1- The Conversation between (the People of) Ad and Hud
2- The Destruction of the People of Ad and the Salvation of Those among Them Who believed
“I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving (living) creature but He has grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the Straight Path (the truth).
“So if you turn away, still I have conveyed the Message with which I was sent to you. My Lord will make another people succeed you, and you will not harm Him in the least. Surely, my Lord is Guardian over all things.”
He challenged them and told them that he isn’t afraid of their plotting because Allah protects His sincere servants. He told them not to challenge or mock the message because they are opposing a Power that will seize them and totally destroy them. They still refused…
And when Our Commandment came, We saved Hud and those who believed with him by a Mercy from Us, and We saved them from a severe torment.
Hud ‘alayhissalam then made a very, very short du’aa, “O my Lord! Help me because they deny me.” That’s all.
And Allah responded immediately: “In a little while, they are sure to be regretful.” (Surah Al Mu’minoon)
When that revelation came, he relaxed. He left it to Allah who affected them with a drought and their lands dried up. They used to beseech their gods and pray for rain, but Hud ‘alayhissalam had already told them make istighfar and tawbah so that Allah will bless them with rain! But they were drowning in ignorance and forgetfulness. After that, Allah sent huge, dense, dark clouds to them. When they saw this, they rejoiced and thought that this rain will be a blessing… but the winds started blowing, strong, cold and howling. It started gaining strength. It stayed for 7 days and 8 nights, cold, furious and loud. The rain started falling and it was such that it destructed EVERYTHING. These were the strongest people that Allah had ever created, but not a single proof of their existence remains on the face of the earth. Complete, utter destruction. They were arrogant about their structures and their strength, but Allah destroyed them and they were blown away like particles of sand.
“Destroying everything by the Command of its Lord! So they became such that nothing could be seen except their dwellings! Thus do We recompense the people who are Mujrimun.” (Surah Al Ahqaf)
Such were ‘Ad (people). They rejected the Ayat of their Lord and disobeyed His Messengers, and followed the command of every proud obstinate.
And they were pursued by a curse in this world and (so they will be) on the Day of Resurrection. No doubt! Verily, ‘Ad disbelieved in their Lord. So away with ‘Ad, the people of Hud.
Then He tells us that they will be punished again in the Akhirah, and that punishment will be more severe. It is a reminder for the disbelievers of every era that these people were granted more than any nation ever created, but these blessings did not avail them in the least. If Allah had not informed us of this nation, we would never have known about them.
-The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)