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Discovering the Habitations of “Aad”

Discovering the Habitations of “Aad” 4880162682p5[size=16]By : Feras Nour Alhak
Revised by : Magdy Abd Al-Shafy
mentioned “Aad” ‘s people while talking about His messenger “Hud”
(peace be upon him) as He saysin the Holy Quran what means:

Aad’s people we sent their brother “Hud” .He said: “O my people,
worship Allah. You have no other god but Him. You are but inventing”)
. (Surat Hud, verse 50)

The Qur’an
specified or pinpointed the location of “Aad” in Al-Ahqaaf that means
“Dunes”. The Holy Qur’an didn’t tell us about its location but the
exegetes said that it is located between Yemen and Oman. Allah says:

that the brother of Aad warned his people at the Dunes and verily there
have been numerous warners before and after him.)
(Surat Al-Ahqaaf “The Dunes”, verse 21)

The Qur’an tells us that “Aad” ’s
people built a city called “Iram” which is mentioned in the Qur’an as
Allah says what can be translated :

(Have you known what your Lord did to Aad. Iram; the city with huge pillars. Like which there is no other city anywhere.) (Surat Al-Fajr “The Dawn”, verses 6,7,Cool
Historians said that “Aad” ’s
people worshipped three idols; namely, ”sadaa”, “somoud”, “habaa”. This
is according to what’s mentioned in the history of Al-Tabari.

“Hud” called his people to worship
Allah and give up worshipping idols because this is the only way to
avoid Allah’s torment on the doomsday. But what was the effect of this
call on the tribe of “Aad”? They despised him and described him as being
foolish, reckless and a liar. “Hud” dismissed these false accusations
asserting that he was a messenger sent by God ,the Creator , and that he
wanted nothing but advising them. Allah says:

(The Leaders
who disbelieved among his people said, “Surely we see that you are
behaving foolishly, and we think that you are a liar.)
(Surat Al- A’raaf “The Purgatory”, verse 66)

The Reminding of Allah’s blessings:

kept addressing his people in an attempt to convince them to return to
the right path reminding them of Allah’s blessings over them, as he said
what could be translated “ Is it too
astonishing that Allah guides you through a man from your people who
came to warn you of the bad end that will befall you as a result of your
infidelity. Don’t you remember that Allah made you the inheritors of
the earth after the people of Noah who were perished by their bad deeds,
and that He granted you strength in your bodies and in your power?
These blessings should make you believe in Allah and thank Him, not to
make you infidels.

Allah says in the Qur’an what means (Is
it too much wonder that a reminder has come to you from your Lord
through a man like you, to warn you? Call in remembrance that He made
you the inheritors after Noah’s people and gave you growth of stature.
Remember Allah’s blessings that you may succeed.)
(Surat Al-A’raaf “The Purgatory”, verse 69)Discovering the Habitations of “Aad” A030_02

The Holy Qur’an tells us that Hud’s
people didn’t thank Allah for His blessings, but ,rather, they indulged
themselves in the vainglory and allurement of this world and turned
haughty. Hence, “Hud” told them (Allah says in the Qur’an what means ):

(Do you build
on every height a monument for vain delight! And you make fine
buildings as if you will last forever! And when you strike, you strike
mercilessly! Rather fear Allah and obey me. Fear Him Who has provided
you with what you know. He provided you with livestocks and children.
And gardens and springs. Truely I fear for you the retribution of a
Great Day.)
(Surat Al-Shu’araa “ The Poets”, verses 128 to 135)

When they disobeyed their
messenger, Allah punished them by sending a stormy wind that was loaded
with sands and dust, and it covered them completely and destroyed them. Allah says in the Qur’an what means :

( And as for Aad, they were destroyed by a fierce roaring wind.) (Surat Al-Haaqah” The Reality“, verse 6)
The Main Points that Mentioned about Aad in the Qur’an:

The people of “Hud” lived in “Al-Ahqaaf” which means “the Dunes”, and
the historians say that it is located between Yemen and Oman.

2) “Aad” ‘s people were having groves, livestocks, and springs.
3) “Aad” ’s people built an
enormous city called “Iram”, which had tremendous palaces and huge
pillars. That is why, Allah has described it in the Qur’an as: “Iram; the city with huge pillars.

4) When they accused “Hud” of
lying, Allah sent a stormy wind loaded with dust that killed them and
immersed their city in sands.

The Archaeological Finds of the City of Iram:

the beginning of 1990, there appeared press-releases in the well-known
newspapers of the world declaring "Fabled Lost Arabian city found",
"Arabian city of Legend found", "The Atlantis of the Sands, Ubar". What
rendered this archaeological finds more intriguing was the fact that
this city was also referred to in the Qur’an. Many people who, since
then, thought that ‘Ad recounted in the Qur’an was a legend or that
their location could never be found, could not conceal their
astonishment at this discovery. The discovery of this city, which was
only mentioned in oral stories of Bedouins, arouse great interest and

It was Nicholas Clapp, an amateur archaeologist, who found this legendary city that was mentioned in the Qur’an (1).
Being an Arabophile and ********ary film-maker winner, Clapp had come
across a very interesting book during his research on Arabian history.
This book was Arabia Felix , written by the English researcher "Bertram
Thomas "in 1932. Arabia Felix was the Roman designation for the southern
part of the Arabian Peninsula which today includes Yemen and much of
Oman. The Greeks called this area "Eudaimon Arabia" and medieval Arab
scholars called it "Al-Yaman as Al-Said".

All of these names mean "Fortunate
Arabia", because the people living in that region in old times were
known to be the most fortunate people in their time. Well, what was the
reason for such a designation?

Their good fortune was in part due
to their strategic location - serving as middlemen in the spice trade
between India and places north of the Arabian Peninsula. Besides, the
people living in this region produced and distributed "frankincense", an
aromatic resin from rare trees. Being highly favoured by the ancient
communities, this plant was used as a fumigant in various religious
rites. In those times, the plant was at least as valuable as gold.

The English researcher Thomas
described these "lucky" tribes at length and claimed that he found the
traces of an ancient city founded by one of these tribes
This was the city known as "Ubar" by the Bedouins. In one of the trips
he made to the region, the Bedouins living in the desert had shown him
well-worn tracks and stated that these tracks led toward the ancient
city of Ubar. Thomas, who showed great interest in the subject died
before being able to complete his research.

Clapp, who examined what the
English researcher Thomas wrote, was convinced of the existence of the
lost city described in the book. Without losing much time, he started
his research. Clapp tried two ways to prove the existence of Ubar:

he found the tracks which the Bedouins said existed. He applied to NASA
to provide the satellite images of the area. After a long struggle, he
succeeded in persuading the authorities to take the pictures of the

Clapp went on to study the ancient manuscripts and maps in the
Huntington library in California. His aim was to find a map of the
region. After a short research, he found one. What he found was a map
drawn by the Greek-Egyptian geographer Ptolemy in 200 AD. In the map ,
was shown the location of an old city found in the region and the ways
that led to this city.

Meanwhile, he received the news
that the pictures had been taken by NASA. In the pictures, some caravan
trails became visible which were difficult to identify with the naked
eye, but could only be seen as a whole from the sky. Comparing these
pictures with the old map he had in hand, Clapp finally reached the
conclusion he was looking for: “ the trails in the old map correspond
with the trails in the pictures taken from the satellite”. The final
destination of these trails was understood to have been once a city.

the location of the legendary city which had been subject of the
stories told orally by the Bedouins was discovered. After a short while,
excavations began and remains of an old city started to be uncovered
under the sands. Thus, this lost city was described as "the Atlantis of
the Sands, Ubar".

Well, what was it that proved this city to be the city of the people
of ‘Ad mentioned in the Qur’an?

from the moment remains started to be unearthed, it was understood that
this ruined city belonged to ‘Ad and Iram’s pillars mentioned in the
Qur’an, because among the structures unearthed were the towers
particularly referred to in the Qur’an.

A member of the research team
leading the excavation, Dr. Zarins said that since the towers were
alleged to be the distinctive feature of Ubar, and since Iram was
mentioned as having towers or pillars, this then was the strongest proof
so far that the site they had unearthed was Iram, the city of ‘Ad
described in the Qur’an. The Qur’an mentions Iram as follows :

( Seest thou
not how thy Lord dealt with the 'Ad (people), - Of the (city of) Iram,
with lofty pillars, The like of which were not produced in (all) the
(Surat al-Fajr: 6-Cool

The Miracle of Predicting the Unknown:

ago, historians misgave about the reality of Aad’s people, as the
former did not find any trace of them. By the beginning of the 20th
century, the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) made a
voyage around the earth by a space shuttle equipped with a radar which
was capable of deeply penetrating the soil ability. When the shuttle
came across the Void Quarter, it’s been discovered that there was a
stream of two dry rivers; one of them running from west to east, and the
other running from south to north. That is why the Americans got
dazzled because this site is the driest part of the earth, yet it had
running rivers till the near past.

Discovering the Habitations of “Aad” A030_03
[size=16]A picture of 2 dry rivers near Aad’s habitations taken by satellite.

Later on, the shuttle was equipped
with more penetrating radar. It took a photo of a stream of two rivers
that flow into a lake with a diameter of 40 Km. At the south of the Void
Quarter. Between the two mouths of the river, the shuttle took pictures
of a construction that is unexampled in its size. Hence, historians,
archeologists, and men of religion were mobilized to determine the
nature of this construction. All of them were unanimously agreed that
this construction is “ the palaces of the city of “Iram”) which is
described in the Qur’an as:

( Iram; the city with huge pillars. Like which there is no other city anywhere.) (Surat Al-Fajr (The Dawn), verses 7,Cool.

Discovering the Habitations of “Aad” A030_04
[size=16]A picture of
“Iram” ’s castles that were found on a depth of 10 meters under layers
of sands. It is characterized by its huge pillars. The picture was taken
via an American satellite.

they began to remove the sands from the city, they discovered an
eight-sided castle by the city fences. It was built upon many enormous
pillars and is described by Allah as (Iram; the city with huge pillars.)

told the prophet Mohammad (the son of Abdullah) about the story of Aad?
Who told him exactly its lactation in Al- Ahqaaf (the Dunes) that
exists in the Void Quarter; the site which is characterized by its loose
sands that occupy most of it? Who told him that the people of Aad had
built a colossal city called “Iram” and that it had huge palaces and
castles with great pillars. It is He, God , the Creator of the worlds,
It is He Who sent the Qur’an on the heart of His dear prophet Mohammad
(the son of Abdullah), as Allah (exalted be He) says:

(To Aad’s
people we sent their brother Hud. He said, “ O my people worship Allah,
you have no other god but Him. You are but inventing (50). O my people I
don’t ask you for any reward, my reward is from none but Him who
originated me (51). O my people seek your Lord’s forgiveness, and then
repent to Him. He will then ask the sky to rain in abundance, and
augment your strength and don’t turn back into transgressors (52)”)
(Surat “Hud”.)

Allah also says in another position (to his prophet “Hud”):
(If they turn
away, then say, “I have warned you of a stunning punishment like that
of Aad and Thamoud (13). When the messengers came to them, from before
him and behind them saying (worship none but Allah), they said (if your
Lord had willed, He surely would have sent down angels, so we are surely
unbelievers in that with which you are sent) (14). As for Aad, they
turned haughty on earth without right, and said “ who is mightier than
us in power?” did they not realize that Allah, Who created them, is
mightier than them in power? And they denied our revelations (15).
Consequently, we sent upon them a furious wind in ominous days that we
might make them taste the torment of humiliation in this life, and
verily the torment of the Hereafter will be more humiliating and they
will find no help (16). )
(Surat Fussilat (Detailed))

Reference :
1 Haron Yahya books
1. Afeef Tabara’s “With the Prophets”
2. The National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA)
3. Zaghlool Al-Naggar’s “From the Miraculous Signs in the Qur’an”
[size=7](1) Thomas H. Maugh II, “Ubar, Fabled Lost City, Found by LA Team”,

The Los Angeles Times, 5 February 1992.
(2) Kamal Salibi, A History of Arabia, Caravan Books, 1980.
(3) Bertram Thomas, Arabia Felix: Across the “Empty Quarter” of Arabia,
New York: Schrieber’s Sons 1932, p. 161
(4) Charlene Crabb, “Frankincense”, Discover, January 1993
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