1- The Story of Prophet Hud and the People of Ad
2- The Conversation between (the People of) Ad and Hud
And to ‘Ad we sent their brother Hud. He said, “O my people! Worship Allah! You have no other Ilah but Him. Certainly, you do nothing but invent lies!
These were the people who lived at that time in Hadramout, near Yemen. The area was beautiful and spacious; it was a desert area with sand dunes. They were given a lot more signs and proofs than the people of Nuh ‘alayhissalam, and were blessed with amazing stature and abundant wealth which they used to build tall palaces and temples. The Quran states that Allah created these people unique and distinct, and the structures that these people built were also unique and distinct.
Allah says “their brother” because he was from amongst them, and this is why the proof has been established. They cannot doubt his background and his character, nor can they reject his message because he isn’t a stranger or foreigner! He called them to the worship of Allah and warned them against inventing lies. Polytheism is the biggest problem that all the Messengers dealt with and it is the biggest trap of Shaytan.
“O my people I ask of you no reward for it (the Message). My reward is only from Him, Who created me. Will you not then understand?
They accused him of having some ulterior, selfish motive behind the Message but He reminds them that he asks for no reward in return for it, and desires reward only from the One who has created him, and he emphasized “created” because he wanted to remind them about their origin. He then tells them to fear the One who has blessed them with everything they know: their livestock and children, gardens and springs,(Surah Al Shu’ara) and he persisted in calling to them:
“And O my people! Ask forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him, He will send you (from the sky) abundant rain, and add strength to your strength, so do not turn away as Mujrimun (criminals, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah).”
He told them what Nuh ‘alayhissalam had told his people about istighfaar and tawbah.
They said: “O Hud! No evidence have you brought us, and we shall not leave our gods for your (mere) saying! And we are not believers in you.
But they rejected and despite the blessings of wealth, health and offspring that Allah had bestowed on them, they were ungrateful. Just because Allah had given them these things, it did not mean that He was pleased with them. It did not increase their iman, nor did it make them capable of understanding the truth, rather, they were blinded by these luxuries, and they started accusing him:
“All that we say is that some of our gods (false deities) have seized you with evil (madness).” He said: “I call Allah to witness and bear you witness that I am free from that which you ascribe as partners in worship, –
He was accused of being mad and mindless! They told him that because he had opposed the gods, they inflicted him with a mental disease. These wealthy, massive people were scared that they would have to change their whole lives if they believe in Hud ‘alayhissalam. They were seriously afraid of change, even if it was good for them. They also accused him of lying in Surah Al Ahqaaf. They told him that it didn’t matter to them whether he advised them or he didn’t advise them; in other words, they told him to stop wasting his time. (Sound familiar?) They said that these “stories” that he told them and reminded them about (he told them that Nuh ‘alayhissalam’s people were destroyed before them) were all lies, and then they uttered a blasphemous statement, saying that they were “too strong to be destroyed”. But they had forgotten that the One who had given them this strength is capable of taking it away in the blink of an eye. (Surah Fussilat) The ayat that describe the people of ‘Ad are extremely, extremely powerful.
With Him (Allah). So plot against me, all of you, and give me no respite.
Hud ‘alayhissalam told them that they are tyrants seizing him with a terrible accusation because they considered him a threat. He was certain that they would fail in plotting against him or trying to turn away from the message, and so he challenged them to attempt harming him. Messengers don’t normally “challenge” their people, and the first thing he tells them is that he is free of this polytheism and that he bears witness to that. He knew that they were cowards and knew that he was right, but their arrogance prevented them from surrendering.
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