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‘Ad (Arabic: عاد‎‎, ʿĀd) was an ancient tribe mentioned frequenlty in the Qur'an.[1] ‘Ad is usually placed in the south of Arabia,[2] in a location referred to as al-Ahqaf.[1][3] The tribe's members, referred to as ‘Adites, formed a prosperous nation until destroyed in a violent storm[1] after they had rejected the divine message preached by Hud.[2] ‘Ad is regarded as one of the original Arab tribes, the "lost Arabs".[2]


In local folklore, Hud and the tribe of ‘Ad have been linked to a legendary king ‘Ad, who ruled over a region whose capital was in "Wūbar".[4]

Ontology of Quran

Aad are referred to in verse (11:60) of chapter (11) sūrat hūd (Hud):[5] The verses related to this concept in the Quran (eg (7:65:2) refers to the second word of sura 7:65). There are 24 occurrences of concept of Aad in the Quran, namely (7:65:2)(7:74:7)(9:70:9)(11:50:2)(11:59:2)(11:60:10)(11:60:15) (14:9:9)(22:42:8)(25:38:1)(26:123:2)(29:38:1)(38:12:5)(40:31:5)(41:13:8)(41:15:2)(46:21:3) (50:13:1)(51:41:2)(53:50:3)(54:18:2)(69:4:3)(69:6:2)(89:6:6) [6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 E.J. Brill's First Encyclopaedia of Islam 1913-1936. 1. BRILL. 1987. p. 121. ISBN 90-04-08265-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Glassé, Cyril; Smith, Huston (January 2003). The New Encyclopedia of Islam. Rowman Altamira. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-7591-0190-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Quran 46:21 (Translated by Shakir). "And mention the brother of Ad; when he warned his people in the sandy plains [al-Aḥqāf] ..."
  4. E.J. Brill's First Encyclopaedia of Islam 1913-1936. 8. BRILL. 1987. p. 1074. ISBN 90-04-08265-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. http://corpus.quran.com/concept.jsp?id=aad
  6. http://corpus.quran.com/search.jsp?q=con%3Aaad