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Prophet Sulaiman and wind speed

Verse 12 in Surat Saba’ of the Qur’an says:


YUSUFALI: And to Solomon (We made) the Wind (obedient): Its early morning (stride) was a month’s (journey), and its evening (stride) was a month’s (journey); and We made a Font of molten brass to flow for him; and there were Jinns that worked in front of him, by the leave of his Lord, and if any of them turned aside from our command, We made him taste of the Penalty of the Blazing Fire.
PICKTHAL: And unto Solomon (We gave) the wind, whereof the morning course was a month’s journey and the evening course a month’s journey, and We caused the fount of copper to gush forth for him, and (We gave him) certain of the jinn who worked before him by permission of his Lord. And such of them as deviated from Our command, them We caused to taste the punishment of flaming Fire.
SHAKIR: And (We made) the wind (subservient) to Sulaiman, which made a month’s journey in the morning and a month’s journey m the evening, and We made a fountain of molten copper to flow out for him, and of the jinn there were those who worked before him by the command of his Lord; and whoever turned aside from Our command from among them, We made him taste of the punishment of burning.

I just got curious about the wind speed that is implied by the verse. Assuming one walks at 5 miles per hour for 10 hours a day, then one would walk 1,500 miles per month. To make this journey in hours, the wind speed would have to be around 200 mph. These are serious, but reasonably common, gusts. As a side remark, such wind speeds can lift serious weight. See this article  for example.