< Surah 27:45-58


Surah 27

THE ANT (An-Naml)

The prophet Salih and the tribe of Thamud
Absurdity Injustice Intolerance Cruelty 27:45-53
11:49-60, 26:141-58

45 And We verily sent unto Thamud their brother Salih, saying: Worship Allah. And lo! they (then became two parties quarrelling.

46 He said: O my people! Why will ye hasten on the evil rather than the good? Why will ye not ask pardon of Allah, that ye may receive mercy.

We [Allah] sent Salih to Thamud, who said to them,

Worship Allah.

And it split them into two quarrelling parties.

47 They said: We augur evil of thee and those with thee. He said: Your evil augury is with Allah. Nay, but ye are folk that are being tested.

They said, "We think you're up to no good."

Salih said, "Allah is testing you."

48 And there were in the city nine persons who made mischief in the land and reformed not.

There were nine mischief makers in the land.

49 They said: Swear one to another by Allah that we verily will attack him and his household by night, and afterward we will surely say unto his friend: We witnessed not the destruction of his household. And lo! we are truthtellers.

They said, "Let's attack Salih."

50 So they plotted a plot: and We plotted a plot, while they perceived not.

51 Then see the nature of the consequence of their plotting, for lo! We destroyed them and their people, every one.

52 See, yonder are their dwellings empty and in ruins because they did wrong. Lo! herein is indeed a portent for a people who have knowledge.

Wo they ploted a plot.

And we [Allah] plotted a plot.

Then we destroyed them and all their people.

53 And we saved those who believed and used to ward off (evil).

But we saved those who believed and warded off evil.

Lot: Do you lust after men instead of women?

54 And Lot! when he said unto his folk: Will ye commit abomination knowingly?

55 Must ye needs lust after men instead of women? Nay, but ye are folk who act senselessly.

Lot said to his people,

Are you going to commit abomination willingly?

Do you have to lust after men instead of women?

56 But the answer of his folk was naught save that they said: Expel the household of Lot from your township, for they (forsooth) are folk who would keep clean!

They said,

Expel Lot and his family from our town.

They're trying to keep themselves clean!

57 Then We saved him and his household save his wife; We destined her to be of those who stayed behind.

58 And We rained a rain upon them. Dreadful is the rain of those who have been warned.

We [Allah] saved Lot and his family, except for his wife. [1]

We forced her to stay behind.

Then we rained a dreadful rain upon them.