People of Aiykah References
The progeny of Prophet Abraham from his wife Keturah, is
well known in
Prophet Shu'aib asked them no to fear him. He was a Messenger to them worthy of full trust so he asked them to fear Allah and obey him. He reminded them he did not ask of them any reward for this duty, for his reward was with the Lord of the worlds. He stressed that they (1) should give full measure, (2) should not give people less than what was due to them, (3) weigh with even balance , (4) should not cheat people of their goods, (5) and should not spread evil in the land, and fear Him Who has created them and those who had gone before them. They said that he was only an enchanted person and no more than a person like them. They considered him to be an utter liar. They asked Prophet Shu'aib that if he was truthful, he should cause a fragment of the sky to fall down upon them. Shu'aib said that it was not in his power to bring down the torment; it is in Allah's power, and He is fully aware of their misdeeds. He would send down the torment as and when He willed. They treated him as a liar. Allah sent upon them a cloud which hung over them like a canopy and kept hanging until they were completely destroyed by the torment of continuous rain.
References Ash-Shu'araa' 26:176-189
EN26:115 The progeny of Prophet Abraham from his wife (or slave girl) Keturah,
is well known in
Shu'aib was sent to the Midianites and the people of Aiykah. These tribes were descendents of the
same ancestors, spoke the same language and settled in the adjoining
areas. It is just possible that they
lived side by side in the same area and had marriage and other social relations
between them. Then, these two
branches were traders by profession and had developed similar evil practices
and social and moral weaknesses.
According to the early books of Bible, these people worshipped
Baal-Peor. When the children of
Remember the time when Shu'aib said to them, "Do you not fear? 26:177
I am a Messenger to you worthy of full trust 26:178
so fear Allah and obey me. 26:179
I do not ask of you any reward for this duty, for my reward is with the Lord of the worlds. 26:180
Give full measure and do not give people less than what is due to them; 26:181
weigh with even balance 26:182
and do not cheat people of their goods; and do not spread evil in the land, 26:183
and fear Him Who has created you and those who have gone before you." 26:184
They said, "You are only an enchanted person 26:185
and no more than a person like us: we consider you to be an utter liar. 26:186
However, if you are truthful, cause a fragment of the sky to fall down upon us." 26:187
EN26:116: "It is not in my power to bring down the torment; it is in Allah's power, and He is fully aware of your misdeeds. He will send down the torment as and when He wills." In this demand of the people of Aiykah and the answer of Prophet Shu'aib to them there was an admonition for the Quraish as well. They also demanded from the Holy Prophet to bring down the torment on them.
EN26:117: As these people had demanded a torment from the sky, Allah sent upon them a cloud which hung over them like a canopy and kept hanging until they were completely destroyed by the torment of continuous rain.