Interpretation of Sura Hud - Verses 93-95
93. " And O my people! Act according to your ability. I will do(my part). Soon you will know on whom comes the Penalty disgracing him, and who it is a liar. And watch you; Verily I(too)am watching with you. "
As the disbelievers of the people of Shu'ayb threatened to stone him to death while giving him their last words, Shu'ayb, declaring his stand in the face of these threats did not flinch from the threat and issued a challenge to them, instead he said that they would do whatever they could, and might not spare anything. He should do what is in his power as well. The verse says:
" And O my people! Act according to your ability. I will do(my part). ..."
However, you will soon realize who will be the one suffering a humiliating punishment, and who is a liar. So, wait and see and I will do the same. The verse continues saying:
"... Soon you will know on whom comes the Penalty disgracing him, and who it is a liar. ..."
You try to win me over with your power, numbers, wealth, and your influence and I shall also wait and see how the Divine punishment will soon entangle you and your misguided population, exterminating you from the face of the earth. The verse says:
"... And watch you; Verily I(too)am watching with you. "
94. " And when Our Command came, We saved Shu'ayb and those who believed with him by a mercy from Us, and the(heavenly)Blast overtook those who were unjust, so they become motionless corpses in their abodes. "
95. " As if they had never dwelt there. Behold! Away with(people of) Madyan, even as were cast away(the people of)Thamoud. "
Ultimately, the final stage did come. The Qur'an implies that when Allah's Command for the punishment of this misguided, oppressing and obstinate people was issued, after Shu'ayb and those who believed with him were saved by Divine favor and blessings, the terrible sound from the skies and the great death- dealing blast came over the people of Madyan and took them all by the throat. The verse says:
" And when Our Command came, We saved Shu'ayb and those who believed with him by a mercy from Us, and the(heavenly)Blast overtook those who were unjust, ..."
In the aftermath of the blast, the Qur'an indicates that the people of Shu'ayb lay face down on the earth, they had died in their houses as a result of this great blast, and their corpses were left there to provide others with didactic lessons. Their lives were terminated in such a way that it was as if they had never existed there before. The verse continues saying:
"... so they become motionless corpses in their abodes. "
The Divine outrage is far superior in destruction than any other form of devastation, in the case of bombardment, for example, some people may have the chance to escape more or less unharmed, and some would remain alive after the event. However, when the time for Allah's anger and punishment comes, it wipes the evildoers away in such a way that it is as if no one had ever lived there. The verse says:
" As if they had never dwelt there. ..."
Eventually, as was explained at the end of the stories of the peoples of 'Ad and Thamoud, Allah's favor and blessings were removed from the people of Madyan as they had been removed from the people of Thamoud. It says:
"... Behold! Away with(people of)Madyan, even as were cast away(the people of )Thamoud. "
Adopted from the book : "The Light of the Holy Qur'an; Interpretation of Surah Hud" by : "Sayyid Kamal Faghih Imani and a Group of Muslim Scholars"
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