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Then, when the Messengers (the angels) came unto the family of Lout (Lot).

He said:"Verily! You are people unknown to me."

They said:"Nay, we have come to you with that (torment) which they have been doubting.

"And we have brought to you the truth (the news of the destruction of your nation) and certainly, we tell the truth.

"Then travel in a part of the night with your family, and you go behind them in the rear, and let no one amongst you look back, but go on to where you are ordered."

And We made known this decree to him, that the root of those (sinners) was to be cut off in the early morning.

And the inhabitants of the city came rejoicing (at the news of the young men"s arrival).

[Lout (Lot)] said:"Verily! these are my guests, so shame me not.

"And fear Allah and disgrace me not."

They (people of the city) said:"Did we not forbid you to entertain (or protect) any of the"Alamin (people, foreigners, strangers, etc. from us)?"

[Lout (Lot)] said:"These (the girls of the nation) are my daughters (to marry lawfully), if you must act (so)."

Verily, by your life (O Muhammad SAW), in their wild intoxication, they were wandering blindly.

So As-Saihah (torment - awful cry, etc.) overtook them at the time of sunrise;

And We turned (the towns of Sodom in Palestine) upside down and rained down on them stones of baked clay.

Surely! In this are signs, for those who see (or understand or learn the lessons from the Signs of Allah).

And verily! They (the cities) were right on the highroad (from Makkah to Syria i.e. the place where the Dead Sea is now).

Surely! Therein is indeed a sign for the believers.

And the dwellers in the wood [i.e. the people of Madyan (Midian) to whom Prophet Shu"aib was sent by Allah), were also Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.).

So, We took vengeance on them. They are both on an open highway, plain to see.

And verily, the dwellers of Al-Hijr (the rocky tract) denied the Messengers.