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He punishes whom He will, and shows mercy to whom He will, and to Him you will be returned.

And you cannot escape in the earth or in the heaven. And besides Allah you have neither any Wali (Protector or Guardian) nor any Helper.

And those who disbelieve in the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah and the Meeting with Him, it is they who have no hope of My Mercy, and it is they who will (have) a painful torment.

So nothing was the answer of [Ibrahim"s (Abraham)] people except that they said:"Kill him or burn him." Then Allah saved him from the fire. Verily, in this are indeed signs for a people who believe.

And [Ibrahim (Abraham)] said:"You have taken (for worship) idols instead of Allah, and the love between you is only in the life of this world, but on the Day of Resurrection, you shall disown each other, and curse each other, and your abode will be the Fire, and you shall have no helper."

So Lout (Lot) believed in him [Ibrahim"s (Abraham) Message of Islamic Monotheism]. He [Ibrahim (Abraham)] said:"I will emigrate for the sake of my Lord. Verily, He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise."

And We bestowed on him [Ibrahim (Abraham)], Ishaque (Isaac) and Ya"qub (Jacob), and ordained among his offspring Prophethood and the Book [i.e. the Taurat (Torah) (to Musa - Moses), the Injeel (Gospel) (to"Iesa - Jesus), the Quran (to Muhammad SAW), all from the offspring of Ibrahim (Abraham)], and We granted him his reward in this world, and verily, in the Hereafter he is indeed among the righteous.

And (remember) Lout (Lot), when he said to his people:"You commit Al-Fahishah (sodomy the worst sin) which none has preceded you in (committing) it in the"Alamin (mankind and jinns)."

"Verily, you do sodomy with men, and rob the wayfarer (travellers, etc.)! And practise Al-Munkar (disbelief and polytheism and every kind of evil wicked deed) in your meetings." But his people gave no answer except, that they said:"Bring Allah"s Torment upon us if you are one of the truthful."

He said:"My Lord! Give me victory over the people who are Mufsidun (those who commit great crimes and sins, oppressors, tyrants, mischief-makers, corrupts).

And when Our Messengers came to Ibrahim (Abraham) with the glad tidings they said:"Verily, we are going to destroy the people of this [Lout"s (Lot"s)] town (i.e. the town of Sodom in Palestine) truly, its people have been Zalimun [wrong-doers, polytheists and disobedient to Allah, and have also belied their Messenger Lout (Lot)]."

Ibrahim (Abraham) said:"But there is Lout (Lot) in it." They said:"We know better who is there, we will verily save him [Lout (Lot)] and his family, except his wife, she will be of those who remain behind (i.e. she will be destroyed along with those who will be destroyed from her folk)."

And when Our Messengers came to Lout (Lot), he was grieved because of them, and felt straitened on their account. They said:"Have no fear, and do not grieve! Truly, we shall save you and your family, except your wife, she will be of those who remain behind (i.e. she will be destroyed along with those who will be destroyed from her folk).

Verily, we are about to bring down on the people of this town a great torment from the sky, because they have been rebellious (against Allah"s Command)."

And indeed We have left thereof an evident Ayah (a lesson and a warning and a sign the place where the Dead Sea is now in Palestine) for a folk who understand.

And to (the people of) Madyan (Midian), We sent their brother Shu"aib (Shuaib). He said:"O my people! Worship Allah, and hope for (the reward of good deeds by worshipping Allah Alone, on) the last Day, and commit no mischief on the earth as Mufsidun (those who commit great crimes, oppressors, tyrants, mischief-makers, corrupts).

And they belied him [Shu"aib (Shuaib)], so the earthquake seized them, and they lay (dead), prostrate in their dwellings.

And"Ad and Thamud (people)! And indeed (their destruction) is clearly apparent to you from their (ruined) dwellings. Shaitan (Satan) made their deeds fair-seeming to them, and turned them away from the (Right) Path, though they were intelligent.

And (We destroyed also) Qarun (Korah), Fir"aun (Pharaoh), and Haman. And indeed Musa (Moses) came to them with clear Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), but they were arrogant in the land, yet they could not outstrip Us (escape Our punishment).

So We punished each (of them) for his sins, of them were some on whom We sent Hasiban (a violent wind with shower of stones) [as the people of Lout (Lot)], and of them were some who were overtaken by As-Saihah [torment - awful cry, etc. (as Thamud or Shu"aib"s people)], and of them were some whom We caused the earth to swallow [as Qarun (Korah)], and of them were some whom We drowned [as the people of Nuh (Noah), or Fir"aun (Pharaoh) and his people]. It was not Allah Who wronged them, but they wronged themselves.