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The Life of Prophet Hud (Eber) Bilingual Edition English & Spanish

by

Jannah Firdaus Mediapro

2018





































Prolog

Prophet Hud (Eber) was a prophet of ancient Arabia mentioned in the Qur’an. The eleventh chapter of the Quran, Hud, is named after him, though the narrative of Hud comprises only a small portion of the chapter. Hud has sometimes been identified with Eber, an ancestor of the Israelites who is mentioned in the Old Testament.

He is said to have been a subject of a mulk (Arabic: مُـلـك‎, kingdom) named after its founder, ʿĀd, a fourth-generation descendant of Prophet Noah (his father being Uz, the son of Aram, who was the son of Shem and a son of Noah. he other tribes claimed to be present at this time in Arabia, were the Thamud, Jurhum, Tasam, Jadis, Amim, Midian, Amalek Imlaq, Jasim, Qahtan, Banu Yaqtan and others.

The Quran gives the location of Ad as being Al-Aḥqaf (Arabic: الأَحـقَـاف‎, "The Sandy Plains," or "the Wind-curved Sand-hills"). It is believed to have been in the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula, possibly in eastern Yemen and/or western Oman. In the 1980s, a settlement was discovered and thought to be Ubar, which is thought to be mentioned in the Qur'an as Iram dhat al-Imad (Arabic: إِرَم ذَات الـعِـمَـاد‎, Iram of the Pillars), and may have been the capital of Ad. An alternative translation of Iram dhat al-Imad is "Iram of the tentpoles" and it is uncertain whether the name identifies a city or a tribe.

The people of Ad were extremely powerful and wealthy and they built countless buildings and monuments to show their power. However, the Ad 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. Prophet Hud (Pbuh), 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 Ad people.

When Hud started preaching and invited them to the worship of only the true God and when he told them to repent for their past sins and ask for mercy and forgiveness, the Ad people began to revile him and wickedly began to mock God's message. Hud's story epitomizes the prophetic cycle common to the early prophets mentioned in the Quran: 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.

Judaism and Christianity do not venerate Hud as a prophet and, as a figure, he is absent from the Bible. However, there are several pre-Quranic references to individuals named Hud or possessing a name which is connected to Hud as well as references to the people of Ad. The name has been linked to several Biblical names. [citation needed] The name Hud also appears in various ancient inscriptions, most commonly in the Hadhramaut.


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