Assalamu alaikum wa rehmatullahi wa barakatuh
Have you not considered how your Lord dealt with ‘Aad –
Iram – who had lofty pillars
The likes of whom had never been created in the land?( Surah Fajr 6-8)
Do you construct on every elevation a sign, amusing yourselves
And take for yourselves palaces and fortresses that you might abide eternally? (Surah Shua’raa 128-129)
And as for ‘Aad, they were destroyed by a screaming, violent wind
Which Allah imposed upon them for seven nights and eight days in succession, so you would see the people therein fallen as if they were hollow trunks of palm trees. (Surah Haaqqah 6-7)
So whatever we conclude from Quran about Aad is that:
They had constructed very high towers,pillars,palaces and fortresses.
They denied the teachings of the Holy Prophet Hud a.s.
They were destroyed by a wind which was imposed upon them for many days.
The wind was violent and throwing them as they were (as light as )the hollow trunks.
The name Irum:
“Ebla: Splendor Or An Unknown Empire” by Howard La Fay (pp. 730-759), National Geographic, December 1978, page 735-736:
The names of cities thought to have been founded much later, such as Beirut and Byblos, leap from the tablets. Damascus and Gaza are mentioned, as well as two of the Biblical cities of the plain, Sodom and Gomorrah. Also included is Iram, an obscure city referred to in Sura 89 of the Koran.
Irum is included in the names of cities which had traded with the people of Ebla.If the name of this city was founded after sometime,it does not mean that there was no trading between the people of Ebla and Irum.
Some cities were destroyed which traded with Ebla,Another evidence of Irum:
According to Wikipedia,Ebla had traded with those cities which were destroyed later on.
Ebla continued to be a center of trade during the second kingdom, evidenced by the surrounding cities that appeared during its period and were destroyed along with the city.[note 19] Trade continued to be Ebla’s main economic activity during the third kingdom; archaeological finds show there was an extensive exchange with Egypt and coastal Syrian cities such as Byblos.
The sand storm and the violent wind which was throwing the people of Aad:
It is further stated:
As the force of wind passing over loosely held particles increases, particles of sand first start to vibrate, then to saltate (“leaps”). As they repeatedly strike the ground, they loosen and break off smaller particles of dust which then begin to travel in suspension. At wind speeds above that which causes the smallest to suspend, there will be a population of dust grains moving by a range of mechanisms: suspension, saltation and creep.
The wind is really that aggressive and the sand storm could really remain for many days.May Allah protect us from His wrath.
The another point to note is that the sand storm means the city would be buried under the sand.See further discoveries.
The City of towers and fortresses buried under the sand:
In the early 1990s a team lead by amateur archaeologist and film maker Nicholas Clapp and adventurer Ranulph Fiennes, archaeologist Juris Zarins and lawyer George Hedges announced that they had found Ubar. Initially, NASA satellite photographs guided the team to a well known, and previously identified water hole at Shisr in Dhofar province. However, excavations of the site uncovered a large octagonal fort with 10 foot high walls and 8 tall towers on the corners.
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This pair of images from space shows a portion of the southern Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula in the country of Oman. On the left is a radar image of the region around the site of the fabled Lost City of Ubar, discovered in 1992 with the aid of remote sensing data. On the right is an enhanced optical image taken by the shuttle astronauts. Ubar existed from about 2800 BC to about 300 AD. and was a remote desert outpost where caravans were assembled for the transport of frankincense across the desert. The actual site of the fortress of the Lost City of Ubar, currently under excavation, is too small to show in either image. However, tracks leading to the site, and surrounding tracks, show as prominent, but diffuse, reddish streaks in the radar image. Although used in modern times, field investigations show many of these tracks were in use in ancient times as well. Mapping of these tracks on regional remote sensing images provided by the Landsat satellite was a key to recognizing the site as Ubar. The prominent magenta colored area is a region of large sand dunes. The green areas are limestone rocks, which form a rocky desert floor. A major wadi, or dry stream bed, runs across the scene and appears as a white line. The radar images, and ongoing field investigations, will help shed light on an early civilization about which little in known. The radar image was taken by the Spaceborne Imaging Radar C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) and is centered at 18 degrees North latitude and 53 degrees East longitude. The image covers an area about 50 kilometers by 100 kilometers (31 miles by 62 miles). The colors in the image are assigned to different frequencies and polarizations of the radar as follows: red is L-band, horizontally transmitted, horizontally received; blue is C-band horizontally transmitted, horizontally received; green is L-band horizontally transmitted, vertically received. SIR-C/X-SAR, a joint mission of the German, Italian and the United States space agencies, is part of NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth.
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Indeed in that is a sign, but most of them were not to be believers.