and PROPHET LOT
The Fate of Pompeii
Pompeii was the symbol of Rome's moral degeneration.
Just like Prophet Lot's (pbuh) tribe, the inhabitants of Pompeii,
who had also strayed far from religious morality, chose a lifestyle
contrary to the morals and life commanded by God. And so God punished
them, just as He punished Prophet Lot's (pbuh) tribe. Every society
that rebels against God inevitably is punished, either in this world
or the next, for this is one of God's laws. As the Qur'an reveals:
... You will not find any changing
in the pattern of God. You will not find any alteration in the
pattern of God. (Qur'an, 35:43)
Pompeii was destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted
in 79 CE. Mount Vesuvius is the symbol of Italy, particularly the
city of Naples. Dormant now for some 2,000 years, it is also known
as the Mountain of Misfortune. Naples stands on the mount's
western slopes, and Pompeii stands on its eastern slopes. This disaster
struck Pompeii so suddenly that everything seems to have been frozen
There are important lessons to be learned from
Pompeii's fate. Historical sources reveal that before its destruction,
Pompeii was a hotbed of vice and debauchery and was known for its
widespread prostitution. Yet Mount Vesuvius wiped the city from
the map in a single moment. Interestingly, despite its terrible
eruption, nobody fled. It seems that the people were rooted to the
spot, as if unaware of the tragedy. A number of couples have been
found, among which are same-sex couples and young boys and girls.
Some of the petrified human remains contain perfectly preserved
facial features. Their general expression is one of surprise, for
Pompeii was destroyed suddenly. God gives an example of
the people of a city:
It was but one Great Blast, and [then] they were
extinct. (Qur'an, 36:29)
few examples of the petrified human bodies unearthed from
the ruins of Pompeii.
Frescoes from Pompeii.
This fresco depicts
a banquet that brought the people of Pompeii together.
"My Lord, rescue me and my family from what they are
doing." Therefore We rescued him and all his family
– except for an old woman who remained behind. Then
We utterly destroyed the rest.