Allah the Almighty revealed the story of Shu'aib (PBUH): " And 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. 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, O Shu'aib, and those who hare 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 Shu'aib, be sure then you will be the losers!"
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: "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).""Surah 7: 85-93
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
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."
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 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