Stories Of The Prophets


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  • Stories Of The Prophets





  • PROPHET SHU'AIB

    Shuaib's Message

     

    Allah the Almighty revealed the story of Shu'aib
    (pbuh):

    "To the people of Madyan (Madian) (We sent) their
    brother
    Shu'aib. He said: "O my people! Worship Allah, you have no other Ilah
    (God) but Him. Verily! a clear proof (sign) from your Lord has come
    unto you; so give full measure and full weight and wrong not men in
    their things, and do not mischief on the earth after it has been set in
    order that will be better for you, if you are believers. And sit not on
    every road, threatening, and hindering from the Path of Allah those who
    believe in Him, and seeking to make it crooked. Remember when you were
    but few, and He multiplied you. See what was the end of the Mufsideen
    (mischief makers, corrupts and liars). And if there is a party of you
    who believes in that which I have been sent and a party who do not
    believe, so be patient until Allah judges between us, and He is the
    Best of judges."

    The chiefs of those who were arrogant among his
    people said: "We shall certainly drive you out, O Shu'aib! and those
    who have believed with you from our town, or else you all shall return
    to our religion."

    He said: "Even though we hate it! We should have
    invented a lie against Allah if we returned to your religion, after
    Allah has rescued us from it. It is not for us to return to it unless
    Allah, our Lord, should will. Our Lord comprehends all things in His
    Knowledge. In Allah (Alone) we put our trust. Our Lord! Judge between
    us and our people in truth, for You are the Best of those Who gives
    judgment."

    The chiefs of those who disbelieved among his people
    said to their people: "If you follow Shu'aib be sure then you will be
    the losers!"

    Then he (shu'aib) turned from them and said: "O my
    people! I have indeed conveyed my Lord's Messages unto you and I have
    given you good advice. Then how can I sorrow for the disbelieving
    people's (destruction)."
    (Ch 7:85-93 Quran)

    The people of Madyan were Arabs who lived in the
    country of Ma'an, part of which today is greater Syria. They were a
    greedy people who did not believe that Allah existed and who led wicked
    lives. They gave short measure, praised their goods beyond their worth,
    and hid their defects. They lied to their customers, thereby cheating
    them.

    Allah sent His Prophet Shu'aib (pbuh) armed with many
    miracles. Shu'aib preached to them, begging them to be mindful of
    Allah's favors and warning them of the consequences of their evil ways,
    but they only mocked him. Shu'aib remained calm as he reminded them of
    his kinship to them and that what he was doing was not for his personal
    gain.

    They seized the belongings of Shu'aib and his
    followers, then drove them out of the city. The Messenger turned to his
    Lord for help, and his plea was answered. Allah sent down on them
    scorching heat and they suffered terribly. On seeing a cloud gathering
    in the sky, they thought it would bring cool, refreshing rain, and
    rushed outside in the hope of enjoying the rainfall. Instead the cloud
    burst, hurling thunderbolts and fire. They heard a thunderous sound
    from above which caused the earth under their feet to tremble. The evil
    doers perished in this state of horror.

    The Disbeliever's
    Ignorance

    Allah the Exalted stated:

    "The dwellers of Al Aiyka
    (near Midian, or Madyan) belied the Messengers. When Shu'aib said to
    them: "Will you not fear Allah and obey Him? I am a trustworthy
    Messenger to you. SO fear Allah, keep your duty to Him, and obey me. No
    reward do I ask of you for it (my message of Islamic Monotheism), my
    reward is only from the Lord of the Alamin (mankind, jinn and all that
    exists). Give full measure, and cause no loss to others. And weigh with
    the true and straight balance. Defraud not people by reducing their
    things nor do evil making corruption and mischief in the land. Fear Him
    Who created you and the generations of the men of old."

    They said: "You are only one of those bewitched!
    You are but a human being like us and verily, we think that you are one
    of the liars! So cause a piece of heaven to fall on us, if you are of
    the truthful!"

    He said: "My Lord is the Best Knower of what you
    do."

    But, they belied him, so the torment of the day of
    shadow (a gloomy cloud) seized them, indeed that was the torment of a
    Great Day. Verily, in this is a sign yet most of them are not
    believers. And verily! Your Lord, He is indeed the All Mighty, the Most
    Merciful."
    (Ch 26:176-191 Quran).

     

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