بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
PROPHET HUD [Hoo-d] (Peace Be Upon Him)
The people of ʿĀd were extremely powerful and wealthy and they built countless buildings and monuments to show their power. However, the ʿĀd people’s wealth ultimately proved to be their failure, as they became arrogant and forsook God and began to adopt idols for worship, including three idols named Samd, Samud and Hara. Hud, even in childhood, remained consistent in prayer to God. It is related through exegesis that Hud’s mother, a pious woman who had seen great visions at her son’s birth, was the only person who encouraged Hud in his worship. Thus, the Lord raised up Hud as a prophet for the ʿĀd people.
When Hud started preaching and inviting them to the worship of the One True God, and when he told them to repent for their past sins and ask for mercy and forgiveness, the ʿĀd people began to revile him and wickedly began to mock God’s message. Hud’s story epitomizes the prophetic cycle common to the prophets mentioned in the Qur’an and in the Bible: the prophet is sent to his people to tell them to worship God only and tells them to acknowledge that it is God who is the provider of their blessings. The Qur’an states:
11:50 And to ‘Ad (We sent) their brother Hud. He said: O my people, serve Allah, you have no god save Him. You are only fabricators.
11:51 O my people, I ask of you no reward for it. My reward is only with Him Who created me. Do you not then understand?
11:52 And, O my people, ask forgiveness of your Lord, then turn to Him, He will send on you clouds pouring down abundance of rain and add strength to your strength, and turn not back, guilty.
11:53 They said: O Hud, thou hast brought us no clear argument, and we are not going to desert our gods for thy word, and we are not believers in thee.
11:54 We say naught but that some of our gods have smitten thee with evil. He said: Surely I call Allah to witness, and do you, too, bear witness that I am innocent of what you associate (with Allah)
11:55 Besides Him. So scheme against me all together, then give me no respite.
11:56 Surely I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord. There is no living creature but He grasps it by its forelock. Surely my Lord is on the right path.
11:57 But if you turn away, then indeed I have delivered to you that with which I am sent to you. And my Lord will bring another people in your place, and you cannot do Him any harm. Surely my Lord is the Preserver of all things.
11:58 And when Our commandment came to pass, We delivered Hud and those who believed with him with mercy from Us; and We delivered them from a hard chastisement.
11:59 And such were ‘Ad. They denied the messages of their Lord, and disobeyed His messengers and followed the bidding of every insolent opposer (of truth).
11:60 And they were overtaken by a curse in this world and on the day of Resurrection. Now surely ‘Ad disbelieved in their Lord. Now surely, away with ‘Ad, the people of Hud!
—Holy Qur’an, Sura (Chapter) 11 (Hud), Ayah (Verses) 50-60
PROPHET SALIH (SAW-lih) (Peace Be Upon Him)
Prophet Salih (PBUH) was sent as a Prophet to the Tribe of Bani Thamud (Tha-MOOD) to rectify their depraved people. The Thamudites were the descendants of Thamud, a grandson of Sam. They lived in Wadi al-Qura and Al-Hajr between Syria and Hijaz. They were idol worshipers and their tribe flourished for more than two centuries after ‘Ad. Its people were renowned for their longevity and enormous well-built bodies. They built spacious buildings in the caves of the mountains and attained considerable powers. Some references regarding the Prophet Salih (PBUH) and his people are as follows:
7:73 And to Thamud (We sent) their brother Salih. He said: O my people, serve Allah, you have no god other than Him. Clear proof has indeed come to you from your Lord. This is Allah’s she-camel — a sign for you — so leave her alone to pasture in Allah’s earth, and do her no harm, lest painful chastisement over-take you.
7:74 And remember when He made you successors after ‘Ad and settled you in the land — you make mansions on its plains and hew out houses in the mountains. So remember Allah’s bounties and act not corruptly in the land, making mischief.
7:75 The arrogant chiefs of his people said to those who were weak, to those who believed from among them: Do you know that Salih is one sent by his Lord? They said: Surely we are believers in that wherewith he has been sent.
7:76 Those who were haughty said: Surely we are disbelievers in that which you believe.
7:77 Then they hamstrung the she-camel and revolted against their Lord’s commandment, and said: O Salih, bring us that with which thou threatenest us, if thou art of the messengers.
7:78 So the earthquake seized them, and they were motionless bodies in their abodes.
7:79 So he turned away from them and said: O my people, I delivered to you the message of my Lord and gave you good advice, but you love not good advisers.
Dearly Beloved Sisters,
The stories of the former prophets are put there for the purpose of warning us of what is coming in these Last Days. Allah raised up a warner from among us in the Person of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad (PBUH) to tell you what is coming to America and to offer you salvation in the religion of Allah and your righteous forefathers – ISLAM. You can accept it and reform into the knowledge of yourself and your own nature or you can reject it and be destroyed as were the people of the former prophets.