Surah Hud: Chapter 11 (line 50-60) Hud

50. And to Aad, their brother Hud. He said, “O my people, worship God, you have no other god besides Him. You do nothing but invent lies.”

51. “O my people, I ask you no wage for it; my wage lies with Him who originated me. Do you not understand?”

52. “O my people, ask forgiveness from your Lord, and repent to Him. He will release the sky pouring down upon you, and will add strength to your strength. And do not turn away and be wicked.”

53. They said, “O Hud, you did not bring us any evidence, and we are not about to abandon our gods at your word, and we are not believers in you.”

54. “We only say that some of our gods have possessed you with evil.” He said, “I call God to witness, and you to witness, that I am innocent of what you associate.

55. Besides Him. So scheme against me, all of you, and do not hesitate.

56. I have placed my trust in God, my Lord and your Lord. There is not a creature but He holds it by the forelock. My Lord is on a straight path.

57. If you turn away, I have conveyed to you what I was sent to you with; and my Lord will replace you with another people, and you will not cause Him any harm. My Lord is Guardian over all things.”

58. And when Our decree came, We saved Hud and those who believed with him, by a mercy from Us, and We delivered them from a harsh punishment.

59. That was Aad; they denied the signs of their Lord, and defied His messengers, and followed the lead of every stubborn tyrant.

60. And they were pursued by a curse in this world, and on the Day of Resurrection. Indeed, Aad blasphemed against their Lord-so away with Aad, the people of Hud.

 

My interpretation:

Hud was the warner of an ancient people of a nation called Aad. He was trying to tell them that the sky would come pouring down on them and destroy them all if they did not stop worshipping others gods and practicing in polytheism. They only thought he was possessed by one of their gods that they worshipped. But Hud said he was innocent of the crime that they associated with him and he only believed in ONE Creator of the world and universe.

Line 57 shows exactly what happens and how evolution moves forwards. When one group of people grow to a point of where they can no longer spread messages of unity and one creator it seems then they are replaced by a new creation. Hud was given this wisdom to pass on to his people, but they did not listen to him as they did not listen to Noah.

Gabriel goes on to tell them that the people of Aad were destroyed and Hud and only the people that believed in him remained from that civilization. Till the day of resurrection when all the truth comes out they will be held accountable for not believing in Hud’s warnings.

Quite possibly where Aad was and were archeologists find few remains of a past civilization.

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Surah Hud: Chapter 11 (line 40-50) Hud

40. Until, when Our command came, and the volcano erupted, We said, “Board into it a pair of every kind, and your family-except those against whom the sentence has already been passed-and those who have believed.” But those who believed with him were only a few.

41. He said, “Embark in it. In the name of God shall be its sailing and its anchorage. My Lord is indeed Forgiving and Merciful.”

42. And so it sailed with them amidst waves like hills. And Noah called to his son, who had kept away, “O my son! Embark with us, and do not be with the disbelievers.”

43. He said, “I will take refuge on a mountain-it will protect me from the water.” He said, “There is no protection from God’s decree today, except for him on whom He has mercy.” And the waves surged between them, and he was among the drowned.

44. And it was said, “O earth, swallow your waters,” and “O heaven, clear up.” And the waters receded, and the event was concluded, and it settled on Judi, and it was proclaimed: “Away with the wicked people.”

45. And Noah called to his Lord. He said, “O My Lord, my son is of my family, and Your promise is true, and You are the Wisest of the wise.”

46. He said, “O Noah, he is not of your family. It is an unrighteous deed. So do not ask Me about something you know nothing about. I admonish you, lest you be one of the ignorant.”

47. He said, “O My Lord, I seek refuge with You, from asking You about what I have no knowledge of. Unless You forgive me, and have mercy on me, I will be one of the losers.”

48. It was said, “O Noah, disembark with peace from Us; and with blessings upon you, and upon communities from those with you. And other communities We will grant prosperity, and then a painful torment from Us will befall them.”

49. These are some stories from the past that we reveal to you. Neither you, nor your people knew them before this. So be patient. The future belongs to the pious.

50. And to Aad, their brother Hud. He said, “O my people, worship God, you have no other god besides Him. You do nothing but invent lies.”

My interpretation: 

Gabriel is retelling of the account of the great flood where Noah built his Ark guided by God. After the underwater volcano erupted filling the land with water where Noah was living, he realized that his son was still out there. His son called to him and said he will take cover on a mountain. Noah knew that his son would not survive the event and that God’s promise to wipe that whole area away was made.

Eventually the water receded and the skies cleared up. The Ark is said to have settled on Mount Judi where it was proclaimed to be a new start for Noah and the people who believed. the wicked people have been washed away.

But Noah called out to God and asked for his son, but God told him that his son was one of the wicked and He knew something of Noah’s son’s soul that caused him to be part of the wicked people and not part of his bloodline in terms of being a righteous believer. So Noah realized that once again God had a Plan that he could not know, but must play an important role in and asked God for Mercy.

Line 48, it is hard to know, but I believe this line is actually saying that there were other people already living around Mount Judi that he could build a new community with. It is hard to believe at this time that Noah and a few people on the ark were the only ones left, but in this line it does not say. And really it is not important. What is important is to understand that while there was destruction, there was always a chance at a new beginning for mankind.

The communities that Noah helped foster through faith and good will, prospered spiritually. The communities that were fostered on worship of other gods or men, prospered physically, but eventually they were destroyed and did not live on.

Line 49 is where then Gabriel brings Muhammad back to the present time to explain that a place like Mecca that is living with its gold and luxury will be destroyed soon if they do not comply with living right. Child sacrifice and other immorality being done in worship and in not, will be punished eventually if they do not learn from these revelations. The future belongs to the pious. Just as the Bible brings forth that the meek shall inherit the earth, it means those who are humble and good will get what they deserve in the end because God is good.

Line 50, will bring Muhammad into the story of an ancient people called Aad, and their messenger of the nation called Hud.

Amazingly this photo is of Mount Judi and many scholars and archeologists today claim that this 515ft long crater is once where the ark laid after the waters receded. Sure looks like it to me.

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Surah Hud: Chapter 11 (line 30-40) Hud

30. “O my people! Who will support me against God, if I dismiss them? Will you not give a thought?”

31. “I do not say to you that I possess the treasures of God, nor do I know the future, nor do I say that I am an angel. Nor do I say of those who are despicable in your eyes that God will never give them any good. God is Aware of what lies in their souls. If I did, I would be one of the wrongdoers.”

32. They said, “O Noah, you have argued with us, and argued a great deal. Now bring upon us what you threaten us with, if you are truthful.”

33. He said, “It is God who will bring it upon you, if He wills, and you will not be able to escape.”

34. “My advice will not benefit you, much as I may want to advise you, if God desires to confound you. He is your Lord, and to Him you will be returned.”

35. Or do they say, “He made it up?” Say, “If I made it up, upon me falls my crime, and I am innocent of the crimes you commit.”

36. And it was revealed to Noah: “None of your people will believe, except those who have already believed, so do not grieve over what they do.”

37. “And build the Ark, under Our eyes, and with Our inspiration, and do not address Me regarding those who did wrong; they are to be drowned.”

38. As he was building the ark, whenever some of his people passed by him, they ridiculed him. He said, “If you ridicule us, we will ridicule you, just as you ridicule.”

39. “You will surely know upon whom will come a torment that will abase him, and upon whom will fall a lasting torment.”

40. Until, when Our command came, and the volcano erupted, We said, “Board into it a pair of every kind, and your family-except those against whom the sentence has already been passed-and those who have believed.” But those who believed with him were only a few.

 

My interpretation:

As you can see the lines with the quotations are what Noah said and so Gabriel is retelling exactly what happened in history, word for word. Noah asks the people to believe in and him and support his messages. Line 31, is really important cause it shows an innocence that can not made up. Noah says to the people that he does not hold any secret power, prophecy or way to know exactly what God is thinking. He is not an angel, he is only a messenger giving a warning about something that is about to happen in the close present time.

Noah also goes on to say that he can not even judge other people’s souls and only God can do this. God knows what is in our souls and what we desire to do with our time on earth. And he further goes on to say that if he did all of a sudden make judgments about certain people then he would be in the wrong and could then be judged by God.

Finally in line 26, the people of his nation decided to listen to Noah and hear what he had to say. But Noah can not tell them exactly when or how it will happen, but SOMETHING will be brought upon these people who act out immorally and have neglected their services to God.

Sadly at this point, all Noah can say is that his advice will not help them and only God can come into their hearts and change the outcome of what must happen. But the people said that he made it up and did not want to face their actions or the consequences. Noah said that if he made it all up he would be glad to take the punishment of lying to them, but he was innocent of this crime.

So God soothed Noah’s heart by letting him know that even though he did his duty to give a fair warning, the people will not listen and have already grown cold and faithless. Only the people who already had faith will believe and resonate with Noah’s words.

So God inspired Noah to build and Ark and not worry about the others, they will be drowned and the matter has been decided. Noah is not to plead for their life, it is already part of the Plan of God and Noah is to keep to his duty of building the Ark.

Many people passed Noah and ridiculed him for building such a big boat, but he was comforted to know that whatever they put towards him would come back to them when they learned that he was always telling the truth.

Line 40 is when Gabriel speaks in real time to Muhammad changing the tense of the words by saying that God  commanded a volcano to erupt causing a change to the earth, but before this, Noah was to board every pair of animal and believer in his words he could find. But sadly there was only a few people who supported him and had faith.

Taken from the new film “Noah”, accurately shows how an underwater volcano could have started the flood.

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Surah Hud: Chapter 11 (line 20-30) Hud

20. These will not escape on earth, and they have no protectors besides God. The punishment will be doubled for them. They have failed to hear, and they have failed to see.

21. Those are the ones who lost their souls, and what they had invented has strayed away from them.

22. Without a doubt, in the Hereafter, they will be the biggest losers.

23. As for those who believe and do good deeds, and humble themselves before their Lord-these are the inhabitants of Paradise, where they will abide forever.

24. The parable of the two groups is that of the blind and the deaf, and the seeing and the hearing. Are they equal in comparison? Will you not reflect?

25. We sent Noah to his people, “I am to you a clear warner.”

26. “That you shall worship none but God. I fear for you the agony of a painful Day.”

27. The notables who disbelieved among his people said, “We see in you nothing but a man like us, and we see that only the worst among us have followed you, those of immature judgment. And we see that you have no advantage over us. In fact, we think you are liars.”

28. He said, “O my people, Have you considered? If I stand on clear evidence from my Lord, and He has given me a mercy from Himself, but you were blind to it, can we compel you to accept it, even though you dislike it?”

29. “O my people! I ask of you no money for it. My reward lies only with God. And I am not about to dismiss those who believed; they will surely meet their Lord. And I see that you are ignorant people.”

30. “O my people! Who will support me against God, if I dismiss them? Will you not give a thought?”

My interpretation:

I had to go back to include line 19 to understand 20,  “Those who hinder others from the path of God, and seek to make it crooked; and regarding the Hereafter, they are in denial.”

These are the ones who will not escape the judgment of God and the truth of what they have done spiritually to people will experience the harsh truth of what they have done. They will become the loser of paradise because of this guilt they will carry when everything is shown to them.

The believers who do good in the world, have faith in something outside themselves and money, will be the rewarded of paradise. Possibly because they will have learned the lessons their souls need to and have detached from their egos enough to experience bliss.

While there is nothing wrong with someone who looses their sight or is born without sight, the parable is trying to show that someone who doesn’t believe is just like a deaf or blind person. They can not see or hear the Signs from the Lord and will remain in disadvantage of those who can, by their own choice.

Gabriel tells Muhammad that Noah as a messenger said to the people that he had messages to give and for people to heed the warnings. They thought he was just like him and did not take him to be specially appointed to anything, so they laughed at Noah and ridiculed him while blocking others from coming to him to listen to the words of God. They called Noah immature, and others ignorant for following him. But truly they were the ignorant ones.

Noah tried hard to get people to listen to him. He said that he only stands as clear evidence of guidance from the Lord and that he doesn’t want power or money, but only to warn the people. His rewards lies with God and he made sure to tell the people that no reward on earth was he after.

Here at the last line, Noah is asking for  the people to support him and to see that he would never dismiss a person in their curiosity to hear what he has to say. He has a duty to perform for God and fears for his soul to abandon it.

An artist’s depiction of Noah trying to get people to listen to him.

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Surah Yunus: Chapter 10 (line 70-80) Jonah

70. Some enjoyment in this world; then to Us is their return; then We will make them taste the severe punishment on account of their disbelief.

71. And relate to them the story of Noah, when he said to his people, “O my people, if my presence among you and my reminding you of God’s signs is too much for you, then in God I have put my trust. So come to a decision, you and your partners, and do not let the matter perplex you; then carry out your decision on me, and do not hold back.”

72. “But if you turn away, I have not asked you for any wage. My wage falls only on God, and I was commanded to be of those who submit.”

73. But they denounced him, so We saved him and those with him in the Ark, and We made them successors, and We drowned those who rejected Our signs. So consider the fate of those who were warned.

74. Then, after him, We sent messengers to their people. They came to them with the clear proofs, but they would not believe in anything they had already rejected. Thus We set a seal on the hearts of the hostile.

75. Then, after them, We sent Moses and Aaron with Our proofs to Pharaoh and his dignitaries. But they acted arrogantly. They were sinful people.

76. And when the truth came to them from Us, they said, “This is clearly sorcery.”

77. Moses said, “Is this what you say of the truth when it has come to you? Is this sorcery? Sorcerers do not succeed.”

78. They said, “Did you come to us to divert us from what we found our ancestors following, and so that you become prominent in the land? We will never believe in you.”

79. Pharaoh said, “Bring me every experienced sorcerer.”

80. And when the sorcerers came, Moses said to them, “Throw whatever you have to throw.”

My interpretation: 

Here Muhammad is given insight into what happened in the past. Noah was a messenger of God and was trying to warn the people to repent and start living life right. They mocked and ridiculed him and did not take heed of the warnings. So God drowned them all to create a new creation and begin again, so that life can move forwards.

The story of Moses Muhammad is being told so that he may tell the people of the great odds that Moses had to go against with the Pharaoh and his “magicians”. Moses was given the power of God to show the proof in his staff that there is a power that is greater than magic or illusion of power.

And in knowing this, Moses had no fear.

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Surah Al-A’raf : Chapter 7 (line 50-60) the Elevations

50. The inmates of the Fire will call on the inhabitants of the Garden, “Pour some water over us, or some of what God has provided for you.” They will say, “God has forbidden them for the disbelievers.”

51. Those who took their religion lightly, and in jest, and whom the worldly life deceived. Today We will ignore them, as they ignored the meeting on this Day of theirs, and they used to deny Our revelations.

52. We have given them a Scripture, which We detailed with knowledge-guidance and mercy for people who believe.

53. Are they waiting for anything but its fulfillment? The Day its fulfillment comes true, those who disregarded it before will say, “The messengers of our Lord did come with the truth. Have we any intercessors to intercede for us? Or, could we be sent back, to behave differently from the way we behaved before?” They ruined their souls, and what they used to invent has failed them.

54. Your Lord is God; He who created the heavens and the earth in six days, then established Himself on the Throne. The night overtakes the day, as it pursues it persistently; and the sun, and the moon, and the stars are subservient by His command. His is the creation, and His is the command. Blessed is God, Lord of all beings.

55. Call upon your Lord humbly and privately. He does not love the aggressors.

56. And do not corrupt on earth after its reformation, and pray to Him with fear and hope. God’s mercy is close to the doers of good.

57. It is He who sends the wind ahead of His mercy. Then, when they have gathered up heavy clouds, We drive them to a dead land, where We make water come down, and with it We bring out all kinds of fruits. Thus We bring out the dead-perhaps you will reflect.

58. As for the good land, it yields its produce by the leave of its Lord. But as for the bad, it produces nothing but hardship and misery. Thus We explain the revelations in various ways for people who are thankful.

59. We sent Noah to his people. He said, “O my people! Worship God; you have no god other than Him. I fear for you the punishment of a tremendous Day.”

60. The dignitaries among his people said, “We see that you are in obvious error.”

My interpretation: 

Muhammad is still being given a terrible glimpse of what is to happen in the future to those who do not follow the guidance found in these revelations and in the original Gospel, and Torah given to Moses. When the inmates of Hell call to the people in Heaven above them, they will ask for water, AND other provisions that God has given the believers. But by that time it will be too late for them.

The ones who ignored God, mocked the messengers and took the afterlife in jest are the ones who will get the consequences of being ignored by God. I have always felt that God will not be a direct punisher of those in Hell, but it will be a place of isolation and neglect from God. The way I have heard it and it’s a beautiful expression, is that the ones furthest from God’s light will be in a void or vacuum from any of God’s Love only cause they pushed it away when alive.

Gabriel is telling Muhammad that God created everything in 6 days and rested on the 7th. This is the same as been told by the other messengers and if you are an evolutionist like me, you may be able to see that time is relative to God. 6 days to God, could be millions of years to humans who live a speck of the infinity, that God does. I have always believed in a God that creates us to evolve.

Muhammad is told that just by the idea of land being able to have water rained down on them to help the crops and grow food, is a Sign from this guiding force that creates life. Muhammad is told to tell the pagans, this is from One God, and they are better guided to practice worship to this One God.

Noah was a man who was a chosen messenger of God, trying to bring truth to his people he lived with. But they sadly did not listen and called Noah in obvious error.

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