The Prophet Hud (Part-4)

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The 'Ad's stubbornness
The 'Ad heard all that, but still they did not believe. Hud's wisdom and good advice were wasted on them. They said, 'Hud, you have no proof or evidence! Hud, we will not abandon our ancient gods because of your new talk. Should we leave the gods our fathers worshipped for something someone says? Never!

'Hud, you do not believe in our gods and you do not fear them. Well, we do not believe in your God and we do not fear His punishment. You are always talking about the punishment, so where is it, Hud? When will it come?'
Hud said, The knowledge is with Allah. I am a clear warner. ' (67: 26)
They said, 'We are waiting for that punishment and want to see it.'
Hud was astonished at their impudence; his heart filled with sadness at their foolishness.

The punishment
The 'Ad looked into the sky for the rain they needed. They looked every day. They looked at the sky and did not see a wisp of cloud. They yearned for rain.
 
One day, they saw a cloud coming toward them. They were very happy and shouted, 'This is a rain cloud! This is a rain cloud!' People danced for joy. They called out to each other: 'A rain cloud! A rain cloud!'

But Hud understood that the punishment had come. He told them, 'This is not a cloud of mercy. It is a wind conta.ining a painful punishment.'
 
So it was. A fierce wind blew whose like the people had never seen before. The tempest blew and uprooted trees and destroyed houses. It carried up animals and flung them far away. The desert sands were blown into the air and blacked out everything. No-one could see anything.

Terror filled the people and they ran into. their houses and bolted the doors. The chilclren clung to their mothers. People clung to the walls. The children were weeping and the women shouting. They were praying and begging for help.

It was as if someone was saying, 'There is no protector today from Allen's command. ' (11 : 43)

That went on for eight days and seven nights. The people were struck down like palm-trees fallen to the ground. It was a terrible sight. The once proud people were now only dead bodies and the birds ate them. Their grand houses were now only ruins and owls lived in them.

Hud and the believers were saved by their belief. The 'Ad were destroyed because of their disbelief and rebellion.
The 'Ad rejected their Lord. So away with the 'Ad the people of Hud! (11: 60)

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