Prophet Saalih (‘alayhis salaam)
15:80 And certainly did the companions of Thamūd deny the messengers.
15:81 And We gave them Our signs, but from them they were turning away.
15:82 And they used to carve from the mountains, houses, feeling secure.
The people of Thamuud felt secure and safe from the punishment of Allaah and that these buildings will never be destroyed.
7:99 Then did they feel secure from the plan of Allaah? But no one feels secure from the plan of Allaah except the losing people.
Saalih (‘alayhis salaam) tells them,
26:146 Will you be left in what is here, secure [from death],
26:147 Within gardens and springs
26:148 And fields of crops and palm trees with softened fruit?
26:149 And you carve out of the mountains, homes, with skill.
They were great in construction. They carved out these houses in the mountains and then they would build palaces on the valleys.
But they were corrupt and Saalih’s message to them was:
7:74 And remember when He made you successors after the ‘Aad and settled you in the land, [and] you take for yourselves palaces from its plains and carve from the mountains, homes. Then remember the favors of Allaah and do not commit abuse on the earth, spreading corruption.”
He was a strong, young and intelligent man. He was from a noble family, high class of society; they were preparing him to be their leader.
Saalih presented his people with the Message of Islaam. They then replied,
11:62 They said, “O Saalih, you were among us a man of promise before this. Do you forbid us to worship what our fathers worshipped? And indeed we are, about that to which you invite us, in disquieting doubt.”
When it comes to religion, Shaytaan tells people not to change, to stick to what they know and what their fathers have passed down onto them.
2:170 And when it is said to them, “Follow what Allaah has revealed,” they say, “Rather, we will follow that which we found our fathers doing.” Even though their fathers understood nothing, nor were they guided?
And then the people of Thamuud accused Saalih of magic,
26:153 They said, “You are only of those affected by magic.
26:154 You are but a man like ourselves, so bring a sign, if you should be of the truthful.”
Concerning the sign, the people of Thamuud were given a choice, a choice not given to any other nation.
Saalih asked them what they wanted and they said, “From this rock here, we want you to produce out of it a camel.”
Saalih asked Allaah for this and the miracle was performed. A huge she-camel came out. Saalih said to them, “This is the camel you asked for. You can drink from your water one day but the next day you have to allow the water for the camel.”
26:155 He said, “This is a she-camel. For her is a [time of] drink, and for you is a [time of] drink, [each] on a known day.
26:156 And do not touch her with harm, lest you be seized by the punishment of a terrible day.”
There were some conspiracies occurring, there were a group of 9 men from the people of Thamuud who were planning to hurt and kill the camel.
27:48 And there were in the city nine family heads causing corruption in the land and not amending [its affairs].
When they got near to the camel, they hesitated due to its size. But one of them, the most evil from them, took his sword and hit the front legs of the camel. The camel fell down. Then they attacked it with their swords and killed it.
91:11 Thamūd denied [their prophet] by reason of their transgression,
91:12 When the most wretched of them was sent forth.
91:13 And the messenger of Allaah [Şaalih] said to them, “[Do not harm] the she-camel of Allaah or [prevent her from] her drink.”
91:14 But they denied him and hamstrung her. So their Lord brought down upon them destruction for their sin and made it equal [upon all of them].
91:15 And He does not fear the consequence thereof.
They challenged Saalih, saying bring us the punishment that you promised.
7:77 So they hamstrung the she-camel and were insolent toward the command of their Lord and said, “O Saalih, bring us what you promise us, if you should be of the messengers.”
They went back and conspired at night to kill Saalih and his family, and planned to lie about doing so.
27:49 They said, “Take a mutual oath by Allaah that we will kill him by night, he and his family. Then we will say to his executor, ‘We did not witness the destruction of his family, and indeed, we are truthful.’ ”
Saalih came out and told his people, “You have three days to enjoy yourselves. This is a promise that will not be belied.”
The third came and passed and nothing happened. They joked and claimed that Saalih was a liar. They went to bed feeling secure, and in the morning.
15:83 But the shriek seized them at early morning.
The Earth under them shook. Allaah destroyed these people with sound.
11:67 And the shriek seized those who had wronged, and they became within their homes [corpses] fallen prone
11:68 As if they had never prospered therein. Unquestionably, Thamūd denied their Lord; then, away with Thamūd.
It was as if nobody was living in Thamuud.
27:50 And they planned a plan, and We planned a plan, while they perceived not.
These 9 men met in secret, but Allaah was listening to them – they tried to hide their plan from Allaah, but this cannot happen. Allaah was planning too, but His plan was hidden from them.
27:51 Then look how was the outcome of their plan – that We destroyed them and their people, all.
All of Thamuud was destroyed even though only 9 men were conspiring. This is because they knew of what has going on and they failed to stop it.
47:12 Indeed, Allaah will admit those who have believed and done righteous deeds to gardens beneath which rivers flow, but those who disbelieve enjoy themselves and eat as grazing livestock eat, and the Fire will be a residence for them.
When they were completely destroyed, Saalih and his followers were saved by Allaah. After Thamuud was destroyed, Saalih came back to a ghost town and he spoke to the dead bodies.
7:93 And he turned away from them and said, “O my people, I had certainly conveyed to you the messages of my Lord and advised you, so how could I grieve for a disbelieving people?”
Rasuulullaah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was travelling with an army, and they passed by the ruins of Thamuud.
Some of the Sahaaba (radiAllaahu ‘anhum) went in and took some water from the wells of Thamuud and made some bread from the water and flour that they had. And Rasuulullaah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “Take the bread and feed it to the camels and throw away all the water that you brought. And do not go in there except if you are going to cry.”
To be continued in shaa Allaah with the story of the next Prophet…