|Translation:||The Wind Curved Sandhills|
About Surah: Al-Ahqaf
Surah Al Ahqaf is a middle Makki Surah and its named after the dwellings of the people of Aad.
Beginning from Surah Ghaafir, are a group of seven surahs that initiate with the Huroof Muqattaat – Haa Meem. Such disjointed letters, such as Alif Laam Meem, Yaa Seen, Noon etc. are found at the beginning of twenty-nine surahs in the Qur’an, and only Allaah (SWT) knows their true meaning, even though scholars have tried to understand and explain possible interpretations. The surahs that begin with Haa Meem follow in succession – Ghaafir, Fussilat, Ash-Shoora, Az Zukhruf, Ad-Dukhan, Al Jaathiyah and Al Ahqaaf, and these are considered to focus on inviting people to the Tawheed.
The Universe has not been created without a purpose, and everything is moving towards its appointed time of conclusion. Those who worship others besides Allaah (SWT) and invoke them, then their deities are not even aware of their worship. On the Day of Resurrection, they will disassociate themselves from their worship.
The Quraysh alleged different things about the Qur’an, calling it either magic or a fabrication. The Prophet ﷺ was not someone new, but rather sent in succession to previous prophets and messengers, and a confirmation to the revelation sent prior. He was not aware of the unseen and followed what was revealed to him.
An individual must show gratitude not just for the blessings on him, but also that he received through his parents, and strive for righteousness while seeking the support of Allaah (SWT) in all of this. He will be rewarded by Allaah (SWT) in the Hereafter with a place in Paradise. In contrast, the one who scoffs at his parents when they try to guide him on the straight path, he will be punished in the Hell Fire.
Hud (AS) warned the people of Aad against worshipping anyone other than Allaah (SWT), but they refused to heed. When they saw the punishment of Allaah (SWT), they believed it to be clouds bringing them rain, but it destroyed them and they could not escape from it.
Some of the jinns listened to the recitation of the Qur’an from the Prophet ﷺ, and then went back to their people as messengers to convey the truth. They recognized it as a confirmation of the message revealed to Musa (AS) and exhorted their people to submit to the guidance.
Allaah (SWT) asks the Prophet ﷺ to remain patient until the Day of Judgement when the disbelievers will realize the truth of everything.