Prophet Salih As
After the destruction of Ad, the tribe of Thamud succeeded in their power and glory. Also fell to idol worship. As their material wealth increased so, too, did their evil ways, while it decreased their virtue. As the people of Ad, they erected huge buildings on the plains and hewed beautiful homes out of the hills. Tyranny and oppression became prevalent as evil men ruled the land.
So Allah sent unto them His Prophet Salih (peace be upon him), a man from among them. His name was Ibn Salih Ubeid, Maseh Ibn Ibn Ubeid, Ibn Hader, Ibn Thamud, Ibn ather, Ibn Eram, Ibn Noah. He called his people to worship Allah alone and not associate partners with him. While some of them believed him, most of them did not believe him and damaged both by words and actions. Salih directed them: “O my people, worship Allah, you have no other Ilah (god) but Him.” (Ch 11:61)
Salih was known for his wisdom, purity and goodness and was highly respected by his people before Allah’s revelation came to him. Salih’s people said: “O Salih You have been among us as a figure of good hope and we wished for you to be our chief, till this, new thing you’ve done that we leave our gods and worship your God (Allah) alone! now we’ll forbid the worship of what our fathers worshiped? But we are really in grave doubt as to what we call for monotheism. ” (CH 11:62 Quran).
They merely wanted to worship the gods as their fathers had, for no reason, no proof, no thought. The proof of Salih (PBUH), the message was clear, but despite this it was obvious that most of his people did not believe him. They doubted his words, thinking that he was fascinated, and saw that he would not stop preaching. Fearing that his followers would increase, they tried to put him off by assigning him an important task, to show that he was a messenger of Allah by performing a miracle. Leave a single problem that camel from the mountains.
Allah granted Salih this miracle and a great, unique, she camel appeared from the direction of the mountain. The commentators of the Qur’an says that the people of Thamud collected on a certain day at their meeting place, and the prophet Salih (peace be upon him) and addressed to believe in Allah, reminding them of the favors Allah had granted them.
Then pointing to a rock, they asked: “Ask your Lord to make her a camel, which must be 10 months pregnant, tall and attractive, the question of the rock for us.”
Salih replied: “If Allah sends you now Look at what you have requested, just as you described, I believe in what we have come to you with and have faith in the message has been sent?”
They answered: “Yes.”
So he took a vow from them on this, then prayed Allah Almighty to grant their request. Allah has ordered the distant rock to split in two, to pursue a Big Ten months pregnant camel. When their eyes fixed on it, were amazed. They saw a great thing, a wonderful show, a dazzling power and clear evidence!
A number of people believed Salih, but most of them continued in their disbelief, stubbornness, and going astray. Allah the Almighty said: We sent the camel that Thamud as a clear sign, but they did her wrong. (Ch 17:59) and also: Verily the people of Al Hijr (the rocky tract) denied the Messengers. We gave them Our signs, but they were opposed to them. (Ch 15:80-81 Quran)
There are a number of ancient accounts of this camel and its miraculous nature. It was said that the camel was miraculous because a rock in the mountain split open and it came out of it, followed by his young offspring. Other accounts said that the camel she drank all the water in the wells in one day, and no other animal could approach the water. Others have said that the camel that produce enough milk for everyone to drink, the very day when he drank all the water, leaving none for them.
At first, the people of Thamud were very surprised when the camel has issued from the rocks of the mountain. It ‘was a blessed camel, and its milk sufficient for thousands of men, women and children. If you slept in a place that place was abandoned by other animals. So it was obvious that was not an ordinary camel, but one of the signs of Allah. And ‘who lived among the people of Salih, some of whom believe in Allah, while the majority continued in their obstinacy and disbelief.
Their hatred of Salih turned towards the blessed she camel and became centered on it. Began to be born a conspiracy against the camel by disbeliveers, and secretly plotted against it.
Salih feared that they might kill the camel, so he warned them: “O my people! This she-camel of Allah is a sign to you, leave her to feed on Allah’s earth, and do not touch her with evil because a near torment will seize! you. “(Ch 11:64 Quran)
For a while ‘, Salih’s people let the camel graze and drink freely, but in their hearts they hated him. However, the miraculous appearance of the unique camel caused many to become followers Salih, and clung to their faith in Allah.
disbeliveers the hours began to complain that this huge camel with its unusual quality she drank most of the water and frightened their cattle.
They planned a plot to kill the camel, and sought the help of their women folk groped for men to carry out their commands. Saduq bint of Mahy, who came from a rich and noble family, offered to a young man named Ibn Masrai Mahraj on condition that he hamstring the camel. Aniza, an elderly woman, offered one of his daughters to a young man, Ibn Qudar Saluf, in exchange for killing the camel. Of course these young men were tempted and set about finding seven others to assist them.
They watched the camel up close, watching her every movement. Like the camel came to drink at the well, Masarai is shot in the leg with an arrow. He tried to escape but was hampered by the arrow. Qudar followed the camel and struck him with a sword in the other leg. As he fell to the ground, stabbed him with the sword.
The killers were given a hero’s welcome, cheered with songs and poems composed in their praise. In their arrogance they mocked Salih, but he warned them: “. Enjoy life for 3 days after the punishment comes upon you,” Salih was hoping they would see the folly of their ways and change their attitude before the 3 days went out.
“Why three days?” they asked. “Let the punishment come as quickly as possible.”
He pleaded with them: “My people, to hasten evil rather than good Why not ask forgiveness of Allah, that ye may receive mercy?”
They said: “We see your presence and that of your followers as bringing evil on us.”
Almighty Allah related their story: And indeed We sent Thamud their brother Salih, saying: “to worship Allah alone and no other.” Then look! They became two parties (believers and disbeliveers) quarrel among themselves.
He said: “O my people! Why do you seek to hasten the evil (torment) before the good (Mercy of Allah) Why do not you look for Allah’s forgiveness, you may receive mercy?” They said: We wish to predict from you and those with you, “he said,” .. The omen is with God, indeed, but ye are a people that are being tested ”
And there were in the city nine men (the sons of their chiefs), who made mischief in the land, and not reform. They said: “Swear to another by Allah that we will make a secret night attack on him and his family, and then we will surely tell his relatives:” We have witnessed the destruction of his house, and in truth! We are telling the truth. “”
So they mapped out a plot, and we planned a plan, even if not perceived. Then see how was the end of their plot! Indeed! We destroyed them and their nation, all together. These are their homes in ruins, it was wrong. Truly, this is indeed an Ayah (a lesson or a sign) for people who know. We saved those who believed and used to fear and obey Allah. (Ch 27:45-53 Quran)
They also plotted to kill Salih and his family as Allah the Almighty said: “. Ploa So storyline, and we planned a plan, even if not perceived” (Ch 27:50 Quran) Allah saved Salih and his followers from their evil plans. Heavy heart, hurt those who have left and moved to another place.
Three days after Salih’s warning, thunderbolts filled the air, followed by severe earthquakes which destroyed the entire tribe and its homeland. The land was violently shaken, destroying all living creatures in it. There was a terrible cry, which had just ended when the people disbeliveers Salih was shot to death, all at the same time. Neither strong nor their buildings carved into the rock, their homes could protect them.
Allah the Exalted said: For people Thamud We sent their brother Salih. He said: “O my people, worship Allah, you have no other Ilah (god) but Him (none has the right to be worshiped but Allah) In fact there is a clear sign come to you (the miracle of coming out. a huge she camel in the middle of a rock) from your Lord. This she-camel of Allah is a sign to you so you leave it to graze on the land of Allah and do not touch her with harm, lest a painful torment size should be. Remember when He made you successors after Ad people and gave you houses in the country, is built for yourselves palaces in plains and carve homes in the mountains. So remember the graces bestowed by Allah upon you, and should not be to harm the earth. ”
leaders of those who were arrogant among his people said to those who were counted weak to those of them who believed: “. To know that Salih is one sent from his Lord,” They said: “We believe in fact that with which has been sent. ” Those who were arrogant said: “In truth, we do not believe in what you believe”
So she killed the camel and insolently defied the Commandment of their Lord, and said: “!. O Salih Bring on your threats if you are in fact one of the Messengers (of Allah)” So the earthquake seized them, and lay dead, prostrate in their homes. Then he (Salih) turned from them and said. “O my people, for I have sent you the message of my Lord, and they give you good advice, but not as good advisers” (Ch 7:73-79 Quran)
All were destroyed before they realized what was happening. As for the people who believed in the message of Salih (PBUH), were saved because they had left the place.
Ibn Umar narrated that while the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was passing by the houses Thamud is coming to the battle of Tabuk, he stopped with the locals. people to take water from the wells from which the people of Thamud used for drinking. They prepared the dough (for baking) and filled their water skins on it (water wells). The Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) ordered them to empty the water skins and give the dough to the prepared camels. Then he went with them until they stopped at the well from which she camel (of Salih) used to drink. He warned them against entering the people who had been punished, saying: “I fear that you may be affected by what afflicted them;. So do not get on them”