90. The elite of his people who disbelieved said, “If you follow Shuaib, you will be losers.”
91. Thereupon, the quake struck them; and they became lifeless bodies in their homes.
92. Those who rejected Shuaib-as if they never prospered therein. Those who rejected Shuaib-it was they who were the losers.
93. So he turned away from them, and said, “O my people, I have delivered to you the messages of my Lord, and I have advised you, so why should I grieve over a disbelieving people?”
94. We did not send any prophet to every town but We afflicted its people with misery and adversity, so that they may humble themselves.
95. Then We substituted prosperity in place of hardship. Until they increased in number, and said, “Adversity and prosperity has touched our ancestors.” Then We seized them suddenly, while they were unaware.
96. Had the people of the towns believed and turned righteous, We would have opened for them the blessings of the heaven and the earth; but they rejected the truth, so We seized them by what they were doing.
97. Do the people of the towns feel secure that Our might will not come upon them by night, while they sleep?
98. Do the people of the towns feel secure that Our might will not come upon them by day, while they play?
99. Do they feel safe from God’s plan? None feel safe from God’s plan except the losing people.
100. Is it not guidance for those who inherit the land after its inhabitants, that if We willed, We could strike them for their sins? And seal up their hearts, so that they would not hear?
Gabriel is seriously telling Muhammad what happened in the past to the people of Median, an ancient civilization that was destroyed by an earthquake. They were warned to stop acting as they did and to worship one God, and their elite leaders and people refused.
As Shuaib saw their lifeless bodies from the quake, he called out to God to try and not feel sympathy for them since they were arrogant and did not listen.
Gabriel is also telling Muhammad how God works. The angels do not send a prophet to every town, but instead they are tested with hardships and misery to see if they can become righteous believers and get their civilization back on track, humbling themselves in these hard experiences.
If they did not humble themselves after hardship came to them. Then they were tested in their wealth and success as a nation, and just like the ancient Egyptians that were a mighty nation, they were seized of life one night, and during the day while they played-ignoring God’s warnings and Signs.
The hard times in our life are opportunities to humble yourself to a higher power.