|Lot’s Wife Being Called ‘an Old Woman’
Ansar Al ‘Adl
The allegation is as follows:
“An old woman” and God’s character About the story of Lot: “So we delivered him and his family, – all exept an old woman who lingered behind.” [Sura 26:170-171] And again: “But we saved him and his family, exept his wife: she was of those who lagged behind. [Sura 7:83]. Either this is a contradiction or if indeed Lot’s wife is derogatorily called “an old woman” then this does not show much respect for her as a wife of a prophet.
Verses in question:
26:170. So We saved [Prophet Lut] and his family, all, Except an old woman (his wife) among those who remained behind.
7:83. Then We saved [Prophet Lut] and his family, except his wife; she was of those who remained behind (in the torment).
1. The first point that must be made is that the critic’s has a gross misunderstanding with regard to the wife of Prophet Lot. She was not a noble woman worthy of respect in any way. As the Qur’an mentions about her:
66:10 For those who are bent on denying the truth God has propounded a parable in [the stories of] Noah’s wife and Lot’s wife: they were wedded to two of Our righteous servants, and each one betrayed her husband; 21 and neither of the two [husbands] will be of any avail to these two women when they are told [on Judgment Day], “Enter the fire with all those [other sinners] who enter it!
Thus, in Islam respect is not granted to anyone based on familal ties and relations, but rather on their character and their piety. The wife of Lot betrayed her husband and turned his people against him, while persistently rejecting God, despite the fact that her own husband was one of God’s Messengers! Because of her evil, God mentions in the Qur’an that she was destined to be punished along with her rebellious nation:
27:57. So We saved him and his family, except his wife. We destined her to be of those who remained behind.
2. As for the two verses, then there is no contradiction between stating “Lot’s wife” in one location, and stating “an old woman” in another location, since it is entirely possible that Lot’s wife actually was an old woman, especially since Lot had been living and preaching amongst his nation for quite a long period.
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