It is not immediately said that they became apes for the people described in the Qur’an. In no known society in history, he turned into a monkey. This is a big event, and those who saw their cities change through interaction with them in the environment, trade or encounter, would immediately spread it around the world. The truth is, the next time it’s decided to turn them into monkeys. But then they will come back as human beings, and this time they will suffer continuously until the hereafter. They will be distributed around the world and face constant troubles. Until he repented and turned right to good. The verses explain all these events in order.
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7.166 – So when they took pride in that which they had been forbidden, We said unto them: Be ye apes despised and loathed!
7.167 – And (remember) when thy Lord proclaimed that He would raise against them till the Day of Resurrection those who would lay on them a cruel torment. Lo! verily thy Lord is swift in prosecution and lo! verify He is Forgiving, Merciful.
7.168 – And We have sundered them in the earth as (separate) nations. Some of them are righteous, and some far from that. And We have tried them with good things and evil things that haply they might return.
SLANDEROUS COMMUNITIES ARE SEALED AND CANNOT RETURN
10.74 – Then, after him, We sent messengers unto their folk, and they brought them clear proofs. But they were not ready to believe in that which they before denied. Thus print We on the hearts of the transgressors.
WHEN DOES THE VILENESS ON EARTH BEGIN?
2.114 – And who doth greater wrong than he who forbiddeth the approach to the sanctuaries of Allah lest His name should be mentioned therein, and striveth for their ruin? As for such, it was never meant that they should enter them except in fear. Theirs in the world is ignominy and theirs in the Hereafter is an awful doom.
It is said in the verse that those who forbid them from entering the mosques and strive for their destruction will suffer vileness in this world and torment in the hereafter.
They mean vileness, indulgence and humiliation. See, the soldiers, commanders and even the most criminal politicians and leaders who wage war on masjids in the world live and die in a great show. What answer will be given to those who ask when the promise of Allah, the great vileness in this world, will be true for them? Those who do not accept resurrection must explain one by one when Allah has fulfilled his promise of disgrace in the world, or they must accept resurrection.
Allah knows best, but they will be condemned to a new life in this world, where they will live in disgrace.