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"Verily, you practise your lusts on men instead of women. Nay, but you are a people transgressing beyond bounds (by committing great sins)."

And the answer of his people was only that they said:"Drive them out of your town, these are indeed men who want to be pure (from sins)!"

Then We saved him and his family, except his wife; she was of those who remained behind (in the torment).

And We rained down on them a rain (of stones). Then see what was the end of the Mujrimun (criminals, polytheists, sinners, etc.).

And to (the people of) Madyan (Midian), (We sent) their brother Shu"aib. He said:"O my people! Worship Allah! You have no other Ilah (God) but Him. [La ilaha ill-Allah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah)]." 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 Mufsidun (mischief-makers, corrupts, liars).

"And if there is a party of you who believes in that with 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 have 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)."

And We sent no Prophet unto any town (and they denied him), but We seized its people with suffering from extreme poverty (or loss in wealth) and loss of health and calamities, so that they might humiliate themselves (and repent to Allah).

Then We changed the evil for the good, until they increased in number and in wealth, and said:"Our fathers were touched with evil (loss of health and calamities) and with good (prosperity, etc.)." So We seized them of a sudden while they were unaware.

And if the people of the towns had believed and had the Taqwa (piety), certainly, We should have opened for them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they belied (the Messengers). So We took them (with punishment) for what they used to earn (polytheism and crimes, etc.).

Did the people of the towns then feel secure against the coming of Our Punishment by night while they are asleep?

Or, did the people of the towns then feel secure against the coming of Our Punishment in the forenoon while they play?

Did they then feel secure against the Plan of Allah. None feels secure from the Plan of Allah except the people who are the losers.

Is it not clear to those who inherit the earth in succession from its (previous) possessors, that had We willed, We would have punished them for their sins. And We seal up their hearts so that they hear not?