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Hud (Arabic: هود‎) is the name of a prophet of Islam, the prophet known in the Old Testament as Eber.[1] The eleventh sura of the Qur'an, Hud, is named after him, though the narrative of Hud comprises only a small portion of the sura, 11:50–60. Some Muslims believe that Hud lived for about 150 years and received revelations and prophethood sometime around 2400 BC.[2][3]

The Story of Hud

The Qur'an states that Hud was sent as a warning to the people of 'Ad (عاد). The recently discovered city of Ubar, mentioned in the Qur'an as Iram (إرَم), is believed to have been the capital of 'Ad.

Although there is no mention of the amount of time elapsed after Noah in the Qur'an, according to Islamic secular tradition of history (but not from the Quran or Hadith), Hud was born five generations after Nuh (نوح), as was Eber but only according to the Septuagint. In that time, his people had completely forgotten about The Flood that had struck generations past and had begun worshipping idols made of stone. Despite Hud's warnings and admonitions the people persisted in their idolatry (shirk). To punish them, Allah sent a drought. Even after the drought, the people would not relent, so they were destroyed in a large storm from which only Hud and a few believers emerged.

Some Muslims believe that Hud lived for about 150 years and received revelations and prophethood sometime around 2400 BC. The Quran and Muhammad said nothing about the exact amount of years of Hud's lifespan or when exactly he was sent (it mentioned only after Noah). Thus, this debate subject to academic discussion on secular level.

Several sites are revered as his tomb, the most noted of which is located in the deserted village of the Wadi Hadhramaut, in Yemen.

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