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The Lives of the Prophets: Prophet Saalih (‘alayhis-salaam)

Prophet Saalih (‘alayhis salaam)

15:80 And certainly did the companions of Thamūd deny the messengers.

15:81 And We gave them Our signs, but from them they were turning away.

15:82 And they used to carve from the mountains, houses, feeling secure.


 The people of Thamuud felt secure and safe from the punishment of Allaah and that these buildings will never be destroyed.

7:99 Then did they feel secure from the plan of Allaah? But no one feels secure from the plan of Allaah except the losing people.

Saalih (‘alayhis salaam) tells them,

26:146 Will you be left in what is here, secure [from death],

26:147 Within gardens and springs

26:148 And fields of crops and palm trees with softened fruit?

26:149 And you carve out of the mountains, homes, with skill.

They were great in construction. They carved out these houses in the mountains and then they would build palaces on the valleys.

But they were corrupt and Saalih’s message to them was:

7:74 And remember when He made you successors after the ‘Aad and settled you in the land, [and] you take for yourselves palaces from its plains and carve from the mountains, homes. Then remember the favors of Allaah and do not commit abuse on the earth, spreading corruption.”

He was a strong, young and intelligent man. He was from a noble family, high class of society; they were preparing him to be their leader.

Saalih presented his people with the Message of Islaam. They then replied,

11:62 They said, “O Saalih, you were among us a man of promise before this. Do you forbid us to worship what our fathers worshipped? And indeed we are, about that to which you invite us, in disquieting doubt.”

When it comes to religion, Shaytaan tells people not to change, to stick to what they know and what their fathers have passed down onto them.

2:170 And when it is said to them, “Follow what Allaah has revealed,” they say, “Rather, we will follow that which we found our fathers doing.” Even though their fathers understood nothing, nor were they guided?

And then the people of Thamuud accused Saalih of magic,

26:153 They said, “You are only of those affected by magic.

26:154 You are but a man like ourselves, so bring a sign, if you should be of the truthful.”

Concerning the sign, the people of Thamuud were given a choice, a choice not given to any other nation.

Saalih asked them what they wanted and they said, “From this rock here, we want you to produce out of it a camel.”

Saalih asked Allaah for this and the miracle was performed. A huge she-camel came out. Saalih said to them, “This is the camel you asked for. You can drink from your water one day but the next day you have to allow the water for the camel.”

26:155 He said, “This is a she-camel. For her is a [time of] drink, and for you is a [time of] drink, [each] on a known day.

26:156 And do not touch her with harm, lest you be seized by the punishment of a terrible day.”

There were some conspiracies occurring, there were a group of 9 men from the people of Thamuud who were planning to hurt and kill the camel.

27:48 And there were in the city nine family heads causing corruption in the land and not amending [its affairs].

When they got near to the camel, they hesitated due to its size. But one of them, the most evil from them, took his sword and hit the front legs of the camel. The camel fell down. Then they attacked it with their swords and killed it.

91:11 Thamūd denied [their prophet] by reason of their transgression,

91:12 When the most wretched of them was sent forth.

91:13 And the messenger of Allaah [Şaalih] said to them, “[Do not harm] the she-camel of Allaah or [prevent her from] her drink.”

91:14 But they denied him and hamstrung her. So their Lord brought down upon them destruction for their sin and made it equal [upon all of them].

91:15 And He does not fear the consequence thereof.

They challenged Saalih, saying bring us the punishment that you promised.

7:77 So they hamstrung the she-camel and were insolent toward the command of their Lord and said, “O Saalih, bring us what you promise us, if you should be of the messengers.”

They went back and conspired at night to kill Saalih and his family, and planned to lie about doing so.

27:49 They said, “Take a mutual oath by Allaah that we will kill him by night, he and his family. Then we will say to his executor, ‘We did not witness the destruction of his family, and indeed, we are truthful.’ ”

Saalih came out and told his people, “You have three days to enjoy yourselves. This is a promise that will not be belied.”

The third came and passed and nothing happened. They joked and claimed that Saalih was a liar. They went to bed feeling secure, and in the morning.

15:83 But the shriek seized them at early morning.

The Earth under them shook. Allaah destroyed these people with sound.

11:67 And the shriek seized those who had wronged, and they became within their homes [corpses] fallen prone

11:68 As if they had never prospered therein. Unquestionably, Thamūd denied their Lord; then, away with Thamūd.

It was as if nobody was living in Thamuud.

27:50 And they planned a plan, and We planned a plan, while they perceived not.

These 9 men met in secret, but Allaah was listening to them – they tried to hide their plan from Allaah, but this cannot happen. Allaah was planning too, but His plan was hidden from them.

27:51 Then look how was the outcome of their plan – that We destroyed them and their people, all.

All of Thamuud was destroyed even though only 9 men were conspiring. This is because they knew of what has going on and they failed to stop it.

47:12 Indeed, Allaah will admit those who have believed and done righteous deeds to gardens beneath which rivers flow, but those who disbelieve enjoy themselves and eat as grazing livestock eat, and the Fire will be a residence for them.

When they were completely destroyed, Saalih and his followers were saved by Allaah. After Thamuud was destroyed, Saalih came back to a ghost town and he spoke to the dead bodies.

7:93 And he turned away from them and said, “O my people, I had certainly conveyed to you the messages of my Lord and advised you, so how could I grieve for a disbelieving people?”

Rasuulullaah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was travelling with an army, and they passed by the ruins of Thamuud.

Some of the Sahaaba (radiAllaahu ‘anhum) went in and took some water from the wells of Thamuud and made some bread from the water and flour that they had. And Rasuulullaah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “Take the bread and feed it to the camels and throw away all the water that you brought. And do not go in there except if you are going to cry.”

To be continued in shaa Allaah with the story of the next Prophet…

The Lives of the Prophets: Prophet Huud (‘alayhis-salaam) Part 2

Prophet Huud (‘alayhis salaam)

Part 2


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…

The Lives of the Prophets: Prophet Huud (‘alayhis-salaam) Part 1

Prophet Huud (‘alayhis salaam)

Part 1


Allaah sent Huud (‘alayhis salaam) to the people of ‘Aad.


Allaah says that the people of ‘Aad lived in Al-Ahqaaf. This is mentioned in Surat Al-Ahqaaf. It means ‘Sand Dunes’. Its now a desert area in Yemen. They lived in the area of Hadanuut.


Allaah described the people of ‘Aad in the Qur’aan. They used to worship idols, “He has increased you amply in stature.”


7:69. “Do you wonder that there has come to you a Reminder (and an advice) from your Lord through a man from amongst you that He may warn you? And remember that He made you successors after the people of Nuuh (Noah), and increased you amply in stature. So Remember the graces (bestowed upon you) from Allaah, so that you may be successful.”


They were huge, tall and strong and well-built. As a society Allaah told them:


26:132. “And keep your duty to Him; fear Him who has aided you with all (good things) that you know.

26:133. “He has aided you with cattle and children.

26:134. “And Gardens and springs.





Allaah has said about them:

26:128. “Do you construct on every elevation a sign, amusing yourselves,

26:129. “And take for yourselves palaces and fortresses that you might abide eternally?

26:130. “And when you strike, you strike as tyrants.

26:131. “So fear Allaah and obey me.



They became so luxurious and so wealthy that were spending their money in a wasteful way. The people of ‘Aad had so much additional wealth they fell into the trap of using money for pride and arrogance after satisfying your basic needs.


They started building monuments over mountains, for pride, to show off. They built palaces so fine as if they thought they were going to live forever.


They were powerful tyrants, putting all this together Allaah said:

89:7 [With] Iram – who had lofty pillars,

89:8 The likes of whom had never been created in the land

Allaah did not create anyone similar to them.


Their society was unsurpassed by anyone in their time.


Allaah sent Huud to them. His Message was the same Message of Nuuh (‘alayhis salaam).



7:65. and to ‘Ad (people, we sent) their brother Huud. He said: “O My people! Worship Allaah! You have no other Ilaah (God) but Him. (Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah: none has the Right to be worshipped but Allaah). Will you not fear (Allaah)?”



11:52. “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 Mujrimeen (criminals, disbelievers In the Oneness of Allaah).”

11:53. they said: “O Huud! No evidence have you brought us, and we shall not leave our gods for your (mere) saying! And we are not believers in you.

11:54. “All that we Say is that some of our gods (false deities) have seized you with evil (madness).” He said: “I call Allaah to witness and bear you witness that I am free from that which You ascribe as partners In worship, –



They started to accuse Huud of being insane.


If you refuse one Messenger, it is as if you refuse them all because they came with the same Message.


26:123. ‘Ad (people) denied the Messengers.


The leaders said:


7:66. The leaders of those who disbelieved among his people said: “Verily, we see you in foolishness, and Verily, we think you are one of the liars.”




23:33. And the chiefs of his people, who disbelieved and denied the Meeting In the Hereafter, and to whom we had given the luxuries and comforts of This life, said: “He is no more than a human being like you, he eats of that which you eat, and drinks of what you drink.

23:34. “If you were to obey a human being like yourselves, Then Verily! You indeed would be losers.

23:35. “Does he promise you that when you have died and have become dust and bones, you shall come out alive (resurrected)?

23:36. “Far, very far is that which you are promised.

23:37. “There is nothing but our life of this world! We die and we live! And we are not going to be resurrected!

23:38. “He is only a man who has invented a lie against Allaah, but we are not going to believe in him.”



To be contined in shaa Allaah…

The Lives of the Prophets: Prophet Nuuh (‘alayhis-salaam) Part 2

Prophet Nuuh (‘alayhis salaam)

Part 2



Prophet Nuuh started to make du’aa to Allaah.


37:75 (In the days of old), Nuuh cried to us, and we are the best to Hear Prayer.


71:26 And Noah, said: “O My Lord! Leave not of the unbelievers, a single one on earth!

71:27 “For, if You leave (any of) them, they will but mislead Your servants, and they will breed none but wicked ungrateful ones.


After 950 years of patience, Nuuh finally made du’aa to Allaah against his people. The du’aa was received by Allaah and He instructed Nuuh to build the ark.


11:37. “And construct the ship under Our eyes and with Our inspiration, and address Me not on behalf of those who did wrong; they are surely to be drowned.”



As he constructed it, whenever a person from his village passed him, they would make fun of him.



11:38. and as he was constructing the ship, whenever the chiefs of his people passed by him, they made a mockery of him. He said: “If you mock at us, so do we mock at you likewise for your mocking.

11:39. “And you will know who it is on whom will come a torment that will cover Him with disgrace and on whom will fall a lasting torment.”




11:40. (so it was) till Then there came Our command and the oven gushed forth (water like fountains from the earth). we said: “Embark therein, of each kind two (male and female), and your family, except him against whom the word has already gone forth, and those who believe. And none believed with him, except a few.”



When the water started coming out of the Earth and rain falling from the sky, Allaah instructed Nuuh to go into the ark and take with him the believers and his family and to carry a pair – male and female of every animal.


The number of believers with Nuuh goes from 7-80.


When he went on the ark he said Bismillaah.


11:41. and He [Nuuh (Noah)] said: “Embark therein; In the Name of Allaah will be its moving course and its resting anchorage. Surely, My Lord is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Tafseer At-Tabari, Vol. 12, Page 43)




The waves picked up the ark and Nuuh saw his son in front of his eyes.


11:42. so it (the ship) sailed with them amidst the waves like mountains, and Nuuh (Noah) called out to his son, who had separated himself (apart), “O My son! Embark with us and be not with the disbelievers.”



His son thought in terms of Dunya and said,


11:43. the son replied: “I will betake myself to a mountain, it will save me from the water.” Nuuh (Noah) said: “This Day there is no saviour from the decree of Allaah except Him on whom He has mercy.” and a wave came In between them, so He (the son) was among the drowned.




11:44. and it was said: “O earth! Swallow up Your water, and O sky! Withhold (your rain).” and the water was diminished (made to subside) and the decree (of Allaah) was fulfilled (i.e. the destruction of the people of Nuuh (Noah). and it (the ship) rested on Mount Judi, and it was said: “Away with the people who are Dhalimoon (polytheists and wrong-doing)!”

11:45. and Nuuh (Noah) called upon his Lord and said, “O My Lord! Verily, My son is of my family! And certainly, Your Promise is true, and You are the Most just of the judges.”

11:46. He said: “O Nuuh (Noah)! Surely, he is not of your family; verily, his work is unrighteous, so ask not of Me that of which you have no knowledge! I admonish you, lest you be one of the ignorant.”

11:47. Nuuh (Noah) said: “O My Lord! I seek Refuge with You from asking You that of which I have no knowledge. And unless You forgive Me and have Mercy on Me, I would indeed be one of the losers.”



The story of Nuuh has been mentioned in many suwar of the Qur’aan. The longest version is in Surat Huud. It starts with ayah 25 and goes up until ayah 48.


11:49. This is of the news of the unseen which we reveal unto you (O Muhammad), neither you nor your people knew them before this. so be patient. Surely, the (good) end is for the Muttaqeen.


Ayah 49 is telling Rasuulullaah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam). The lesson is to be patient. The ayaat revealed is leading to this meaning. Allaah closes the story of Nuuh telling Rasuulullaah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) look at the story of Nuuh, 950 years of patience, of making da’wah and he never gave up.

To be continued with the story of the next Prophet in shaa Allaah…

The Lives of the Prophets: Prophet Nuuh (‘alayhis-salaam) Part 1


Prophet Nuuh (‘alayhis salaam)

Part 1


Bukhaari: Rasuulullaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “Between Aadam and Nuuh, there were many generations, 10 of them were Muslim. Then disbelief and shirk slowly started to creep in.”


Bukhari: Ibn ‘Abbaas (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) said: “The generations after Aadam slowly started losing their religion and committing sins. But they still believed in Tawheed. The righteous men among them were few. Shaytaan came to them and told them, “When these righteous men pass away, you will have no one to remind you about Allaah and ‘Ibaadah. So when they pass, erect some statues in their memorial to remind you about ‘Ibaadah.” They did so and Shaytaan left them for a while, until they forgot the reason why they were built. He came back and said to them, “Why don’t you worship these statues?” And that is how shirk started.


Allaah talks about these 5 idols:

  1. Waddan
  2. Suwaa’an
  3. Yaghuuf
  4. Ya’ooq
  5. Nasr


Ibn ‘Abbaas (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) said that these were righteous men. The people of Nuuh started worshipping them as idols.


Nuuh (‘alayhis-salaam) was the first Rasuulullaah (Messenger of Allaah) to the people of the earth.


Ash-Shafaa’a: “When the people of the Day of Judgement will go to Nuuh, what will they tell him? You are the first Messenger of Allaah to the people of the world.


Nuuh is one of the 5 uul ul-‘Azaam. The greatest 5 Prophets of Allaah. The other four are:

  1. Muhammad (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)
  2. Ibraheem (‘alayhis salaam)
  3. Muusaa (‘alayhis salaam)
  4. ‘Eesaa (‘alayhis salaam)


The message of Nuuh is mentioned in the Qur’aan:


11:25. “We sent Nuuh to His people (with a mission): “I have come to you with a Clear Warning.”



11:26. “That you worship none but Allaah. Verily I do fear for you the penalty of a grievous Day.”


The message of Tawheed, this is the message of every Prophet of Allaah.


The Prophets of Allaah don’t just send out the Message and leave, they deliver the Message and tell the people that they have to obey them. They came to be followed.


The methods of the da’wah of Nuuh:


71:5. He said: “O My Lord! I have called to My people night and Day:


He used to make da’wah to them in the night and in the day.


He appealed to them in the open announcement, in public and in private.


71:8. “So I have called to them aloud;

71:9. “Further I have spoken to them in public and secretly in private,



He said the more he gave da’wah to them, the further away they go and the worst the situation becomes.

71:6. “But all my calling added nothing but to (their) flight (from the truth).




71:7. And indeed, every time I invited them that You may forgive them, they put their fingers in their ears, covered themselves with their garments, persisted, and were arrogant with [great] arrogance.


He would give them da’wah and they would put their fingers in their ears and covered themselves and they would be arrogant and proud.


As difficult as it was, Nuuh did this for 950 years.


71:10. And said, ‘Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver.




He told his people about the benefits of Istighfaar.


71:11. ‘He will send rain to you in abundance;

71:12. ‘And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you Gardens and bestow on you rivers.’ “

That if they did so, their Lord would send them rain in abundance and more.

During the 950 of his da’wah, only a few people became Muslim. These people tended to be from the weak and the poor.


The leaders of society came to Nuuh and said:


11:27.So the eminent among those who disbelieved from his people said, ” We do not see you but as a man like ourselves, and we do not see you followed except by those who are the lowest of us [and] at first suggestion. And we do not see in you over us any merit; rather, we think you are liars.”



The followers of the Anbiya are usually the weak and the poor.


The leaders said “You have to kick out the weak people and the slaves that follow you otherwise we will not listen to you”. But Nuuh said, “I will not drive them out, they are the believers.”


And then Nuuh said,


11:31. “And I do not say to you that with me are the treasures of Allaah, “Nor that I know the Ghayb (unseen); “Nor do I say I am an angel, and I do not say of those whom your eyes look down upon that Allaah will not bestow any good on them. Allaah knows what is in their inner-selves (as regards belief, etc.). In that case, I should, indeed be one of the Dhaalimeen (wrong-doers, oppressors, etc.).”



11:32. they said: “O Nuuh (Noah)! You have disputed with us and much have you prolonged the dispute with us, now bring upon us what you threaten us with, if you are of the truthful.”

11:33. He said: “Only Allaah will bring it (the punishment) on you, if He wills, and then you will escape not.



Then Nuuh said,


71:21. Nuuh (Noah) said: “My Lord! They have disobeyed me, and followed one whose wealth and children give him no increase but only loss.



11:36.And it was revealed to Nuuh that, “No one will believe from your people except those who have already believed, so do not be distressed by what they have been doing.

To be continued in shaa Allaah…

The Lives of the Prophets: Prophet Sheeth and Prophet Idrees (‘alayhimas-salaam)

Prophet Sheeth (‘alayhis salaam)

Sheeth (‘alayhis salaam) is a Prophet not mentioned in the Qur’aan. He is a Prophet that we know from the Sunnah.

Abu Dharr (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) narrated that Prophet Muhammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “Allaah sent down one hundred and four psalms, of which fifty were sent down to Sheeth.”

[Saheeh al Bukhari]

Sheeth received revelation from Allaah. Some scholars mention that Aadam gave Sheeth the responsibility upon his passing. Sheeth is said to be the son of Aadam.

Prophet Idrees (‘alayhis salaam)

Idrees (‘alayhis salaam), most scholars say he is a Prophet that came between Sheeth and Nuuh.

Idris is mentioned in the Qur’aan.

19:56. “Also mention In the Book the case of Idrees: He was a man of truth (and sincerity), (and) a Prophet.”

21:85. “And (remember) Isma’eel, Idrees, and dhul-kifl, all (men) of constancy and patience.”

We have some stories about him from Israiliyyaat. Allaah revealed to him that his deeds were equivalents to the good deeds of everyone on the face of the earth. He said, “If that is the case, I can ask Allaah for a longer life so I can get more good deeds.” He told his friend (an Angel) “Why don’t we go to the Angel of Death and ask if we can speak to Allaah to ask Him to give me a longer life.”

The Angel said, “Ok, ride on my wings.” As they went up through the Heavens, the Angel of Death was going down. The Angel of Death said, “Subhaan’Allaah, I was given an order by Allaah to take the soul of Idrees in the fourth heaven. And I had no idea how I was meant to do this if he was on Earth.”

The Angel looked on his back and saw that Idrees had already passed away.

Rasuulullaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) met with Prophet Idrees in the fourth heaven.

To be continued with the story of the next Prophet in shaa Allaah…

The Lives of the Prophets: Prophet Aadam (‘alayhis-salaam) Part 2

Prophet Aadam (‘alayhis salaam)

Part 2


Allaah taught Aadam all of the names, the names of everything.

Allaah created the human to be established on Earth and to live on it, so Allaah blessed the son of Aadam so name things, designating names to them.

Then Allaah presented some objects on the Angels, “Tell Me the names of these if you are truthful.”

They said, “Praise be to you. We have no knowledge except the knowledge that You have given us. You are the Most-Knowledgeable, the All-Wise.”

Aadam went through the test, he told them all the names and Allaah said, “Didn’t I tell you that I know the knowledge of the Unseen in the Heavens and the Earth? And I know what you reveal and what you conceal.”

Aadam was alone. Allaah created out of Aadam, Hawwa – from the rib of Aadam.

Abu Hurayrah (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “Treat women well. The woman was created from a rib. The most bent part of the rib is the top part. If you try to straighten it, you will break it. If you leave it, it remains bent. So treat women well.” [Agreed upon]

There was a tree – the only part of Jannah they were not allowed to touch. Shaytaan whispered to them, “Shall I tell you about the tree that will give you eternity and the greatest Kingdom that will not end?” They ate from the tree, and because of that they were sent down to Earth.

They said – ‘we have wronged ourselves’ (this is also a du’aa).


7:23. They said: “Our Lord! We have wronged our own souls: If thou forgive us not and bestow not upon us Thy Mercy, we shall certainly be lost.”



When Aadam was created, Allaah broke his back – so all the descendants of Aadam came from his back. Allaah put some light between their eyes.

Aadam asked who they are and Allaah said they are your descendants.

Aadam saw one and liked the light coming from him, he asked, “Who is he?”

Allaah replied, “This is one of your descendants who is going to come at the end of time, his name is Dawud.”

Aadam asked his age and Allaah said that Dawud was 60. Aadam loved him. And so Aadam asked Allaah to give Dawud 40 years from his own life.

Aadam was created to live 1000 years, so when he was 960 the Angel of Death came to Aadam. And he asked Aadam, “Are you ready to die?” The Angel of Death asks permission of the Anbiya.

Aadam replied, “I still have 40 years to live.” The Angel of Death said, “Didn’t you give 40 years of your life to your son Dawud?” Aadam denied.

The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “Aadam denied, so the Children of Aadam deny. Aadam forgot and his children forget. Aadam made mistakes and his children make mistakes.”

The name ‘Insaan’ comes from ‘Nasiyan’ – forgetting.

Aadam forgot about giving 40 years of his life to Dawud, so Allaah forgave him.

The Angels descended, washed Aadam an odd number of times and dug a grave for him and buried him.



To be continued with the story of the next Prophets in shaa Allaah…

The Lives of the Prophets: Prophet Aadam (‘alayhis-salaam) Part 1

Prophet Aadam (‘alayhis salaam)

Part 1

Aadam (‘alayhis salaam) was created from clay. Allaah told the Angels, “I will place on earth a Khalifah.”

Khaleefah comes from the word Khalaf – to succeed/assume position of someone else.

Salaf are the early three generations, all after are called Khalaf.

Abu Bakr (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) came after Rasuulullaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), and assumed the position of Rasuulullaah. Hence he became a Khaleefah.

The Angels replied, “Will you place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood while we glorify You with praise and thanks?”

Two explanations are given for their reply:-

  1. Allaah told the Angels ahead of time that this is what human beings will do.
  2. Ibn Abbaas (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) said – Jinn were living in this world before, causing corruption and caused evil. Allaah sent on them armies from the Angels and Iblees to fight against them. They were cornered to the ocean.

Allaah replied, “I know what you know not.”

Rasuulullaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “Allaah created Aadam from a handful of dirt picked from all of earth, so the children of Aadam became red, white, yellow, black and all in between, they became good, sad, righteous and all in between.”

Their personalities and looks came according to where on Earth they were taken from.

Aadam was created from Turaab (dirt) Teen (mud) Teen Laazim (sticky clay) Hamain Masnoon (black, smooth, smelly clay) Salsaal Kal-Fahaar (clay like pottery) and other different terms were used to describe Aadam.

Turaab was mixed with water to make Teen, this was left for a while it became sticky due to lack of water – this was Teen Laazim. And then it was left for a longer while – its smell and colour changed, it became darker – Hamain Masnoon. That was taken, and Allaah moulded out of it the form of Aadam and left it to dry and it became Salsaal Kal-Fahaar.

Iblees came to the mould of Aadam and knocked it, it made a ringing noise and he knew it was hollow. He though himself to be better than it and he said, “If I am given influence over you, I will guide you astray. And if you are given influence over me, I would disobey you.”

Hadeeth in Saheeh Muslim: Rasuulullaah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “Allaah created Aadam in his image.”

Nawawi explains this Hadeeth, he says, “This isn’t referring to Allaah, its referring to Aadam. Allaah created Aadam in the image of Aadam. He created Aadam as he was, in his adult form that remained with him.”

Allaah blew the soul into Aadam; our bodies without souls are like the dirt. When the soul leaves, the body decomposes into its origins.

When the soul entered the body of Aadam, the first thing he did was he sneezed. Then he said, “Alhamdulillaah.” Allaah replied, “Yarhamukullaah.”

Allaah told Aadam, “Go to those Angels who are sitting over there and deliver salaam to them.”

He said, “Assalaamu ‘alaikum.” They replied, “Wa ‘alaka assalaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.”

Allaah said to him, “This is your greeting and the greeting of your descendants.”

There is an agreement between us and Allaah – a covenant. We worship no-one but Him. We canont say on the Day of Judgement that we didn’t know about this.

There are two explanations to this:

  1. This covenant is of Fitrah – original state – Islaam. The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “Everyone is born upon the Fitrah of Islaam, and then their parents make them Jew, Christian or a disbeliever.”
  2. Allaah took out the seed of Aadam and we were placed in the Hand of Allaah, and He asked us, “Am I your Lord?” And we said, “Yes.” – Hadeeth.

To be continued in shaa Allaah…

The Lives of the Prophets (‘alayhimus-salaam) Introduction

The Lives of the Prophets – Imaam Anwar Al-Awlaqi

PART ONE: The Story of Creation


Benefits of talking about Al-Anbiya (The Prophets):

  1. Prophet Muhammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was commanded to do so. Narrate these stories onto the Ummah, so it becomes mandatory on us to convey their stories too. It’s an ‘Ibaadah.
  2. Relate unto them the stories so that they may reflect. We derive lessons from these stories and contemplate them.
  3. Al-Anbiya are those whom Allaah has guided, so follow their guidance. Allaah instructs Prophet Muhammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) to follow their guidance, follow their way. We must take them as role models.
  4. To love them, if we don’t know someone we can’t love them. We need to know the details of their lives, know what they went through to respect them.
    1. Abu Dharr came to Rasuulullaah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and asked him a question, “What is the total number of Anbiya?” He replied, “120,000 Anbiya (Prophets) and the Rusul (Messengers) among them are 315.”
    2. The Rasuul is the Nabi who is given a law by Allaah.
    3. But the Nabi, who is not a Rasuul, is following the law of another Rasuul.
    4. Every Rasuul is a Nabi, but not every Nabi is a Rasuul.
    5. If a Prophet is given a new law, then he becomes a Rasuul.
    6. Musa (‘alayhis-salaam) is a Rasuul, because he was given the Tawrah. But his brother Haroon (‘alayhis-salaam) is not a Rasuul, he is a Nabi, he is following the law of his brother.


The story of creation


Rasuulullaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was asked this question by a group who came from Yemen, they asked “O Messenger of Allaah, how did all of this start?” He said, “In the beginning, there was Allaah. There was nothing before Him, nothing was with Him. And His throne was on water. And He wrote on the tablet everything. And He created the heavens and the earth.” [Bukhari]

Prophet Muhammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “The first thing Allaah created was the pen, then Allaah ordered it to write. So it wrote down everything that will happen until the Day of Judgement.”

Prophet Muhammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “Allaah wrote down the sustenance of the creation 50,000 years before He created the heavens and the earth.” [Muslim]

Rasuulullaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “The angels were created from light and the Jinn were created from fire.”

Iblees was a Jinn, but because he was so righteous, he was elevated to a very high level among the Angels.

To be continued in shaa Allaah…

The Apple on the Path

There was once a man who was travelling and felt really hungry. He walked past a garden and saw an apple on the walk path. It had fallen off the tree whose branch extends beyond the fences to shade the way. He picked it up and ate it.

Shortly thereafter, he was struck by guilt, thinking he had consumed an apple that didn’t belong to him. He set out to find the owner of the garden to inform him that he ate one of his apples without permission, in order to pay the monetary value of it, or be forgiven for this sinful deed, and he did!

The owner was amazed and cleverly responded, “I will not forgive you unless you accept my one stipulation: that you marry my daughter. But she is deaf, blind, mute and paralysed”.

The man was gobsmacked, and juggled his thoughts in his head for a moment. He then surrendered to the stipulation, knowing that persevering with such a misfortune wife is less horrific than the torment of Allah for ‘stealing’ an apple. The night of the marriage came, and the groom walks in to his brides room with deep sorrow feelings, only to find a woman of magical beauty awaiting him; she speaks, hears, see’s and walks. Moreover, she was very well learned in Islam, exceptional in piety. She said to her now husband, “I know you are surprised. My father described me as blind, and that is because I have blinded my eyes away from any sight which displeases Allah; he said I’m mute, because I’ve muted my tongue from all speech but that which is remembrance of Allah; I’m paralyzed because I indulge in no forbidden activity; and I’m deaf because I refrain from hearing all vein speech. My father wanted to ensure my husband is a very pious man, one whom deserves me”.

The pious couple brought a gift to the Ummah; their child was one of the greatest scholars of Islam who was the “Father of the Imam’s” and who established the 1st of the 4 major schools of thought. None other than Imam Abu Hanifah (Rahimullah).

source:From the Original Arabic Piece by Adel bin Muhammad al-Abdul ‘Aalee

Translated by Abu Dujanah: