Reflections from Surah Hud: Ayah 77-83


1- The Coming of the Angels to Lut, His Grief, and His Discussion with His People   

2- Lut’s Inability, His Desire for Strength and the Angels’ Informing Him of the Reality          

3- The Town of Lut’s People is overturned and Their Destruction

 Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 77

And when Our Messengers came to Lut, he was grieved on their account and felt himself straitened for them (lest the town people should approach them to commit sodomy with them). He said: “This is a distressful day.”

Lut ‘alayhissalam was sent by Allah to the people of Sodom near Jordan. These people were doing things that were strange, unnatural and filthy. They were actually guilty of doing many acts of disobedience, but there was one vice that made the others pale in comparison: they were the first homosexual people on earth. It wasn’t just a few people who committed these acts, rather it was the WHOLE POPULATION. Lut ‘alayhissalam started warning them and reminding them of Allah’s punishment, and as per usual, they started accusing him of having material interests. He told them what the other messengers told their people: their reward is only with Allah, and they are nothing but messengers from Allah.

He began explaining the severity and consequences of the act that they were committing, and told them to come back to natural human instincts. Those who say that its a biological/heredity problem, then that is nothing but an excuse. There is no scope for even allowing such acts or finding a leeway. 

These people were also highwaymen, they would block the roads and rob anybody who was passing through. Their gatherings were where they engaged and propagated these acts in full view, not even in secret. They scoffed at Lut ‘alayhissalam and accused him, rejecting his message to guidance. He told them strongly that he is opposing their acts and warned them sternly. They threatened to throw him out of the town, because they mocked his “cleanliness and purity”. They even challenged him; asking for trouble, asking him to hasten the punishment. Lut ‘alayhissalam prayed for protection.

Allah blessed Lut ‘alayhissalam with two daughters and he did not have any sons. 

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 78

 And his people came rushing towards him, and since aforetime they used to commit crimes (sodomy, etc.), he said: “O my people! Here are my daughters (i.e. the daughters of my nation), they are purer for you (if you marry them lawfully). So fear Allah and degrade me not as regards my guests! Is there not among you a single right-minded man?”

The messengers that were sent to the people of Lut were angels in human form. Lut ‘alayhissalam intended to protect them from the vile people and tried to discourage them to spend any time in the town. Lut ‘alayhissalam was still unaware of who the angels were, and he told them, “These are the worst people on the face of the earth…” and he testified to their crimes. The angels were happy to hear this because they were commanded not to destroy them until the Messenger testifies to the crime. 

Lut ‘alayhissalam’s wife helped the people commit these crimes and she sent a message to them informing them of the visitors. They came rushing towards Lut ‘alayhissalam’s home, rejoicing and absolutely drunk in their misguidance. They knocked on his door and Lut ‘alayhissalam told them not to embarass him, and asked them, “Is there not a single one of you who is sensible?!” They said, “Didn’t we tell you that you are not allowed to host anyone?” They continued arguing.


Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 79

They said: “Surely you know that we have neither any desire nor in need of your daughters, and indeed you know well what we want!”

They started banging on the door and getting violent. Lut ‘alayhissalam got extremely worried, and he told the people, “Why don’t you marry my daughters?!” He meant the females of the community. He’s calling to their natural instincts, but these disgusting people said that that is not what they want.

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 80

He said: “Would that I had strength (men) to overpower you, or that I could betake myself to some powerful support (to resist you).”

Lut ‘alayhissalam is helpless now; he has no supporters. He says, “If only I had men with me to overcome this evil, or some powerful support to put an end to this!” The angels now spoke up:

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 81

 They (Messengers) said: “O Lout (Lot)! Verily, we are the Messengers from your Lord! They shall not reach you! So travel with your family in a part of the night, and let not any of you look back, but your wife (will remain behind), verily, the punishment which will afflict them, will afflict her. Indeed, morning is their appointed time. Is not the morning near?”

The angels now spoke up and said, “We are angels from Allah, and these people will never harm you.” They asked him to run away with his family except his wife, and told them not to turn back to even look at them. He immediately left. Their final time would be early morning and it was already very late into the night. These people had three different punishments:

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 82

So when Our Commandment came, We turned the town upside down, and rained on them stones of baked clay, piled up;

First there was a shriek. Then Jibreel ‘alayhissalam tipped the whole town over, and stones of clay were rained on them. 

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 83

Marked from your Lord, and they are not ever far from the Zalimun.

Each one of these stones had the names of each man engraved on it. In a very short time, the entire community was destroyed. The Dead Sea is the remainder of these people. Nowadays, this act is being promoted and encouraged on a political and social stand, and people are not even thinking twice about the consequences.

-The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)


2 thoughts on “Reflections from Surah Hud: Ayah 77-83

  1. Alif Alif Mabrook on your graduation! I was so honored to be there! Keep up the Hifz. and Be Defenders of the Quran

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