027 - Soorah an-Naml - (The Ants) - [Makkee]
[027:045] And indeed We sent to Thamûd their brother Sâlih (Saleh), saying: "Worship Allâh (Alone and none else). Then look! They became two parties (believers and disbelievers) quarrelling with each other."
[027:046] He said: "O my people! Why do you seek to hasten the evil (torment) before the good (Allâh's Mercy)? Why seek you not the forgiveness of Allâh, that you may receive mercy?"
[027:047] They said: "We augur ill omen from you and those with you." He said: "Your ill omen is with Allâh; nay, but you are a people that are being tested."
[027:048] And there were in the city nine men (from the sons of their chiefs), who made mischief in the land, and would not reform.
[027:049] They said: "Swear one to another by Allâh that we shall make a secret night attack on him and his household, and thereafter we will surely say to his near relatives: 'We witnessed not the destruction of his household, and verily, we are telling the truth."'
[027:050] So, they plotted a plot, and We planned a plan, while they perceived not.
[027:051] Then see how was the end of their plot! Verily, We destroyed them and their nation all together.
[027:052] These are their houses in utter ruin, for they did wrong. Verily, in this is indeed an Ayâh (a lesson or a sign) for a people who know.
[027:053] And We saved those who believed, and used to fear Allâh, and keep their duty to Him.
[027:054] And (remember) Lût (Lot)! When he said to his people. Do you commit Al-Fâhishah (evil, great sin, every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse, sodomy) while you see (one another doing evil without any screen)?"
[027:055] "Do you practise your lusts on men instead of women? Nay, but you are a people who behave senselessly."
(V.27:54) i.e. the town of Sodom in Palestine - the place where the Dead Sea is now. [See the Book of History by Ibn Kathir 'The stories of the Prophets']