English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 26: Al-Shuara — The Poets (Revealed at Makkah: 11 sections, 227 verses)

Section 9 (Verses 26:160–26:175): History of Lot


کَذَّبَتۡ قَوۡمُ لُوۡطِۣ الۡمُرۡسَلِیۡنَ ﴿۱۶۰﴾ۚۖ

26:160 The people of Lot rejected the messengers.

اِذۡ قَالَ لَہُمۡ اَخُوۡہُمۡ لُوۡطٌ اَلَا تَتَّقُوۡنَ ﴿۱۶۱﴾ۚ

26:161 When their brother Lot said to them: Will you not guard against evil?

اِنِّیۡ لَکُمۡ رَسُوۡلٌ اَمِیۡنٌ ﴿۱۶۲﴾ۙ

26:163 So keep your duty to Allah and obey me.

فَاتَّقُوا اللّٰہَ وَ اَطِیۡعُوۡنِ ﴿۱۶۳﴾ۚ

26:164 And I ask of you no reward for it: my reward is only with the Lord of the worlds.

اَتَاۡتُوۡنَ الذُّکۡرَانَ مِنَ الۡعٰلَمِیۡنَ ﴿۱۶۵﴾ۙ

26:165 Do you come to the males from among the creation,

وَ تَذَرُوۡنَ مَا خَلَقَ لَکُمۡ رَبُّکُمۡ مِّنۡ اَزۡوَاجِکُمۡ ؕ بَلۡ اَنۡتُمۡ قَوۡمٌ عٰدُوۡنَ ﴿۱۶۶﴾

26:166 and leave your wives whom your Lord has created for you? Indeed, you are a people exceeding limits.

قَالُوۡا لَئِنۡ لَّمۡ تَنۡتَہِ یٰلُوۡطُ لَتَکُوۡنَنَّ مِنَ الۡمُخۡرَجِیۡنَ ﴿۱۶۷﴾

26:167 They said: If you do not give up, Lot, you will surely be banished.

قَالَ اِنِّیۡ لِعَمَلِکُمۡ مِّنَ الۡقَالِیۡنَ ﴿۱۶۸﴾ؕ

26:168 He said: Surely I abhor what you do.

رَبِّ نَجِّنِیۡ وَ اَہۡلِیۡ مِمَّا یَعۡمَلُوۡنَ ﴿۱۶۹﴾

26:169 My Lord, deliver me and my followers from what they do.

فَنَجَّیۡنٰہُ وَ اَہۡلَہٗۤ اَجۡمَعِیۡنَ ﴿۱۷۰﴾ۙ

26:170 So We delivered him and his followers all,

اِلَّا عَجُوۡزًا فِی الۡغٰبِرِیۡنَ ﴿۱۷۱﴾ۚ

26:171 except an old woman, among those who remained behind.1

ثُمَّ دَمَّرۡنَا الۡاٰخَرِیۡنَ ﴿۱۷۲﴾ۚ

26:172 Then We destroyed the others.

وَ اَمۡطَرۡنَا عَلَیۡہِمۡ مَّطَرًا ۚ فَسَآءَ مَطَرُ الۡمُنۡذَرِیۡنَ ﴿۱۷۳﴾

26:173 And We rained on them a rain; and evil was the rain on those who were warned.2

اِنَّ فِیۡ ذٰلِکَ لَاٰیَۃً ؕ وَ مَا کَانَ اَکۡثَرُہُمۡ مُّؤۡمِنِیۡنَ ﴿۱۷۴﴾

26:174 Surely there is a sign in this, yet most of them do not believe.

وَ اِنَّ رَبَّکَ لَہُوَ الۡعَزِیۡزُ الرَّحِیۡمُ ﴿۱۷۵﴾٪

26:175 And surely your Lord is the Mighty, the Merciful.


  1. See 7:80 for Lot. The old woman referred to here was Lot’s wife.
  2. See 7:84. Stones were rained on them as the result of a volcanic eruption.