وَكَذَٰلِكَ أَخۡذُ رَبِّكَ إِذَآ أَخَذَ ٱلۡقُرَىٰ وَهِىَ ظَٰلِمَةٌ ۚ إِنَّ أَخۡذَهُۥٓ أَلِيمٌ شَدِيدٌ
Such is the chastisement of thy Lord when He chastises communities in the midst of their wrong: grievous, indeed, and severe is His chastisement.<br/>
Such, like that seizing, is the seizing of your Lord when He seizes the towns, meaning its inhabitants, while they are doing wrong, by way of sins: in other words, nothing can avail them in any way when He seizes them. Truly His seizing is painful, severe. The two Shaykhs [Bukhaaree and Muslim] reported [by way of an isnaad] from Aboo Moosaa al-Ash'aree that he said, 'The Prophet may peace and salutation be upon him said, "God gives [extended] respite to the evildoer, but when He seizes him there is no escape for him", whereupon the Prophet may peace and salutation be upon him recited the verse: Such is the seizing of your Lord [Q. 11:102, above]'.