|The Lake of Lut, or Dead Sea|
people of Lut rejected the messengers. Behold, their brother Lut said
to them: “Will ye not fear (Allah)? I am to you a messenger worthy of
all trust. So fear Allah and obey me. No reward do I ask of you for
it: my reward is only from the lord of the Worlds. Of all the
creatures in the world, will ye approach males, And leave those whom
Allah has created for you to be your mates? Nay, ye are a people
transgressing (all limits)!” They said: “If thou desist not, O Lut! thou wilt assuredly be cast out!” He said: “I do detest your doings.” (Surat ash-Shuara: 160-168)
also (sent) Lut: He said to his people: “Do ye commit lewdness such as
no people in creation (ever) committed before you? For ye practise
your lusts on men in preference to women : ye are indeed a people
transgressing beyond bounds.”And his people gave no answer but
this: they said, “Drive them out of your city: these are indeed men
who want to be clean and pure!” (Surat al-Araf: 80-82)
(remember) Lut: behold, he said to his people: “Ye do commit lewdness,
such as no people in Creation (ever) committed before you. Do ye
indeed approach men, and cut off the highway?- and practise wickedness
(even) in your councils?” But his people gave no answer but this:
they said: “Bring us the Wrath of Allah if thou tellest the truth.” (Surat al-Ankaboot: 28-29)
- He said: “O my Lord! help Thou me against people who do mischief!” (Surat al-Ankaboot: 30) “O my Lord! deliver me and my family from such things as they do!” (Surat ash-Shuara: 169)
said: “And what, O ye Messengers, is your errand (now)?” They said,
“We have been sent to a people (deep) in sin; To bring on, on them, (a
shower of) stones of clay (brimstone), Marked as from thy Lord for
those who trespass beyond bounds.” (Surat adh-Dhariyat: 31-34) Excepting
the adherents of Lut: them we are certainly (charged) to save (from
harm),- All - Except his wife, who, We have ascertained, will be among
those who will lag behind. (Surat al-Hijr: 59-60)
Our messengers came to Lut, he was grieved on their account and felt
himself powerless (to protect) them. He said: “This is a distressful
day.” (Surah Hud: 77) He said: “Ye appear to be uncommon
folk.” They said: “Yea, we have come to thee to accomplish that of
which they doubt. We have brought to thee that which is inevitably
due, and assuredly we tell the truth. Then travel by night with thy
household, when a portion of the night (yet remains), and do thou
bring up the rear: let no one amongst you look back, but pass on
whither ye are ordered.” And We made known this decree to him, that
the last remnants of those (sinners) should be cut off by the morning.
(Surat al-Hijr: 62-66)
“Would that I had power to suppress you or that I could betake myself to some powerful support.” (Surah Hud: 80)
(The Messengers) said: “O Lut! We are Messengers from thy Lord! By no means shall they reach thee! now travel with thy family while yet a part of the night remains, and let not any of you look back: but thy wife (will remain behind): To her will happen what happens to the people. Morning is their time appointed: Is not the morning nigh?” (Surah Hud: 81)
And they even sought to snatch away his guests from him, but We blinded their eyes. (They heard:) “Now taste ye My Wrath and My Warning.” Early on the morrow an abiding Punishment seized them: (Surat al-Qamar: 37-38)
But the (mighty) Blast overtook them before morning, And We turned (the cities) upside down, and rained down on them brimstones hard as baked clay. Behold! in this are Signs for those who by tokens do understand. And the (cities were) right on the high-road. (Surat al-Hijr: 73-76)
When Our Decree issued, We turned (the cities) upside down, and rained down on them brimstones hard as baked clay, spread, layer on layer,-Marked as from thy Lord: Nor are they ever far from those who do wrong! (Surah Hud: 82-83)
But the rest We destroyed utterly. We rained down on them a shower (of brimstone): and evil was the shower on those who were admonished (but heeded not)! : Verily in this is a Sign: but most of them do not believe. And verily thy Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, Most Merciful. (Surat ash-Shuara: 172-175)
We also (sent) Lut: He said to his people: “Do ye commit lewdness such as no people in creation (ever) committed before you?
For ye practise your lusts on men in preference to women : ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.”
And his people gave no answer but this: they said, “Drive them out of your city: these are indeed men who want to be clean and pure!”
But we saved him and his family, except his wife: she was of those who legged behind.
And we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone): Then see what was the end of those who indulged in sin and crime! (Surat al-Araf: 80-84)
The Obvious Signs” in the Lake of Lut
with the base of this mighty fissure, which runs precisely through this
area, the Vale of Siddim, including Sodom and Gomorrah, plunged one
day into the abyss. Their destruction came about through a great
earthquake which was probably accompanied by explosions, lightning,
issue of natural gas and general conflagration.
base of the dead sea is located with a tectonic rooted downfall. This
valley is located in a tension stretching between the Taberiye Lake in
the north, and mid of Arabah Valley in the south.
In relation to this subject, Werner Keller writes;
subsidence released volcanic forces that had been lying dormant deep
down along the whole length of the fracture. In the upper valley of
the Jordan near Bashan there are still towering craters of extinct
volcanoes; great stretches of lava and deep layers of basalt have been
deposited on the limestone surface.
|The Lake of Lut, or Dead Sea as differently called.|
On the eastern shore of the Dead Sea the peninsula of el-Lisan protrudes like a tongue far into the water. El-Lisan means “the tongue” in Arabic. Unseen from the land the ground falls away here under the surface of the water at a prodigious angle, dividing the sea into two parts. To the right of the peninsula the ground slopes sharply down to a depth of 1200 feet. On the left of the peninsula the water remains remarkably shallow. Soundings taken in the last few years established depths of only fifty to sixty feet. That extraordinary shallow part of the Dead Sea, from the peninsula el-Lisan to the southernmost tip, was the Vale of Siddim.
|Photographs of the Lake of Lut taken from satellite.|
|An illustration showing the volcanic eruption and the collapse that followed it, which caused the whole people to disappear.|
The fault starts from the outskirts of Mount Taurus, stretches to the southern shores of the Lake of Lut and proceeds over the Arabian desert to the Gulf of Aqaba and continues across the Red Sea, ending up in Africa. Along the length of it, strong volcanic activities are observed. Black basalt and lava exist in the Galilee Mountains in Israel, high plain regions of Jordan, the Gulf of Aqaba and other areas nearby.
Together with the base of this mighty fissure, which runs precisely through this area, the Vale of Siddim, including Sodom and Gomorrah, plunged one day into the abyss. Their destruction came about through a great earthquake which was probably accompanied by explosions, lightning, issue of natural gas and general conflagration. The subsidence released volcanic forces that had been lying dormant deep down along the whole length of the fracture. In the upper valley of the Jordan near Bashan there are still towering craters of extinct volcanoes; great stretches of lava and deep layers of basalt have been deposited on the limestone surface.
|Overhead view of the mountains around the Lake of Lut|
mount of Sodom, a barren wasteland, rises sharply above the dead sea.
No one has ever found the destroyed cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, but
scholars believe that they stood in the Vale of Siddim across from
these cliffs. Possibly flood waters of the Dead Sea engulfed them
following an earthquake.
Pompeii Had a Similar End
swore their strongest oaths by Allah that if a warner came to them,
they would follow his guidance better than any (other) of the Peoples:
But when a warner came to them, it has only increased their flight
(from righteousness),- On account of their arrogance in the land and
their plotting of Evil, but the plotting of Evil will hem in only the
authors thereof. Now are they but looking for the way the ancients were
dealt with? But no change wilt thou find in Allah's way (of dealing):
no turning off wilt thou find in Allah's way (of dealing). (Surat al-Fatir: 42-43)
|Above is a fresco representing the luxury and prosperity of the city of Pompeii before the disaster. Down are petrified corpses unearthed in excavations made in Pompeii.|
But the lava of Vesuvius wiped the whole city off the map in a single moment. The most interesting aspect of the event is that nobody escaped despite the terrible violence of the eruption of Vesuvius. It is almost like they did not even notice the catastrophe, as if they were charmed. A family eating their meal were petrified right at that moment. Numerous petrified couples were found in the act of intercourse. The most interesting thing is that there were couples of the same sex and couples of young boys and girls. The faces of some of the petrified human corpses unearthed from Pompeii were unharmed. The general expression on those faces was bewilderment.
Here lies the most incomprehensible aspect of the calamity. How did thousands of people wait to be caught by death without seeing and hearing anything?
- It was no more than a single mighty Blast, and behold! they were (like ashes) quenched and silent.
- For We sent against them a single Mighty Blast, and they became like the dry stubble used by one who pens cattle.