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On Prophet Lot offering his daughters to rapists

In prophet Lot’s story in the Quran , it is said that when his people try to barge in and rape his guests (the angels ), he outright offered them his two daughters to rape instead which is something that I can’t really wrap my head around and can’t understand why it would be in any way considered better than the alternative and why the Quran would even mention that ?

Prophet Lot was obeying the tribal rule of hospitality that requires a person to treat guests better than they treat their own family. He was also perhaps considering homosexual rape to be worse than heterosexual rape. For more on this please see this previous answer: Did God destroy the People of Lot for rape instead of homosexuality?

And God knows best.

2 thoughts on “On Prophet Lot offering his daughters to rapists

  1. Hamed

    So this is not something that Islam condones or even tolerates but merely a relic of a bygone age or perhaps prophet Lot’s own views and dispositions? I ask because I have heard this used aganist Islam so many times

    1. Ikram Hawramani Post author

      It is Prophet Lot’s own choice, the Quran does not tell us we should do the same in similar circumstances, but still the Quran does condone his behavior. Whether that behavior is appropriate today is another matter.


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