُۥدَ مِنَّا فَضْلًا ۖ يَـٰجِبَالُ أَوِّبِى مَعَهُۥ وَٱلطَّيْرَ ۖ وَأَلَنَّا لَهُ ٱلْحَدِيدَ
أَنِ ٱعْمَلْ سَـٰبِغَـٰتٍ وَقَدِّرْ فِى ٱلسَّرْدِ ۖ وَٱعْمَلُوا۟ صَـٰلِحًا ۖ إِنِّى بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ بَصِيرٌ
“Indeed, We granted David a ˹great˺ privilege from Us, ˹commanding:˺ “O mountains! Echo his hymns! And the birds as well.” We made iron mouldable for him, (10) instructing: “Make full-length armour, ˹perfectly˺ balancing the links. And work righteousness ˹O family of David!˺. Indeed, I am All-Seeing of what you do (11)” (Saba: 10-11).
In those days, the armor was very important because at that time there were many wars. The prophet David was able to make armor better than others. It is able to soften iron. The iron could easily be bent or cut by the prophet David. The armor made by the prophet David is very sturdy, not easily penetrated by the sword, and lighter.