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Obliteration ‘ASHAAB-E-AIKAH’

Aikah   means bush. The city of Ashaab-e-Aikah was located amid lush green forests and blossoming trees. Allah sent Sayyiduna Shu’ ayb for their guidance. The didactic sermon that he delivered in front of ‘Ashaab-e-Aikah’ is mentioned in the Holy Quran in the following words: 
‘Do you not fear? I am indeed a trustworthy Messenger of Allah for you Therefore fear Allah and obey me. And I do not ask from you any recompense (for propagation)i my reward is only upon Him V,’ho is the Lord of all the worlds. Measure in full, and do not be of those who short-change. And weigh with a properly calibrated scale. And do not give the people their goods by short-changing it, and do not roam the earth causing turmoil. And fear Him V,’ho created you and the earlier creations.’ They said, ‘Magic was done on you.’ You are not but a human like us, and indeed we consider you a liar. So cause a piece of the sky to fall upon us, if you are truthful.’ He said, ‘My Lord is Well Aware of your (evil) actions.’ So they belied him, therefore the punishment of the Day of covering (by a cloud of fire) seized them; that was indeed a punishment of a Great Day.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)J (Part 19, Surah Ash-Shu’ara, Ayah 177-189)
Summary of this event is that, after listening to the didactic sermon of Sayyiduna Shu’ayb Ashaab-e-Aikah used foul language against him and refuted their Nabi  revealing their arrogance and insolence. Their insolence and transgression exceeded to such an extent that they said, ‘If you are true, then destroy us by dropping a piece of sky upon us.’
After this, the severe Divine torment struck them. What sort of torment it was? Now read about it and learn a lesson:
It is mentioned in a blessed Hadees that Allah  opened a portal of Hell for these people. Due to this, intense heat and scorching radiations struck everywhere and the people of the area suffered suffocation. So they entered their homes and sprayed water over their bodies. However, they were not  gaining any comfort from shade or water spray. Their bodies were scalding due to the intensity of heat. Then Allah sent a cloud which covered the whole village like a tent. There was coolness and peaceful air under it. Seeing  this, all the people came out of their homes and took shelter under that cloud. When all of the people came under that cloud, an earthquake struck and fire hailed down from the sky. All of them convulsively burnt by that fire like locusts. These people had said out of insolence and transgression that: ‘O Shu’ayb! Destroy us by dropping a piece of sky on us.’ 
Therefore, the similar torment descended upon this insolent nation and all of them burnt and turned into a heap of ashes.
(Tafseer As-Saawi, vol. 4, pp. 1474; part 19, Surah Ash-Shu’ara, Ayah 189) 

Therefore, the similar torment descended upon this insolent nation and all of them burnt and turned into a heap of ashes.
(Iafseer As-Saawi, vol. 4, pp. 1474; part 19, Surah Ash-Shu’ara, Ayah 189)
A necessary illustration
It should be noted that Sayyiduna Shu’ayb  was sent as a Rasool to two nations. One was the nation of ‘Madyan’, and the other one was ‘Ashaab-e-Aikah’. Both of these nations refuted him, disrespected him and used foul language against him exposing their atrocity. Due to this, both of these nations were struck with the torment of Allah . The torment that
Ashaab-e-Madyan were struck with was  meaning the whole
earth shattered and trembled due to the horrific and terrifying shriek of
Sayyiduna Jibra ‘eel  and the hearts of people tore apart due to the extreme fear and horror, and all of them died within an instant. And
‘Ashaab-e-Aikah’ were struck with the torment   the details of
which you have read in previous pages.
(Tafseer As-Saawi, vol. 4, pp. 1473; part 19, Surah Ash-Shu’ara, Ayah 176)

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