These are some of the stories of communities which We relate unto thee: of
them some are standing, and some have been mown down (by the sickle of time).
Allah creates man, and gives him a spiritual and physical form, lets him lead a certain course of life, and then will take him into His presence by bringing about his death. Allah creates man and according to the verse Should He not know,- He that created? (Surat al-Mulk: 14), He is the One Who knows and recognises him, who educates him and meets his needs. Therefore, the only real purpose man has in life is to praise Allah, supplicate Him and worship Him. For the same reason, the pure message, and the revelation of Allah communicated to people through His messengers is the sole guidance for man.
The Quran is the last book of Allah and His only unaltered revelation.
This is why we are responsible of assuming the Quran as our true guide, and for being extremely meticulous about all its judgements. This is the only way for salvation both here in this world and beyond.
Therefore, we need to explore very carefully and attentively what the Quran relates to us and contemplate it. In the Quran, Allah states that the purpose of the Qurans revelation is to lead people to think:
Here is a Message for mankind: Let them take warning therefrom, and let them know that He is (no other than) One Allah: let men of understanding take heed. (Surah Ibrahim: 52)
The news of previous peoples which constitutes a great part of the Quran, is certainly one of the matters we ought to contemplate. A majority of these people rejected the prophets sent to them and, moreover, showed animosity towards them. Because of their audacity, they brought Allahs wrath upon themselves and have been wiped off the face of the earth.
The Quran tells us that these cases of destruction should be a warning for succeeding generations. For instance, right after the description of the punishment given to a group of Jews who rebelled against Allah, it is said in the Quran; So We made it an example to their own time and to their posterity, and a lesson to those who fear Allah. (Surat al-Baqara: 66)
In this book, we will review some past societies that have been destroyed because of their rebellion against Allah. Our purpose is to highlight all these incidents, each of which is an example to their own time, so that they can set a warning.
The second reason we are examining these destructions is to show the manifestations of the verses of the Quran externally in the world and show the authenticity of the Qurans account. In the Quran, Allah certifies that His verses are observable in the external world Praise be to Allah, Who will soon show you His Signs, so that ye shall know them (Surat an-Naml: 93), and to know and identify them is one of the primary ways leading to belief.
Nearly all the incidents of destruction related in the Quran have become observable and identifiable thanks to the current archive studies and archaeological finds. In this study, we will deal with the traces of some of the cases of destruction mentioned in the Quran. (It should be noted that some of the communities related in the Quran have not been included in the scope of this book, because in the Quran no specific time and place is given for some of them, which are only described for their rebellious conduct and antagonism towards Allah and His prophets, and for the disasters that befell them as a result. Thus, people are summoned to derive a warning from them)
Our purpose is to cast a light upon the realities of the Quran
through contemporary discoveries and thus show the truth of Allahs religion to
everyone- both believers and unbelievers.
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