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Surah 7

THE HEIGHTS (Al Ar'af)

Lot: You lust after men instead of women
Homosexuality Cruelty Injustice Intolerance 7:80-84

80 And Lot! (Remember) when he said unto his folk: Will ye commit abomination such as no creature ever did before you?

81 Lo! ye come with lust unto men instead of women. Nay, but ye are wanton folk.

82 And the answer of his people was only that they said (one to another): Turn them out of your township. They are folk, forsooth, who keep pure.

Remember when Lot said to his people:

Will you commit an abomination that no creature has ever done before you? [1]

You lust after men instead of women.

You're bad folks.

83 And We rescued him and his household, save his wife, who was of those who stayed behind.

We [Allah] rescued Lot and his household, except for his wife, who stayed behind. [2]

84 And We rained a rain upon them. See now the nature of the consequence of evil-doers!

Then we sent rain to rain upon them. [3]

Shu'eyb and the Midianite massacre
Cruelty Injustice Intolerance 7:85-93

85 And unto Midian (We sent) their brother, Shu'eyb. He said: O my people! Serve Allah. Ye have no other God save Him. Lo! a clear proof hath come unto you from your Lord; so give full measure and full weight and wrong not mankind in their goods, and work not confusion in the earth after the fair ordering thereof. That will be better for you, if ye are believers.

86 Lurk not on every road to threaten (wayfarers), and to turn away from Allah's path him who believeth in Him, and to seek to make it crooked. And remember, when ye were but few, how He did multiply you. And see the nature of the consequence for the corrupters!

87 And if there is a party of you which believeth in that wherewith I have been sent, and there is a party which believeth not, then have patience until Allah judge between us. He is the Best of all who deal in judgment.

We sent Shu'eyb to Midian. [4]

He said to them:

Serve Allah.

88 The chieftains of his people, who were scornful, said: Surely we will drive thee out, O Shu'eyb, and those who believe with thee, from our township, unless ye return to our religion. He said: Even though we hate it?

89 We should have invented a lie against Allah if we returned to your religion after Allah hath rescued us from it. It is not for us to return to it unless Allah our Lord should (so) will. Our Lord comprehendeth all things in knowledge. In Allah do we put our trust. Our Lord! Decide with truth between us and our folk, for Thou art the best of those who make decision.

The leaders of Midian said to him,

We're going to force you to leave,

unless you return to our religion.

Shu'eyb said

I hate your religion.

So I'll stick with Allah.

90 But the chieftains of his people, who were disbelieving, said: If ye follow Shu'eyb, then truly ye shall be the losers.

91 So the earthquake seized them and morning found them prostrate in their dwelling-place.

92 Those who denied Shu'eyb became as though they had not dwelt there. Those who denied Shu'eyb, they were the losers.

The disbelieving Midian leaders said to the people,

If you follow Shu'eyb, then you are losers.

Then an earthquake came and killed them all. [5]

So it turned out that the people of Midian were the losers.

93 So he turned from them and said: O my people! I delivered my Lord's messages unto you and gave you good advice; then how can I sorrow for a people that rejected (truth) ?

Then Shu-eyb said to all of the dead Midianites,

I told you so.

Is anyone safe from Allah's scheme?
Cruelty Injustice Intolerance 7:94-102

94 And We sent no prophet unto any township but We did afflict its folk with tribulation and adversity that haply they might grow humble.

We sent prophets to towns that we planned to destroy.

95 Then changed We the evil plight for good till they grew affluent and said: Tribulation and distress did touch our fathers. Then We seized them unawares, when they perceived not.

96 And if the people of the townships had believed and kept from evil, surely We should have opened for them blessings from the sky and from the earth. But (unto every messenger) they gave the lie, and so We seized them on account of what they used to earn.

Then we destroyed them when they least expected it.

97 Are the people of the townships then secure from the coming of Our wrath upon them as a night-raid while they sleep?

So will Allah's wrath come upon the people while they sleep?

98 Or are the people of the townships then secure from the coming of Our wrath upon them in the daytime while they play?

Or will it come upon them in the daytime while they are playing?

99 Are they then secure from Allah's scheme? None deemeth himself secure from Allah's scheme save folk that perish.

Is anyone safe from Allah's schemes?

100 Is it not an indication to those who inherit the land after its people (who thus reaped the consequence of evil-doing) that, if We will, We can smite them for their sins and print upon their hearts so that they hear not?

We could smite them for their sins before they knew what happened to them.

101 Such were the townships. We relate some tidings of them unto thee (Muhammad). Their messengers verily came unto them with clear proofs (of Allah's Sovereignty), but they could not believe because they had before denied. Thus doth Allah print upon the hearts of disbelievers (that they hear not).

102 We found no (loyalty to any) covenant in most of them. Nay, most of them We found wrong-doers.

That's what Allah does to disbelievers.