With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Sura 37 (Saffat)
Verses 71-73 “And truly before them, many of the ancients went astray; But We sent aforetime, among them, (messengers) to admonish them; Then see what was the end of those who were admonished (but heeded not),”
In this set of verses Allah SWT points out His way of dealing with civilizations in the past (and which remains consistent to date) – this is called the Sunnatallah. The Sunnatallah reflects Allah’s justice in that no one is destroyed without Allah SWT first warning such people to repent and amend. These warnings are given by Allah’s messengers and when societies continue their ills unabated they rightfully meet Allah’s punishment. The phrase “then see what was the end…” calls upon us to investigate previous flourishing societies like the Ad, Thamud and Pharoah who were evil superpowers of their time but were destroyed for their failure to repent and amend their conduct. All that remains is the grand structures they put up, as a sign for us to uphold righteous conduct or our fate will be the same.