This forum includes people from different cultures and religious backgrounds. I grew up in the Islamic community, so I will quote here the stories mentioned in these texts.
Please share what you know based on your background and understanding of the story, is this story known to different cultures?
The purpose of the post:
I want to know what was the purpose of this event really, why was it engineered to remain in the mind of mankind?
Are there points of view and a narrative from different angles for this story? Or is there one dominant angle and why?
I leave you with the religious text of the Qur'an, which is the holy book of Muslims.
Surah Araf (7:80)
And [We had sent] Lot when he said to his people, “Do you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds? Indeed, you approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people.” But the answer of his people was only that they said, “Evict them from your city! Indeed, they are men who keep themselves pure.” (Ayat 80-82)
Surah Hud (11:70, 74, 77, 89)
But when he saw their hands not reaching for it, he distrusted them and felt from them apprehension. They said, “Fear not. We have been sent to the people of Lot.” (Ayat 70)
And when the fright had left Abraham and the good tidings had reached him, he began to argue with Us concerning the people of Lot. (Ayat 74)
And when Our messengers, [the angels], came to Lot, he was anguished for them and felt for them great discomfort and said, “This is a trying day.” (Ayat 77)
And O my people, let not [your] dissension from me cause you to be struck by that similar to what struck the people of Noah or the people of Hud or the people of Salih. And the people of Lot are not from you far away. (Ayat 89)
Surah Hijr (15:59)
[Abraham] said, “Then what is your business [here], O messengers? They said, “Indeed, we have been sent to a people of criminals, Except the family of Lot; indeed, we will save them all Except his wife.” Allah decreed that she is of those who remain behind. (Ayat 57-60)
Surah Anbiya (21:71, 74)
And to Lot We gave judgement and knowledge, and We saved him from the city that was committing wicked deeds. Indeed, they were a people of evil, defiantly disobedient. (Ayat 74)
Surah Hajj (22:43)
Surah Ankabut (29:28, 32)
And [mention] Lot, when he said to his people, “Indeed, you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds. Indeed, you approach men and obstruct the road and commit in your meetings [every] evil.” And the answer of his people was not but they said, “Bring us the punishment of Allah, if you should be of the truthful.” He said, “My Lord, support me against the corrupting people.” And when Our messengers came to Abraham with the good tidings, they said, “Indeed, we will destroy the people of that Lot’s city. Indeed, its people have been wrongdoers.” [Abraham] said, “Indeed, within it is Lot.” They said, “We are more knowing of who is within it. We will surely save him and his family, except his wife. She is to be of those who remain behind.” (Ayat 28-32)
Surah Saffat (37:153)
Surah Sad (38:13)
Surah Qaf (50:13)
Surah Qamar (54:33)
The people of Lot denied the warning. Indeed, We sent upon them a storm of stones, except the family of Lot – We saved them before dawn As favor from us. Thus do We reward he who is grateful. And he had already warned them of Our assault, but they disputed the warning. And they had demanded from him his guests, but We obliterated their eyes, [saying], “Taste My punishment and warning.” And there came upon them by morning an abiding punishment. (Ayat 33-38)
Allah presents an example of those who disbelieved: the wife of Noah and the wife of Lot. They were under two of Our righteous servants but betrayed them, so those prophets did not avail them from Allah at all, and it was said, “Enter the Fire with those who enter.” (Ayat 10)