Harun Yahya

The Prophet Hud (As)

Allah sent the Prophet Hud (as) to the 'Ad people as a
Messenger. He, too, first made clear to his people that he was a
reliable messenger of Allah and that he did not expect anything
in return for his services, and then called upon his people to fear
The Prophet Hud (as) was also verbally assaulted and aspersions
were cast on him, like the messengers preceding him. For
instance, his people claimed that he was a “fool”. The way he responded
to this ugly accusation was very mature and compassionate,
an indication of his moral excellence:
He [Hud] said, “My people, I am by no means a fool, but
rather am a Messenger from the Lord of all the worlds,
transmitting my Lord’s Message to you, and I am a faithful
counsellor to you.” (Surat al-A‘raf, 67-68)

The Prophet Hud (as) Stated That He Did Not
Ask For Any Wage In Return For Spreading
The Message

[Hud said,] “My people! I do not ask you for any wage for
it. My wage is the responsibility of Him Who brought me into being. So will you not use your intellect?” (Surah Hud, 51)
[Hud said,] “I do not ask you for any wage for it. My
wage is the responsibility of no one but the Lord of all
the worlds.” (Surat ash-Shu‘ara’, 127)
As we have seen in the lives of the messengers narrated so
far, it is an important characteristic of the believers to communicate
to people the message of religion throughout their lives and
not to expect any return for it. Regardless of the age he lives in
and regardless of the people among whom he lives, a believer is
responsible for calling upon others to accept the moral standards
of which Allah approves and for reminding them of the
approaching Day of Judgement. Therefore, he does not expect
any rewards from people, but tries to do his duty to the fullest
extent and to earn Allah's approval.
While Calling His People To Worship Allah,
He Warned Them Of A Terrible Punishment
Like other messengers, the Prophet Hud (as) told his people
to worship Allah alone and said that he feared they would incur
punishment if they failed to do this:
Remember the brother of ‘Ad when he warned his people
in the Valley of the Sand Dunes—and warners passed
away before and after him—saying, “Worship no one but
Allah. I fear for you the punishment of a terrible Day.”
(Surat al-Ahqaf, 21)
He also reminded them that the things they valued in the life
of this world were of an ephemeral nature. His words are
recorded as follows:
[Hud said to his people,] “Do you build a tower on every
hilltop, just to amuse yourselves, and construct great
fortresses, hoping to live for ever?” (Surat ash-Shu‘ara’,
Then he told them to fear Allah, to obey His commands and
not to tyrannise other people. He also warned them that they
might be punished if they did so:
[Hud said,] “When you exercise your powers, you act like
cruel tyrants. So fear Allah and obey me. Fear Him Who
has given you all the things you know. He has given you
livestock and children, and gardens and clear springs. I
fear for you the punishment of a terrible Day.” (Surat
ash-Shu‘ara’, 130-135)

The Prophet Hud Reminded
His People Of Allah's Blessings

Allah's blessings on people are too numerous to be counted,
as stated in the 18th verse of the Surat an-Nahl. However, many
people forget that it is Allah Who gave them these blessings and
that they should be grateful to Him for all of them. They do not
think that Allah is well able to take them back if He wills. This is
why the messengers told their people to turn to Allah and reminded
them that everything they had was a blessing of Allah, for
which they should give thanks to Him. Likewise, the Prophet Nuh
(as) reminded his people of the blessings Allah had given them
and told them to fear Him:
[Hud said to his people,] “Or are you astonished that an ad-
monition should come to you from your Lord through a
mortal like yourselves in order to warn you? Remember
when He appointed you successors to the people of Nuh,
and endowed you with greater power than He has given to
other men. Remember Allah’s blessings, so that hopefully
you will be successful.” (Surat al-A‘raf, 69)
The Prophet Hud (as) also called his people to ask forgiveness
from Allah. He said that Allah would increase His blessings if they
repented and took refuge in Him:
[Hud said,] “My people! Ask forgiveness of your Lord and
then turn to Him in repentance, He will send down to you
abundant rain from the sky and He will add strength to
your strength. Do not turn away as evil-doers.” (Surah
Hud, 52)

The Prophet Hud (as) Warned His People
Against Being Ignorant

The concept of “ignorant” as defined in the Qur’an comes to
mean those who do not know religion and are remote from it. In
other words, even one who may have had further education is ignorant
according to the Qur'an unless he acknowledges Allah,
knows His book and lives by it. One who does not reflect on who
he is and on why he has been created, who does not acknowledge
his Creator and therefore does not perform as Allah demands is
one of the ignorant, even if he possesses great knowledge.
When ignorant people are questioned, they usually say that
they act in accordance with religion. However, the religion that
they refer to is in fact nothing but the religion of ignorance that
they inherited from their forefathers or learnt from those around
them. The truth is that this religion has nothing to do with Allah's
As Allah relates in the stories of messengers in the Qur'an, messengers
have communicated the true religion to such people
throughout history. However, because of their ignorance, most of
these people grew arrogant, although they may have recognised
the truth as a matter of conscience. Despite all the warnings, all but
a very few of them held on to their false religion.
The people of the Prophet Hud (as) also refused to abandon the
state of ignorance that they had been used to and to obey the messenger.
Therefore, the Prophet Hud (as) told his people that they
were in a state of ignorance:
He [Hud] said, “Allah alone knows when it [His scourge]
will come. I only convey to you the message I have been
sent with. But I can see that you are a people who are ignorant.” (Surat al-Ahqaf, 23)

The Prophet Hud (as) Told Those Of His People
Who Disbelieved That He Was Not Afraid Of
Them And That He Put His Trust In Allah

Despite all his urging, the Prophet Hud’s (as) people opposed
him and refused to follow the path that he encouraged
them to follow. Just as all unbelievers have done throughout history,
they said that they wanted to see miracles and that they
would not believe otherwise:
They said, “Hud, you have not brought us any clear sign
[miracle]. We will not forsake our gods at your behest. We
do not believe you.” (Surah Hud, 53)
The Prophet Hud (as) stated that he was free from what they
ascribed as partners to Allah and that he was not afraid of their
... He [Hud] said, “I call on Allah to be my witness, and
you also bear witness, that I am free of all the gods you
have apart from Him. So scheme against me, if you will,
and then grant me no respite.” (Surah Hud, 54-55)
The Prophet Hud (as) was a prophet of Allah and was well
aware that Allah had created all things and that He would protect
His sincere servants. Being certain of the ultimate failure of
the aspersions and plots against him, he expressed his trust in
Allah as follows:
“I have put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord.
There is no living creature on Earth whose destiny He
does not control. My Lord is on a Straight Path.” (Surah Hud, 56)

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