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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

11. Hud (61 – 83)

61To the Thamud, We sent their brother, Salih. He said, ‘My people, worship God. You have no god other than Him. It was He who brought you into being from the earth and made you inhabit it, so ask forgiveness from Him, and turn back to Him: my Lord is near, and ready to answer.’ 62They said, ‘Salih, We used to have such great hope in you. Will you forbid us to worship what our fathers worshipped? We are in grave doubt about what you are asking us to do.’ 63He said, ‘My people, just think: if I did have clear proof from my Lord, and if He had given me mercy of His own, who could protect me from God if I disobeyed Him? You would only make my loss greater. 64My people, this camel belongs to God, a sign for you, so leave it to pasture on God's earth and do not harm it, or you will soon be punished.’ 65But they hamstrung it, so he said, ‘Enjoy lifea Literally ‘continue to live in your homes’. for another three days: 66this warning will not prove false.’ And so, when Our command was fulfilled, by Our mercy We saved Salih and his fellow believers from the disgrace of that day. [Prophet], it is your Lord who is the Strong, the Mighty One. 67The blast struck the evildoers and they lay dead in their homes, 68as though they had never lived and flourished there. Yes, the Thamud denied their Lord—so away with the Thamud!

69To Abraham Our messengers brought good news. They said, ‘Peace.’ He answered, ‘Peace,’ and without delay he brought in a roasted calf. 70When he saw that their hands did not reach towards the meal, he found this strange and became afraid of them. But they said, ‘Do not be afraid. We have been sent against the people of Lot.’ 71His wife was standing [nearby] and laughed. We gave her good news of Isaac and, after him, of Jacob. 72She said, ‘Alas for me! How am I to bear a child when I am an old woman, and my husband here is an old man? That would be a strange thing!’ 73They said, ‘Are you astonished at what God ordains? The grace of God and His blessings be upon you, people of this house! For He is worthy of all praise and glory.’ 74Then, when the fear left Abraham and the good news came to him, he pleaded with Us for Lot's people, 75for Abraham was forbearing, tender-hearted, and devout. 76’Abraham, cease your pleading: what your Lord has ordained has come about; punishment is coming to them, which cannot be turned back.’

77And when Our messengers came to Lot, he was anxious for them, feeling powerless to protect them, and said, ‘This is a truly terrible day!’ 78His people came rushing towards him; they used to commit foul deeds. He said, ‘My people, here are my daughters.b Some commentators interpret this to refer to the daughters of his people, rather than the prophet's own daughters. They are more wholesome for you, so have some fear of God and do not disgrace me with my guests. Is there not a single right-minded man among you?’ 79They said, ‘You know very well that we have no right to your daughters. You know very well what we want.’ 80He said, ‘If only I had the strength to stop you or could rely on strong support!’ 81They [the messengers] said, ‘Lot, we are your Lord's messengers. They will not reach you. Leave with your household in the dead of night, and let none of you turn back. Only your wife will suffer the fate that befalls the others. Their appointed time is the morning: is the morning not near?’ 82And so when what We had ordained came about, We turned their town upside down and rained down stones of baked clay on it, layer upon layer, 83marked from your Lord. It is not far from the evildoers.a This town is not far from the evildoers of Mecca, within their trading range (see 37: 137–8), nor is the punishment far from them.

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a Literally ‘continue to live in your homes’.

b Some commentators interpret this to refer to the daughters of his people, rather than the prophet's own daughters.

a This town is not far from the evildoers of Mecca, within their trading range (see 37: 137–8), nor is the punishment far from them.

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