The Story of Prophet Hud (as) is a major lesson for all of us. It is a prime example of how civilisations grow arrogant, haughty and proud and then are brought down with the severest of punishments. The people of ‘Ad were well built and known for their craftmanship and building of lofty towers; they also had unjust rulers – remind you of any civilisation you know?
Prophet Hud (as), a descendant of Prophet Nuh (as) was sent to the people of ‘Ad to warn them of their disbelief and guide them to the straight path. They did not heed the warnings and were punished with hurricanes so fierce that nothing could withstand it.
We are witness to the havoc and destruction that is caused by hurricanes today. These hurricanes move across land and in the few moments that they pass an area, they have reduced it to rubble. Imagine then, the destruction of the people of ‘Ad, who were punished with the severest of hurricanes, which was unrelenting and smashing their cities for 8 days and 7 nights, continuously! Can you picture the destruction and the bodies being thrown all over the place, being bashed and battered? May Allah Protect us from the arrogance that led to this punishment.
The following are some snippets of the Stories of the Prophets as written by the renowned scholar (masha’Allah), Ibn Kathir and translated by Sheikh Muhammad Mustafa Geme’ah (Office of the Grand Imam, Sheikh Al-Azhar). I hope you will find them beneficial, insha’Allah.
THE DISBELIEVERS QUESTION HUD The chiefs of Hud’s people asked: “Is it not strange that Allah’s chooses one of us to reveal His message to?” Hud replied: “What is strange in that? Allah wants to guide you to the right way of life, so HE sent me to warn you. Noah’s flood and his story are not far away from you, so do not forget what happened. All the disbeliveers were destroyed, no matter how strong they were.”
“Who is going to destroy us Hud?” the chiefs asked.
“Allah.” replied Hud.
The disbeliveers among his people answered: “We will be saved by our gods.”
Hud’s people started to flee. They ran to their tents to hide but the gale became stronger, ripping their tents from their stakes. They hid under cloth covers but the gale became stronger and still and tore away the covers. It slashed clothing and skin. It penetrated the apertures of the body and destroyed it. It hardly touched anything before it was destroyed or killed, its core sucked out to decompose and rot. The storm raged for 8 days and 7 nights.
Almighty Allah recounts: “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! Destroying everything by the command of its Lord! (Ch 46:24-25 Quran)
Allah the Exalted described it thus: “And as for Ad, they were destroyed for a firious violent wind which Allah 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 palm trees! (Ch 69:6-7 Quran)