Prophet Hud As
The people of ‘Ad lived many years among the windswept hills of an area between Yemen and Oman. They were physically well built and renowned for their craftsmanship especially in the construction of tall buildings with lofty towers. They were outstanding among all the nations in power and wealth, which, unfortunately, has made them arrogant and presumptuous. Their political power was held in the hands of unjust rulers, against whom no one dared to speak up.
They did not ignore the existence of Allah, nor do they refuse to worship him. What they did was refuse to worship Allah alone. They worshiped other gods, also, including idols. This is a sin Allah does not forgive.
Allah wanted to guide and discipline these people so he sent a prophet in their midst. This prophet was Hud (peace be upon him), a noble man who handled this task with great firmness and tolerance.
Ibn Jarir reported that he was Hud Ibn Shalikh, Arfakhshand Ibn, Ibn Sam, Ibn Noah (peace be upon him). He also reported that Prophet Hud (PBUH) was from a tribe called For Ibn Ibn Sam Ibn Noah, we, who were Arabs living in Al Ahqaf in Yemen between Oman and Hadramaut, in a land called Ashar stretching out into the sea. The name of their valley was Mughiith
Some traditions claimed that Hud (PBUH) was the first person who spoke Arabic while others claimed that Noah (peace be upon him) was the first. It ‘has also been said that Adam was the first.
Hud (PBUH) condemned idol worship and admonished his people. “My people, what is the benefit of these stones that you carve with your hands and worship? It’s actually an insult to intelligence. There is only one god worthy of worship and that is Allah. Worship toward he and he alone, is compulsory on you.
He created you, He provides for you and He is the One who will die. He has given you a wonderful scenery and blessed in many ways. So believe in Him and not be blind to His favors, or the same fate that destroyed Noah’s people will pass. ”
With such reasoning Hud hoped to instill confidence in them, but they refused to accept his message. His people asked him: “You want to be our master with your call what you want to pay?”
HUD has tried to make them understand that he would receive his payment (reward) from Allah, he does not ask anything from them, except to let the light of truth touch their minds and hearts.
Almighty Allah says: And for the people we sent their brother Hud For. He said:!. “O my people, worship Allah, you have no other Ilah (god), but he certainly did not do nothing but invent (lies) my people, I ask you any reward for it (the message) My reward is only from Him I created it. Do not then understand? O my people! Ask forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him, He will send (the sky) abundant rain and add strength to your strength, so do not stray as Mujrimeen (criminals, disbeliveers in the Oneness of Allah). ”
They said: “O Hud No evidence have you brought us and should not leave our gods for your mere saying We are not believers in you Everything you say is that some of our gods (false deities) have seized!. evil (madness). ”
He said: .. “I ask Allah to witness and bear you witness that I am free from what they ascribe as partners in worship with Him (Allah) SO plot against me, all of you, and give me rest I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord is not a moving (living) creature but He has understanding of his forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the Straight Path (the truth). So, if you away, yet I sent the message with which I was sent to you. My Lord will make another people to succeed, and not hurt him at all. Certainly, my Lord is Guardian over all things. “(Qur’an Ch 11 :50-57)
HUD has tried to talk to them and explain about the blessing of Allah, as Allah the Almighty had made them Noah’s successors, as He had given them strength and power, and how he sent them rain to revive the soil.
Hud’s people looked at them and found they were the strongest on earth, so they become prouder and more obstinate. So argued a lot with Hud. They asked “O Hud! They tell you that after we die and become dust, we will be resurrected?” He replied: “Yes, you will return on Judgement Day and each of you will be asked what you did.”
A laugh was heard after the last statement. “How strange Hud claims are!” The disbeliveers murmured among themselves. They believed that when man dies his body decays and turns into dust that is swept away by the wind. How can return to its original state? So what is the meaning of the Day of Judgement? Why do the dead return to life?
All these questions were patiently received by Hud. He then addressed his people concerning the Day of Judgement. explained that faith in the Day of Judgement is essential to the justice of God, teaching them the same thing that every prophet taught about it.
HUD explained that justice demands that there be a Day of Judgement, because the good does not always win in life. Sometimes good and evil wins. Will such crimes go unpunished? If we assume there is no Day of Judgement, then a great injustice will have prevailed, but Allah has forbidden injustice to be incurred by him or his subjects. Therefore, the existence of Judgement Day, a day of accounting for our actions and to be rewarded or punished for them, reveals the extension of justice of Allah. Hud spoke to them about all these things. They listened, but did not believe him.
God tells his people’s attitude towards the Day of Judgement: “The chiefs of his people, and denied that he did not believe the meeting in the Hereafter, and we had given the luxuries and comforts of this life, said “He is nothing but a human being like you, eat what you eat, drink and what you drink. If you were to obey a human being like yourselves then verily! Certainly be losers. Or when he said that when they are dead and have become dust and bones, you came out alive (resurrected)? Far, far away, is the one that was promised. There is nothing but our life of this world! We die and we live! We are not going to be resurrected! He’s just a man who invents a lie against Allah, but we’re not going to believe in him. “(Ch 23:33-38 Quran)
HUD heads of people asked: “Is it not strange that Allah chose us to reveal a message to her?”
Hud replied: “What is strange that Allah wants to guide you to the right way to live, so he sent me to warn the flood of Noah and his story are not far from you, so do not forget what everything that has happened? .. the disbeliveers were destroyed, no matter how strong they were. ”
“Who is going to destroy Hud?” the chief asked.
“Allah.” HUD said.
The disbeliveers among his people said: “We are saved by our gods.”
Hud clarified to them that the gods they worshiped was the reason for their destruction, that it is Allah alone Who saves people, and that no other power on earth can benefit or harm anyone.
The conflict between Hud and his people continued. Years passed, and have become more proud and stubborn, and more tyrannical and more defiant message of their prophet.
In addition, they started to accuse Hud (PBUH) to be a crazy lunatic. One day he said: “We now understand the secret of your madness you insulted our gods and do you evil, is that why you’re mad.”
Almighty Allah repeated their words in the Quran: “O my Hud No evidence have you brought, and must not leave our gods for your mere saying and we are not believers in you Everything you say is that some of us!. gods (false gods) have taken with evil (madness). “(Ch 11:53-54 Quran)
Hud had to return their challenge. He had no other way but to turn to Allah alone, no other alternative but to give them an ultimatum threatening. said to them: “I ask Allah to witness and bear you witness that I am free from what you ascribe as pin worship with Him (Allah) SO plot against me, all of you and me I put my respite. . trust in Allah, my Lord, your Lord! There is no moving (living) creature, but to grasp its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the Straight Path (the truth). So, If they turn away, I still sent the message which was sent to you. My Lord will make another people to succeed, and not to harm him. “(Ch 11:54-57 Quran)
So Hud renounced them and their gods and affirmed his dependence on God who had created him. Hud realized that the punishment would be incurred for disbeliveers among his people. And ‘one of the laws of life. Allah punishes disbeliveers, no matter how rich, tyrannical or great they are.
Hud and his people waited for Allah’s promise. A widespread drought across the country, because the sky is no longer sent its rain. the sun scorched the desert sands, like a disk of fire which settled on people’s heads.
Hud’s people hastened to ask: “What is that drought Hud?”
Hud replied: “Allah is angry with you if you believe in Him, He accepts and the rain will fall and become stronger than you ..”
They mocked and became more obstinate, sarcastic and preserve in their unbelief. The drought increased, the yellowing trees, and plants died.
A day came when they found the sky full of clouds. Hud’s people were glad as they came out of their tents crying: “A cloud, which will give us rain!”
The weather changed suddenly from burning dry and warm in the bitter cold with wind that shook everything: trees, plants, tents, men and women. The wind increased day after day and night after night.
Hud’s people started to flee. They ran to their tents to hide, but the storm became stronger, ripping their tents from their stakes. They hid under the covers, but the fabric storm became stronger and still and tore away the covers. And ‘cut clothes and skin. And ‘penetrated the openings of the body and destroyed it. It ‘s almost touched anything before it was destroyed or killed, sucked into its nucleus to decay and rot. The storm raged for 8 days and 7 nights.
Almighty Allah says: So when I saw it as a dense cloud coming towards their valleys, they said: “This is a cloud bringing us rain,” No, but torture is that you were asking to be accelerated! one in which the wind is a painful torment! Destroying everything by the command of his Lord! (Ch 46:24-25 Quran)
Allah has described it thus: As for ads, they were destroyed by a violent wind which Allah imposed on them firious for 7 nights and 8 days later, so you could see men lying overthrown (destroyed) as if were hollow trunks of palm trees! (Ch 69:6-7 Quran)
That storm did not stop until the whole region has been reduced to ruins and its wicked people destroyed, swallowed by the sands of the desert. Only Hud and his followers remained unharmed. They migrated to Hadramaut and lived in peace, worship Allah, their true Lord.