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The People of Lut

Once upon a time, there was a village that was populated with bad people. God sent them a prophet, named Lut, but the villagers ignore his message.

One day, three young men came to the village in search for Lut. The town’s men were elated for they had their eyes on the youthful pieces of meat. Lut felt distressed that he couldn’t protect the visitors, so he hid the young men, but his wife let the villagers know of their hiding place. As it turns out, the young men were angels sent from God and warned Lut to leave town because God was about to send his wrath in a form “of shower of stones of clay” that would kill the inhibitors of Sodom and Gomorrah/ known in the  Qur’an as People of Lut. In one version of the interpretation of the Quran, Lut asked his family not to look back, as they fled town, but his wife did in agony and turned into pillars of salt. In another version, she decided to stay in the village and meet her doom with the rest of the people.

The end… but not for the millions of people came afterwards and heard the story with all its versions. Many believe that people of Lut were bad people solely because they were homosexuals.

Today, it is believed that what hit the villages was a natural catastrophe, some claim an earthquake, others claim it was an asteroid. Either way, this helped form the Dead Sea.

Here are points I find puzzling:

1. God’s prophet is supposed to be GOOD… homosexuality is supposed to be BAD…yet, in Arabic; homosexuality is known as “Luwaat” –derived from the word Lut. Doesn’t this give something godly a negative connotation?

2. The story of people of Lut is mentioned in several verses in the Quran. But two verses “ayas” in particular have mentioned that people of Lut, committed a sin/ crime that “no people in Creation (ever) committed before..”:

And Lut, when he said to his people, “Do you commit an obscenity not perpetrated before you by anyone in all the worlds? You come with lust to men instead of women. You are indeed a depraved people.” (Qur’an, 7:80-81)

Do you approach males among the worlds? And leave what your Lord has created for you as mates? But you are a people transgressing. (Qur’an 26:165-166)

And [mention] Lut, when he said to his people, “Indeed, you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds. Indeed, you approach men and obstruct the road and commit in your meetings [every] evil.” And the answer of his people was not but they said, “Bring us the punishment of Allah, if you should be of the truthful.” (Qur’an, 29:28-29)

Most jumped into the conclusion that this never before done crime was homosexuality, but then, why would the last verse mention other evil doings if homosexuality was indeed the sole cause for God’s punishment?

Also, archeology and science have found proof that People of Lut lived around 1800 BC.  However, drawings in caves suggests that people have been practicing homosexuality way before that time. These drawings are estimated to go back as far as 10,000 BC. So, how does this fit with the homosexuality being a crime “no people in Creation (ever) committed before you”? It would be interesting to further study the cultural life of Sodom and Gomorrah and see what other crimes could be added to the list.

3. People of Lut don’t sound like nice people. Aside from the “crime” of homosexuality, they were murderers, rapists and bandits. They mistreated their wives, and were unfaithful to them. They ignored their wives, who had sexual urges of their own, and had sex with men instead. Yet, all this was ignored and focus was on homosexuality as a cause for punishment. More so,  Why isn’t there a distinction made between consensual sex and rape , which is what the villagers had in mind towards the three young men/ angels? But then we live in a world that takes matters as rape, both genders, and act of violence very lightly. Wouldn’t rape , and covering it up, be a far more sever crime than homosexuality?

4. The most important point: Does all this matter? Whether homosexuality is a sin or not, or a disease or not is not important. But what is important is how we, whether Muslims or not, deal with it. Do we let our holier than thou attitude manifest into hatred or do we follow the attitude that Islam first and for most is about the “treatment of others. “deen al-mo’aamalah” –this highly ignored concept believes that how we treat others is as important as our acts of worship.  Why can’t homosexuality simply be a test of our level of tolerance? If we actually have any? Or to test our claim that we love God. if so, how could we then  be consumed with so much hate toward those who do things differently when one of God’s many attributes is mercy.

 Sadly, we humans act too quickly in judging others, and act too slowly in loving and having mercy and tolerance towards others.

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Comments on: "The People of Lut" (5)

  1. Most jumped into the conclusion that this never before done crime was homosexuality, but then, why would the last verse mention other evil doings if homosexuality was indeed the sole cause for God’s punishment?

    The reason is that homosexuality, before Sodom and Gomorrah wasn’t practiced to such massive levels. It was the act of individuals, we don’t have any accounts of whole civilizations based upon homosexual rituals before Sodom and Gomorrah. That is what “no people…” is referring to. There weren’t any nations or religions based on homosexuality before.

    Wouldn’t rape , and covering it up, be a far more sever crime than homosexuality?

    A crime is a crime, no less no more, the thing here is that an individual can repent from crimes (even homosexuality). You cannot turn over an entire religion based on homosexual rituals.

    Why can’t homosexuality simply be a test of our level of tolerance? If we actually have any? Or to test our claim that we love God. if so, how could we then be consumed with so much hate toward those who do things differently when one of God’s many attributes is mercy.

    You are right, Islam is about loving God and His creation, that is why the Prophet Lot wasn’t happy what was coming on to his nation. We should realize before we adhere to any religion, we are human beings. Humans are called the Pride of creation, hence it is our duty to love and respect every harmless human being regardless of his/her sexual orientation

  2. What a come back Riem 😉

    I must say its very interesting, as for the story goes there are so many interpretation.

    leaving that aside for a minute, being gay is one thing people act upon with so much hate as if its the worst crime, were at least for me, i find other crimes are far worse.

    mercy is one great attribute, at the beginning of doing anything we remind our self by his name and mercy.

    being gay might be a sin, maybe is not. yet we make more sin by condemning them and out casting them and by far killing them.

    the highest sin in Islam is leaving Islam, and yet killing murtad “a person who leaves Islam” is not death! it was act of desperation if you ask me when people left Islam.

    the only punishment that state death loud and clear is killing another soul, yet is debatable these days. since only person would ask for it is the owner of the blood “the family of the killed person” if a single person in that family said no, it won’t happen, its god message to us about mercy.

    a gay person is a still human, why would we take that from them, who we think we are, we are not gods, we are mere human too.

    I like the closing so much, if we only try to understand and let the judgment to god.

    and dear Hasan, the crime of lut’s people was not homosexuality, it was not the act it self, its the lust, and many many other!

    mass scale or not, its been there and i’ll assure you it will always be there.

  3. Wouldn’t rape , and covering it up, be a far more sever crime than homosexuality?

    Just because you support homo doesn’t really mean that it becomes more pure than rape. To me homosexuality is more nasty and a greater crime. Just like in many western countries, incest is exciting to many people but in the country that i live in it is better to be dead than to commit such activities. So the problem is: Who is going to be the judge. Definitely it is Almighty. To the people of Lut, this crime was less than uttering slangs against others. But to you it is less than rape(I mean heterosexual). The people of Lut has many crimes indeed but the crime of Homo is described explicitly. You need to know the commentary of Quran in details before you start to make dangerous assumptions. Focus on the ending of that tribe.

    Why can’t homosexuality simply be a test of our level of tolerance? If we actually have any? Or to test our claim that we love God. if so, how could we then be consumed with so much hate toward those who do things differently when one of God’s many attributes is mercy.

    Ok, why not tolerate all the rapes that are occuring in the world. Why don’t you ask your mothers and sisters to be more tolerant to rapes and stop complaining and endure the torture. Let us not punish the rapists but leave the judgement to God. At least I wouldn’t want those to my mothers and sisters but if you want you can start with yours. Plz……… Get rid of these dumb logic.

    A gay person is still a human.
    Another dumb logic. A rapist is still a human. Someone who commits an incest is still a human. Someone who steals, murders is also a human. Now you might jump to say that a murderer cannot be called a human. Well, my answer is, I don’t follow your rules.

    And last of all, plz. don’t make this world a homo world. it might be simple to you becaz ur mind is indeed corrupted. but to me and to many others it is more than just a major sin. But if you insist, then perhaps you and I have to face the same fate as those dirty people.

    • To the person who calls himself Warner but has an email address with an Arabic name :):

      To me your post seems very contradicting . Funny how you interpret it in a way that pleases you and you even draw your own conclusions. I particularly loved the part where you have a debate with yourself on my behalf (i.e. a murderer cannot be called a human)

      “Just like in many western countries, incest is exciting to many people”
      that is a major accusation. Those who are excited by incest are everywhere. For a person who refers to himself as Warren, I wonder which “western” culture you come from where incest is exciting !!!

      But to you it is less than rape(I mean heterosexual).”
      Are you saying that only heterosexuals can rape and be raped?? If that is the case they I really suggest you hit the books or google this topic

      “You need to know the commentary of Quran in details before you start to make dangerous assumptions.”
      Since you brought up the Quran and subsequently Islam. The punishment for rape in Islam is death! No variation there! However, the current punishment for homosexuality varies between jurists. SO, if according to your logic Homosexuality is worse than rape why is there a variation in verdict as appose to a clear verdict!!!

      you call my logic dumb? LOL This coming from a person who claims that homosexuality is worse than rape. Obviously you have NO idea WHAT so ever what rape is and what damages it brings forth. If anything, it just shows how misogynist and homophobic your ideas are.
      A rapist harms another in ways possibility worse than death. I can’t say the same for homosexuality.

      You seem to be confusing your logic with what you assume is mine. Hard to follow your post and your tragic ending. Whether you like it or not, homosexuals have and will always exist. Just like hateful self-righteous people

      • “”you call my logic dumb? LOL This coming from a person who claims that homosexuality is worse than rape. Obviously you have NO idea WHAT so ever what rape is and what damages it brings forth. If anything, it just shows how misogynist and homophobic your ideas are.
        A rapist harms another in ways possibility worse than death. I can’t say the same for homosexuality.””
        This proves that how much homo lover you are. I am proud to be a homophobic rather than a homo lover.

        And talking about incest. I have been living in the western country. I know the statistics and not just statistics. it is taught in books in literature. but at least look at the statistics. I guess you didn’t google enough but you are suggesting to do so. very funny. muhahahaha.

        ”This coming from a person who claims that homosexuality is worse than rape. Obviously you have NO idea WHAT so ever what rape is and what damages it brings forth. If anything, it just shows how misogynist and homophobic your ideas are.”

        This also proves your “superb knowledge!!!”” of the Quran and you are trying to prove to me how tolerant Quran is towards homo. Actually it is useless to argue with someone who twists very simple things. I could have provided evidence but now i understand, it is useless to deal with someone who makes up his own explanation of the Quran.

        i used a name warner. but i am a muslim with an arabic name but i am a non-arab. is that a problem????????????

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