Surah Al-Hijr (The Rock): Chapter 15 (line 70-80)

70. They said, “Did we not forbid you from strangers?”

71. He said, “These are my daughters, if you must.”

72. By your life, they were blundering in their drunkenness.

73. So the Blast struck them at sunrise.

74. And We turned it upside down, and rained down upon them stones of baked clay.

75. Surely in that are lessons for those who read signs.

76. And it is on an existing road.

77. Surely in that is a sign for the believers.

78. The people of the Woods were also wrongdoers.

79. So We took revenge upon them. Both are clearly documented.

80. The people of the Rock also rejected the messengers.


My Interpretation: 

Muhammad is being told how Lot pleaded with the people of Lot to leave these “strangers” alone, and marry his daughters instead. But these men were so far gone in their drunkenness and lust, that they were so far from any self redemption of their actions.

They were all destroyed by sunrise. Their cities were destroyed by an asteroid rainfall of burning rocks from the sky. There is science involved in this description of what happened. As the stones entered the earth’s atmosphere, they turned into fireballs of stones that destroyed their town and reduced it to rumble and ash.

There is a lesson in all of this to Muhammad and his nation of people, and this is why these stories of old events are being recounted to him. They are lessons, not entertainment or folklore. They are powerful messages to explain, how when civilizations of people become so corrupted and worthless to creation, they are destroyed. People of the Wood, Rock, and other parts of ancient civilizations have all met their end eventually after they rejected the Signs of God given to them.