Prophet Lot (also known as Lut) was sent as a messenger of Allah to his people who lived in a land known as Sodom. His people were known for their wickedness, indulgence in homosexuality, and other immoral acts. They refused to follow the teachings of Prophet Lot and continued to engage in immoral activities. Prophet Lot warned his people that if they did not repent, a punishment would befall them. However, the people refused to take heed of his warning and mocked him. He pleaded with them to stop their wickedness, but they continued to disobey Allah’s commandments. Allah then sent two angels in the form of handsome young men to Prophet Lot. The people of Sodom were attracted to the beauty of the angels and tried to harm them. Prophet Lot sheltered the angels in his house and warned his people against harming them. Allah then sent a strong earthquake that destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Only Prophet Lot and his family were saved from the destruction. His wife, however, disobeyed the command of not looking back while fleeing the city, and turned to look at the destruction. As a result, she was turned into a pillar of salt. Prophet Lot and his daughters were saved and moved to a new land. He continued to preach the word of Allah and educate people on the importance of following his teachings.The story of Prophet Lot teaches us about the punishment that can befall those who do not obey Allah’s commandments and the importance of repentance and seeking Allah’s forgiveness.
The following Quranic verses mention Prophet Lut (Lot) peace be upon him.
Sura Anam Ayah (Verse) 86
٨٦ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ وَالْيَسَعَ وَيُونُسَ وَلُوطًا ۚ وَكُلًّا فَضَّلْنَا عَلَى الْعَالَمِينَ
86 And Ishmael, and Elijah, and Jonah, and Lot—We favored each one of them over all other people.
Sura Araf Ayah (Verse) 79-84
٧٩ فَتَوَلَّىٰ عَنْهُمْ وَقَالَ يَا قَوْمِ لَقَدْ أَبْلَغْتُكُمْ رِسَالَةَ رَبِّي وَنَصَحْتُ لَكُمْ وَلَٰكِنْ لَا تُحِبُّونَ النَّاصِحِينَ
79 Then he turned away from them, and said, “O my people, I have delivered to you the message of my Lord, and I have advised you, but you do not like those who give advice.”
٨٠ وَلُوطًا إِذْ قَالَ لِقَوْمِهِ أَتَأْتُونَ الْفَاحِشَةَ مَا سَبَقَكُمْ بِهَا مِنْ أَحَدٍ مِنَ الْعَالَمِينَ
80 And Lot, when he said to his people, “Do you commit lewdness no people anywhere have ever committed before you?”
٨١ إِنَّكُمْ لَتَأْتُونَ الرِّجَالَ شَهْوَةً مِنْ دُونِ النِّسَاءِ ۚ بَلْ أَنْتُمْ قَوْمٌ مُسْرِفُونَ
81 “You lust after men rather than women. You are an excessive people.”
٨٢ وَمَا كَانَ جَوَابَ قَوْمِهِ إِلَّا أَنْ قَالُوا أَخْرِجُوهُمْ مِنْ قَرْيَتِكُمْ ۖ إِنَّهُمْ أُنَاسٌ يَتَطَهَّرُونَ
82 And his people’s only answer was to say, “Expel them from your town; they are purist people.”
٨٣ فَأَنْجَيْنَاهُ وَأَهْلَهُ إِلَّا امْرَأَتَهُ كَانَتْ مِنَ الْغَابِرِينَ
83 But We saved him and his family, except for his wife; she was of those who lagged behind.
٨٤ وَأَمْطَرْنَا عَلَيْهِمْ مَطَرًا ۖ فَانْظُرْ كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الْمُجْرِمِينَ
84 And We rained down on them a rain; note the consequences for the sinners.
Sura Ankabut Ayah (Verse) 26
٢٦ فَآمَنَ لَهُ لُوطٌ ۘ وَقَالَ إِنِّي مُهَاجِرٌ إِلَىٰ رَبِّي ۖ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
26 Then Lot believed in him, and said, “I am emigrating to my Lord. He is the Noble, the Wise.”
٢٧ وَوَهَبْنَا لَهُ إِسْحَاقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ وَجَعَلْنَا فِي ذُرِّيَّتِهِ النُّبُوَّةَ وَالْكِتَابَ وَآتَيْنَاهُ أَجْرَهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَإِنَّهُ فِي الْآخِرَةِ لَمِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ
27 And We granted him Isaac and Jacob, and conferred on his descendants the Prophethood and the Book, and gave him his reward in this life; and in the Hereafter he will be among the upright.
٢٨ وَلُوطًا إِذْ قَالَ لِقَوْمِهِ إِنَّكُمْ لَتَأْتُونَ الْفَاحِشَةَ مَا سَبَقَكُمْ بِهَا مِنْ أَحَدٍ مِنَ الْعَالَمِينَ
28 And Lot, when he said to his people, “You are committing an obscenity not perpetrated before you by anyone in the whole world.
٢٩ أَئِنَّكُمْ لَتَأْتُونَ الرِّجَالَ وَتَقْطَعُونَ السَّبِيلَ وَتَأْتُونَ فِي نَادِيكُمُ الْمُنْكَرَ ۖ فَمَا كَانَ جَوَابَ قَوْمِهِ إِلَّا أَنْ قَالُوا ائْتِنَا بِعَذَابِ اللَّهِ إِنْ كُنْتَ مِنَ الصَّادِقِينَ
29 You approach men, and cut off the way, and commit lewdness in your gatherings.” But the only response from his people was to say, “Bring upon us God’s punishment, if you are truthful.”
٣٠ قَالَ رَبِّ انْصُرْنِي عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْمُفْسِدِينَ
30 He said, “My Lord, help me against the people of corruption.”
٣١ وَلَمَّا جَاءَتْ رُسُلُنَا إِبْرَاهِيمَ بِالْبُشْرَىٰ قَالُوا إِنَّا مُهْلِكُو أَهْلِ هَٰذِهِ الْقَرْيَةِ ۖ إِنَّ أَهْلَهَا كَانُوا ظَالِمِينَ
31 And when Our envoys brought Abraham the good news, they said, “We are going to destroy the people of this town; its people are wrongdoers.”
٣٢ قَالَ إِنَّ فِيهَا لُوطًا ۚ قَالُوا نَحْنُ أَعْلَمُ بِمَنْ فِيهَا ۖ لَنُنَجِّيَنَّهُ وَأَهْلَهُ إِلَّا امْرَأَتَهُ كَانَتْ مِنَ الْغَابِرِينَ
32 He said, “Yet Lot is in it.” They said, “We are well aware of who is in it. We will save him, and his family, except for his wife, who will remain behind.”
٣٣ وَلَمَّا أَنْ جَاءَتْ رُسُلُنَا لُوطًا سِيءَ بِهِمْ وَضَاقَ بِهِمْ ذَرْعًا وَقَالُوا لَا تَخَفْ وَلَا تَحْزَنْ ۖ إِنَّا مُنَجُّوكَ وَأَهْلَكَ إِلَّا امْرَأَتَكَ كَانَتْ مِنَ الْغَابِرِينَ
33 Then, when Our envoys came to Lot, they were mistreated, and he was troubled and distressed on their account. They said, “Do not fear, nor grieve. We will save you and your family, except for your wife, who will remain behind.”
٣٤ إِنَّا مُنْزِلُونَ عَلَىٰ أَهْلِ هَٰذِهِ الْقَرْيَةِ رِجْزًا مِنَ السَّمَاءِ بِمَا كَانُوا يَفْسُقُونَ
34 “We will bring down upon the people of this town a scourge from heaven, because of their wickedness.”
٣٥ وَلَقَدْ تَرَكْنَا مِنْهَا آيَةً بَيِّنَةً لِقَوْمٍ يَعْقِلُونَ
35 And We left behind a clear trace of it, for people who understand.