English Translation of Al-Quran
.Surah Al-Ankabut [The Spider]
Ayat 36. And to (the people of) Madyan (Midian), We sent their brother Shoaib PBUH (Shuaib). He said: "O my people! Worship Allah, and hope for (the reward of good deeds by worshipping Allah Alone, on) the last Day, and commit no mischief on the earth as Mufsidun (those who commit great crimes, oppressors, tyrants, mischief-makers, corrupts).
Ayat 37. And they belied him [Shuaib PBUH (Shuaib)], so the earthquake seized them, and they lay (dead), prostrate in their dwellings.
Tafseer of Surah Al-Ankabut (The Spider) Ayat 36. To the Madyan (people) (We sent) their brother Shuaib. Then he said: "O my people! serve Allah, and fear the Last Day: nor commit evil on the earth, with intent to do mischief." 37. But they rejected him: Then the mighty Blast seized them, and they lay prostrate in their homes by the morning. The story of Shuaib and the Madyan people is only referred to here. It is told in 11:84-95. Their besetting sin was fraud and commercial immorality. Their punishment was a mighty Blast, such as accompanies volcanic eruptions. The point of the reference here is that they went about doing mischief on the earth, and never thought of the Ma’ad or the Hereafter, the particular theme of this Surah. The same point is made by the brief references in the following two verses to the ‘Ad and the Thamud, and to Qaroon, Pharaoh, and Haman, though the besetting sin in each case was different. The Midianites were a commercial people and trafficked from land to land; their frauds are well described as spreading "mischief on the earth".