In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Allaah [The Most High] said:
أَلَمۡ تَرَ كَيۡفَ فَعَلَ رَبُّكَ بِعَادٍ
إِرَمَ ذَاتِ ٱلۡعِمَادِ
ٱلَّتِى لَمۡ يُخۡلَقۡ مِثۡلُهَا فِى ٱلۡبِلَـٰدِ
Did you (O Muhammad) not see (thought) how your Lord dealt with ‘Ad (people)? Who were very tall like lofty pillars, the like of which were not created in the land?
وَثَمُودَ ٱلَّذِينَ جَابُواْ ٱلصَّخۡرَ بِٱلۡوَادِ
And (with) Thamud (people), who cut (hewed) out rocks in the valley (to make dwellings)?
وَفِرۡعَوۡنَ ذِى ٱلۡأَوۡتَادِ
And (with) Fir’aun (Pharaoh), who had [armies to firmly establish his kingdom[Ref 1]?
ٱلَّذِينَ طَغَوۡاْ فِى ٱلۡبِلَـٰدِ
فَأَكۡثَرُواْ فِيہَا ٱلۡفَسَادَ
Who did transgress beyond bounds in the lands. And made therein much mischief. Meaning- Aad, Thamud and Fir’awn committed acts of disobedience to Allaah and were haughty towards Allaah’s Prophets, and committed corruption by way of killing. [Ref 2]
فَصَبَّ عَلَيۡهِمۡ رَبُّكَ سَوۡطَ عَذَابٍ
إِنَّ رَبَّكَ لَبِٱلۡمِرۡصَادِ
So, your Lord poured on them different kinds of severe torment. Verily, your Lord is Ever Watchful (over them).