and PROPHET LOT
The Immigration (Hijra) of Prophet Lot (pbuh)
and Prophet Abraham (pbuh)
These ruins contain four mills used to grind flour.
Prophet Abraham (pbuh) and Prophet Lot (pbuh),
along with the believers, migrated at God's command and settled
in a delightful new land. In the Qur'an, our Lord reveals their
We delivered both him [Abraham]
and Lot to the land that We had blessed for all beings. And in
addition to that, We gave him Isaac and Jacob and made both of
them righteous. We made them leaders, guiding [them] by Our command,
and revealed to them how to do good actions, perform prayer, and
give alms. And they worshipped Us. We gave right judgment and
knowledge to Lot, and rescued him from the city that committed
disgusting acts. They were evil people who were deviators. We
admitted him into Our mercy. He was one of the righteous. (Qur'an,
Hijra is a religious observation that
only devout believers can perform. People who live far removed from
religion can never agree to suddenly leave behind everything they
own and emigrate to an unknown destination. Their homes, goods,
and property are most important to them. Yet wherever believers
may go, since they know that God will meet all of their needs, they
have no hesitation about leaving everything behind and emigrating
for God's good pleasure. Prophet Abraham (pbuh) and Prophet Lot
(pbuh) demonstrated their submission to God in the finest possible
manner. They renounced their material possessions and homelands
to gain His good pleasure. In return, our Lord settled them in a
good land and endowed them with the infinite blessings of Paradise
in the Hereafter.
Believers, who trust in God and know that He will
meet all of their needs at every moment, must follow the prophets'
model of complete submission to God. That is because people who
are attached to the world and are concerned about the future are
far removed from religion's moral values. Our Lord gives believers
the glad tidings that as a reward for not indulging in material
interests, believers will receive matchless blessings in both worlds.
In addition, the Qur'an refers to the prophets'
vast property as a blessing from God. Prophet David (pbuh) had a
great deal of property, and Prophet Solomon (pbuh) possessed so
much power and wealth that nobody could match them. God reveals
that He gave Prophet Abraham (pbuh) and his line a lot of property:
Or do they, in fact, envy other
people for the bounty God has granted them? We gave the family
of Abraham the Book and wisdom, and We gave them an immense kingdom.
If only the people of the cities had believed and quarded
against evil, We would have opened up to them blessings from
heaven and Earth. But they denied the truth so We seized them
for what they earned.
(Qur'an, 7:96) Anyone who acts
rightly, male or female, being a believer, We will give them
a good life and We will recompense them according to the best
of what they did. (Qur'an, 16:97)
Goods, property, and power are always causes of
arrogance and self-love among those who do not believe and are heedless.
On the other hand, the prophets and the believers who follow them
use their God-given goods and property to spread His religion, earn
His good pleasure, and achieve their abode in the Hereafter. Furthermore,
believers also know that all of their property belongs to God. When
sincere Muslims are given blessings in this world, they thank our
Lord. More importantly, when such blessings diminish they still
thank God with all of their hearts and display the proper patience,
for they know that this life is a test and that God will reward
them in Paradise:
Those who believe and emigrate and
strive in the way of God with their wealth and their selves have
a higher rank with God. They are the ones who are victorious.
Their Lord gives them the good news of His mercy and good pleasure,
and Gardens where they will enjoy everlasting delight, remaining
in them timelessly, forever and ever. Truly, there is an immense
reward with God. (Qur'an, 9:20-22)
In this book, we have described the joyous faith
in God manifested by Prophet Abraham (pbuh) and Prophet Lot (pbuh),
how they turned to our Lord in all of their actions, their superior
moral values, and their difficult struggles against their pagan
and sinful peoples. Prophet Abraham (pbuh) relayed the divine message
to his tribe with great determination and, thanks to his submission
to God, was patient and steady in all circumstances. Prophet Lot
(pbuh) struggled patiently with his tribe, calling on them to believe
in God and abandon their immorality. These prophets, made superior
to the worlds by God, won His good pleasure due to the deep faith
and superior moral values they exhibited throughout their lives.
In the end, they achieved their true abode in Paradise, with its
The greatest aim of each believer's life is to
follow in the footsteps of the prophets, each of whom was a guide
to the true way, and thus become servants with whom God is pleased.
God gives the glad tidings of the reward awaiting such believers:
Whoever obeys God and the messenger
will be with those whom God has blessed: the prophets, the steadfast
affirmers of truth, the martyrs, and the righteous. What excellent
company such people are! (Qur'an, 4:69)
In order to become God's friend and be with the
prophets in the Hereafter, believers must live in accord with God's
good pleasure, always trust in Him, and hold Him and His religion
above everything else. Whoever demonstrates these virtues and thus
lives according to Prophet Abraham's (pbuh) words that "I
have submitted to the Lord of the worlds," can expect the
greatest happiness from God and to reach salvation.
The fact that many people remain heedless of His
existence must not deceive anyone. Prophet Abraham (pbuh) called
on his pagan tribe to believe, even though he was alone, and our
Lord praised this moral virtue: "Abraham was
a community in himself." (Qur'an, 16:120). Prophet Lot (pbuh),
together with a very few believers, displayed his very superior
submission to God and called on his largely homosexual tribe to
abandon their immoral lifestyles and to believe (Qur'an, 51:36).
Those very few believing people, however, were much stronger than
all of their people, for they had God's help and support.
The important thing is to understand that God controls
everything that exists, all of which has submitted to Him, and to
live accordingly. Prophet Abraham (pbuh) and Prophet Lot (pbuh)
understood this truth and became His friends. Like them, all believers
must seek to achieve the same level of deep faith and spirituality
and make a serious effort to become His friend.