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Ancient people used to have a very long life span, for example, during the time of Prophet Shu'ib A.S. he lived for 254 years, Prophet Saleh A.S. 180 years, and Prophet Adam A.S. and Prophet Nuh A.S. each lived for 930 and 950 years respectively!!! Masya-Allah! This is amazing! With this very long life span, it is not possible that they have huge body frame.
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Oh! by the way, have any of you had the opportunity to see for yourself the sword of our beloved Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. ? It's huge! I have witnessed it. To hold the sword and use it against the enemies would require energy, unless you are really really big and strong that the size of sword is not a problem to you. Even though the Prophet was not as big and tall as any other prophets before him, I posit that him and the people during his days were of much bigger size compared to us.
Back to the story of our Prophet Hud A.S., he lived for about 165 years. He was sent to disseminate da'wah to his people, the 'Ad, to stop worshipping lifeless and helpless statues they carved themselves and named 'Shada', 'Shamud' and 'Al-Hava'. He conveyed to them the warnings from Allah S.W.T. and the consequences if they refused Islam, but the people were so stubborn, so they challenged him to ask Allah to befall unto them what He has warned. So Allah S.W.T. sent down a terrible punishment as mentioned in Surah Al-Qamar...
"The 'Ad (people) also rejected (the Truth): Then how terrible was My penalty and My warning? For We sent against them a furious wind, on a day of violent disaster. Plucking out men as if they were roots of palm trees torn up (from the ground). Yes, how (terrible) has My penalty and warning! And We have indeed made the Qur'an easy to understand and remember: Then is there any who will receive the teachings?" Al-Qamar (54:[18-22])
We must look back at the history of the people before us as a reminder that those who strayed away from the true religion of Allah will be punished severely. And beware! Allah is patient and always gives us the opportunity to repent. He gives us warnings beforehand to remind us that we have sinned. He allows sufficient time for us to revoke, but it is us who failed to observe and realise the destructions that we have done to ourselves.
Oh Allah the Almighty.... Please forgive us for all our wrongdoings!
May we all be protected from such disasters. Ameen.