[15:61] The messengers went to Lot’s town.
[15:62] He said, “You are unknown people.”
[15:63] They said, “We bring to you what they have been doubting.
[15:64] “We bring to you the truth; we are truthful.
[15:65] “You shall take your family during the night. Stay behind them, and make sure that none of you looks back. Go straight as commanded.”
[15:66] We delivered to him this command: those people are to be annihilated in the morning.
[15:67] The people of the city came joyfully.
[15:68] He said, “These are my guests; do not embarrass me.
[15:69] “Fear GOD, and do not shame me.”
[15:70] They said, “Did we not enjoin you from contacting anyone?”
[15:71] He said, “Here are my daughters, if you must.”
[15:72] But, alas, they were totally blinded by their lust.
[15:73] Consequently, the disaster struck them in the morning.
[15:74] We turned it upside down, and showered them with devastating rocks.
[15:75] This is a lesson for those who possess intelligence.
[15:76] This will always be the system.
[15:77] This is a sign for the believers.
[15:78] The people of the woods also were transgressors.
[15:79] Consequently, we avenged from them, and both communities are fully documented.
[15:80] The people of Al-Hijr disbelieved the messengers.
[15:81] We gave them our revelations, but they disregarded them.
[15:82] They used to carve secure homes out of the mountains.
[15:83] The disaster hit them in the morning.
[15:84] What they hoarded did not help them.

Why does it say “Fear God” in 15:69?

Fearing the Lord is the start of wisdom. If you don’t understand good and evil then you have no wisdom. Evil is the absence of God. To fear God is to fear His absence or the knowledge of not knowing between right and wrong. Start with fearing of God and the thought of falling out of His graces and as we grow the fear is eliminated and replaced by love.

What was it that the people were doubting in 15:63?

The word lust in 15:72 is the same word as intoxication
See 4:43, 15:72, 22:2 and 50:19 

See how Lot treats the travelling alien

[24:22] Those among you who are blessed with resources and wealth shall be charitable towards their relatives, the poor, and those who have immigrated for the sake of GOD. They shall treat them with kindness and tolerance; do you not love to attain GOD’s forgiveness? GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful. 

[59:9] As for those who provided them with a home and a refuge, and were believers before them, they love those who immigrated to them, and find no hesitation in their hearts in helping them. In fact, they readily give them priority over themselves, even when they themselves need what they give away. Indeed, those who overcome their natural stinginess are the successful ones.

Is there a significance to the annihilation happening in the morning? 

What does it mean to be annihilated? 

[40:77] You shall be patient, for GOD’s promise is truth. Whether we show you some of (the retribution) we have promised for them, or terminate your life before that, they will be returned to us. 

[10:46] Whether we show you some (of the retribution) we promise them, or terminate your life before that, to us is their ultimate return. GOD witnesses everything they do.

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