Prophet Huud (‘alayhis salaam)
46:22. they said: “Have you come to turn us away from our âliha (gods)? Then bring us that with which you threaten us, if You are one of the truthful!”
The people of ‘Aad were arrogant and proud because of their strength, power and ‘civilisation’.
We see this arrogance in many of the great civilisations that disbelieved in Allaah.
41:15. As for ‘Aad, they were arrogant in the land without right, and they said: “Who is mightier than us In strength?” see they not that Allaah, who created them was mightier In strength than them. And they used to deny Our Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, revelations, etc.)!
Allaah was taking the people of ‘Aad through a test to remind them, He gave them chances and did not bring the punishment on them all at once.
Allaah made them go through a period of drought to remind them of their weakness as human beings, so that they may turn to Allaah in repentance.
But this wasn’t sufficient to turn their attention to the truth.
Huud made du’aa to Allaah.
His du’aa reached Allaah and dark clouds started approaching in the horizon.
46:24. Then, when they saw it as a dense cloud coming towards their valleys, they said: “This is a cloud bringing us rain!” Nay, but it is that (torment) which you were asking to be hastened! A wind wherein is a painful torment!
46:25. 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 Mujrimeen (polytheists, disbelievers, sinners, etc.)!
When Rasuulullaah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) would see clouds approaching Madeenah, his face would change. ‘Aaishah (radiAllaahu ‘anhaa) noticed his worried face. She said to him, “O Rasuulullaah, when people see the clouds they are happy, but you look anxious.” He replied, “A nation before us saw these clouds and thought that they had mercy, they didn’t know that it had the punishment of Allaah in them.”
41:16. so we sent upon them furious wind In days of evil omen (for them) that we might give them a taste of disgracing torment In This present worldly life, but surely the torment of the Hereafter will be more disgracing, and they will never be helped.
The wind Allaah sent on the people of ‘Aad, besieged them. It stayed with them for seven nights and eight days continuously.
69:7. which Allaah imposed on them for seven nights and Eight days In succession, so that You could see men lying overthrown (destroyed), as if they were hollow trunks of date-palms!
69:8. Do you see any remnants of them?
Allaah completely destroyed them because they were the most powerful.
Allaah saved Huud.
11:58. and when Our Commandment came, we saved Huud and those who believed with Him by a Mercy from us, and we saved them from a severe torment.
11:59. such were ‘Aad (people). They rejected the Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of their Lord and disobeyed his Messengers, and followed the command of every proud obstinate (oppressor of the truth, from their leaders).
11:60. and they were pursued by a Curse in This world and (so they will be) on the Day of Resurrection. No doubt! Verily, ‘Aad disbelieved in their Lord. So away with ‘Aad, the people of Huud.
To be continued with the story of the next Prophet…