Reflections from Surah Hud: Ayah 69-72


1- The Angel’s Good News to Ibrahim ‘alayhissalam about Ishaq and Isma’il

2- Ibrahim ‘alayhissalam’s dispute for the people of Lut  

 Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 69

And verily, there came Our Messengers to Ibrahim with glad tidings.They said: Salam (greetings or peace!) He answered, Salam (greetings or peace!) and he hastened to entertain them with a roasted calf.

The story of Ibrahim ‘alayhissalam is very, very long and detailed, mentioned many time in the Quran. There is a narration that Lut ‘alayhissalam was Ibrahim ‘alayhissalam’s nephew and was brought up by him, therefore, he was from those who believed in the message of Ibrahim and accompanied him on his journeys. They separated ways after a while and Lut ‘alayhissalam settled in Jordan (according to the majority opinion) and Ibrahim ‘alayhissalam settled in Palestine. When Lut ‘alayhissalam reached the shores of the Dead Sea, he discovered people who were committing a sin the like of which no one had ever committed on the face of the earth before. These people initiated this shameless vice that is still practiced today. Lut ‘alayhissalam began calling them to the truth and his conversations with them will follow in the next post.

While all of this was happening, Allah sent angels to Ibrahim ‘alayhissalam in the form of three handsome young men. He was a very hospitable man and immediately began preparing food for them, but they did not partake in the meal!

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 70

But when he saw their hands went not towards it (the meal), he felt some mistrust of them, and conceived a fear of them. They said: “Fear not, we have been sent against the people of Lut.”

Ibrahim ‘alayhissalam sensed a sort of strangeness because these men refused to eat, after which they informed him that they were angels sent to destroy the people of Lut ‘alayhissalam. 

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 71

 And his wife was standing (there), and she laughed (either, because the Messengers did not eat their food or for being glad for the destruction of the people of Lut.) But We gave her glad tidings of Ishaaq, and after him, of Ya’qub.

Sarah and Ibrahim ‘alayhissalam were both very old by this time; past child-bearing age. But these Messengers informed them of good news from Allah about a continuing progeny.

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 72

She said: “Woe unto me! Shall I bear a child while I am an old woman, and here is my husband, an old man? Verily! This is a strange thing!”

She did not believe it and was absolutely astonished. Allah mentions in the Quran that when she was shocked, she smote her forehead in surprise and Ibn ‘Abbas says that this is something women do when they are surprised and confronted with amazing news. She says, “Am I, a barren old woman, to have a child when I was unable to even when I was young?” 

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 73

They said: “Do you wonder at the Decree of Allah? The Mercy of Allah and His Blessings be on you, O the family [of Ibrahim]. Surely, Heis All-Praiseworthy, All-Glorious.”

The angels told her, “Do not be so surprised, this is the Decree of Allah, when He wills something, He says Be and it is.” 

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 74

Then when the fear had gone away from (the mind of) Ibrahim, and the glad tidings had reached him, he began to plead with Us (Our Messengers) for the people of Lut.

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 75

Verily, Ibrahim was, without doubt, forbearing, used to invoke Allah with humility, and was repentant (to Allah all the time, again and again).

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 76

“O Ibrahim! Forsake this. Indeed, the Commandment of your Lord has gone forth. Verily, there will come a torment for them which cannot be turned back.”

Once the fear left Ibrahim ‘alayhissalam’s heart concerning these strange men and he was given good news of a son, he asked them why they were sent exactly. They told him of Allah’s punishment for the people of Lut ‘alayhissalam and he began to argue with them. He said, “Will you destroy a town that has believers in it?” But they replied saying that Lut ‘alayhissalam and those who  believed with him would be saved, although they were very, very few in number.

-The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)


3 thoughts on “Reflections from Surah Hud: Ayah 69-72

    • I’m glad you benefited; it was a very rewarding experience! I was dumbfounded on many occasions while reading up on tafsir for Surah Hud and there’s SO much more than just the surface meaning.

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