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(Peace be upon him)
Prophet Shuaib (Peace be upon him) was a, messenger of Allah, The Almighty
[When Shuaib said to them, do you not fear? Undoubtedly, I am a trusted messenger of Allah for
(Holy Quran, Chapter: 26, Verses:177-178)
The Prophet Shuaib (Peace be upon him) was sent to the people of Madyan to bring them to the righteous way of living in this world.
[And to Madyan we sent their compatriot Shuaib, then he said, ‘ O my people, worship Allah and hope for the last day and do not spread mischief on
((Holy Quran, Chapter:29, Verse:36
The people of Madyan were merchants and wanted to accumulate as much money as they could. So cheating was very common among them as a way of earning money. Prophet Shuaib (Peace be upon him) commanded them to stop this practice.
[And towards Madyan Shuaib, one of their own brethren. He said, O my people, worship Allah, there is no deity besides him. And diminish not the measure and the weight. No doubt, I see you prosper, but I fear for you the torment of encircling day. And O my people! Fill up the measures and weights with justice and do not give the people their things in lesser amounts and do not roam the earth spreading mischief.]
( (Holy Quran, Chapter:11, Verses:84-85
But they refused to obey the prophet and said:
[O’ Shuaib, do your prayers bid you that we should abandon the gods of our fathers or that we should stop doing what we like with our property? As if You are the only wise and upright.]
( (Holy Quran, Chapter:11, Verse:87
Prophet Shuaib (Peace be upon him) made an effort to make them understand by saying:
[O my people, tell me fairly if I am on clear proof from my Lord, He gave me good provisions from Himself? And I do not desire that I myself begin to do that which I forbid you to do. I only desire to reform as far as I can. And my success can only come from Allah . I relied on Him and I turn towards Him only. And ‘O my people ! let not your opposition to me make you to suffer a fate similar to that of the people of Nooh or of Hud or of Saleh. And the people of Lut are not far away from you.]
(Holy Quran, Chapter:11, Verses:88-89)
And he adviced his people to feel very sorry for what they did and ask Allah’s forgiveness.
[ And beg forgiveness fo Allah, then turn towards Him. No doubt, my Lord is Merciful, Loving.]
(Holy Quran, Chapter:11, Verses:90)
The people of Madyan totally ignored the advise of Prophet Shuaib (Peace be upon him) and said:
[O Shuaib, we do not understand most of your talkings and no doubt we see you weak among us. And if it were not for your tribe, we would have stoned you. And there is no respect for you in our eyes.]
( (Holy Quran, Chapter:11, Verse:91
Prophet Shuaib (Peace be upon him) replied:
[He said, O my people! Is the pressure of my tribe over you more than that of Allah? And you have cast Him behind your back. No doubt whatever you do is under the control of my Lord.]
( (Holy Quran, Chapter:11, Verse:92
Prophet Shuaib (Peace be upon him) wanted to bring them to the righteous path, but they did not listen to him seriously.
[You are being bewitched! You are not but a man like us and undoubtedly we consider you a liar
Therefore, have a fragment of the sky fall upon us if you are truthful.]
(Holy Quran, Chapter: 26, Verses: 185-187)
At last Allah’s, The Almighty, punishment came to
them. It was a horrible noise that caused them to die, but Allah, The Almighty, saved the Prophet Shuaib (Peace be upon him) and his followers.
[And when my command came, we saved Shuaib and the Muslims with him by showing our mercy and the roaring noise overtook the unjust. They remained lying on their knees in their homes in the morning.]
(Holy Quran, Chapter:11, Verse:94)
So the rich merchants and traders were not saved by their large amounts of money which they had accumulated by cheating the people.
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