Allah made the mountains and the seas.He made all the animals.He made the heavens and the stars.He made the sun and the moon and he made the angels.The angels were like Allah's servants and did everything He ordered.Then Allah decided to make a man.
He called this first man Adam.He taught him many things so that Adam had more knowledge than the angels. There was one Jinn, called Iblis and he thoughthe was better than Adam so Allah would not let him stay with the other angels. He was tobe called 'Shaytan', the Devil.
Shaytan blamed Adam for what had happened to him and was very angry. Allah let Adam live in a beautiful place because he was good. The place was called Paradise.
It was a very nice place but Adam was a little lonely, on his own all of the time.Allah decided to help Adam.He made Hawa to be Adam's wife.They were happy and liked living in Paradise. There was, however, one thing they were not allowed to do.There was a special tree and Allah had told them they must noteat any fruit from that tree.At first Adam and Hawa were very good and kept awayfrom the tree.
Shaytan decided to do something very naughty.He told them they were silly to keep away from the tree. He said nothing would happen if they ate its fruit.He said the fruit was delicious and they should try it.After a while they began to listen to Shaytan and thought they would have just a little taste of the fruit, just to see what it was like. Shaytan was very happy because he had made them disobey Allah.
As soon as they had eaten the fruit, Adam and Hawa realised that they had been very naughty and they felt guilty for what they had done. Allah forgave themBut He wouldn't let them stay in Paradise any more So He sent them to live on earth.
Habil and Qabil
Adam had two sons called Habil and Qabil. Adam thought that Habil, the younger son, should take over after him. But Qabil didn't like this idea and was very jealous. To settle the argument Adam thought of an idea. He told his sons to think of a present to give to Allah and to leave it on top of a certain hill.
The one whose present Allah accepted, would win the argument. Allah chose Habil's present because Habil had taken a lot of time and trouble to choose his present. Qabil was very upset and angry.
He was so angry that he killed his own brother. Afterwards, when he realised what he had done, he cried and cried but it was too late to be sorry.
Prophet Nuh (A.S.)
After many years Adam had grandchildren and even great grandchildren. There were now lots of people on earth. Many of them obeyed Allah but some were not so good and did just what they wanted to do all the time. This made Allah very unhappy. Allah chose Nuh, a good man, to tell the people that what they were doing was wrong.But they wouldn't listen to him and carried on doing bad things. Allah decided that all the naughty people should be punished. He told Nuh to build a big ark near his house. Nuh quickly got busy choosing good wood and building it up into a fine ark.
A lot of people laughed at him but he did not take any notice of them, because Allah had told him what to do. When he had finished, he put lots of food into the ark and collected the good people together. They also took lots of animals with them into the ark, two of every kind. One day, all of a sudden, the sky went very dark and it started to rain.
Lightly at first, then more and more heavily. Soon there was water everywhere. The bad people were not laughing any more. They were frightened because they had no shelter from the water. Only the good people in the ark were safe and dry.
Prophet Hud (A.S.)
A long time ago,a great tribe lived in the South of Arabia. They were called Ad. They were very clever and could do many things. They used the mountains for their homes. They carved out great mansions with wonderful pillars. They called their city Iram. It was very famous. As time went on, the people of Ad thought more about themselves and less about Allah. They thought they didn't need Allah, because they had lots of money and power. They thought they were being clever but really they were foolish. Before long they turned to bad ways. Gangs of them used to rob and kill people travelling by.
There was still one good man among them. His name was Hud. He did not belong to any of the gangs. He did not agree with the things they did. He tried to tell them to stop their bad ways and told them to follow Allah's ways. Hud said Allah would punish the bad ones but most of the people still would not listen. They thought they were more clever than the messenger of Allah.
Allah told Hud to take all the good people into a big cave near the city. The very next day a terrible tornado came and only the good ones, the ones who had listened, were saved.
Prophet Salih (A.S.)
The people of Thamud lived in a valley called al-Hajr in the north of Arabia. It was a good land so everything grew very easily. Cattle and sheep grazed on the land. Everyone had plenty of everything. When people have a lot they sometimes forget who provides everything, they sometimes forget Allah. When this happens Allah sends a messenger or a prophet to try to help the people. To the people of Thamud, Allah sent Salih.
Salih told the people to remember Allah but a lot of people just laughed at him and would not listen. He did not give up. He still tried to persuade them to worship Allah and soon people began to listen. They realised Salih was right. The leaders of Thamud were upset by this. They did not want people to listen to Salih. They did not believe Salih was sent by Allah. They wanted him to prove it, they wanted a sign.
They told Salih to bring them a camel but it had to be a special camel. Salih prayed to Allah and Allah sent the special camel. The camel gave lots and lots of milk so all the poor people had enough to drink, and they were very happy. The leaders of Thamud became angry again to see Salih and his followers so happy. They decided to kill the camel. Salih told them that Allah would punish them. Salih took all the good people away from the valley. A terrible earthquake came and destroyed the valley and all the bad people. If they had listened to Salih they would have been saved.
Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.)
Many years ago a boy called Ibrahim lived in Canaan. he was very clever and was always asking questions. Most of the people he knew worshipped idols but Ibrahim did not. The people had forgotten the messages that Adam, Hud, Nuh and Salih had brought them. Instead of praising Allah they worshipped statues. Ibrahim told his father he didn't think people should worship objects they had made themselves. His father was angry and told him not to say anything about the gods again.
Ibrahim decided he must show the people they were wrong so he thought of a plan. One night he sneaked into the place where all the statues were kept. With an axe he chopped off the heads from all but one of the statues. The biggest onehe left.
The next morning the people were very angry and upset at what had happened. They were sure Ibrahim had done it. They gathered in the public square and asked him if he had done it. Ibrahim told them to ask their big idol if he knew who was responsible. But, of course, the statue could not speak and the people knew it was only stone. Ibrahim shouted at them and asked how they could worship lumps of stone. The bad people were even more angry. They started to collect wood for a fire. They were going to burn Ibrahim to death.
They made a big bonfire and put Ibrahim on the top. Everyone came to watch. They lit the wood. The fire burned, the flames grew higher and higher. The people had to back away from the heat of the flames. Ibrahim was a good person. He believed in Allah. Allah would protect him. Allah would not let the fire harm him. When the flames dies down the people could not believe their eyes. They saw that Ibrahim was alive and the flames had not harmed him at all.
How had this happened?They all knew this was a great miracle and they fell to their knees. This wonderful thing hadmade them believe in Allah. Some people would still not listen. They thoughtIbrahim was just a magician Nimrod, the king of Canaan, heard all about Ibrahim.He wanted to talk to him.He asked Ibrahim about Allah. Ibrahim told him that Allah could do all things. He could give life and death. Nimrod said that he too could do that.
His soldiers brought two men in. Nimrod ordered one to be killed and theother to be saved. Nimrod thought that this made him like Allah. Ibrahim told him that Allah brings the sun every morning from the East.He asked Nimrod if he could bring the sun from the west next day, of course, Nimrod as unable to do that. Ibrahim married a girl called Sarah. They lived very happily in Palestine. hey worked and had plenty of everything. Ibrahim became very wealthy, but he was agood man. He always helped other people too.After many years Ibrahim and Sarah still had no children.
his madethem very sad. They both wanted a child to share their life with. Sarah told Ibrahim that he should marry her servant Hajar too, so that Ibrahim and Hajar could make a child together.
Prophet Ismail (A.S.)
After a while Ibrahim did marry Hajar and she had a son. They called him Ismail.They were all very happy. Ibrahim, Hajar and Ismail moved to a valley in Arabia. They settled in a good place with hills and mountains on allsides to protect them. After a while Ibrahim said that he should go back to see Sarah and to get more food and water. Before he left he prayed to Allah to look after hiswife and son because they did not have much food and water left. The food and water soon began to run low. Hajar was very worried. What could they live on? They prayed to Allah.
Hajar went to the top of the mountain, Mount Safa, to look for Ibrahim. Now their water was all gone and they were desperate. She went to the other side of the valley and climbed to the top of Mount Marwa. She looked towards the North, East, West and South for help but found none. Hajar kept running backwards and forwards between Mount Safa and Mount Marwa. She did this seven times. Suddenly she saw Ismail kick the ground with his heel. A spring of water gushed out - beautiful, pure water, they were saved.Even today this water, called Zamzam, still flows in the alley of Hijaz and when people go to Makkah on Hajj they go seven times between the two mounts in memory of this miracle that saved the lives of Hajar and Ismail. When Ibrahim returned he was amazed to see the valley.
The water had made the place very fertile. All the animalsand caravans visited and made it a prosperous place.
The Sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S)
One night Ibrahim had a bad dream. He dreamt Allah told him to sacrifice Ismail.Ibrahim thought it was Shaytan playing nasty tricks on him. The next night Ibrahim had the same horrid dream. Ibrahim knew that Allah would only ask him to do such a thing if he had good reason.Even though he loved his son dearly, he was prepared to do this difficult thing for Allah. Ibraim told Ismail they had to go to Mount Arafat.
He took a knife and a rope with him. On the way they passed place called Mina. The devil, Shaytan, came to Ibrahim and tried to talk him out of sacrificing his son. Ibrahim turned his back on him and would not listen. When they reached Mount Arafat, Ibrahim told Ismail what Allah wanted him to do. Ismail listened and accepted what was to happen. He was an exceptional child. He too was a great prophet. Ismail told his father to tie his hands and legs and blindfold himself so he would not struggle and make his father even more upset than he was going to be and Ibrahim was blindfolded so he would not see his son suffer.
Ibrahim did as Ismail had said. He then took the knife and did what Allah had told him to do. When he took the blindfold from his eyes he looked down, not at his son but at a dead ram. Ismail was at his side. Ibrahim was afraid. He thought he had disobeyed but then he heard a voice telling him not to worry. Allah looks after his followers. Ibrahim and Ismail had passed a difficult test.
Each year, during the month of Dhul Hijjah, many Muslims, from all over the world, travel to Makkah. They want to remember what Ibrahim and Ismail did. In the month of Dhul Hijjah these pilgrims go to Makkah,Mina and Arafat. Theyvisit places where Ibrahim and Ismail lived and preached. They give a sacrifice just as Allah commanded Ibrahim to do. The pilgrims sacrifice animals in memory of the deed. We must obey Allah's commands as Ibrahim and Ismail did. We obey by doing the things we know are right, praying, obeying our parents and always telling the truth.
Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) & Prophet Ishaq (A.S.)
The Well of Zamzam where water first flowed to save the lives of Hajar and Ismail, became a popular place for the caravans to stop. Some people liked the place so much they decided to stay there.
This place became known as Makkah. One day Ibrahim had a message from Allah. He and Ismail were to build a place for people to pray. They were to build an altar, it was to be known as the Ka'aba. The angel Jibrail brought the message saying that the Ka'aba should be built near the Well of Zamzam, the most sacred place on earth.
The foundation stone for the Ka'aba was tocome from heaven. It is found today in a corner of the Ka'aba and is known as the black stone. When Ibrahim was building the Ka'aba he was standing on a large rock. Allah softened the rock and the shape of Ibrahim's bare feet was left init. It is still there, for all to see. When Ibrahim was very old the angels came to see him and said Allah was going to give a son to him and Sarah.
Sarah could not believe it was true. She too was old. The angels said that all things are possible to Allah. They said the son was to be called Ishaq. He was to be a prophet.Sure enough, Sarah did havea son and they called him Ishaq. he grew up to be a great prophet. Ishaq married a girl called Rebecca. They had two sons, called Esau and Yaqub.
Yaqub became a great prophet. Yaqub grew up and married Zia and they had lots of children, both boys and girls. His second wife Rohsie had two sons,Yusuf and Benjamin. Yusuf and Benjamin were very good, obedient sons and they became Yaqub's favourites because of their good behaviour. Yusuf too grew up to be a prophet. All of these great prophets were descendents of Ibrahim. He is known as the father of all the prophets.
Muhammad (s), our great and beloved prophet, the last of all the prophets was a descendant of Ismail.
Prophet Yaqub (A.S.) & Prophet Yusuf (A.S.)
Yaqub was also known as Israil. Israil's children could see that Yusuf was their father's favourite. This made them very jealous. They became so jealous, some of them actually wanted to kill him.
The jealous brothers finally decided to throw Yusuf into a deep well. They went to Israil, their father, to ask if they could take Yusuf out with them; they said they would teach him to be a good shepherd. Israil would not let Yusuf go because he thought the others were planning to do something bad. One day Yusuf went to Israil and said that he had had a strange dream. In the dream Yusuf had seen the sun, the moon and eleven stars bowing down to him! Israil felt that the dream had a message, Yusuf was going to have a great future.
He told Yusuf not to tell his brothers about the dream. Israil's son were still thinking of their plan to kill Yusuf. They pestered Israil to let them take Yusuf with them to their work. At last Israil agreed, but he made them promise to look after him. They were so bad they knew they would break their promise. At the end of the day they asked Yusuf to take off his shirt. They killed a sheep and put blood all over Yusuf's shirt; then they threw Yusuf into a well. They went home and showed the shirt to Israil. Pretending to be very upset; they told their father that Yusuf had got left behind and a wolf had eaten him! Israil was very upset but he did not believe the story.
He knew that one day Allah would bring Yusuf back to him. Poor Yusuf spent the night in the well. The next morning, when someone put the bucket down the well to get water, he sat in the bucket. The man had to get help to pull the bucket up. He was very surprised to see a boy in it. The man was a merchant. The merchant decided to take Yusuf with him to Egypt and to sell him as a slave. When they arrived in Egypt, one of the noble families bought Yusuf.
The man who bought him told his wife that they should take care of him, as he was a good-looking child and they had no children of their own. Yusuf became one of the family.
Prophet Yusuf (A.S.) in Egypt
The Pharaoh of Egypt called Firawn had many people working for him. One of his assistants had a very wicked wife who said many things about Yusuf that were quite untrue. She thought she loved him but he told her that she should honour her husband. She became very angry and persuaded her husband to have Yusuf put in prison. While he was in prison, Yusuf used to tell everyone what their dreams meant and his explanation of the dreams always came true.
Allah had given Yusuf this great gift. Firawn kept having a strange dream and none of his wise men could explain what it meant. Then Firawn heard of Yusuf's great gift and sent for him. Yusuf would not leave the prison until he had proven his innocence. Firawn had an inquiry and discovered that Yusuf really was innocent, so he was able to leave prison. Firawn's dream was most unusual. In it, he saw seven skinny cows eat seven big fat ones and there were seven skinny ears of wheat and seven fat ears of wheat.
Yusuf explained that this meant there would be seven years of plenty but seven years of famine would follow, when there would be no water and no food for anyone. After that there would be a year of rain. Firawn liked and trusted Yusuf so he put him in charge of all the store houses in the land. Yusuf had worked himself up to a very powerful position. Allah always rewards good people. Yusuf worked hard; he made sure the store houses were filled with wheat and grain. Just as he had said, there were seven years of plenty. Those years passed very quickly.
Soon the seven years of famine came. The crops failed. People were hungry. Others were starving. Yusuf had planned for this. He opened his stores and let everyone have some of the wheat. Back in Palestine, Israil too was facing a hard time with no food for his family or the animals. He sent his sons to Egypt to get grain from the famous treasurer of Egypt. When they arrived they were told that they must get permission from the governor to buy grain. They went to see him, but did not realise that the fine man, in splendid robes was really their brother. He told them they could have some grain, but if they wanted any more, they would have to come with their youngest brother and parents.
Yusuf had recognised them straight away and he longed to see his father, mother and youngbrother Benjamin again. Eventually the eleven brothers returned with their mother and father. They bowed down before Yusuf. Yusuf put his father on his throne and reminded him of the dream he had had so long ago. The sun, the moon and eleven stars had bowed down before him just as his father, mother and brothers had done at this meeting, This was a great moment in his life and he thanked Allah, for all He had done for him.
Prophet Shu'ayb (A.S.)
The Prophet Shu'ayb was a descendent of the Prophet Ibrahim. He was sent to Midian and the Dwellers of the wood to give them Allah's message. The Midianite people committed many sins. They gave short measures and weights, they robbed people and caused mischief but most seriously they tried to stop people from worshipping Allah.
Shu'ayb tried to make them change but they would not listen to him. They wanted to throw him out and all the people who had listened to his words. Then Allah sent an earthquake and all the evil people were destroyed because they would not obey the word of Allah.
Prophet Yunus (A.S.)
The prophet Yunus was sent to Ninevah. He became known as the Lord of the Fish (Dhan-Nun). He warned the people about their evil ways and told them to follow Allah but they would not listen. Yunus was so angry he left. He sailed away but the ship was so full and heavy, poor Yunus was thrown overboard.
He was swallowed by an enormous fish and he lived in its belly for three days. Then the fish spewed him out on a shore. He was very ill but Allah was protecting him. A plant grew and its leaves protected Yunus from the sun and kept the flies away.A wild goat provided him with milk.
When he became better he went back to Ninevah and gave the people Allah's message once more. This time the people listened and Allah forgave them.
Prophet Ayyub (A.S.)
The Prophet Ayyub had been a wealthy man. He was a very good man but he lost his family and his wealth. He became ill and had terrible sores all over his body. However he never gave up. He spent his time praying. He was very patient and always kept his faith in Allah. Eventually Allah showed mercy. He told Ayyub to strike the earth with his foot and miraculously a fountain appeared. He drank the water and used it to wash his body. All his sores were healed and everything was returned to him as before.
Prophet Musa (A.S.)
Israil's family decided to stay in Egypt. For a long time they were happy. The family grew. There were many peoplerelated to Israil and they became known as the Bani Israil. For some reason the Egyptian people did not like the Bani Israil. A new Firawn became ruler of Egypt.
Israil's people became slaves to the government. They wereforced to do many unpleasant jobs and were treated very badly. One night Firawn had a dream. His high priest, Haman, told him what he thought the dream meant. An Israil boy would be born and he would grow up and cause the death of Firawn. This made Firawn very angry and so he thought of a horrible plan.
All the boys born to the Israilites would be killed at birth. He thought this would stop the dream from coming true. Imran and his wife had twochildren, a girl called Maryam and a boy called Iram. Soon after Firawn told of his plan, Imran's wife found out that she was going to have another baby.
They were pleased but they were also worried that if the baby was a boy, he would be killed. She did not tell anyone that she was going to have a baby. She stayed at home and kept her secret until the baby was born. It was a boy. She loved the baby very much but realised that if she kept him, he might be killed. She put the baby in a special box and Maryam went with her to the river Nile. They carefully put the box in the river and prayed that it would sail to safety. Allah was watching over the baby.
No harm would come to him. The box sailed into Firawn's gardens. Some maids were there and saw the box caught in the bullrushes. They pulled it out and were amazed to find a beautiful baby inside. They took him to Firawn's wife, Asia, who looked at him and knew at once that he was an Israili. Firawn wanted to kill the baby but Asia cried and cried and was so upset that eventually he said she could keep him and even adopt him.
The baby was called Musa. He was not happy. He cried because he was hungry but would not take milk from anyone. Maryam heard of this and she let it be known that she knew someone who might be able to help. She went to her mother and told her what had happened. They went to the palace and when Musa was put in her arms he stopped crying and took milk from her. With Allah's help Musa and his mother were reunited. She was able to look after Musa for a long time and he loved her dearly.
The Story of Our Prophet Shu'ayb
An Arab tribe led a happy life in the village of Madyan(Ma'an in Jordan),which had green valleys.There was a small village near Madyan.The village was famous for its gardens,so it was called the village of al-Ayka.Life bloomed in that area over three thousands years ago.
The climate of the two villages was moderate.It rained heavily there.So agriculture and pastures flourished.Thus, the people of the two villages led a happy life.
The people of Madyan village were few in number.Then they increased owing to the good life in that village.Thus,Madyan village had many markets and was full of activity.
There was a righteous man called Shu'ayb.Shu'ayb loved his village and his tribe.He loved people in general.
For this reason he took care of their affairs in Madyan, and the village of al-Ayka.
However, why did Shu'ayb look sad? Why did he feel pain for his people?
The people of Madyan were unbelievers. They worshipped idols. They worshipped useless stones. They imagined that idols would give them livelihood and bless their village.
For this reason our prophet Shu'ayb was sad. His people did not look at the sky full of stars. They did not look at the earth full of mountains. They did not think of the creation of trees.
If they had thought of those idols, they would have understood that the idols were insignificant gods.
If they had considered carefully people, trees, and the stars, they would have understood that there was no god except Allah, the Glorified.
Our prophet Shu'ayb asked his people to serve Allah and to refrain from worshipping idols.
Cheating in the Markets
Allah, the Glorified, gave the people of Madyan every thing. The people of Madyan led a happy life. Every thing was available in their markets. However, they practiced cheating in buying and selling. They decreased weight. They cheated both seller and buyer. When they bought something, they decreased its weight. When they sold something, they increased its weight.
They thought that they were free from this deed.
At that time Allah, the Glorified, chose the righteous person Shu'ayb as a prophet. He ordered him to propagate His message.
Our prophet Shu'ayb was an eloquent orator. His proofs were strong, for he spoke in the name of truth and justice, He spoke in the language of pure nature.
Our prophet Shu'ayb summoned his people to serve Allah, the One and only and to refrain from worshipping idols. Then he calmly talked about corrupt markets and cheating in buying and selling.
Our prophet Shu'ayb said to his people: "With these acts of yours you'll spread corruption. Social life depends on exchanging commodities. You must exchange your commodities with each other.
"Exchanging commodities in the market requires public security. This public security will keep the weight, quality, and quantity of all commodities.
"Beware of cheating both buyer and seller. Be Careful not to decrease the weight of the commodities you sell. Don't take good commodities for bad ones. If you don't refrain from these deeds, Allah, the Glorified, will destroy your houses."
Prophet Shu'ayb words were very sweet. The Prophet used such words because he wanted the people of Madyan to lead a better life. He wanted them to live in a village full of good, livelihood, peace, and faith.
Our prophet Shu'ayb knew what had afflicted the people of Noah, Salih, and Hud. He knew that Allah, the Glorified, had destroyed Noah's people with the flood, Thamud's tribe with storms, Sodom and Gomorrah (two tribes at the Dead Sea) with meteors.
Shu'ayb said to his people: "Allah destroyed Lot's people because they disobeyed their prophet."
The people of Madyan divided into two parties. One party believed in Shu'ayb and Allah's message. The members of this party were poor.
The other party disbelieved in Shu'ayb and Allah's message. The rich and the tyrants of Madyan joined this party.
The members of this party annoyed Shu'ayb and the believers. They threatened Shu'ayb, saying: "Shu'ayb, we don't understand your words. You're a weak person. Were it not for th members of your tribe, we would kill or dismiss you from Madyan."
Shu'ayb (A.S.) said to them: "Why do you fear the members of my tribe and not fear Allah? I want to spread good manners in this village. I don't want any reward for that.
"I want to warn you against Allah's wrath! If you go on practicing corruption, cheating, and worshipping idols, Allah will surely punish you!"
The tyrants said: "We're free to do anything! We're free to spend our money!"
One of the unbelievers laughed and said with: "Do your prayers order us to abandon our gods? Do they prevent us from spending our money freely?"
Our prophet Shu'ayb answered: "Freedom doesn't mean that you should oppress each other."
"Spend your money freely. However, don't oppress others.
Don't cheat them. Buy and sell with the scales fairly.
"You live in one village. You must help each other. You must respect the freedom of others.
"My people, ask your Lord for forgiveness. Turn to him in repentance. Surely, my Lord is most Gracious, Most Merciful. Allah want you to follow the way of good. For this reason He's sent me to you."
One of the unbelievers said: "Shu'ayb, you're a bewitched person! We never understand your words! Were it not for a person of your relatives, we'd kill you! We're able to do that at any time!"
The people of Shu'ayb were stubborn. They did not listen to his words. So Shu'ayb warned them against Allah's wrath, saying: "My people, act according to your ability. I will also act according to my ability. You will know the one to whom the punishement will come and disgrace him."
One ofthe unbelievers said to him: "We accuse you of lying. If you're truthful, then let your Lord punish us."
Our prophet Shu'ayb said: "You'll know who the liar is!"
Thus he left them and went to a neighboring village called al-Ayka.
The People of al-Ayka
Our prophet Shu'ayb was not from the people of al-Ayka; he was from the people of Madyan. When Shu'ayb (A.S.) arrived at al-Ayka village, he found the people there leading a life similar to that of the people of Madyan.
Shu'ayb found gardens full of fruit trees. The trees had twisted around each other. Springs gushed from the core of the dust and rocks. They watered the fields. However, the people of al-Ayka also worshipped idols. They practiced cheating when they bought and sold.
For this reason our prophet Shu'ayb said to them: "Don't you fear Allah's wrath? I'm afraid that Allah will punish you. Allah dislikes corruption and the wicked. So don't make corruption in the land."
The people of al-Ayka refused to believe in Shu'ayb message. They accused him of lying and magic.
They said to him: "If you're truthful, then let your Lord punish us."
Shu'ayb politely said to them: "Surely Allah knows your deeds. I want to propagate my Lord's message. I want to spread good manners as far as possible."
One of the unbelievers said: "You're a false magician. There's no difference between you and us. You're a person like us."
So Shu'ayb came back to the village of Madyan. As for the people of al-Ayka, they led a life void of faith, justice, and righteousness.
In the village of Madyan, the struggle between the believers and the unbelievers started. The unbelievers refused to believen in Allah's message. Besides they threatened and hurt the believers to force them to worship idols.
Shu'ayb advised his people, saying: "Don't hinder the way of faith, for it's the lighted way in the dark. Allah, the Glorified, won't forgive this fault of yours."
One day the unbelievers came to Shu'ayb and said to him: "We'll dismiss you and your followers."
One of the believers explained: "We've done nothing worthy of dismissal!"
One of the unbelievers said: "We'll force you to follow our religion."
The prophet Shu'ayb (A.S.) said: "We hate your religion. The believers won't follow your religion, for Allah's enlightened their hearts with faith."
Then Shu'ayb raised his hands towards the sky and humbly said: "Our Lord, decide between us and our people with truth. you are the best of deciders."
Our prophet Shu'ayb left his people. However, the unbelievers did not let Shu'ayb and the believers live peacefully. They spared no effort to force Shu'ayb and his followers to follow their religion. They always hurt them.
When a person wanted to go to Shu'ayb to listen to his words, the unbelievers hindered and threatened that person.
Our prophet Shu'ayb reminded his people of the final results of the past nations. He said to them: "If you hurt me and wage war against me, Allah will punish you as He punished the past nations, who hurt the prophets and waged war against believers."
The people of Shu'ayb had seen the ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah; nevertheless they did not take a lesson from them.
The promised day came. The people prostrated themselves to their idols, and then they went to their work early in the morning.
Their markets were full of noise; their eyes flashed with cheating.
They thought about ways to cheat both the buyer and the seller to gain much more money. Such passed the day. The sun set; it got dark.
The hours of that night passed slowly.
Suddenly, an earthquake occurred. Those moments were terrible. Madyan turned to ruins.
Allah saved only the believers from that earthquake.
Allah also punished the village of al-Ayka.
Our Prophet Shu'ayb saw the ruins of the village, so he said: "My people, surely I delivered to you the messages of my Lord and I gave you good advice; how shall I then be sorry for an unbelieveing people?"( Holy Qur'an, 7:93).
Our prophet Shu'ayb spent the rest of his life at Madyan grazing his cattle.
When he became an old man, his two daughters grazed the cattle. They suffered very much from this work. When they wanted to water the cattle, they were ashamed to water near the shepherds.
One day a young man came from Egypt. The young man was thirty years old. His name was Musa b. 'Umran, who escaped from the oppression of the Pharaohs and came to the village of Madyan. What and happened?
In The Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful
And to Madyan (We sent) their brother Shu'ayb. He said: "O my people, serve Allah, you have no god other than him; clear proof indeed has come to you from your Lord, therefore give full measure and weight and do not diminish to men their things, and do not make mischief in the land after its reform; this is better for you if you are believers* And do not lie in wait in every path threatening and turning away from Allah's way him who believes in Him, seeking to make it crooked, and remember when you were few, then He multiplied you, and consider what was the end of the mischief-makers*
And if there is a party of you who believe in that with which I have been sent, and another party who do not believe, then wait patiently until Allah judges between us, and He is the best of Judges*
The chiefs, who were proud from among his people, said: "We will most surely turn you out, O Shu'ayb, and (also) those who believe with you from our villag, or you shall come back to our faith. He said: What! though we dislike (it)? Indeed we shall have forged a lie against Allah if we go back to your religion after Allah has delivered us from you, and it befits us not that we should go back to it, except if things in his knowledge; in Allah do we trust: Our Lord, decide between us and our people, and You are the best of deciders* And the chiefs of those who disbelieved from among his people said: If you follow Shu'ayb, you shall then most surely be losers*
Then the earthquake overtook them, so they became motionless bodies in their abode* Those who called Shu'ayb a liar were as though they had never dwelt therein; those who called Shu'ayb a liar, they were the losers* So he turned away from them and said: O my people, certainly I delivered to you the messages of my Lord and I gave you good advice; how shall I then be sorry for an unbelieving people? (Holy Qur'an, 7,85-93)