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PROPHET SALIH (A)

Post by ILMAdmin on Fri Feb 16, 2007 2:52 pm

CLASS 5 - LESSON 20
PROPHET SALIH (A)
The land of the people of Aad was taken over by the tribe of Thamud.
They were strong workers and they made many gardens and parks and
built beautiful buildings.
In order to protect themselves they built their houses inside the mountains.
The people of Thamud passed their life with ease and comfort. However,
they were not thankful to Allah for His many blessings, and they were
proud. They thought that their good life was a result of their own strength.
Instead of turning to Allah, they used to worship part of a mountain and
offer sacrifices to it.
Allah sent Prophet Salih (A) to the people of Thamud to guide them to the
right path. He was from their own tribe, and was respected because he
was kind-hearted and wise, even as a young man.
Intelligence Box
Why was it so important that Prophet Salih (A) was from the same tribe as
the people of Thamud?
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Prophet Salih (A) invited the people to worship only Allah, Who was their
Creator. He tried to teach them how useless it was to worship a mountain,
which could not harm or help anyone. He reminded them that he was from
their own tribe and had their best interests at heart. He said,
"You are all my brothers. I am not saying anything that will harm you.
Come and seek the forgiveness of Allah and He will answer your prayers
and grant your wishes."
However, the people of Thamud turned a deaf ear to him. They said,
"O Salih, we thought you were a sensible man. We saw in you signs of
goodness and wisdom, and wanted to rely on your advice in difficult times.
Why have you started talking this nonsense now? Do you want us to stop
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worshipping what our ancestors worshipped for a long time? We will never
listen to you!"
Prophet Salih (A) patiently tried to teach them the truth. He made it clear
that he was only guiding them so they could benefit themselves, and he
did not want anything from them. He said that his reward would come from
Allah. He reminded them of the many blessings that Allah had given them.
He warned them not to continue in their ways in case the punishment of
Allah came on them.
When Prophet Salih (A) had started his mission he was 16 years old.
Although he continued to preach till he was 120 years old, his words were
accepted by only a few people. Most of the people of Thamud called him
names, saying he was a madman or a liar. Prophet Salih (A) replied to
them by saying,
"O People, I am not a liar. I have clear arguments from Allah as a proof of
my Prophethood."
The leaders of Thamud had not listened to Prophet Salih (A) because they
were afraid that he might become powerful and they would lose their
position as heads in the community. They decided to make Prophet Salih
(A) look weak in front of the people.
Therefore, they challenged him to prove his words by bringing out a shecamel
from the side of their holy mountain. Prophet Salih (A) caused this
miracle to happen with the permission of Allah.
The people had never seen such a camel in their lives. On one day, it
would drink all the water in the town and on the next it would allow the
people to drink the water. On the day that the she-camel drank all the
water, it would give the people as much milk as they wanted.
The Holy Qur'an says:
In the Name of Allah, the Most Kind, the Merciful
And to (the people of) Thamud, (we sent) their brother Salih. He
said, "O my people, worship Allah. You have no god but Him. Indeed
a clear proof from your Lord came to you. This she-camel of Allah is
a Sign for you. Leave it free to graze on Allah's earth and do not
harm her, otherwise you will be overtaken by a painful punishment.
Suratul A'araf, 7 : 73
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This powerful miracle made a lot of people believe the words of Prophet
Salih (A) and they embraced his faith. It also made the leaders of the tribe
worried because they knew that as long as the people could see the shecamel,
they would listen to Prophet Salih (A). The cruel leaders decided to
kill the animal, although Prophet Salih (A) had warned them that the
punishment of Allah would certainly come if they harmed the she-camel.
A few wicked men ambushed the she-camel when it was returning after
drinking the water. One man shot an arrow at its leg and another came
forward and cut the muscles of its back legs so that the she-camel fell
down. Then a man called Qadar struck the animal's neck with his sword
and killed it. Then they came to Prophet Salih (A) and proudly said,
"O Salih! Bring us the punishment if you really are a Prophet."
Prophet Salih (A) told them that they had committed a great sin and asked
them to return to their homes for three days and beg for Allah's
forgiveness. But the people only laughed at him.
After three days, Prophet Salih (A) received a command from Allah to
leave the town with his followers. Then the punishment of Allah came
down on the people of Thamud. A great thunderbolt came from the sky
and a powerful earthquake shook the town and totally destroyed the
buildings and houses. The people fell down dead and the fire from the sky
turned their bodies to ashes. No one was left alive in the town after that
terrible day.
When Prophet Salih (A) saw the tragic end of the people of his own tribe,
he turned to their remains and said,
"O People, I delivered to you the message of Allah and guided you to the
right way, but you always thought I was your enemy."
The Holy Prophet (S) has said,
"The most wicked person from the olden times is the one who killed the
innocent she-camel of Prophet Salih (A) and the most wicked person in
these times is the one who will murder Imam Ali (A)."
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Exercise
Describe a few lessons you have learnt from the story of Prophet Salih (A)
and the people of Thamud.
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Now you know…
♦ The tribe of Thamud lived in ease and comfort. They built beautiful
buildings, gardens and parks. Instead of turning to Allah in thanks,
they worshipped part of a mountain, making sacrifices to it.
♦ Prophet Salih (A) was sent to guide the people of Thamud on to the
right path. He was respected because he was kind-hearted and wise.
♦ He taught the people to worship Allah, explaining that the mountain
could not harm or help anyone. But the tribe of Thamud turned a deaf
eye to him. He reminded them of the bounty of Allah and the many
blessings he had given to them and warned them that the punishment
of Allah would come down upon them if they continued in their ways.
♦ He preached to them from the age of 16 years till he was 120 years
old. In that time only a few people followed him.
♦ One day the chiefs of Thamud challenged Prophet Salih (A) to prove
his words. They asked him to cause a miracle and bring out a shecamel
from the side of their holy mountain. The miracle happened
with the permission of Allah. Most of the people of Thamud were
amazed since the she-camel on one day would drink all the water in
town and the next day it would give as much milk as they wanted.
The miracle made a lot of people believe in Allah.
♦ The leaders became worried that the people would turn to Prophet
Salih (A) so they decided to kill the she-camel. They shot the camel
with an arrow in its leg, cut the muscles of its back legs and struck the
animal’s neck with a sword, killing it.
♦ Prophet Salih (A) told them they had committed a sin and would be
punished if they did not ask Allah for forgiveness.
♦ The people only laughed at him. After three days Prophet Salih (A)
took his followers outside the town. Allah then sent down his
punishment on the people of Thamud. A great thunderbolt came from
the sky and an earthquake shook the ground. No one was left alive
as a fire from the sky turned the dead bodies to ashes.
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