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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 7

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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 7





On the authority of Abu Huraira (R.A.A.) who said: The Prophet

(PBUH), said:

“Look upon one who is below you in status. In this

way you will not look down upon the grace of that God bestowed

upon you.”

(Bukhari and Muslim)

Note: The messages of this Hadith are:

1. Count your Blessings.

2. Compare yourself with people who have less than you, rather

than those who have more. This is the best way to be happy, and to

appreciate what God has done for you.

On the authority of Abu Abbas Sahl Bin Sa’ad Al-Sa’idi (R.A.A.) who

said: ‘A man came to the Prophet (PBUH) and requested him: “Mes-

senger of God (PBUH), tell me something bywhich I couldwin the love

of The Almighty and the people.” The Prophet told him,

“Do not love

theworld, andThe Almightywill love you; anddo not have a longing

for that which people have, and they will love you.”’


Note: Do not love the world means: Do not love the materials in this

world. Don’t be anxious to have money, properties, fame, leadership,

etc. Just live a simple life and God will love you.

On the authority of An-Nu’man bin Bashir (R.A.A.) who said: Themes-

senger of God (PBUH) said:

“The lawful is clear and the unlawful is

clear, and between them are doubtful things, which are not known

tomost of the people. He who keeps away from the doubtful things

protects his faith and honor; and he who indulges in doubtful acts,

commits unlawful deeds.”

(Bukhari and Muslim)

Note: Themain point of this hadith is “to stay on the safe side” because

many times you will not know about certain things and will not be

quite sure if they are right or wrong.

On the authority of Ibn ‘Umar (R.A.A.) who said: The Messenger of

God (PBUH) caught my shoulder and said:

“Be in the world as if you

are a stranger or a traveler.”


Note: The message of this Hadith is that life is a temporary state be-

cause we live for a few years and then we die. We should consider

ourselves as strangers passing through and should not worry about

acquiring material possessions and luxury.

On the authority of Anas Bin Malik (R.A.A.) who said: The Messenger

of God (PBUH), said:

“Three things followa dead person: members,

his belongings, and his deeds- The first two come back and the

third remains with him.”

(Bukhari and Muslim)

Note: This Hadith explains that the three things that follow a person’s

funeral -- family members and deeds -- only a person’s deeds will be

able to help him in the next life. Good deeds will stay with him and

be beneficial.

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city refused to believe and began to say that Hud had indeed

gone crazy. Since they were so strong in body size, they used

to believe that no one was more powerful than they.

They insisted that they will not leave their gods. They also

claimed that since Hud did not come with any signs, that he

must be lying. Still another person said that if Hud wants them

to leave their gods, then he must come with the punishment

that he is talking about.

“To the ‘Ad People (We sent) Hud, one of their own brethren.

He said: “O my people! Worship God! Ye have no other god

but Him. You are only forgers. “O my people! I ask of you

no reward for this (Message). My reward is from none but

Him who created me: Will ye not then understand? “And O

my people! Ask forgiveness of your Lord, and turn to Him (in

repentance): He will send you skies pouring abundant rain,

and add strength to your strength: So turn ye not back in sin!”

They said: “O Hud! No clear (Sign) hast thou brought us,

and we are not the ones to desert our gods on thy word! Nor

shall we believe in thee! “We say nothing but that (perhaps)

some of our gods may have seized thee with evil.” He said:

“I call God to witness, and do ye bear witness, that I am free

from the sin of ascribing to Him, “Other gods as partners!”

(Qur’an 11:50-55)

However, Abu Thamud began to slowly listen to what Hud was

talking about. He began to believe in what Hud was saying

about the one God and about how man would be resurrected

after death. When the people of the city began to hear what

Abu Thamud was saying, they claimed that Hud must have put

a spell on him.

Abu Thamud insisted that Hud had put no spell on him

but that he now believed that which Hud was saying . Abu

Thamud further claimed that it is ridiculous to believe that

statues that were made by man could have made the earth

and all that it contained, along with the sky, stars, moon,

and sun. He said that there surely had to be a higher being-

-One God.

Abu Thamud was now very happy and told the people that he

was now going to look for Hud. Before he left, he reminded

the people that they should take a close look at the way they

were living and believing in statues. He stated that the statues

have no power and were of no use.

He further stated that they should look at their lives and how

wasteful they were with gambling, intoxicants, and luxuries.

Abu Thamud then proceeded to find Hud so that Hud could tell

him more about God, the One, who created man with bounties

and who will make man die and resurrect again.

He then went to Hud and declared his faith in the one God.

Abu Thamud was then called Abdullah (the servant of God).

He would get angry if anyone would call him by his previous

name. The people of ‘Ad still would come to Abdullah and try

to convince him that Hud had put a spell on him. Each time

Abdullah would declare his faith in the One God.

Finally the people gave up on Abdullah. They gave him a message

to give to Hud. They wanted to relate to Hud that they would

continue to believe in their gods. And that they would never

believe in what Hud was preaching.

They also wanted Hud to come with the punishment he was

talking about if what he said was true. Then the people of ‘Ad

returned to their homes laughing and mocking.

Abdullah went to Hud to relate to him what had happened.

Hud said woe to them. Will they argue about the deities that

they and their forefathers made with their own hands? Let

them just wait. They deserve the punishment of God. He then

stood up and prayed: “Give me victory on what they called

me a liar.”

Then the order of God came - The punishment of no more rain.

There was a terrible drought for three years. The grass and cattle

were destroyed. Then a huge black cloud appeared.

The people of ‘Ad were very happy when they saw this cloud

because they assumed that it contained much rain. They de-

clared that this cloud would bring back the land and the rivers

would flow again.

Little did they know what was in store for them. Instead, this

black cloud brought a terrible wind that would lift men up and

then drop them with such force that they would crush.

Many men even tried to escape this wind by hiding in the moun-

tain caves. However, there was no escape from this wind. This

wind would even follow them in the caves.

The Holy Qur’an describes:

“And the ‘Ad,-they were destroyed by a furious Wind,

exceedingly violent: He made it rage against them seven

nights and eight days in succession: so that you couldst

see the (whole) people lying overthrown in its (path) as if

they had been roots of hollow palm-trees tumbled down!”

(Qur’an 69:6-7)

The people of ‘Ad used to boast that there was none stronger

than they. God surely proved them wrong for their disobedi-

ence. God destroyed not only the people of ‘Ad, but the entire

city as well.

“Now the ‘Ad behaved arrogantly through the land, against

(all) reason, and said: “Who is superior to us in strength?”

What! Did they not see that God, Who created them, was

superior to them in strength? But they continued to reject

Our Signs!” (Qur’an 41:15)

Hud and his faithful followers who had left to another place,

were the only ones who survived this terrible punishment from


“We saved him and those who adhered to him, by Our Mercy

and We cut off the roots of those who rejected Our Signs and

did not believe.” (Qur’an 7:72)

Afterwards the remnant who survived established themselves in

Yemen. The grave of the Prophet Hud (AS) is in Hadramaut. It

is visited by the Muslims in the month of Rajab.


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