Learning the Lessons of the Past
Allah says: will these people who deny the Messengers not learn from the nations who came before them, whom Allah destroyed for their rejection of His Messengers and their opposition to what the Messengers brought them of the straight path No trace is left of them whatsoever.
(Can you find a single one of them or hear even a whisper of them) (19:98). Allah says:
(in whose dwellings they do walk about) meaning, these disbelievers walk about in the places where those disbelievers used to live, but they do not see any of those who used to live there, for they have gone —
(As if they had never lived there) (11:68) This is like the Ayat:
(These are their houses in utter ruin, for they did wrong) (27:52).
(And many a township did We destroy while they were given to wrongdoing, so that it lie in ruins, and (many) a deserted well and lofty castle! Have they not traveled through the land) until:
(but it is the hearts which are in the breasts that grow blind.) (22:45-46) Allah says here:
(Verily, therein indeed are signs.) meaning, in the fact that these people are gone and have been destroyed, and in what happened to them because they disbelieved the Messengers, and how those who believed in them were saved, there are many signs, proofs and important lessons.
(Would they not then listen) means, to the stories of those who came before and what happened to them. n
The Revival of the Earth with Water is Proof of the Resurrection to come
(Have they not seen how We drive water to the dry land) Here Allah explains His kindness and goodness towards them by His sending water to them, whether from the sky or from water flowing through the land, water carried by rivers down from the mountains to the lands that need it at particular times. Allah says:
(to the dry land) which means the land where nothing grows, as in the Ayah,
(And verily, We shall make all that is on it a bare dry soil.) (18:8) i.e., barren land where nothing grows. Allah says here:
(Have they not seen how We drive water to the dry land that has no vegetation, and therewith bring forth crops providing food for their cattle and themselves Will they not then see) This is like the Ayah,
(Then let man look at his food: We pour forth water in abundance.) (80:24-25). Allah says here:
(Will they not then see)