Maqam of Prophet Lut (عليه السلام)

The door leading to the tomb of Prophet Lut (عليه السلام)
The door leading to the tomb of Prophet Lut (عليه السلام)

This building houses the maqam/shrine of Prophet Lut (عليه السلام) [Lot] and is situated in the town of Bani Na’im near the Dead Sea.

  • Lut (عليه السلام) [Lot] is mentioned by name 17 times in the Quran; he was the paternal nephew of Ebrahim (عليه السلام).
  • Lut (عليه السلام) was sent to the people of Sadoom (Sodom) to call them towards Allah (ﷻ). These people indulged in homosexuality, many were criminals and caused corruption in the land. Allah revealed the story of the people of Lut (عليه السلام) in the Quran in Surah Ash-Shu’ara: “The people of Lot (those dwelt in the towns of Sodom in Palestine) belied the Messengers when their brother Lot said to them: ‘Will you not fear Allah and obey Him? Verily! I am a trustworthy Messenger to you. So fear Allah, keep your duty to Him, and obey me. No reward do I ask of you for it (my message of Islamic monotheism) my reward is only from the Lord of the Alamin (mankind, jinn and all that exists). Go you in unto the males of the Alamin (mankind), and leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your wives? Nay, you are a trespassing people!” They said: “If you cease not, O Lot! Verily, you will be one of those who are driven out!” HE said: “I am indeed, of those who disapprove with severe anger and fury your (this evil) action (of sodomy). My Lord! Save me and my family from what they do. So we saved him and his family, all except an old woman (his wife) among those who remained behind.” [26:160-171]
Building housing the tomb of Prophet Lut a.s.
Building housing the tomb of Prophet Lut a.s.
  • The people of Sadoom rejected the teachings of Lut (عليه السلام) and were punished by Allah (ﷻ). His wife was included in the punishment. Jibraeel (عليه السلام), who was in the form of a man, came out in his angelic form to fill the horizon with 700 wings. With the tip of his wing he scraped up the whole town of the people of Lut, raised them up in the sky, then flipped them upside down and smashed them back to the earth. Then Allah (ﷻ) sent a rain of stones on them, and every one of them received a stone with his name. Allah (ﷻ) has never combined such a punishment on any people in history. First they were afflicted with a cry; then they were raised up and flipped; then they received missiles from the sky to exterminate them from the earth.
Sign outside the tomb of Prophet Lut (عليه السلام)
Sign outside the tomb of Prophet Lut (عليه السلام) – Photo: Z.Patel
  • The major difference between the story of Lut in the Quran and Lot in the Bible is that the Biblical version includes stories of Lot’s incestuous relationship with his daughters. Since Lut (عليه السلام) was sent as a prophet and as all prophets are perfect examples of morality these stories are completely rejected by Muslims.

Note that this entry has been shown for information purposes only. On no account should anybody pray to a grave or seek supplication through them as this is tantamount to committing shirk, associating partners with Allah (ﷻ)

References:  Wikipedia, Atlas of the Quran – Dr. Shauqi Abu Khalili

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