Story of Prophet Salih (Saleh) and the People of Thamud


This is the Story of Prophet Saleh (Salih) and his people known as Thamud. Prophet Saleh, also written as Salih, was a descendant of prophet Nuh (PBUH). He was sent by Allah to the country of Thamud and lived in Al Hijr, situated in Arabia. The country more than a couple of ages had developed and turned out to be extremely strong, rich, and compelling.

The Qur’an specifies how the general public developed exceptionally glad for their achievements and started constructing colossal palaces, castles, and different structures as symbols of their power. This is referenced in Surah Ash Shura ayat 128-129:

“Do you develop on each elevation a sign entertaining yourselves? and take for yourselves royal residences and forts that you might withstand endlessly?”

They were allowed an opportunity by Allah to turn around to Him particularly realizing what had befallen People of Ad for their non-compliance. The Qur’an makes reference to the warning from Prophet Hud who said, “Will you not dread Allah?” (26:124). They denied these warnings. They astray from the way of truth, and the poor started worshipping the wealthy who declared themselves as Gods.

Prophet Saleh was a man with an exceptionally elevated status in the public eye. He constructed a standing of regard and was well off himself. The People of Thamud respected him for his insight and ideals and were ready to delegate him as their chief. It was during this period that Allah presented Saleh with Prophethood.

Prophet Saleh scolded his kin, “O my kin, love Allah; you have no god other than Him. He has delivered you from the earth and settled you in it. So request forgiveness from Him and afterward apologize to Him. Without a doubt, my Lord is close and responsive” (11:61).

Saleh kept on asking individuals to obey him and dread and worship Allah. Yet, they answered, “O Saleh, you were among us a man of commitment before this. Do you stop us to worship what our dads worshipped? Furthermore, we are in disturbing uncertainty about that to which you welcome us.” (11:62) However, few among the poor followed and entered the religion of Islam while the larger part censured Saleh. Some called him a neurotic while others said he must be possessed.

As the days passed, the Thamud feared that Prophet Saleh’s followers would increment in number. While trying to put him off, they wanted to ask Saleh for a supernatural occurrence demonstrating that he was to be sure the messenger of Allah. They planned to make this wonder difficult to be raised. So the chiefs of the Thamud plunked down together and faced Saleh. They pointed at an especially huge stone and requested Saleh to bring out from it a she-camel that was incredibly tall, wooly, alluring, and ten months pregnant! They further specified that she ought to be capable of creating milk for the whole town

Saleh was frantic to carry his kin to the way of Allah. So he begged Allah to allow him what individuals had requested. Furthermore, there came the day when Saleh assembled his kin to observe the approaching of the supernatural occurrence. Allah requested that very rock to part to shreds and from it arose a red, immense, 10 months pregnant she-camel, doubtlessly stirring up a lot of wonderment and awe for individuals. It was obvious proof in their middle that various individuals proclaimed their faith in Islam. In any case, by far most stayed unaffected and sought after their mistrust, saying that it was mere sorcery.

(note: Some portrayals accept the camel didn’t have a wonderful birth or debate that it came from a stone, the Qur’an basically states, “O my kin, this is the she-camel of Allah – [she is] to you a sign. So let her feed upon Allah’s earth and don’t contact her with damage, or you will be taken by a looming punishment.”)

The she-camel was sure a living marvel that each spending day individuals changed over completely to Islam. The doubters couldn’t bear this. In the long run, their scorn for Saleh was redirected towards the she-camel. Saleh expected that the doubters would scheme against the she-camel and cautioned them, “O my kin! This she-camel of Allah is an indication to you, leave her to benefit from Allah’s earth, and contact her not with evil in case close torture will seize you.” The Thamud at first permitted the she-camel to brush on their territory and drink uninhibitedly from the common well however this was brief.

It wasn’t well before Thamud became disappointed, the devotees found their confidence expanding while the skeptics’ contempt increased to some extent that they started plotting to kill the she-camel.

With the backing of the multitude of disbelievers around, nine men set out planning to kill the she-camel. They watched her intently. As she drew nearer to drink from the well one of the men shot her in the leg, in this way hindering her from escaping. The others quickly sprang forward and put a sword through her body, killing her.

The residents considered this to be a reasonable triumph and supported the men. They proceeded to butcher the she-camel and eat her meat. At the point when Saleh knew about this he rushed to caution individuals, however, it was past the point of no return. Individuals derided him saying, “O Saleh, bring us what you promise us, assuming you ought to be of the messengers.” Saleh answered, “enjoy yourselves in your homes for three days. That is a commitment that won’t be denied.” (11:65)

The skeptics insulted Saleh and requested that he hurry the punishment. Prophet Saleh said “O my kin, for what reason would you say you are eager for evil rather than great? For what reason do you not look for the pardoning of Allah that you might get kindness?” individuals ignored. They were just enraged and started plotting to kill Prophet Saleh. The nine men assembled and examined, “Make a shared vow by Allah that we will kill him by night time, he and his family. Then we will share with his executor, ‘We didn’t observe the obliteration of his family, and indeed, we are honest.” (27:49)

In the meantime Allah had a plan for individuals of Thamud, “And they planned a plan, and We planned a plan, while they saw not” (27:50) so he trained Saleh to accumulate his supporters and leave town. Individuals were very much glad to be freed of him. They were unperturbed by Saleh’s warning. The Thamud had superb craftsmanship that they had cut their homes out of the thick stone of the mountains. This encouraged them. They accepted their stone fortifications would safeguard them from all catastrophes.


Three days after Salih’s warning thunderbolts swirled into the atmosphere, trailed by serious tremors which annihilated the whole tribe and its land. The land was viciously shaken, annihilating all living animals in it. There was one fabulous cry which had scarcely finished when the disbelievers of Salih’s kin were struck dead, all of them simultaneously. Neither their solid structures nor their stone-cut homes could safeguard them.

The doubters of Thamud had no ally that day. They had brought about the fury of Allah which made them be obliterated before they understood what was going on.

In the interim, Prophet Saleh and the devotees were saved by Allah’s beauty. He got back to Al Hijr one day to observe the annihilation of his kin and said with overwhelming sadness, “O my kin, I had absolutely passed on to you the message of my Lord and exhorted you, however, you could do without consultants.” Prophet Saleh then moved to Palestine, where he resided until his demise.

So this is how the Story of Prophet Saleh (PBUH) has helped us. And may we learn something from the story of Prophet Saleh and Allah to keep us on the path of solely worshipping Him and keep us safe from being misled. Aameen

The story of Prophet Saleh shows Allah’s might and how denying Allah and doing Shirk can lead to a dreadful calamity.

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