Lesson # 868 from the Noble Quran
Maximum chieftains of the ‘Aad were disbelievers
Surah ‘A’-RAAF (The Heights) – Chapter – 7)
Stage – 2, Verses –65 & 66 of 206, Section – 9 of 24 (Part – 8)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
|65. And unto (the tribe of) Aad (We sent) their brother, Hud. He said: O my people! Serve Allah; ye have no other God save Him. Will ye not ward off (evil)?
66. The chieftains of His people, who were disbelieving, said: Lo! We surely see Thee in foolishness, and lo! We deem Thee of the liars.
|65. Wa ‘ilaa ‘Aadin ‘akhaahum Huudaa. Qaalaa yaa-qawmi’-budUllaaha maa lakum-min ‘ilaahin gayruh. ‘Afalaa tattaquun.
66. Qaalal-mala-‘ullaziina kafaruu min- qawmihii ‘innaa lana-raaka fii safaahatinw-wa ‘innaa lana- zunnuka minal-kaazibiin.
‘Aadin – it is the name of a very strong and powerful nation. These people were children of Iram, who was grandson of Prophet Noah (peace be upon Him). They lived in Ahqaaf, which was a territory of Yemen.
Huudun – (Hud), He was Prophet of Allah Almighty (peace be upon Him), from the children of Iram. Therefore, He is ancestral Brother of ‘Aad (a nation).
The people of ‘Aad were very mischievous and quarrelsome. They were physically very strong and tall, and used to tyrannize the feeble persons, engage them in hard labor and treat them like their slaves, and considered them like animals.
Prophet Hud (peace be upon Him) caused to understand them that it was useless to strut too much on own strong body and height. He said: Allah Almighty is more Powerful and Strong than you, Who brought you into being.
Worshiping the idols had become prevalent among those people and there was a separate demi-god for every work; someone was of the wealth, some others like power, honor and respect, gladness, health and cure etc.
Hud (peace be upon Him) admonished them: That entire has been given to you by Allah Almighty, whichever you possess. Therefore you should worship Him only. You should consider the weak and feeble people as mankind like you and not to molest them. But they were proud of their wealth and physical strength. They did not obey Him (peace be upon Him).
It is commanded by Allah Almighty: We appointed Hud (peace be upon Him) for the people of ‘Aad as Our Prophet to admonish them and to cause to mend their manners. He (peace be upon Him) said to them: You should abstain from worshiping idols. Those entire things which you possess i.e. wealth, health, strength and honor etc. have been bestowed to you by only One “Allah Almighty”. None other is able to give you anything. These demi-gods, whom you worship, neither they have any authority and nor omnipotence. It can be nothing by naming the lifeless things. None is worthy of worship for any individual except Allah Almighty. So you should worship only Him. Fall prostrate before Him only. Beg from Him and give thanks to Him only. Do you not wish to be saved from evil? Why do you disobey your Lord? Do you not fear His wrath?
When the people of ‘Aad heard this talk, their chieftains, by whom the tradition of worshiping idols was established, replied: O Hud! We see that Thou art entirely foolish because Thou desire to finish an established system of customs and traditions, and wish to establish a new and uncommon system. This matter, which Thou art going to produce, seems a lie entirely.
Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)