Most of the people of Madain adopted trade and earned a lot of money by fair or foul means. They hankered after wealth from dawn to dusk. They used to give short measures and weights, were dishonest and deceitful in their dealings & indulged in theft, debauchery etc.
They seized the belongings of messenger of Allah Shu’aib alaihslaam and his followers, then drove them out of the city. The Messenger turned to his Lord for help, and his plea was answered. Allah sent down on them scorching heat and they suffered terribly. On seeing a cloud gathering in the sky, they thought it would bring cool, refreshing rain, and rushed outside in the hope of enjoying the rainfall. Instead the cloud burst, hurling thunderbolts and fire. They heard a thunderous sound from above which caused the earth under their feet to tremble. The evil doers perished in this state of horror. Read complete story