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). It was not We that wronged them:
They wronged Their own souls: the deities, other than
Allah, whom they invoked, profited them no whit when
there issued the decree of thy Lord: Nor did they
add aught (to their lot) but perdition!
(Surah Hud: 100-101)
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 Qur'an is the last book of Allah and His only unaltered
This is why we are responsible for assuming the Qur'an
as our true guide, and of 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 Qur’an relates to us and contemplate it. In the
Qur’an, Allah states that the purpose of the Qur’an’s 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 Qur’an, 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 Allah’s wrath
upon themselves and have been wiped off the face of the
The Qur’an 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 Qur’an;
“So We made it an example to their own time and to their
posterity, and a lesson to those who fear Allah.” (Surat
In this site, 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 Qur’an externally
in the world and show the authenticity of the Qur’an’s account.
In the Qur’an, 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
Qur’an 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 Qur’an. (It should
be noted that some of the communities related in the Qur’an
have not been included in the scope of this site, because
in the Qur’an 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
Qur’an through contemporary discoveries and thus show the
truth of Allah’s religion to everyone- both believers and