Z The Holy Qur'an
The Story of Hud

To the industrious and hardworking people belonging to the tribe of Aad, God sent Hud as His messenger. He told them:

[Bismillah al-rahman al-rahim] O my people, worship God. There is no one other than Him. The other notions you have are all false. He is the only true God. I ask you to worship Him, I ask nothing for myself. My reward is with Him who has fashioned me. Will you not understand this? Seek His forgiveness and remember His bounties, and do not revert to your evil ways. [11:50-52]

The elders of the tribes rebuked Hud:

[Bismillah al-rahman al-rahim] We think you are a simpleton. Nay, worse, a liar. [7:66]

Hud assured them:

[Bismillah al-rahman al-rahim] I am not a simpleton; I am God's apostle. I bring His message to you, hence, heed the warning I give, for you are Noah's people. If you have God's blessings, everything will go well with you. [7:67-69]

But they persisted in their unbelief and told Hud:

[Bismillah al-rahman al-rahim] You have brought us no clear Signs save what you are telling us. How can we abandon our gods? It seems some of our gods have smitten you with evil so that you go on the wrong path. [11:53-54]

Hud answered them:

[Bismillah al-rahman al-rahim] I swear by my Lord that I am not guilty of your charge. I believe only in my Lord; To me no one else matters and none can delude me and make me go against Him. Nothing moves without His will; His path alone is the right path. If you do not respond to my call and turn away from the Lord, the loss will be yours, not His. In your place He will bring others, for He has control over all things, He watches over all that happens. [11:54-57]

Hud reminded the elders of the tribe of how God gave them tenure of the land upon which they built their castles and homes. They had forgotten all His bounties and resorted to corrupt dealings and evil ways. Eventually, they had to pay the price of their unbelief: they were overwhelmed by a raging tempest. The fury lasted for seven nights and eight days; the people of Aad perished and their castles and dwellings became like [Bismillah al-rahman al-rahim] 'stumps of hollow palmtrees'.

[Sadaqa allahu alazim]

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