As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 11, Hüd, verses 50-68. These verses talk of Prophet Hüd of the ‘Ad and his mission to his people and then talk of Prophet Saleh of the Thamüd and his mission to his people.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
To the people of ‘Ad, We sent their brother Hüd. He said: “O my people! Worship Allah, you have no god but Him; otherwise you are just making things up. O my people! I do not ask you any reward for my services; for none can reward me except my Creator. Will you not then use your common sense? And O my people! Seek forgiveness of your Lord and turn to Him in repentance. He will send you from the sky abundant rain and He will add strength to your strength. So do not turn away like criminals.”  They said: “O Hüd! You have given us no clear proof. We are neither going to desert our gods just on your word, nor we are going to believe in you. We rather believe that perhaps some of our gods have afflicted you with evil.” He said: “Allah is my witness and let you also be my witness that I am done with your shirk of worshipping other deities besides Him. So let all of you scheme against me if you will, and give me no respite. I have put my trust in Allah, Who is my Lord and your Lord. There is no living creature (in the earth) whose destiny is not controlled by Him. Indeed straight is the Way of my Lord. Now, even if you turn away, I have at least conveyed the message with which I was sent to you. Since you have denied Him, my Lord will raise up some other people in your place, and you cannot harm Him in any way. Indeed my Lord is watching over everything.” When Our judgement came to pass, We saved Hüd and those who believed with him through a special grace from Us – We did save them from a horrifying scourge. Such were the people of ‘Ad. They denied the revelations of their Lord, disobeyed His Messenger, and followed the command of every stubborn oppressor.  They were followed by a curse in this world, and cursed they shall be on the Day of Resurrection. Beware! ‘Ad denied their Lord. Beware! Gone are ‘Ad, the people of Hüd. 11:[50-60]
To the Thamüd people, We sent their brother Saleh. He said: “O my people! Worship Allah, you have no god but Him. It is He Who created you from the earth and made it a dwelling place for you. So seek forgiveness from Him and turn to Him in repentance. Surely my Lord is very close, ready to answer.” They said: “O Saleh! Till now you were the one in whom we had great expectations! Would you now forbid us the worship of what our forefathers worshipped? Indeed, we strongly doubt that to which you are calling us.” He said: “O my people! Tell me, if I have a clear proof from my Lord and He has granted me mercy from Himself – who then will help me against Allah if I disobey Him? What would you add other than to make me lose even more? And O my people! This she-camel of Allah is a sign for you. Leave her to pasture on Allah’s earth and do not molest her lest a swift scourge should fall upon you!” But, even after the warning, they hamstring her. So he said: “You have but three days to enjoy your homes, that is a promise which will not be repudiated!” When Our Judgment came to pass, We saved Saleh and those who believed with him through a special grace from Us, from the disgrace of that Day. Indeed your Lord is All-Strong, All-Mighty. A terrible blast overtook the wrongdoers and by the morning they were laying with their faces down in their homes, as if they had never flourished there. Beware! Thamüd denied their Lord. Gone are the people of Thamüd. 11:[61-68]
This concludes today’s episode of the 17 Verses Podcast. I hope that this selection has helped increase your understanding of the holy Qur’an just a little bit.
Thank you and be well.