The Warnings Go Unheaded (7:133 – 7:135)

The Warnings Go Unheeded

[7:133] Consequently, we sent upon them the flood, the locusts, the lice, the frogs, and the blood – profound signs. But they maintained their arrogance. They were evil people.
[7:134] Whenever a plague afflicted them, they said, “O Moses, implore your Lord – you are close to Him. If you relieve this plague, we will believe with you, and will send the Children of Israel with you.”
[7:135] Yet, when we relieved the plague for any length of time, they violated their pledge.

Why did God select the: “flood, locusts, lice, frogs, and blood” to be their disaster? Is there significance in these methods that God selected? 

In 7:134 the people’s true colors come out and they recognize there is a God.

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The Plagues (7:130 – 7:132)

The Plagues

[7:130] We then afflicted Pharaoh’s people with drought, and shortage of crops, that they may take heed.
[7:131] When good omens came their way, they said, “We have deserved this,” but when a hardship afflicted them, they blamed Moses and those with him. In fact, their omens are decided only by GOD, but most of them do not know.
[7:132] They said, “No matter what kind of sign you show us, to dupe us with your magic, we will not believe.”

The Truth Recognized by the Experts (7:118 – 7:129)

The Truth Recognized by the Experts

[7:118] Thus, the truth prevailed, and what they did was nullified.
[7:119] They were defeated then and there; they were humiliated.
[7:120] The magicians fell prostrate.
[7:121] They said, “We believe in the Lord of the universe.
[7:122] “The Lord of Moses and Aaron.”
[7:123] Pharaoh said, “Did you believe in him without my permission? This must be a conspiracy you schemed in the city, in order to take its people away. You will surely find out.
[7:124] “I will cut your hands and feet on alternate sides, then I will crucify you all.”
[7:125] They said, “We will then return to our Lord.
[7:126] “You persecute us simply because we believed in the proofs of our Lord when they came to us.” “Our Lord, grant us steadfastness, and let us die as submitters.”
[7:127] The leaders among Pharaoh’s people said, “Will you allow Moses and his people to corrupt the earth, and forsake you and your gods?” He said, “We will kill their sons, and spare their daughters. We are much more powerful than they are.”
[7:128] Moses said to his people, “Seek GOD’s help, and steadfastly persevere. The earth belongs to GOD, and He grants it to whomever He chooses from among His servants. The ultimate victory belongs to the righteous.”
[7:129] They said, “We were persecuted before you came to us, and after you came to us.” He said, “Your Lord will annihilate your enemy and establish you on earth, then He will see how you behave.”

Moses (7:103 – 7:117)

Moses

[7:103] After (those messengers,) we sent Moses with our signs to Pharaoh and his people, but they transgressed. Note the consequences for the wicked.
[7:104] Moses said, “O Pharaoh, I am a messenger from the Lord of the universe.
[7:105] “It is incumbent upon me that I do not say about GOD except the truth. I come to you with a sign from your Lord; let the Children of Israel go.”
[7:106] He said, “If you have a sign, then produce it, if you are truthful.”
[7:107] He threw down his staff, and it turned into a tremendous serpent.
[7:108] He took out his hand, and it was white to the beholders.
[7:109] The leaders among Pharaoh’s people said, “This is no more than a clever magician.
[7:110] “He wants to take you out of your land; what do you recommend?”
[7:111] They said, “Respite him and his brother, and send summoners to every city.
[7:112] “Let them summon every experienced magician.”
[7:113] The magicians came to Pharaoh and said, “Do we get paid if we are the winners?”
[7:114] He said, “Yes indeed; you will even become close to me.”
[7:115] They said, “O Moses, either you throw, or we are throwing.”
[7:116] He said, “You throw.” When they threw, they tricked the people’s eyes, intimidated them, and produced a great magic.
[7:117] We then inspired Moses: “Throw down your staff,” whereupon it swallowed whatever they fabricated.

Most People Make the Wrong Choice (7:96 – 7:102)

Most People Make the Wrong Choice

[7:96] Had the people of those communities believed and turned righteous, we would have showered them with blessings from the heaven and the earth. Since they decided to disbelieve, we punished them for what they earned.
[7:97] Did the people of the present communities guarantee that our retribution will not come to them in the night as they sleep?
[7:98] Did the people of today’s communities guarantee that our retribution will not come to them in the daytime while they play?
[7:99] Have they taken GOD’s plans for granted? None takes GOD’s plans for granted except the losers.
[7:100] Does it ever occur to those who inherit the earth after previous generations that, if we will, we can punish them for their sins, and seal their hearts, causing them to turn deaf?
[7:101] We narrate to you the history of those communities: their messengers went to them with clear proofs, but they were not to believe in what they had rejected before. GOD thus seals the hearts of the disbelievers.
[7:102] We found that most of them disregard their covenant; we found most of them wicked.*
*7:102 This life is our last chance to redeem ourselves, but most people are proven to be stubbornly rebellious and evil (see the INTRODUCTION).

The Majority of People Do Not Believe

[12:103] Most people, no matter what you do, will not believe. [12:104] You are not asking them for any money; you simply deliver this reminder for all the people. [12:105] So many proofs in the heavens and the earth are given to them, but they pass by them, heedlessly!

Blessings in Disguise (7:94 – 7:95)

Blessings in Disguise

[7:94] Whenever we sent a prophet to any community, we afflicted its people with adversity and hardship, that they may implore.
[7:95] Then we substituted peace and prosperity in place of that hardship. But alas, they turned heedless and said, “It was our parents who experienced that hardship before prosperity.” Consequently, we punished them suddenly when they least expected.

Believing Nations Prosper

[10:98] Any community that believes will surely be rewarded for believing. For example, the people of Jonah: when they believed, we relieved the humiliating retribution they had been suffering in this world, and we made them prosperous. 

There is a Good Reason for Everything

[18:78] He said, “Now we have to part company. But I will explain to you everything you could not stand. [18:79] “As for the ship, it belonged to poor fishermen, and I wanted to render it defective. There was a king coming after them, who was confiscating every ship, forcibly. [18:80] “As for the boy, his parents were good believers, and we saw that he was going to burden them with his transgression and disbelief.[18:81] “We willed that your Lord substitute in his place another son; one who is better in righteousness and kindness. [18:82] “As for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the city. Under it, there was a treasure that belonged to them. Because their father was a righteous man, your Lord wanted them to grow up and attain full strength, then extract their treasure. Such is mercy from your Lord. I did none of that of my own volition. This is the explanation of the things you could not stand.”

[4:147] What will GOD gain from punishing you, if you became appreciative and believed? GOD is Appreciative, Omniscient.

[16:112] GOD cites the example of a community that used to be secure and prosperous, with provisions coming to it from everywhere. But then, it turned unappreciative of GOD’s blessings. Consequently, GOD caused them to taste the hardships of starvation and insecurity. Such is the requital for what they did.

[6:43] If only they implored when our test afflicted them! Instead, their hearts were hardened, and the devil adorned their works in their eyes. 

[7:168] We scattered them among many communities throughout the land. Some of them were righteous, and some were less than righteous. We tested them with prosperity and hardship, that they may return.

Shu`aib: Cheating, Dishonesty Condemned (7:85 – 7:93)

Shu`aib: Cheating, Dishonesty Condemned

[7:85] To Midyan we sent their brother Shu`aib. He said, “O my people, worship GOD; you have no other god beside Him. Proof has come to you from your Lord. You shall give full weight and full measure when you trade. Do not cheat the people out of their rights. Do not corrupt the earth after it has been set straight. This is better for you, if you are believers.
[7:86] “Refrain from blocking every path, seeking to repel those who believe from the path of GOD, and do not make it crooked. Remember that you used to be few and He multiplied your number. Recall the consequences for the wicked.
[7:87] “Now that some of you have believed in what I was sent with, and some have disbelieved, wait until GOD issues His judgment between us; He is the best judge.”
[7:88] The arrogant leaders among his people said, “We will evict you, O Shu`aib, together with those who believed with you, from our town, unless you revert to our religion.” He said, “Are you going to force us?
[7:89] “We would be blaspheming against GOD if we reverted to your religion after GOD has saved us from it. How could we revert back to it against the will of GOD our Lord? Our Lord’s knowledge encompasses all things. We have put our trust in GOD. Our Lord, grant us a decisive victory over our people. You are the best supporter.”
[7:90] The disbelieving leaders among his people said, “If you follow Shu`aib, you will be losers.”
[7:91] The quake annihilated them, leaving them dead in their homes.
[7:92] Those who rejected Shu`aib vanished, as if they never existed. Those who rejected Shu`aib were the losers.
[7:93] He turned away from them, saying, “O my people, I have delivered to you the messages of my Lord, and I have advised you. How can I grieve over disbelieving people.”

How are we to understand in verse 85 when it says “do not corrupt the people after it has been set straight”?

[3:99] Say, “O followers of the scripture, why do you repel from the path of GOD those who wish to believe, and seek to distort it, even though you are witnesses?” GOD is never unaware of anything you do.

[7:56] Do not corrupt the earth after it has been set straight, and worship Him out of reverence, and out of hope. Surely, GOD’s mercy is attainable by the righteous. 

Shu`aib: One and the Same Message

[11:84] To Midyan we sent their brother Shu`aib. He said, “O my people, worship GOD; you have no other god beside Him. Do not cheat when you measure or weigh. I see that you are prosperous, and I fear for you the retribution of an overwhelming day. [11:85] “O my people, you shall give full measure and full weight, equitably. Do not cheat the people out of their rights, and do not roam the earth corruptingly. [11:86] “Whatever GOD provides for you, no matter how small, is far better for you, if you are really believers. I am not a guardian over you.” [11:87] They said, “O Shu`aib, does your religion dictate upon you that we must abandon our parents’ religion, or running our businesses in any manner we choose? Surely, you are known for being clement, wise.” [11:88] He said, “O my people, what if I have solid proof from my Lord; what if He has provided me with a great blessing? It is not my wish to commit what I enjoin you from. I only wish to correct as many wrongs as I can. My guidance depends totally on GOD; I have put my trust in Him. To Him I have totally submitted. [11:89] “And, O my people, do not be provoked by your opposition to me into incurring the same disasters as the people of Noah, or the people of Hood, or the people of Saaleh; and the people of Lot are not too far from you. [11:90] “You shall implore your Lord for forgiveness, then repent to Him. My Lord is Most Merciful, Kind.” [11:91] They said, “O Shu`aib, we do not comprehend many of the things you are telling us, and we see that you are powerless among us. If it were not for your tribe, we would have stoned you. You have no value for us.” [11:92] He said, “O my people, does my tribe command a greater respect than GOD? Is this why you have been heedless of Him? My Lord is fully aware of everything you do. [11:93] “O my people, go on doing what you wish, and so will I. You will certainly find out which of us will incur shameful retribution; you will find out who the liar is. Just wait in anticipation, and I will wait in anticipation along with you.” [11:94] When our judgment came, we saved Shu`aib and those who believed with him, by mercy from us. As for the evil ones, they were struck by a disaster that left them dead in their homes. [11:95] It was as though they never existed. Thus, Midyan perished, just like Thamoud had perished before that.

[83:1] Woe to the cheaters. [83:2] Who demand full measure when receiving from the people. [83:3] But when giving them the measures or weights, they cheat. 

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