Allah the Almighty revealed the story of Shuaib : And to (the
people of) Madyan (Madian) (We sent) their brother Shuaib. He said: "0 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. And remember when you were but few, and He multiplied you. And see what was the end of the Mufsideen
(mischief-makers, corrupts, 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, 0 Shuaib 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. And 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 give judgment."
The chiefs of those who disbelieved among
his people said (to their people): "If you follow Shuaib, be sure then you will be the losers!" Surah 85-90
So the earthquake seized them and they lay (dead), prostrate
in their homes. Those who belied Shu 'aib, became as if they had never dwelt there (in their homes). Those who belied Shu
aib, they were the losers.
Then he (Shu 'aib) turned from them and said: "0 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)."
Surah 7: 91-93
Shuaib's Story - Condensed version
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 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.
seized the belongings of Shuaib 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 Disbelievers' 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. And defraud not people by reducing their things, nor do evil, making
corruption and mischief in the land. And fear Him Who created you and the generations of the men of old."
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 the 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. Surah 26: 176-191