Stories Of The Prophets


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  • Stories Of The Prophets



  • Prophet
    Salih

    Description
    of the People of Thamud

    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.

    Description of Salih

    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
    Quran).

    Salih's People Demand
    a Miracle

    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
    mountains.

    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 us."

    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 disbelief.

    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 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 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 Allah.

    Stories About the
    She-camel

    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 three days
    went out.

    "Why three 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 other.

    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  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 violently shaken, destroying all
    living creatures in it. There was one terrific cry which had hardly
    ended when the disbeliveers of Salih's people were struck dead, one and
    all, at the same time. Neither their strong buildings nor their rock
    hewn homes could protect them.

    Allah the Exalted said:

    "To Thamud people 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 worshipped but
    Allah). Indeed there has come to you a clear sign ( the miracle of the
    coming out of a huge she camel from the midst of a rock) from your
    Lord. This she camel of Allah is a sign unto you so you leave her to
    graze in Allah's earth, and touch her not with harm, lest a painful
    torment should size you. Remember when He made you successors after Ad
    people and gave you habitations in the land, you build for yourselves
    palaces in plains and carve out homes in the mountains. So remember the
    graces bestowed upon you from Allah, and do not go about making
    mischief on the earth."

    The leaders of those who were arrogant among his
    people said to those who were counted weak to such of them as believed:
    "Know you that Salih is one sent from his Lord." They said: "We indeed
    believe in that with which he has been sent." Those who were arrogant
    said: "Verily, we disbelieve in that which you believe in."

    So they killed the she camel and insolently defied
    the Commandment of their Lord, and said: "O Salih! Bring about your
    threats if you are indeed one of the Messengers (of Allah)." So the
    earthquakes seized them and they lay dead, prostrate in their homes.
    Then he (Salih) turned from them, and said: "O my people! I have indeed
    conveyed to you the Message of my Lord, and have give you good advise
    but you like not 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), they were saved because they had left the place.

    Ibn Umar narrated that while the Prophet Muhammad
    (PBUH) was passing by Thamud's houses on his way to the battle of
    Tabuk, he stopped together with the people there. the people fetched
    water from the wells from which the people of Thamud used to drink.
    They prepared their dough (for baking) and filled their water skins
    from it (the water from the wells). The Prophet of Allah (PBUH) ordered
    them to empty the water skins and give the prepared dough to the
    camels. Then he went away with them until they stopped at the well from
    which the she camel (of Salih) used to drink. He warned them against
    entering upon the people that had been punished, saying "I fear that
    you may be affected by what afflicted them; so do no enter upon them."

     

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