80 Preface قالَ لَو أَنَّ لي بِكُم قُوَّةً أَو آوي إِلىٰ رُكنٍ شَديدٍYusuf AliHe said: “Would that I had power to suppress you or that I could betake myself to some powerful support.”1Lut seemed helpless in the situation in which he found himself-alone against a rabble of people inflamed with evil passions. He wished he had had the strength to suppress them himself or had had some powerful support to lean on! But the powerful support was there, though he had not realised it till then. It was the support of God. His guests were not ordinary men, but Angels who had come to test the people before they inflicted the punishment. They now declared themselves, and gave him directions to get away before the morning, when the punishment would descend on the doomed Cities of the Plain.