As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 11, Hüd, verses 84-95. These verses talk of Prophet Shu’aib’s address to his people who were cheating in their business transactions and the consequences of their negative response.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
To the people of Madyan, We sent their brother Shu’aib. He said: “O my people! Worship Allah, you have no god but Him. Do not give short measure and weight. Although I see you in prosperity today, I fear for you the scourge of a Day that will encircle you. O my people! Give full measure and weight in all fairness. Do not defraud people of their goods and do not spread mischief in the land. What remains with Allah is better for you if you are true believers, and I am not set up as a guardian over you.”  They said: “Oh Shu’aib! Does your Salah (prayer) command you that we give up all those deities whom our forefathers worshipped or that we have no right of doing what we like with our own goods? For sure, you are the only gracious and righteous man left in the land!” He said: “O my people! You see, if I have a clear sign from my Lord and He has given me good sustenance from Himself how can I, then, be a party to your evil and unlawful practices? I do not want to oppose you in what I am forbidding you. I desire nothing but to reform so far as I can manage. My success in this task depends entirely on the help of Allah; in Him do I trust and to Him do I turn for everything. O my people! Let not my dispute with you bring upon you the doom similar to that of the people of Nüh or of Hüd or of Saleh, nor are the people of Lüt far off from you;  seek forgiveness of your Lord and turn to Him in repentance; for my Lord is indeed Merciful, Affectionate.” 11:[84-90]
They said: “O Shu’aib! We do not comprehend much of what you say. In fact, we see that you are a powerless person among us. Were it not for your family, we certainly would have stoned you, for you are not strong enough to prevail against us.” He said: “O my people! Do you regard my family to be more powerful than Allah, that you have disregarded Him totally as a thing cast behind your back? Surely my Lord encompasses all that you do. O my people! You keep on doing your way, and I shall keep up mine: soon you will find out who receives the disgraceful punishment and who is a liar! Wait if you will; I too am waiting with you!” When Our judgement came to pass, We delivered Shu’aib and those who believed with him through Our special mercy. A mighty blast seized the wrongdoers and they lay dead with their faces down in their homes by the morning, as if they had never flourished there. Behold! Like the Thamüd, gone are the people of Madyan! 11:[91-95]
This concludes today’s episode of the 17 Verses Podcast. I hope that this selection has helped increase your understanding of the holy Qur’an just a little bit.
Thank you and be well.