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Post by ILMAdmin on Fri Feb 16, 2007 2:54 pm

The people of the tribe of Aad lived in
Ahqaaf, a place between Yemen and
Oman. They lived in peace and
comfort. Allah had granted them many
blessings. They were clever people
and had built beautiful cities. They
were very strong physically and there
were no diseases in their society.
Despite all the favours that Allah had
granted them, the people of Aad did
not believe in one God and
worshipped idols which they carved out
of stone. When anything good happened to them they would thank their
idols and when they were in trouble, they used to pray to these idols for
After some years, the tribe of Aad began to lose its unity. The powerful
people treated the weak and poor members very badly. To guide these
proud and ignorant people, Allah sent Prophet Hud (A) to them.
Prophet Hud (A) was from the tribe of Aad itself, and was respected
because of his noble family and his good manners. He was the son of
Abdullah, grandson of Sam and the great-grandson of Prophet Nuh (A).
Prophet Hud (A) was a very patient and kind man. When he received the
command of Allah to spread His message, he came to the people and
"O Brothers, why do you worship stones that you have
carved yourself. The idols can not give you anything or
take anything away from you. You are not fools but what
you are doing is against your intelligence. Your Lord is
only One, and He alone should be worshipped. He has
created you, given you health and wealth, and made you
a powerful nation. Do not rebel against Allah in case you
meet the fate of the people of Prophet Nuh (A)."
Tareekh Page 5.64
Prophet Hud (A) tried hard to make the people understand the error of
their ways, but instead of listening to him, they became more stubborn.
They said,
"O Hud, you are saying foolish things. Why should we worship one god
and give up what our forefathers used to do?"
Prophet Hud (A) explained to them that the idols would only take them
further away from Allah and that he was a Prophet sent to guide them. The
Holy Qur'an says:
“And We sent to the people of Aad their brother Hud, who said, ‘O
my people, worship Allah, you have no other god besides He. (As for
the idols), You are only inventing lies. O my people, I ask no reward
for it (my work), my reward is with Him Who created me. Will you not
then understand?’”
Suratul Hud, 11 : 50-51
However, the people of Aad became angry at his words and said,
"O Hud, what gives you the right to talk to us in this way? You eat and
drink just like us, you are no better than us. Why should you be chosen as
a Prophet? We think you are a liar or perhaps one of our idols has cursed
you and made you lose your senses."
The people thus made fun of Prophet Hud (A). His tireless preaching
brought him only a few followers. When he warned the people of Aad
about the punishment of Allah, the Holy Qur'an says that they said:
“Then bring down on us what you have threatened, if you are
Suratul A'araf 7: 70(Part)
When the people of Aad invited Allah's punishment with their proud words,
the rain stopped falling for three years and there was a terrible drought.
Tareekh Page 5.65
During this time Prophet Hud (A) told the people to be sorry for their
actions and seek the forgiveness of Allah before it was too late. But they
were blind to the truth and continued praying to their idols for rain. Finally,
Prophet Hud (A) gave up and said,
"You can do what you want. I only depend on Allah Who is my protector."
At last the punishment of Allah appeared. Suddenly, a huge dark cloud
came. When the people of Aad saw it, they thought it was going to rain,
but instead, there was a strong and terrible wind that uprooted their
houses and tossed the animals into the air. Instead of rain, showers of
sparks began to come down from the dark cloud. The violent storm
continued for eight days and by the end of it the proud people of Aad were
totally destroyed. The Holy Qur'an says:
“And as for Aad, they were destroyed by a roaring violent blast. He
made it rage against them for seven nights and eight days,
uprooting, so you might see the people bowing like the trunks of
hollow palm trees. Do you then see any of them surviving?”
Suratul Haq, 69 : 6 - 8
At the first sign of the storm, Prophet Hud (A) had gathered his followers
and family and taken them to a safe place, and they were the only
survivors of the terrible punishment from Allah. When the storm was over,
Prophet Hud (A) took his companions to Hazramaut where they passed
the rest of their days.
Tareekh Page 5.66
Now you know…
♦ The people of Aad lived in peace and comfort, enjoying the blessings of Allah.
They were very strong physically and there was no disease in their society.
Sadly, they did not believe in One God and they worshipped idols.
♦ After some years the tribe of Aad began to lose its unity. So, Allah sent Prophet
Hud (A) to guide them. He was from the tribe of Aad itself, and he was respected
because he was from a noble family and very well mannered. He advised them to
worship Allah and to give up idol worship.
♦ Prophet Hud (A) tried hard to make the people understand, but they refused
saying that it was what their forefathers had done. They began to make fun of
him and called him a liar. His tireless preaching only brought him a few followers.
♦ When Prophet Hud (A) told them that Allah would punish them, they were proud
and invited Allah’s punishment. In response, there was a drought for three years.
♦ The people of Aad were still blind to the truth and continued praying to the idols.
Prophet Hud (A) told the people to be sorry to Allah, but they refused to listen and
Prophet Hud (A) gave up.
♦ The punishment of Allah came. A dark cloud came. Suddenly, there was a strong
wind that uprooted everything. Lightening came down from the cloud and a
violent storm continued for eight days.
♦ Before the storm came, Prophet Hud (A) gathered his followers and left in safety;
they were the only survivors of the punishment of Allah.

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