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After the destruction of
the Ad, the tribe of
Thamud succeeded them
in power and glory.
They also fell to idol-
worshipping. As their
material wealth
increased so, too, did
their evil ways while
their virtue decreased.
Like 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 (PBUH),
a man from among
them. His name was
Salih Ibn Ubeid, Ibn
Maseh, Ibn Ubeid, Ibn
Hader, Ibn Thamud, Ibn
Ather, Ibn Eram, Ibn
Noah. He called his
people to worship Allah
alone, and to not
associate partners with
Him. While some of them
believed him, the
majority of them
disbelieved and harmed
him by both words and
deeds. 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 had been
greatly respected by his
people before Allah's
revelation came to him.
Salih's people said to
him: "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 which you
have brought that we
leave our gods and
worship your God (Allah)
alone! Do you now
forbid us the worship of
what our fathers have
worshipped? But we are
really in grave doubt as
to that which you
invite us to
monotheism." (CH 11:62
they merely wanted to
worship the same gods
as their fathers had,
with no reason, no
proof, no thought. The
proof of Salih's (PBUH)
message was evident,
but despite this it was
obvious that most of
his people did not
believe him. They
doubted his words,
thinking he was
charmed, and they 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 prove that he was a
messenger of Allah by
performing a miracle.
Let a unique she camel
issue from the
Allah granted Salih this
miracle and a huge,
unique, she camel
appeared from the
direction of the
mountain. The Quranic
commentators said that
the people of Thamud
gathered on a certain
day at their meeting
place, and the prophet
Salih (PBUH) came and
addressed them to
believe in Allah,
reminding them of the
favors Allah had
granted them.
Then pointing at a rock,
they demanded: "Ask
your Lord to make a
she camel, which must
be 10 months pregnant,
tall and attractive,
issue from the rock for
Salih replied: "Look now!
If Allah sends you what
you have requested,
just as you have
described, will you
believe in that which I
have come to you with
and have faith in the
message I have been
sent with?"
They answered: "Yes."
So he took a vow from
them on this, then
prayed to Allah the
Almighty to grant their
request. Allah ordered
the distant rock to split
asunder, to bringing
forth a great ten
month pregnant she
camel. When their eyes
set on it, they were
amazed. They saw a
great thing, a wonderful
sight, a dazzling power
and clear evidence!
A number of Salih's
people believed, yet
most of them continued
in their disbelief,
stubbornness, and going
astray. Allah the
Almighty said: We sent
the she camel to
Thamud as a clear sign,
but they did her wrong.
(Ch 17:59) and also:
Verily the dwellers of Al
Hijr (the rocky tract)
denied the Messengers.
We gave them Our
Signs, but they were
averse 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 she camel was
miraculous because a
rock in the mountain
split open and it came
forth from it, followed
by its young offspring.
Other accounts said
that the she camel
used to drink all the
water in the wells in
one day, and no other
animals could approach
the water. Still others
claimed that the she
camel produced milk
sufficient for all the
people to drink, on the
same day that it drank
all the water, leaving
none for them.
At first, the people of
Thamud were greatly
surprised when the she
camel issued from the
mountain rocks. It was
a blessed camel, and its
milk sufficient for
thousands of men,
women and children. If it
slept in a place that
place was abandoned by
other animals. Thus it
was obvious that is was
not an ordinary camel,
but one of Allah's signs.
It lived among Salih's
people, some of whom
believed in Allah while
the majority continued
in their obstinacy and
Their hatred of Salih
turned towards the
blessed she camel and
became centered on it.
A conspiracy started to
be hatched against the
camel by the
disbeliveers, and they
secretly plotted against
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 touch
her not with evil lest a
near torment will seize
you." (Ch 11:64 Quran)
For awhile, Salih's people
let the camel graze and
drink freely, but in their
hearts they hated it.
However, the miraculous
appearance of the
unique camel caused
many to become Salih's
followers, and they
clung to their belief in
the disbeliveers now
began complaining that
this huge she camel
with its unusual
qualities drank most of
the water and
frightened their cattle.
They laid a plot to kill
the camel, and sought
the help of their women
folk to tempt the men
to carry out their
commands. Saduq bint
of Mahya, who was
from a rich and noble
family, offered herself
to a young man named
Masrai Ibn Mahraj on
condition that he
hamstring the camel.
Aniza, an old woman,
offered one of her
daughters to a young
man, Qudar Ibn Saluf, in
return for killing the
camel. Naturally these
young men were
tempted and set about
finding seven others to
assist them.
They watched the
camel closely, observing
all its movements. As
the she camel came to
drink at the well,
Masarai shot it in the
leg with an arrow. It
tried to escape but was
hampered by the arrow.
Qudar followed the
camel and struck it with
a sword in the other
leg. As it fell to the
ground, he pierced it
with his sword.
The killers were given a
hero's welcome,cheered
with songs and poetry
composed in their
praise. In their
arrogance they mocked
Salih, but he warned
them: "Enjoy life for 3
more days then the
punishment will descend
upon you." Salih was
hoping that they would
see the folly of their
ways and change their
attitude before the 3
days went out.
"Why 3 days?" they
asked. "Let the
punishment come as
quickly as possible."
He pleaded with them:
"My people, why do you
hasten to evil rather
than good? Why do not
you ask pardon of Allah
so that you may
receive mercy?"
They replied: "We see
your presence and that
of your followers as
bringing evil on us."
Almighty Allah related
their story: And indeed
We sent to Thamud
their brother Salih,
saying "Worship Allah
Alone and none else."
Then look! They became
two parties (believers
and disbeliveers)
quarreling with each
He said: "O my people!
Why do you seek to
hasten the evil
(torment) before the
good (Allah's Mercy)?
Why seek you not the
Forgiveness of Allah,
that you may receive
mercy?" They said: We
augur till omen from
you and those with
you." he said: "Your ill
omen is with Allah; nay,
but you are a people
that are being tested."
And there were in the
city nine men (from the
sons of their chiefs),
who made mischief in
the land, and would not
reform. They said:
"Swear to another by
Allah that we shall make
a secret night attack
on him and his
household, and
afterwards we will
surely say to his near
relatives: "We witnessed
not the destruction of
his household, and
verily! We are telling
the truth.""
So they plotted a plot,
and We planned a plan,
while they perceived
not. Then see how was
the end of their plot!
Verily! We destroyed
them and their nation,
all together. These are
their houses in utter
ruin, for they did wrong.
Verily, in 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 household
as Almighty Allah stated:
"So they ploa plot, and
We planned a plan, while
they perceived not." (Ch
27:50 Quran) Allah saved
Salih and his followers
from their wicked plans.
Heavy hearted, they
left the evil doers 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

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