Nabi Lut (‘a) was the nephew and contemporary of Nabi Ibrahim (‘a). Nabi Lut (‘a)’s mission was centered around the Jordan Valley where the inhabitants were involved in perverted sexual practices. Their crimes revealed in the Qur’an involved homosexuality, open piracy and lewd talk in their assemblies.
Nabi Lut (‘a) preached to his people for several years. They continued to defy him and brought about upon themselves the wrath of Allah. They were destroyed one morning after Nabi Lut (‘a) and his community of believers was asked to leave the city during the night.
Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, has left a sign for this1in order that mankind should always ponder over this and should not fall prey to similar perversion.
Nabi Lut (‘a) prayed when his people defying him openly refused to end their abominable practices. Nabi Lut (‘a) expressed his faith in Allah like this:
إِنِّي مُهاجِرٌ إِلى رَبِّي إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْعَزيزُ الْحَكيمُ
“Behold! I am a refugee unto my Rabb, surely He is the Mighty, the Wise.” (29:26).
When the people of Nabi Lut (‘a) refused to stop their abominable practices and threatened to banish Nabi Lut (‘a) from their midst, Nabi Lut (‘a) told them that he abhorred their sexual perversion. Then he did the Du’a:
رَبِّ نَجِّني وَأَهْلي مِمَّا يَعْمَلونَ
“O my Rabb! Deliver me and my household from what they do.” (26:169).
When Nabi Lut (‘a)’s people would not listen to him and even asked him to bring down Allah’s doom upon them if he thought he was preaching the Truth.
Nabi Lut (‘a) prayed:
رَبِّ انْصُرْني عَلى القَوْمِ المُفْسِدينَ
“O my Rabb! help me against the corrupt people.” (29:30).
- 1. This sign is the Dead Sea (Bahr Lut in Arabic), once a flourishing area until the Wrath of Allah fell upon the people living there who had involved themselves in perverted sexual activities.