Connection between the Ancient and the Modern Criminals – ibn Al Qayyim
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Allaah [The Most High] said:
قَدْ خَلَتْ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ سُنَنٌ فَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَانْظُرُوا كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ
Many similar ways [and mishaps of life] were faced by nations that have passed away before you, so travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who disbelieved.”[3:137]
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] said:
Indeed there were nations like yourselves before you, so look to their evil end. You have to know that the cause of that [i.e. their evil end] was due to their disbelief in the revelations of Allaah and His Messengers. They were the ancestors and you are the descendants. The main affair that connects [you to each other] is your disbelief and the ruling on that [disbelief] is destruction.
[Source: I’laam Al-Muwaqqi-een: 1/181