90. “And ask your Lord for forgiveness, and repent to Him. My Lord is Merciful and Loving.”
91. They said, “O Shuaib, we do not understand much of what you say, and we see that you are weak among us. Were it not for your tribe, we would have stoned you. You are of no value to us.”
92. He said, “O my people, is my tribe more important to you than God? And you have turned your backs on Him? My Lord comprehends everything you do.”
93. “O my people, do as you may, and so will I. You will know to whom will come a punishment that will shame him, and who is a liar. So look out; I am on the lookout with you.”
94. And when Our command came, We saved Shuaib and those who believed with him, by mercy from Us, and the Blast struck the wrongdoers, and they became motionless bodies in their homes.
95. As though they never flourished therein. Away with Median, as was done away with Thamood.
96. And We sent Moses with Our signs and a clear mandate.
97. To Pharaoh and his nobles, but they followed the command of Pharaoh, and the command of Pharaoh was not wise.
98. He will precede his people on the Day of Resurrection, and will lead them into the Fire. Miserable is the place he placed them in.
99. They were followed by a curse in this, and on the Day of Resurrection. Miserable is the path they followed.
100. These are of the reports of the towns-We relate them to you. Some are still standing, and some have withered away.
I can understand this set of lines very well. I am constantly telling people and warning people to treat each other right, and take care of this earth. Yet I feel very little listen. Some even have tried to harm me, ridicule me, and insult my intelligence because I speak out about the truth of Islam, and not what people see in the media.
I see God as Shuaib did…beautiful, merciful and loving, and I know there are others like me. So we believers are much like Shuaib telling others and warning them about the demise of our world if the evil persists.
Shuaib’s people in his tribe did not believe him and they wanted to stone him to death. But the matters were already decided and Median an ancient civilization just like Thumud (or Thamood) was. destroyed in a day of natural disaster that made all the people lay still dead on the ground, except for Shuaib and the people who followed his message.
Line 96 is where Gabriel is reiterating the messages that were given to Moses and how since the Pharaoh did not listen, the Ancient Egyptians were visited with natural disasters as well.
To me it is not that God is cruel and destroys people He doesn’t like…it’s so that goodness and virtuous humans can thrive and produce the next generation. It’s almost a bit like natural selection in Scientific model. God wishes to select the best to survive and allow goodness to thrive in the universe. When goodness endures over evil, life survives and expand outwards creating more life. The pagan Medians would not let go of their evil ways so they were not seen as favorable to the evolution of the human species.
The Median Empire in 600 BC, keep in mind the Quran was in 600 AD.