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Surah An-Naml Ayat 54 in Arabic Text

وَلُوطًا إِذْ قَالَ لِقَوْمِهِۦٓ أَتَأْتُونَ ٱلْفَـٰحِشَةَ وَأَنتُمْ تُبْصِرُونَ
Wa lootan iz qaala liqawmiheee ataatoonal faa hishata wa antum tubsiroon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 54

Sahih International
And [mention] Lot, when he said to his people, “Do you commit immorality while you are seeing?

Yusuf Ali
(We also sent) Lut (as a messenger): behold, He said to his people, “Do ye do what is shameful though ye see (its iniquity)?

Abul Ala Maududi
We also sent Lot, and recall when he told his people: “Do you commit shameless acts with your eyes open?

Muhsin Khan
And (remember) Lout (Lot)! When he said to his people. Do you commit Al-Fahishah (evil, great sin, every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse, sodomy, etc.) while you see (one another doing evil without any screen, etc.)?”

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

Dr. Ghali
And Lû‍t, (Lot) as he said to his people, “Do you come up to (the) obscenity (while) you behold (its impurity)?

Abdel Haleem
We also sent Lot to his people. He said to them, ‘How can you commit this outrage with your eyes wide open?

Quran 27 Verse 54 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah An-Naml ayat 54, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(27:54) We also sent Lot,[67] and recall when he told his people: “Do you commit shameless acts with your eyes open?[68]


67. For comparison, see (Surah Al-Aaraf: Ayats 80-84); (Surah Hud: Ayats 74-83); (Surah Al-Hijr: Ayats 57-77); (Surah Al-Anbiya: Ayats 71-75); (Surah Ash-Shuara: Ayats 160-174); (Surah Al-Ankabut: Ayats 28-75); (Surah As-Saffat: Ayats 133-138); (Surah Al-Qamar: Ayats 33-39).

68. This can have several meanings and probably all are implied: (1) “That you are not unaware of this act’s being wicked, but you commit it knowing it to be so”. (2) “You are also not unaware that the man has not been created for the man’s sexual desire, but the intimate relationship is between man and woman, and the distinction between them (man and woman) is not such as you cannot perceive, yet with open eyes you commit this abominable act.” (3) “You indulge in this indecency publicly when there are people watching you”, as stated in (Surah Al-Ankabut: Ayat 29), thus: “And you indulge in indecencies in your assemblies.”

Ibn-Kathir

54. And (remember) Lut! When he said to his people: “Do you commit immoral sins while you see” 55. “Do you practice your lusts on men instead of women Nay, but you are a people who behave senselessly.” 56. There was no other answer given by his people except that they said: “Drive out the family of Lut from your city. Verily, these are men who want to be clean and pure!” 57. So, We saved him and his family, except his wife. We destined her to be of those who remained behind. 58. And We rained down on them a rain. So, evil was the rain of those who were warned.


Lut and His People

Allah tells us about His servant and Messenger Lut, peace be upon him, and how he warned his people of Allah’s punishment for committing an act of immorality which no human ever committed before them — intercourse with males instead of females. This is a major sin, whereby men are satisfied with men and women are with women (i.e., homosexuality). Lut said:

﴿أَتَأْتُونَ الْفَـحِشَةَ وَأَنتُمْ تُبْصِرُونَ﴾

(Do you commit immoral sins while you see) meaning, `while you see one another, and you practice every kind of evil in your meetings.’

﴿أَءِنَّكُمْ لَتَأْتُونَ الرِّجَالَ شَهْوَةً مِّن دُونِ النِّسَآءِ بَلْ أَنتُمْ قَوْمٌ تَجْهَلُونَ ﴾

(Do you practice your lusts on men instead of women Nay, but you are a people who behave senselessly.) means, `you do not know anything of what is natural or what is prescribed by Allah.’ This is like the Ayah:

﴿أَتَأْتُونَ الذُّكْرَانَ مِنَ الْعَـلَمِينَ – وَتَذَرُونَ مَا خَلَقَ لَكُمْ رَبُّكُمْ مِّنْ أَزْوَجِكُمْ بَلْ أَنتُمْ قَوْمٌ عَادُونَ ﴾

(Go you in unto the males of mankind, and leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your wives Nay, you are a trespassing people!) (26:165-166)

﴿فَمَا كَانَ جَوَابَ قَوْمِهِ إِلاَّ أَن قَالُواْ أَخْرِجُواْ ءَالَ لُوطٍ مِّن قَرْيَتِكُمْ إِنَّهمْ أُنَاسٌ يَتَطَهَّرُونَ ﴾

(There was no other answer given by his people except that they said: “Drive out the family of Lut from your city. Verily, these are men who want to be clean and pure!”) means, `they feel embarrassed because of the deeds you are doing, and because you approve of your actions, so expel them from among yourselves, for they are not fit to live among you in your city.’ So, the people resolved to do that, and Allah destroyed them, and a similar end awaits the disbelievers. Allah says:

﴿فَأَنجَيْنَـهُ وَأَهْلَهُ إِلاَّ امْرَأَتَهُ قَدَّرْنَـهَا مِنَ الْغَـبِرِينَ ﴾

(So, We saved him and his family, except his wife. We destined her to be of those who remained behind.) meaning, she was one of those who were destroyed, with her people, because she was a helper to what they did and she approved of their evil deeds. She told them about the guests of Lut so that they could come to them. She did not do the evil deeds herself, which was because of the honor of the Lut and not because of any honor on her part.

﴿وَأَمْطَرْنَا عَلَيْهِمْ مَّطَرًا﴾

(And We rained down on them a rain.) means; stones of Sijjil, in a well-arranged manner one after another. Marked from your Lord; and they are not ever far from the evildoers. Allah said:

﴿فَسَآءَ مَطَرُ الْمُنذَرِينَ﴾

(So, evil was the rain of those who were warned.) meaning, those against whom proof was established and whom the warning reached, but they went against the Messenger and denied him, and resolved to drive him out from among them.

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