stories of the quran for the children

THE AAD

The aad were an ancient people living on the Arabian Peninsula. Allah had bestowed on them many bounties: wealth and children and an unmatched strength. He also gave them the light of knowledge. So, they ought to have been grateful to Allah, worshiped him and not associated. Anything with him. However, they were disobedient, disbelieving, rebellious and proud. They boasted that no one was as strong as they were, forgetting that Allah was stronger than them. He had created them.
They had built strong castles and forts. They were joyous at being perfect in various arts and at their strength.
They were under an illusion that they would occupy their castles and forts forever and it never crossed their minds that every structure must cave in one day. They continued to go deeper and deeper in fantasy and faithlessness. They even refused to believe in life after death and in reckoning on being resurrected. They believed only in life and death and being destroyed by time.
Their mutiny and rebellion led them to idol-
Worship, though idols can neither harm nor profit. It is Allah’s practice that he does not punish a people unless he has sent to them his messenger first. This is as he says in surah al-asra, verse 15.
Accordingly, he sent to the add, hud (……………………) as
His prophet to give, them glad tidings and to warn them.He
Was sent to guide them on the straight path and toworshipof Allah alone
So he called on them to fear Allah and to obey him. Kbits, they said that they found him in folly and a liar. He assured them that he was in no folly, but was Allah’s messenger to convey to them his message and that he was their well-wisher
Like Iall prophets, hud (……………) was also patient and never lost hope. He endured persecution; perhaps they might heed and reform. They insisted that they would not forsake their gods merely on his advice. When he expressed fear that they could be punished,
They challenged him to let them have the punishment if he was truthful. Their arrogance was at its peak.
Prophet hud (……………) warned them:
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“Indeed curse and wrath from your lord have already fallen on you. Do you dispute with me about mere names which you and your forefathers have named, concerning which Allah has sent down no authority? Then wait, I too shall be waiting with you.” (Al-a’raf, verse 71)
Allah’s chastisement on them commenced when they ceased to get rain. Their fields went dry so much so that their supply of milk too went dry. They faced a severe drought. One day, as they looked at the sky, hoping for rain-bearing clouds, they saw dark black clouds coming over them. They were overjoyed at the sight and shouted with joy that it would rain. Their joy was short-lived, however. That was not a cloud but a violent wind that blew for seven nights and eight days. It destroyed them and whatever belonged to them, sparing no one. Allah saved prophet hud the believer. Allah says:
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“So they become such that nothing could be seen but their dwelling. (Al-ahqaf, verse 25)
Their pride destroyed them. They were under a misconception that they would abide in their castles for Ever. They forgot that Allah’s all powerful. He does what he will and has perfect power to give life, cause death and to punish.

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